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From YVR to hotel using Fare Saver tickets

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From YVR to hotel using Fare Saver tickets

Hi. Our party of three is arriving this May through YVR. We plan to take the Canada line then the bus to our hotel in Kingsway. I checked using Translink and fare is $8.75 each. If we buy two Fare Saver booklets at the airport (10 tickets per booklet at $2.50 each), how do we pay our total fare of $26.25? Do we use 11 tickets worth $27.50? Sorry if the question seems inane but I'm bothered by the discrepancy and worried that the tickets will be rejected because it's the wrong amount. I'm not too familiar with how subways work as we don't have them in our little city. Thanks.

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1. Re: From YVR to hotel using Fare Saver tickets

Hi travelite_go

Good plan to get Faresavers booklets. You must walk 5-8 minutes over to the Domestic Terminal to buy them from 7-Eleven or Pharmasave.

One bus ticket is good for 90 minutes on all transit here: skytrains, bus, Seabus.

The transit system fares are built on zones. It is a 2 zone fare from the airport to Vancouver. It is a 2 zone fare from Vancouver to North Vancouver (Cap Susp Bridge, Grouse Mountain.) Effective on weekdays before 6h30 pm.

Within Vancouver, you would pay a 1 zone fare at any time. The 2 zone fares reduce to 1 zone fares on weekdays after 6h30 pm and on weekends and holidays.

So in your case, depending on the day and time of day as explained above, you might need to use one 2-zone Faresaver ticket or one 1-zone ticket each to go into Vancouver. When you use a Faresaver or a Day Pass, you do not have to pay the $5.00 surcharge to leave the airport.

So which kind of Faresavers to buy? You could buy a book of 1-zones. If you plan to stay in Vancouver for the most part, choose those. When you travel into a 2 zone area (on a weekday before 6h30) add a cash top up of $1.25 (exact change in coins) to each ticket. Again good for 90 minutes.

On the skytrain and seabus platforms, you can use credit card or cash and you will get change. On the bus you must pay exact fare in coins.

Hope this helps.

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2. Re: From YVR to hotel using Fare Saver tickets

You buy a book of 2 zone tickets for $31.50 (for 10) during the day or one zone tickets for $21.00 after 6:30pm or weekends. The same ticket gets you on the bus to Kingsway.

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3. Re: From YVR to hotel using Fare Saver tickets

Thank you for your detailed reply, Mufti! It sure clarifies things for me. Looking forward to visiting your beautiful city very soon.

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4. Re: From YVR to hotel using Fare Saver tickets

Thank you for your reply, Alegre. Looking forward and counting the days to our vacation!

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5. Re: From YVR to hotel using Fare Saver tickets

Since you are buying FareSaver tickets from 7 - Eleven or Pharmasave you must validate them in machines on the train platform. This video shows you the machines. This will timestamp your tickets for 90 minutes of use on any transit in any direction.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ff8XJSwDnWk

If you buy one zone tickets and you need a two zone ticket ( indicated by time of day etc from Mufti ) you can use the " addfare" option to add the fare difference.This is done using the ticket maching, not the validation machine.

flickr.com/photos/…

Just a heads up. The validation machines on the Canada Line are as in the video above. The validation for Skytrain are blue such as in this photo from the Translink site.

translink.ca/en/…Paying-Your-Fare.aspx

If you buy any tickets from the machine you do not have to validate them since they are issued already with a timestamp.

Have a great trip !

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6. Re: From YVR to hotel using Fare Saver tickets

Depending on what time your flight comes in, you will need either one zone or two zone as discussed above. If you are only planning on using the bus to get you from YVR to your hotel, you will only need to buy one book of faresavers. If you are going from your hotel to the cruise departure, you will only need one ticket each as well as one ticket each from YVR to the hotel. If your hotel is in Vancouver, you will only need a one zone ticket to get to the cruise terminal. The book of tickets is for 10 tickets, so please only purchase what you need.

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7. Re: From YVR to hotel using Fare Saver tickets

Thank you for your reply Rustproof, and for the YouTube video and pictures. I have a better understanding of the transit system now, thanks to you and the other wonderful Vancouver TA experts and posters who have taken time to explain things so that tourists like us will have a memorable experience in your amazing city.

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8. Re: From YVR to hotel using Fare Saver tickets

CndnGuider, thank you for your kind suggestion. I will probably get two booklets of one zone fares and just top up as needed, as there are three of us and we will be staying put and exploring Vancouver for two weeks. The transit system is so good and we plan to walk a lot, so I love the idea of Faresavers instead of getting a rental car.

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