Public transportation

Many transportation services in Metro Vancouver are provided through the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority; better known as TransLink.  Services include an extensive network of buses, supported with rail (SkyTrain) and even a passenger-only cross-harbour ferry service (SeaBus).  Getting around the city is convenient, easily accessible, and provides beautiful views of the city.  Bicycles are permitted on all transit modes, including buses, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express.

Conference delegates will be provided with a complimentary transit pass, good for travel throughout the TransLink system for the duration of the conference*. 

*NOTE: Passes will be available at registration at the conference site – delegates would be responsible for initial travel costs from the airport to downtown Vancouver 

Trip Planning on public transit and additional information, such as schedules and fares is available at Customer Information staff are available by phone at 6:30 AM to 11:00 PM Local time 7 days/week.

Accessible Transportation

All vehicles in the TransLink fleet are accessible.  Rail stations have elevators for those unable to make use of stairs or escalators.  Buses are equipped with ramps for wheelchair loading.  For those unable to make use of conventional transit, TransLink offers paratransit service, known as HandyDART.

Additional information on accessible services is available at:

Arriving by Air

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is the second busiest airport in Canada providing service to more than 16 million visitors annually.  Service is via two main terminals, international and domestic.  A variety of shops and services are available on-site.

Additional information on YVR, including flight information, check-in, shopping and dining facilities, customs and immigration is available at:

Travel Options to Downtown Vancouver

Canada Line

Visitors travelling to downtown Vancouver are steps away from Canada Line; the region’s newest fully-automated rail link.  Part of the TransLink system, Canada Line provides a fast and easy way to travel.  Total travel time to either destination is less than 25 minutes.  Bikes and luggage can be accommodated on the trains.  Access to the Canada Line is a short walk from either the Domestic or International terminals.

For return trips to the airport, certain stations along the 19 km route feature airport check-in kiosks.


Ground transportation to downtown Vancouver hotels is via the Downtown Shuttle provided by Aeroshuttle.  Aeroshuttle provides exclusive shuttle service at YVR to downtown hotels for as little as $14.00 per adult (one way) or $24.64 per adult (round trip). Rates include HST calculated at 12 %. Driver gratuity is discretionary.

No reservation is required for service from YVR. The service is conveniently located in the Ground Transportation area at both the International and Domestic terminal buildings:

  • International Terminal, Arrivals Level, 2
  • Domestic Terminal, Arrivals Level, 2

Return reservations must be made 12 hours in advance. For more information about rates and scheduled stops visit the Aeroshuttle website ( or call 1..