Vancouver Airport Bus Service to Richmond, New Westminster, Burnaby, Surrey & more.

Vancouver Airport Bus Service a Quick Guide for VVR Airport Bus & Skytrain Service to Burnaby, New Westminster, Surrey, Richmond, Abbotsford BC and more.


Bus Service to Vancouver Airport

By Darrin Robertson, VTT Editor - Updated: January 2, 2017

Vancouver Bus


Bus going to the Airport in Vancouver!

Taking the bus is a cheap way to get from Vancouver Airport to Vancouver’s many suburbs. This page offers a overview of how to take the bus from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to different Lower Mainland destinations, including Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam and North Vancouver.

*Important Update #1* Effective September 7, 2009: 

Most Bus services to YVR have now been replaced by the Canada Line Skytrain. All information on this page now includes that change - in many cases, connecting Skytrain services are the simplest and quickest ways of getting to these destinations. To find out more about getting on the Skytrain at Vancouver Airport see our new page on the Skytrain.

*Important Update #2* Effective January 18, 2010: All fares below include the new YVR AddFare which is a $5 fare in addition to the regular zone fare. Please note: The YVR AddFare applies only to travel originating from Vancouver Airport. It is not collected for travel to YVR.

Vancouver Airport Bus Service to Richmond 

Skytrain Canada Line - Vancouver Airport

Vancouver to Richmond Skytrain!

Skytrain Canada Line. The new above-ground rail link connects Vancouver Airport with downtown Richmond. To reach central Richmond, ride the Skytrain from YVR Airport Station to Bridgeport Station, and then get off and connect to a Skytrain with the destination "Richmond Brighouse". This line makes several stops before reaching No. 3 Rd and Saba Rd in Richmond. Cost: $7.75, and travel time is only about 20 minutes.

  • If you need to get from YVR to Richmond or downtown Vancouver in the nightime/early morning hours between 1:29 AM and 3:39 AM, the N10 Bus still operates with pick-ups and drop-offs every approx every 30 minutes at the Domestic Arrivals Level 2. 

Taking the Bus from Vancouver Airport to Burnaby

(There are many destinations in Burnaby – for this route we chose the Metropolis at Metrotown Shopping Center).

This can now be a simple all-Skytrain journey: Depart Vancouver Airport on the Canada Line Skytrain to Waterfront Station, and then connect to the Expo Line Skytrain for the ride to Metrotown Station. Cost: $9.00, and it takes about 50 minutes travel time.

Or, Skytrain from YVR to Bridgeport Station, and then transfer downstairs to Bus #430 at Bay 5 to Metrotown Station. Travel time is comparable to the option above, depending on traffic. 

Transit Bus from Vancouver Airport to New Westminster 

Here's the new "busless" option: Take the Skytrain to Waterfront Station. From there you transfer to the Expo Line SkyTrain and ride to New Westminster Station (Columbia and 8th St, New Westminster). Cost: $9.00, and travel time is around 1 hr.

Translink Bus Route: Vancouver Airport - North & West Vancouver 

  • Skytrain & Seabus from Airport to North Vancouver (Lonsdale Quay Market): Canada Line Skytrain to Waterfront Station, and then transfer to the Seabus (passenger ferry across Burrard Inlet) for scenic sailing to Lonsdale Quay Market. Cost: $9.00, travel time is about 1 hr.
  • Airport to West Vancouver (Park Royal Shopping Centre): Skytrain to City Center Station, then transfer by foot to (about 1/2 block) to Seymour St and Bus Stop No.58504 for the #257 Horseshoe Bay Express Bus. Get off at Park Royal Shopping Centre. Cost: $9.00 Travel time: approx 1 hr. 

Vancouver Airport Bus Service to Surrey

Actually, to get to Surrey you dont have to use the Vancouver Airport bus service, you now don't need to take the bus at all! Start by taking the Canada Line Skytrain from YVR Airport Station to Waterfront Station. Next, transfer to the SkyTrain Platfrom marked “Expo Line to King George”. Cost for this trip is $11.00, and it will take about 1 hr 10 minutes travel time.

You can ride this SkyTrain all the way to the end of the line at King George Station (King George Hwy & 100 Ave , Surrey), or get off 1 stop before that at Surrey Central Station which offers a more convenient connection to suburban Surrey bus routes.

YVR Bus & Skytrain to More Greater Vancouver Destinations:

  • Vancouver Airport to Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam & Port Moody: Take the Skytrain Canada line to Waterfront Station. From there, walk about 2 blocks to Hastings St W & Richards St and look for the pick-up point for Bus #160 to Coquitlam Central Station (will say “Poco Stn via Barnett Hwy” on the front of the bus). Cost: $11.00, and travel time is around 1 hr 15 min.
  • Vancouver Airport to Langley (Willowbrook Shopping Center): Skytrain to Waterfront Station, then transfer to the SkyTrain marked “Expo Line to King George”, and ride to the Surrey Central Station. Next, hop on to Bus 502 ("Brookswood") for the trip into Langley, getting off at Fraser Highway at 196 St, just across from the Mall. Cost is $11.00 and expect the trip to take 2 hrs.
  • Vancouver Airport to Abbotsford: This long ride starts by riding the Skytrain to Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver. From here, you ride the West Coast Express (commuter train) to Mission BC, and finnaly transfer to Bus 31 to Abbotsford (Bourquin Exchange). Please Note: The West Coast Express operates eastbound only in the evening rush hour from 3:50 PM to 6:20 PM. Cost would be $20.00 with a total travel time of around 3 hours 30 minutes.
  • Vancouver Airport to White Rock: After riding the Skytrain from YVR Airport Station to Bridgeport Station, go downstairs to Bay 9 and catch either Bus #352 or #354 (depending on your final destination in White Rock). Cost: $9.00, and the time for the trip is about 1 hr 5 minutes. 

Luggage on Vancouver Airport Bus Services

Vancouver Airport Bus Service Luggage: Suitcases, backpacks, etc can be carried on to Translink buses, Skytrain, Seabus and West Coast Express trains in Vancouver, but the aisle must be kept clear. There is no provision for placing suitcases or baggage in a separate luggage compartment on board buses.

Vancouver Airport Bus Service Bicycles: You can bring your bike on the Bus, Skytrain and Seabus at no extra charge. Special racks on the front of buses have capacity for 2 bicycles that you load yourself prior to boarding the bus. The West Coast Express charges $1/day for travel with your bike.

Disclaimer: This page is a general guide only - It is NOT the official Translink website. Bus & Skytrain schedules, fares and services are subject to frequent change. Vancouver Travel Tips.com accepts no responsibility for any loss, injury or inconvenience sustained by anyone resulting from this information. Please consult translink.ca and yvr.ca before starting any travel.

For more information: on Vancouver Airport bus service please see www.translink.bc.ca.

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