Vancouver’s Top 5 public transit sightseeing tours


Another night shift at VANOC’s Main Press Centre, another  frequently-asked-question: Can you recommend a public transit route that will give me a scenic tour of Vancouver?

If time and money allow, there are always the hop-on hop-off city tours offered by Big Bus and Vancouver Trolley, but for a budget-friendly alternative, try these TransLink routes from downtown:

#5 Robson/Davie:

#10 Granville:

  • Build your own circle tour: board the #10 bus at Waterfront Station and travel south through some of Vancouver’s most affluent neighbourhoods to the Marine Drive SkyTrain station and then take the new Canada Line back downtown.

#44 UBC:


  • A 20-minute (return-trip) mini-cruise across Burrard Inlet to Vancouver’s North Shore.

#250 Horseshoe Bay:

  • This bus follows the scenic “low road” (Marine Drive) to the seaside village–and BC Ferries terminal–of Horseshoe Bay where you’ll find a great view of Howe Sound, North America’s southern-most fjord.

Remember: you can buy day-passes or a special 2010 Olympic bus pass that’s good for six weeks from today…

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6 Responses to Vancouver’s Top 5 public transit sightseeing tours

  1. Blaise – a fantastic addition to this list. Taste, touch, & experience Vancouver beyond just mainstream sightseeing!

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  3. Great info/format. I’ve done all these on-the-cheap things when i visited family in BC. Great way to learn about the city before diving in to the big stuff.

  4. On the way to Horseshoe Bay, explore the views at Lighthouse Park, a great place for walking.

    Also, numerous bus routes serve UBC from throughout Vancouver. Once there, enjoy the Asian Garden at UBC Botanical Gardens and, depending on your preference, either the awesome views from the family beach at Spanish Banks (a mini bus route connects it to UBC if don’t wish to walk) or the most popular clothing-optional beach in the Western Hemisphere, Wreak Beach, just below UBC.

    I also highly recommend accessing the north side of the Stanley Park seawall from the Davie/Robson bus route mentioned above, or take another route directly into the park for the seawall.

  5. I love Vancouver

  6. Martin

    There are some great ideas in this post. For anyone interested in using public transit to explore Vancouver, you can also find a complete guide to doing just that at