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