Recently, I’ve been teaching a group of students who have just arrived in Vancouver. They want to see our city, but they don’t know much about where the buses go. Here’s a little breakdown of bus numbers and what they mean.
Routes 1-100 all travel in Vancouver city.
Routes 101 – 149 (&155) all travel in Burnaby or New Westminster.
Routes 150 – 199 (except 155) all travel in Coquitlam, Port Moody, or Port Coquitlam.
Routes 200 – 249 all travel in North Vancouver.
Routes 250 – 299 all travel in West Vancouver.
Routes 300 – 399 all travel in Surrey, North Delta, or White Rock.
Routes 400 – 490 all travel in Richmond.
Routes 500 – 599 all travel in Langley.
Routes 600 – 699 all travel in South Delta.
Routes 700 – 799 all travel in Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge.
Routes 800 – 899 are for high school students only.
Routes starting with a C, like C5, use minibuses and have very short routes. They are also called “Community Shuttles.”
Routes starting with an N, like N9, are late-night buses. They run from 1:30am to 4:00am.
Some Vancouver routes, like 4, 9, 41, and 49, travel mostly on their avenues: 49 UBC goes on 49th Avenue, for example.
Happy traveling, and I hope you find your way around Vancouver easily!