The Ultimate Free Ride: Free Public Transit in Vancouver this New Year’s Eve

Photo credit: ArielKettle | Wikipedia

Photo credit: ArielKettle | Wikipedia

As Vancouverites know all too well, the mathematical odds of finding a taxi on New Year’s Eve in Vancouver are pretty close to zero. Fortunately, taking transit should be easier (and cheaper) than ever this year.

Translink is offering free, extended service starting on New Year’s Eve and continuing into the wee hours of New Year’s Day. The bumped-up transit offering starts at 5 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2015, and goes to 5 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2016. The best part: It won’t cost you a thing during that time period.

The SkyTrain will be running more frequent evening trains and also extending service by approximately one hour. The last trains will be departing Waterfront Station at 2:05 a.m. (Canada Line), 2:16 a.m. (Millennium Line) and 2:20 a.m. (Expo Line).

Photo Credit: Canada Pacific | Flickr

Photo credit: Canada Pacific | Flickr

Buses will also be running additional evening and late-night trips after their normal schedules. The 99B Line has added an extra departure at 2:22 a.m. from Broadway Station and 2:50 a.m. from the UBC Loop. You can see the full expanded bus schedule, which affects dozens of routes, on the Translink website.

The SeaBus is also extending service by one hour to accommodate travel to the North Shore. The last sailing will depart North Vancouver’s Lonsdale Quay at 2 a.m. and downtown’s Waterfront Station at 2:20 a.m.

Photo credit: Julius Reque | Flickr

Photo credit: Julius Reque | Flickr

The extended hours and routes should help partiers getting to and from this year’s NYE Vancouver bash at downtown’s Canada Place. Big crowds are expected for the city’s first public New Year’s celebration since 1992, which features live music on an outdoor stage, as well as a countdown and fireworks at midnight.

Full details about the extended transit service are available on the Translink website. You can also use the handy Trip Planner tool to identify the best route for your travels on New Year’s Eve.

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