It’s been nearly 2 months since we have been Vancouver and i feel like we have the city down pat. When first arriving here, Grant and I knew we were going to be living with my Grandparents. However we were quick to realise that living in West Vancouver was not going to be the easiest of commutes let alone the most buzzing place to be. Sure… West Vancouver is very close to downtown and only just over the Lions Gate Bridge. It is a beautiful neighborhood but in hindsight if you are young like us and want to have that city/downtown experience, West Van and North Van are not the places for you.
So here’s how it went down. Grant and i had to learn the hard way… Your Compass Card will be your best friend. Just like in Australia it is the equivalent of an Opal Card (Sydney) or Myki (Melbourne). This card will allow you to get on any bus, train or ferry (Seabus). All you have to do is top it up with money. Simple right?
Seabus – Metro Vancouver connecting the cities of Vancouver and North Vancouver.
Sky Train – Connecting downtown Vancouver with the cities of Burnaby, New Westminster and Surrey.
Now, locating these cards isn’t as easy as it was back home. In Sydney, you could walk into any servo (gas station), New Agency, Convenience store etc… However it is limited to select places. See the link to go to find your nearest shop. Oh and don’t forget this card will cost you $6.00 – SO DON’T LOSE IT! This link will provide you with a map and locations near you to purchase.
So after i figured all this out i had to now find an App that could supply me with the timetables to get around. And guys i am telling you, When it comes to public transport App… This one is the holy grail! If you haven’t already, download the app Transit. All you have to do is enter the exact place you want to go and this app will tell you whatever service you need to take and even the route to walk to the stop. By having this App, it will save you a lot of time by trying to figure out tricky schedules in a city that you don’t even know half the street names yet! It will also show you Car2Go locations, which brings me onto my next cheap way to get around.
Now if you are feeling a bit more adventurous. Then I would apply for a Car2Go account. If you do not know what Car2Go is… well its a pretty genius idea which has been incorporated among many cities like Seattle, Portland, Vancouver, Rome, Munich etc. You get the picture. The concept behind this plan is an inexpensive way of car sharing. You find a car through their app, drive yourself, park and go on your way. In Vancouver it cost 0.41c per minute, $14.99 for the hour and through Thursday to Sunday its $10 for the hour.
Just a heads up that if you are using your license from your home country, make sure you check the requirements for Car2Go before you apply for an account. If you are carrying an Australian License you will need to provide a driving record that can be supplied from the RTA for a small fee.
If you have any more questions on how to get around Vancouver, Make sure to leave a comment down below
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