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Vancouver English Centre

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Transportation information for international students in the Vancouver area.  This is not an official BC Transit site.

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Prepare for Canada

The Vancouver Transit System consists of a bus system, the "SkyTrain" (a subway) and the "SeaBus" (a passenger ferry). These 3 services are all fully integrated to provide fast, easy transportation in the Vancouver area.  The Vancouver Transit System is divided into 3 fare zones. Fares increase as zone boundaries are crossed. Fares also increase during peak hours.
Your homestay might not be in the same zone as the school. Upon arrival, we will give you information about schedules, routes and fares.  You may receive help with planning your trip by calling Translink at 604 - 953 - 3333 and speaking to an operator.

To enjoy simple, trouble-free public transportation, take the following precautions:

1) Try to travel with other students from your neighborhood. Groups have more fun and do not often become lost.
2) If it is convenient, ask someone from your host family to escort you to the bus stop on the first day.
3) Make sure you have a bus pass, or the correct change, before getting on the bus.
4) If necessary, ask your hosts to make a brief note explaining your destination.   
Example:

Bus Driver,
I don't speak English.  I want to go to: 
VANCOUVER ENGLISH CENTRE
250 SMITHE STREET, at the corner of SMITHE STREET and CAMBIE STREET. 
Would you tell me when to get off? 

Thanks!   


5) Be prepared. Always carry your new telephone number and address. Carry some money, in case you need to take a taxi.
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buses Vancouver

SkyTrain is fast,
comfortable and efficient.
SkyTrain Vancouver

SeaBus provides a ferry service on a single 2.1 km, twelve minute route between Vancouver downtown and Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver.

Vancouver English Centre
250 Smithe Street
Vancouver, BC  V6Z 2L2  Canada
Tel.: 1-604-687 1600  Fax: 1-604-687 1660
Email: info@vec.bc.ca