Take transit to the Vancouver Sun Run on April 16

Take transit to the Vancouver Sun Run on April 16

Runners on the Burrard Street Bridge during the Vancouver Sun Run in 2016
Photo: Michael Whyte/Flickr

Are you excited for the 2023 Vancouver Sun Run? Well, you’re not alone!

The Sun Run, which is billed as Canada’s largest start line, is a beloved annual event that brings together thousands of runners, joggers, and walkers for a 10-kilometer race through the streets of Vancouver.

To help you get to the start line and back from the finish line with ease, we’re adding extra transit service on Sunday, April 16! Don’t forget, you only need a 1-Zone fare to travel across all zones on Sundays and kids 12 and under ride free every day.

Take transit to the Vancouver Sun Run with extra SkyTrain, SeaBus, and West Coast Express service

The SkyTrain is taking off from its start line sooner with service starting half-an-hour earlier than usual and extra service until mid-afternoon. The first trains:

  • King George to Waterfront at 6:38 a.m.
  • Lougheed Town Centre to Waterfront at 6:37 a.m.
  • Waterfront to Production Way–University at 7:04 a.m.
  • Waterfront to King George at 7:09 a.m.
  • Lafarge Lake–Douglas to VCC–Clark at 6:25 a.m.
  • VCC–Clark to Lafarge Lake–Douglas at 6:55 a.m.

The SeaBus joins the team with morning service starting an hour earlier. The first sailings:

  • From Lonsdale Quay at 7:02 a.m.
  • From Waterfront at 7:16 a.m.

But that’s not all! The West Coast Express is operating special trains to help commuters get to and from the Sun Run:

  • Westbound train departs from Mission City Station at 7 a.m.
  • Eastbound, return train departs from Waterfront Station at 1 p.m.

Photo of West Coast Express Sun Run Train

Taking transit for the first time is easy

Choosing to ride transit is easy even if you are not an experienced rider.

Simply tap your contactless Visa, Mastercard or American Express credit card or Interac Debit card on our Compass readers to ride. No need to fumble for coins or buy a Compass Card — though we encourage it as Compass Card holders receive a discount on fares.

Hot tip: if you are purchasing your transit fare at a Compass Vending Machine, purchase a second Compass Ticket so you can skip the ticket machines after the race. Just tap that second Compass Ticket on the reader and be on your way. Compass Tickets are only valid on the day its purchased.

You can also combine cycling and driving with transit! Bicycle parking at our Bike Parkades cost only $1 per day (up to a maximum of $8 per month). You’ll have to register your Compass Card for access first. And for just $2 or $3 per day, you can park your car all day at one of our nine Park and Ride lots.

Riding with us means you won’t have to worry about finding parking downtown, navigating road closures, or dealing with traffic congestion on race day.

Start planning your transit trip today at translink.ca/tripplanner.

Bus re-routes

To accomodate the run, we’re re-routing bus service in the downtown area. The affected routes include the 2, 5, 6, 15, 50, 84, 240, 246, 257, N19, and N24. These re-routes are in effect all morning until approximately 2 p.m. when downtown roads re-open. For full details, please visit translink.ca/alerts.

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Whether you’re a seasoned runner or a first-time participant, be sure to take advantage of the extra transit service. We’ll see you at the finish line!