A Train Journey from Surrey, British Columbia to Downtown Vancouver

Skytrain’s Expo Line from King George Station in Surrey, British Columbia to Waterfront Station in Downtown Vancouver passes through 18 stations and takes under an hour of travel time. Travel from station to station varies from a minute to three.

Walking to King George Station

Walking to King George Station in Surrey, BC

A DayPass costing CAD9.75 an adult can be used for unlimited journeys on all buses, SkyTrain and SeaBus (to North Vancouver) for a whole day. The pass is available for travel through all zones. It saves money when taking multiple trips in the same day over purchasing single fares.

Expo Line connects two other neighbouring cities – Burnaby and New Westminster to Vancouver. The route has one of the most amazing views we have seen and experienced so far, especially on winter.

Aboard the train, we can see residential houses interspersed with commercial and industrial structures. A background of snow-capped mountain range partially hidden in low fog looks lovely on a sunny day. Pine trees and leafless trees which will look fabulous come spring time dotted the landscape.

Along the journey

As the train passes through Sky Train Bridge, the concrete and steel arched Pattullo Bridge comes into full view. Both bridges which connect the cities of Surrey and New Westminster cross Fraser River, which at 1,375 kilometres (854 miles) is the longest within British Columbia. Cars, vans and trucks run on both directions in the morning rush hour atop Pattullo.

The bridge was named after Thomas Dufferin Pattullo, who was British Columbia’s Premier from 1933 to 1941.  Below, the river docked with cargo boats appears serene as the sky and seems oblivious to the moving traffic above it.

Pattullo Bridge over Fraser River

A little over half an hour to the journey, the train reaches Main Street-Science World Station in Vancouver. On its right is the Pacific Central Station, which is both a railway station and a bus depot. It acts as the western terminal of the train’s cross-country run to Toronto in the East Coast. It also serves as the northern terminal of Amtrak’s train journeys coming from Seattle and Portland in the US.

The head office and bus depot of Pacific Coach Lines which provides coach services within the city is located in the station. Also, it is the main Vancouver terminal for the Greyhound bus company serving the northern town and cities down to Seattle in the American state of Washington.

Pacific Central Station

On the left of the station is the Science World museum, a place to hang-out and learn about science and technology for budding scientists and engineers of the province and for visitors, too. The museum is topped with a circular-shaped structure which is one of my favourites in Vancouver. I would like to check this out in the future.

Across False Creek, a short inlet which separates the downtown area from the rest of Vancouver, is the BC Place Stadium. It has a retractable roof and is a venue for entertainment, sports and other activities.

Science World Museum and BC Place Stadium

After going through a tunnel and 40 minutes later, the train journey ends at Waterfront Station located in West Cordova Street. Just outside of the station are some of the best attractions Vancouver has to offer.

West Cordova St. in Downtown Vancouver

A sneak peek of the city looks impressive. We can’t wait to explore.

19 thoughts on “A Train Journey from Surrey, British Columbia to Downtown Vancouver

  1. Global Girl Travels

    This is one of my favorite parts about traveling via train – the opportunity to enjoy great views. This isn’t something that you get to enjoy as much on plane. The Pattullo Bridge is one of the highlights of these views. So excited to read about your adventure in Vancouver!

    1. Ash Post author

      Train ride is the best – a hassle-free and economical way of seeing sceneries at your comfort. I’m working on our Vancouver adventures and will publish soon.

  2. Ticker Eats The World

    Thanks for a very interesting post. I think we sometimes take train journeys for granted while enjoying the scenery but since it goes by so fast we never actually see it. You really describe it well and I like how you went into the details like that of the bridge. Lovely unique post.

    1. Ash Post author

      Thanks for your lovely comments. This journey is an inter-city one so the train’s speed is just about right for the passengers to enjoy the views.

  3. Yu En

    Train rides always remind me of Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory.

    Train has never been my top choice when it comes to travel, but with all the scenic views on the way, I think I’d love to try the next time 🙂

    1. Ash Post author

      You ought to try trains in your future travels, a good way of seeing and enjoying great views unlike those of say, planes.

  4. sarah

    This all looks very clean and wintry. I wanted to go to Vancouver when I was staying in Seattle, but somehow I never got around to it. I like the way you’ve captured the city with few people around, which gives a kind of ‘not quite real’ feeling.

    1. Ash Post author

      After Vancouver, my family travelled to Seattle and this time by bus. It was December (last year) and winter so there’s not much tourists when we visited Vancouver. I’m sure when the weather gets warmer, people will come down in groves.

  5. kathy (from walkaboutwanderer.com)

    I am really keen to go to Vancouver, I have heard so much about it in terms of adventure travel.
    Train travel can be a great way of seeing a city. I always prefer to get a day pass when I can as I never know what I have planned and tickets can add up.
    The bridge you pass through looks lovely. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Ash Post author

      Thanks for your interest to see Vancouver – I’m sure you’ll enjoy it when you get there. Aside from being a modern coastal city, Vancouver has so much to offer in terms of winter activities like skiing, snow-boarding, etc.

      A day pass offers unlimited travels on all public transport, so it’s practical to purchase one.

  6. Vicki Louise

    I love watching the landscape change as you glide past on the train – the World Museum is certainly an interesting looking building too – the globe on the top is so eye-catching!
    Train journeys are a great way to explore and this one offered great value for money too which is awesome.

    1. Ash Post author

      This inter-city train rides was one of the best we had with all that amazing views. The day pass offers us unlimited access to all public transport which is a cool way to explore.

  7. Janine Good

    Such a beautiful view of the West Coast. I love seeing posts on my country and I’m so proud when I see such praise. I have not done the train trips, but based on your review, they look quite fun and fulfilling. I would definitely check out the World Museum while i’m there should I get the chance.

    1. Ash Post author

      I’m humbled to know I made a Canadian proud of her country. As a whole, Canada is a great place to explore and offers amazing experiences. We barely scratched its surface, so to speak and we need to visit again.

  8. Soraya

    A day pass for unlimited rides is quite affordable. It’s a great option for travellers and the scenery is amazing! I would love to check out the Science World museum. I love these type of museums because it’s just a fun way to learn. What a great way to explore Vancouver!

    1. Ash Post author

      We were not able to visit the Science World museum but may do so if we ever have the chance to come back. Vancouver is a great city for the locals and the visitors alike to explore.

  9. Nadine Cathleen

    This looks super gorgeous! Has not been on my travel radar yet but after seeing your pictures hmmmm I might add that part of Canada to the bucket list. Train journeys are an amazing way to explore more and they have something so romantic (like in old movies) as well 🙂

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