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How to take transit to events at Rogers Arena and BC Place

How to take transit to events at Rogers Arena and BC Place

Transit is the best way to get downtown for concerts and live sports! We have plenty of tools, tips, and tricks to make your commute easier. Those include our convenient trip planner, late night service options, and real-time bus tracking. We’re here to make it easier for you to get to the people and places that matter most.

Our system saves you time and money, here’s how to use it.

Park and Ride

If you live outside Metro Vancouver and want to drive to your event, the first thing you should consider is utilizing our Park and Ride system. Park and Ride is a series of parking lots conveniently located next to transit hubs like SkyTrain stations. These lots are significantly less expensive than parking downtown and integrate seamlessly into our transit network. Plus, they’re easy to use thanks to our Park&Go app. Consider parking at Scott Road SkyTrain station and commuting downtown via the Expo Line to save money and avoid traffic.


SkyTrain (including Canada Line)

Once you’re within Metro Vancouver you’ll want to find the nearest SkyTrain station and head towards Stadium-Chinatown Station on the Expo Line. Stadium-Chinatown is within walking distance of Rogers Arena and BC Place (also reachable from the Vancouver City Centre – Canada Line station, but a longer walk or short bus trip to the areas), where sports and large concerts are primarily held. To use the SkyTrain you’ll have to buy fares. You can buy fares at Compass Vending Machines which are located near the fare gates at all SkyTrain stations. Purchasing fare for both your ride to and from your destination is recommended. Often crowds can lead to long waits at Compass Vending Machines after events conclude. For more complete information on fares and Compass Vending Machines click here.


For those already downtown or close to it, our bus network may be a more appropriate solution. We have a wide selection of routes that service the area surrounding the stadiums. For instance, if you’re in the West End or Mount Pleasant areas, you could ride route 19 (Metrotown/Stanley Park). Or, if you find yourself on the North Shore you can take route 247 (Grouse Mountain/Downtown) or 253 (Caulfield/Vancouver/Park Royal). For more info on routes and to plan your trip, utilize TransLink’s trip planner.

In order to utilize the bus system, you’ll have to pay for your fare. Our buses utilize tap to pay technology so you can easily pay with a credit card or stored value on your Compass Card. If you don’t have a tap card have no fear, they accept cash as well. For more info on bus fares click here.


If you’re looking to get downtown from the North Shore, consider taking a SeaBus from Lonsdale Quay to Waterfront Station as a part of your journey. The SeaBus is a 12-minute journey that takes you to the heart of Downtown Vancouver. From Waterfront Station, transfer over to the SkyTrain’s Expo Line, ride three stops to Stadium-Chinatown station and you’ll find yourself a short walk from Rogers Arena and BC Place. Offering convenient service both directions until 1:22 am the SeaBus is a safe and convenient option to and from your event.

Now you know the basics, for a complete list of tips, tricks and tools to make your transit even easier click here.


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