Transportation

Location
Vancouver, BC
Undergrads
22,908
Tuition (in-state)
$21,781 ($4,970)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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2 College Freshman

Transportation: I currently live off campus so I have a 3-4 hour daily commute from my home. It's very convenient that we have a student bus pass but currently its very inconvenient for those who are commuting long trips. It's also a bit of an inconvenience that the music building is 10-15 mins away from the bus loop so you have to plan accordingly so that you're not running for the bus only to see it leave the stop.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Bus Pass is included in out tuition so it's very easy to get around the city. They can also be used on skytrains and some ferries.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Our campus, like many others on the continent, have a transportation/bus center where multiple bus lines stop. This is extremely convenient because they are quite frequent and there are multiple stops to take you to the same (or near to the) destination of choice. This can come in handy if you are running late or if one bus option does not work out. Our bus passes are included in our tuition and are easy to obtain at the bookstore or SUB. What is nice about these passes is that they are monthly and can be used on the sky trains and some ferries. The translink website is easy to use to look at schedules and plan trips. The buses are always clean and safe.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Compared to many universities in North America, public transportation at UBC is the best. There are always bus that you can take without having to wait more than 10 min unless its a bus that goes to somewhere where it is remote. If you want to go to the nearest train station, there is a bus almost every minute, seriously.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Bus system is easy for students.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 398th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 409th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 1319th
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jimmy Feng
Hometown
Vancouver
Major
Theater Production and Design
Grad Year
2015
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Voted the most suitable city to live in by many media outlets, the city of Vancouver has truly mastered the art of public transportation effectively, allowing civilians to travel almost anywhere in the Greater Vancouver area. Luckily for UBC students, all students have a mandatory transportation fee that grants students a U-Pass that allows unlimited access with TransLink transportation services (bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus). This also includes the community shuttles that go around campus every 20 minutes, which could make the difference between making it on time to class or not. However, it may be difficult for commuting students to catch a bus in the morning, as the buses get really full. TransLink continuously adjusts its bus flow to adapt to public needs. Occasionally, buses may be delayed or totally skip a designated time slot, but this only occurs during peak hours. As for long-distance travel, Vancouver is conveniently located a three-hour train ride from Seattle. Students who would like to travel to the U.S. generally take a bus or Amtrak down to Seattle to catch cheaper domestic flights to other parts of the U.S. Since Vancouver is one of the biggest cities in North America, many international direct flights also choose Vancouver to be a transfer hub.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bus
  • SkyTrain
  • Taxi
  • SeaBus
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A taxi can be $40 to $50.
  • Bus and SkyTrain: free with U-Pass
Local Taxi Services
It is extremely hard to catch an available taxi on the street, especially during peak hours. Simply dial '#TAXI' on your cell phone to connect to the first available taxi company.
Did You Know?
  • Full-time students are issued a U-Pass every month that allows for unlimited rides of all TransLink public vehicles including buses, SkyTrains and SeaBuses.
  • Buses go from downtown to UBC as late as 3 a.m.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Safewalk Services
(250) 807-8076
Daily after 6 p.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

TransLink

TransLink provides bus service to UBC seven days a week.

(604) 953-3333

(604) 453-4500 (main office)

400-287 Nelson's Ct., New Westminster

www.translink.ca

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Vancouver International Airport

This airport is just a 20-minute drive from campus.

3211 Grant McConachie Way, Richmond, BC

(604) 207-7077

www.yvr.ca

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound – Vancouver

The Greyhound station is about five minutes from campus.

1150 Station St.

(604) 683-8133

www.greyhound.ca

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak – Vancouver

The local Amtrak station is about five minutes from campus.

1150 Station St.

(800) 872-7245

www.amtrak.com

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 31 responses

  • 6% Nonexistent.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 19% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 29% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 45% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 30 responses

  • 3% You can't have a car here.
  • 47% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 47% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 0% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 3% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 18 responses

Non-applicable
Free
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 17 responses

Non-applicable
Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 18 responses

Non-applicable
Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 30 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 0% Fairly difficult.
  • 60% Fairly easy.
  • 40% Very easy.
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