Transit Tips

We have a number of tips and resources to help you find your way on transit easily and confidently.

UBC Bus Exchange
UBC Bus Exchange

Getting Started

  • Check the bus # and destination displayed on the front of the bus if you are unfamiliar with the route. Buses with the same route # run in both directions.
  • The Transit App and Google Maps are excellent resources to plan your trip.
  • For transit schedules or trip information, call 604.953.3333 or visit TransLink’s website. Click on 'Trip Planning' for transit itineraries. 
  • Visit Translink Mobile for realtime info
  • Fares are valid for 90 minutes regardless of the number of buses taken or the direction travelled. Hang on to your fare… and don’t give it away. Transit fares are not transferable and it is illegal to purchase or sell a used ticket.
  • You can now tap a contactless Visa, Mastercard, or American Express credit card or mobile wallet on card readers to pay an adult, cash fare. You don't need to purchase an additional fare when transferring from bus to rail.
  • You can Request-A-Stop between regular bus stops after 7 pm by asking the driver at least one stop prior.
  • 15 bus routes serve UBC from Metro Vancouver.
  • UBC student are eligible for subsidized transit through the U-Pass program. Click here to learn more about eligibility, exemptions and U-Pass FAQs.

Bus Maps from UBC

See Transit Updates map

Bikes on Transit

Cyclists may take their bikes on buses, SkyTrain, Canada Line, SeaBus and the West Coast Express. Watch a YouTube video about how to rack your bike on a bus.

Find out more about where and when you can bring your bike on transit.

Getting to UBC From

Downtown Vancouver

  • Take one of the following buses: #4, #44, #14 or #N17

Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal

  • Take bus #257 to West Georgia St. at Burrard
  • Either transfer to bus #44, which goes directly to UBC, or
  • Transfer to bus #22, to Macdonald at West Broadway, and then take the #99 B-Line to UBC

Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal

  • Take bus #620 to Bridgeport station
  • Transfer to the Canada Line
  • Take any Westbound bus to UBC from stations in Vancouver (#84, #99, #25, #33 or R4)

Vancouver International Airport

  • Take the Canada Line
  • Transfer to any westbound bus (#84, #99, #25, #33, or R4) in Vancouver 

Fare Pricing & Zones

Fares vary depending on the time of day, day of the week, and the number of zones you travel through. Trips within the City of Vancouver, including UBC, are one zone fares. Visit TransLink’s webpage on Fare Pricing for more information and Fare Zone maps.

Transit Etiquette 

  • Allow people to disembark before attempting to board.
  • Remove your backpack to free up room for standing passengers. 
  • Move as far to the rear of the bus as possible, away from doors to make room for others to board.
  • Save priority seating at the front for people with disabilities, seniors and passengers with children. 
  • Control your volume of music so that others are not disturbed.
  • Do not occupy two seats with your bag or by sitting in an aisle seat.
  • Disembark by the rear doors when possible.
  • Keep belongings like suitcases out of the aisle.
  • Bundle skis and poles so there are no sharp points and carry them in an upright position.
  • No eating or drinking on board. Only food that is properly wrapped and beverages with lids may be transported.