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TransLink, Ferries expand holiday hours

A guide to holiday schedules for buses, SeaBuses, West Coast Expresses, SkyTrains and ferries.

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Getting home for the holidays isn't always about reuniting with family. Sometimes it just means making it back from a marathon shopping trip with both arms and your sanity intact -- and on that front, TransLink and BC Ferries feel your pain.

Both companies have laid on extra service over the holiday period.


TransLink has posted a full holiday schedule. The highlights:

  • On the holidays themselves, you only need a one-zone fare to travel across all zones all day.
  • In general, transit during the holidays will follow normal schedules and fares for that day of the week, with some notable exceptions. You can still plan your own trip with TransLink's Planner. Customer Information answers questions at 604-953-3333. 

Saturday, Dec. 10 & Saturday, Dec. 17, WCE "Santa Trains"

  • West Coast Express special "Santa Train" departs westbound from Mission at 10 a.m., arriving at Waterfront around 11:15 a.m. Eastbound train leaves Waterfront at 5 p.m., arriving in Mission around 6:15 p.m. (Open House at WCE Waterfront, 2:30 p.m.– 5 p.m; includes visits with Santa!)

Friday, Dec. 23

  • West Coast Express afternoon trains depart from Waterfront at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 4:20 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6:20 p.m. No 12:55 p.m. TrainBus; all other TrainBus trips depart at their regular times.

Saturday, Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve)

  • Bus and SeaBus services will be running usual Saturday schedules.
  • SkyTrain will run more frequent midday service on Expo and Millennium Lines for the last-minute shopping rush.

Sunday, Dec. 25 (Christmas) 

  • Buses will be running a Sunday/holiday schedule, but some routes will be adjusted from their normal schedules to reflect ridership levels. 
  • SeaBus and SkyTrain will operate on Sunday/holiday schedules.

Monday, Dec. 26 (Boxing Day) 
(Statutory Holiday: one-zone ticket is good for travel across all zones today.)

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