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Whether you’re connecting to a downtown hotel, BC Ferries or an awaiting Cruise Ship, it’s easy to travel between YVR and major destinations in Metro Vancouver using public transit.

Taking the SkyTrain from Vancouver Airport

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is accessible via the Canada Line SkyTrain between YVR International Airport Station in Richmond and Waterfront Station in Downtown Vancouver. The total journey takes approximately 25 minutes.

The Canada Line also services a second route, between Waterfront Station and Richmond–Brighouse Station. To get to YVR from Aberdeen, Lansdowne, or Richmond–Brighouse stations, change at Bridgeport.

YVR AddFare

Passengers travelling from YVR toward Downtown Vancouver are charged an additional $5 AddFare (if travelling beyond Bridgeport).

Visit the AddFare page for more information.

Pre-airport Flight Check-in

Some Canada Line stations offer airport check-in kiosks. Use your passport or credit card and ticket information to avoid the queues, and check in for your flight before you arrive at the airport.

Check-in kiosks are available at the following Canada Line stations:

  • YVR–Airport

  • Templeton

  • Bridgeport

  • Marine Drive

  • Broadway–City Hall

  • Olympic Village

  • Vancouver City Centre

  • Richmond–Brighouse

How to Pay and Fare Zones

What you need to know about fares, fare zones, and payment.

How to Pay

Vancouver transit services accept a number of payment options for fares, including:

  • Compass Card

  • Compass Ticket

  • contactless credit card

  • Apple, Google, or Samsung Pay

  • cash (bus services only)

Compass Cards are reloadable fare cards and are available for purchase in all SkyTrain stations, including YVR Airport. Tap your card on the reader at the fare gate when entering and exiting SkyTrain stations or SeaBus terminals. For buses, only tap the reader when you enter.

Find out more about fares and passes.

Fare Zones

Bus travel is a 1-Zone fare, all day, every day. SkyTrain, SeaBus, or West Coast Express (WCE require a 1-, 2-, or 3-Zone fare, depending on time of day and number of zone boundaries you cross.

Find out more about fare zones and pricing.


Taking transit means sharing space. Even the simplest actions can make the journey more pleasant for everyone.

Our etiquette pages offer guidelines for a safer, more efficient journey, information on bringing pets when you travel, and tips for travelling in winter.

Accessible Transit Options

We know that many riders have accessibility needs, and do our best to accommodate them across our transit services. Learn more about accessible transit.


HandyDART is a door-to-door, shared ride accessible transit service for passengers who can’t use conventional public transit without assistance. For more information on how to use HandyDART.

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