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Vancouver Sky Tram

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Pinawa
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Vancouver Sky Tram

We do not have any experience or knowledge of how the Sky Tram (or buses in general in Vancouver work). We will be returning our rental car to Enterprise on Bute Street, then want to catch the ferry from Tswassen to Swartz Bay. We will have baggage with us, we will each have one large suitcase and a small carry on. Can we take these on the Sky Tram? Where would we catch the Sky Tram to get us to the ferry terminal? and which route would we take? It is my understanding that Enterprise would drive us to the nearest Sky Train Station. Also, where do we buy tickets to ride on the Sky Train, and what it the price?

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1. Re: Vancouver Sky Tram

I think you mean Sky Train, which is the fancy name for our rapid transit system, an above ground light rail.

To get all the way out to Tswwassen, you have to take the bus, and its a long trip. Hauling suitcases, this just isn't fun.

Have you looked at the Pacific Coach Lines Cross Water service?

pacificcoach.com/Bus-Coach-Travel/Crosswater…

This will get you from downtown to downtown and you won't have to haul your luggage off the bus, through the terminal and onto the ferry.

If you want to go by transit, then you can use the Translink Trip Planner:

http://tripplanning.translink.ca

Working with a random day at time, it will cost you $5.50 each to get to the terminal and it will take an hour and a half. You take Canada Line from Waterfront Station to Bridgeport and then ride the 620 bus for 40 minutes.

Its unfortunate there isn't an Enterprise Depot in Tsawwassen. That would have been much easier.

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If you want to do part of the route by Canada Line, Enterprise can drop you at Vancouver City Centre for a $4 ticket to Richmond. You might read the "Top Question" on the right side of this page for all your options because Canada Line (Skytrain) might not be the best for you. You will have to see Top Questions then "show more" and find Getting Out of Town. If that doesn't answer you, come back.

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4-da-journey ~

We have 3 skytrains here. Definitely not trams. The one to the airport is the Canada Line. It's a subway. To get to Tsawwassen you would go to Georgia and Granville and go down to the platform. On weekdays, you need a 3 zone ticket for $5.50 adult, or $3.75 senior. On a weekend you will need $2.75. Cash or credit card.

Take Canada Line to Bridgeport Station, walk down to the bus loop at ground level for the #620 Tsawwassen Ferry bus, same ticket. The #620 leaves Bridgeport on the hour as it is timed to get to the ferry about 20 min ahead of sailing in order to give you time to buy your tix and get down the long walkway to the berth. All this takes an hour from downtown to the terminal.

Once you're on the other side, you will need $2.50, exact fare in coins. It could now be $2.75 for the #70 bus down to Victoria. I would ask the bus driver if there is a bus other than the #70 or if the #70 is the express service. Can't remember. The bus into Victoria will take an hour.

For greater comfort and convenience, use the links above to learn about the PCL service. You pay two fares: the coach fare and the ferry fare to PCL when you buy your coach ticket. The coach stays with you for the whole distance. On the ferry, you go up to the lounges and cafeteria to sightsee. The coach takes every ferry on the odd hour.

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Thank you for all of your thorough responses. It really sounds like Pacific Coach Lines would be an easier way to go. Does anybody know where the PCL pick up station closest to the Enterprise on Bute Street would be?

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5. Re: Vancouver Sky Tram

You will want to get Enterprise to take you to Pacific Central Station. Depending on the month and day of the week, you'll probably want to arrive at PCS about 30-40 minutes ahead of coach departure. Click here for the map between Enterprise on Bute and PCS.

http://goo.gl/maps/sgwz7

BTW, click on the blue printing in the first line of this answer "Pacific Central Station." You will go through to the listing and reviews for the Station. And photos.

Edited: 11:24 pm, March 21, 2013
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Thank you MuftiMixandmatch for the very thorough response, detailed map etc. Am I understanding this right; that the Pacific Cental Station where we would board Pacific Coach Lines is actually located at the Via Train Station?

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That's correct. VIA Rail, PCL, Greyhound and I think Bolt Bus. But not the Rocky Mountaineer which has its station about 1 km east

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Great, thank you. Interestingly, we will be arriving in Vancouver by train before we get our rental car, so I guess we just have to go back to the same train station to catch the Pacific Coach Line.

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