Public transit offers an inexpensive and great way to see Vancouver and its many attractions. Vancouver has a very good public transportation system operated by Translink
and its subsidiary, Coast Mountain Bus Company, consisting of of three main modes of transportation: Skytrain, bus, and Seabus. A great thing about the transit system in Vancouver is that it is well integrated allowing you to transfer from bus to SkyTrain to Seabus with just one fare or pass.
The SkyTrain system is the longest automated system in the world with 49.4 kilometers of track serving 47 stations. The Skytrain stations are all serviced by bus routes and many are located at major bus loops, providing connections to many bus routes. The Seabus connects Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver with Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. Many popular attractions can be accessed from the SkyTrain system alone.
Another neat thing is that 41.3 kms or 85% of the SkyTrain track is elevated above the roads and houses offering some really nice views of Metro Vancouver. This makes it a great way to get an overview of the city and nearby mountains. SkyTrain also travels above the Fraser River into Surrey over the longest transit-only bridge in the world.
Crossing Burrard Inlet on the Seabus also offers some great views of the downtown Vancouver skyline, Stanley Park, the Lions Gate Bridge, and the North Shore Mountains.
The best deal for travellers is to purchase a day pass at any SkyTrain Station, Seabus Terminal or Fare Saver Dealer for just $9.00, or $7.00 for seniors and children, which allows you to ride anywhere on the transit system all day and night. This allows you to see a much larger area of the city for a fraction of the cost of using tour buses. Unfortunately you can not purchase a day pass on the buses, however you can certainly use a day pass on them. For easy directions on getting to many Vancouver attractions on Public Transit visit TourbyTransit.com. Also Translink offers a helpful Trip Planner on their official website.