BMO Vancouver Marathon: how to get there by transit

BMO Vancouver Marathon: how to get there by transit

Train passes by and a BMO Vancouver Marathon ad is visible in the background.
BMO Vancouver Marathon / RUNVAN

Runners! It’s that time of year to lace up your shoes, stretch your physical (and mental) muscles, and get psyched for Vancouver’s top marathon event — the BMO Vancouver Marathon.

Make sure to mark Sunday, May 5 on your calendar, get set with your race kit, and go to the BMO Vancouver Marathon by transit.

Everything you need to know to take transit to the BMO Vancouver Marathon

Taking transit to key locations for the BMO Vancouver Marathon is hassle-free as starting lines are conveniently stationed near transit hubs.

Transit options

Transit services will operate on a Sunday schedule. Check out which bus routes will be modified to accommodate the BMO Vancouver Marathon.

Marathon and Half Marathon

Get everything set before your run day and save these details to your smartphone’s calendar:

Shuttle service

Shuttle service is available for registered Marathon and Half Marathon runners for $5 plus tax. Pick-up locations include Scott Road Station, Brentwood Town Centre Station, Patterson Station, Lougheed Town Centre Station, and Lonsdale Quay Bus Exchange.

Visit the BMO website for departure times. Shuttles will depart on time so make sure to arrive at least 20 minutes if you need to park your car or bike nearby.

Make sure to register online before Tuesday, April 30 at 8:30 p.m. for the shuttle service as space is limited.

Canada Line

Taking the Canada Line to the BMO Vancouver Marathon and Half Marathon start line is also easy! The start line is located near Canada Line’s King Edward Station and Oakridge–41st Avenue Station.

Canada Line will operate on a Sunday schedule on May 5, with first trains departing:

  • Richmond–Brighouse Station at 5:02 a.m.
  • YVR–Airport Station at 5:07 a.m., and
  • Waterfront Station at 5:28 a.m.

Visit the website to see more departure times.

8 km run


8 km run BMO Vancouver Marathon map
BMO Vancouver Marathon / RUNVAN
Shuttle service

The route for 19 Stanley Park/Metrotown will be modified so make sure to catch the free shuttle service to get close to the start line. There are free shuttles for all 8 km runners from 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 5.

Bus route detours

Several bus routes will be modified at certain times during the day on Sunday, May 5 to accommodate the Marathon. The following routes are affected. Click on each to see alerts specific to that route.

Bike then transit

If you plan to cycle that day, there are parkades, lockers, and racks available near transit.

Drive then transit

We also have Park and Ride lots near transit hubs where you can park your car for a day rate of $2 or $3.

How to pay for transit

Paying your fare is easy. You can simply tap your contactless Interac debit card, as well as American Express, Mastercard, and Visa credit cards at faregates at stations and card readers onboard buses.

Have a Compass Card? You can load it online ahead of the marathon day. Note that it may take up to 2 hours for the system to update the card when loaded online. To add balance instantly, reload your card or purchase single-use Compass Tickets at Compass Vending Machines available at all SeaBus, SkyTrain, and West Coast Express stations.

Where to go after the marathon

Block parties will take place around Vancouver during and after the marathon for runners and cheerers to enjoy live music, family-friendly activities, and snacks.

Care for discounts? Check out! You can redeem special offers from attractions, breweries, and restaurants simply by showing your Compass Card or proof of same-day fare.

If you’re visiting Metro Vancouver from out of town, welcome! The region has plenty of sights you wouldn’t want to miss, and they’re accessible by transit!