Public transit is a great way to travel to Vancouver's official New Year's Eve celebration in downtown Vancouver. Revellers are strongly encouraged to walk, bike, rideshare or transit to and from the celebrations.
If you're planning on driving to the celebrations, download the Flok ridesharing app (iOS) to connect with other attendees from your area who are heading the same way. Drivers who have extra seats can find passengers who need a lift, sharing the cost of travel (gas, parking, bridge tolls) and reducing the number of vehicles travelling into downtown.
Drivers can post their ride details in the "NYE Vancouver" rideshare community on the app, including trip details such as departure time and location, number of seats available, and requested trip contribution fees. For security, all users are required to verify their mobile number, add a profile photo, and will rate each other once the trip is complete. Round trips are not available; please post or book two trips if you would like to rideshare both ways.
For more information: www.weflok.com
Free Public Transit
The festival site on Canada Place Way and community viewing areas for the fireworks in downtown Vancouver are within close walking distance of a number of frequent, high-capacity public transit services. For advice on planning your transit journey, use TransLink’s online Trip Planner, follow TransLink on Twitter or call TransLink’s customer service hotline at 604.953.3333.
Please note there will be service changes on New Year’s Eve to accommodate the expected large crowds. All public transit services are free from 5 pm on December 31 to 5 am on January 1.
The celebration site is easily accessible from Waterfront Station, a central transit hub served by SkyTrain’s Expo Line and Canada Line.
Both SkyTrain lines will operate one hour longer and include more frequent trains during the evening. The last Expo Line and Canada Line trains to depart Waterfront Station will be at 2:20 am and 1:55 am, respectively.
Granville Station and Burrard Station, which are served by the Expo Line, are also a short walking distance from Canada Place Way.
The West Coast Express commuter rail and extended 701 buses to Mission will not operate.
A significant number of bus services run to and from the downtown Vancouver peninsula. Buses will run on their usual Saturday schedules with some routes running additional evening and late-night trips after normal schedules.
For more information on routes and schedules, visit TransLink’s online Trip Planner
SeaBus ferry services from Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver to Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver will be extended by one hour. The last sailing from Lonsdale Quay will be at 2:02 am while the last sailing from Waterfront Station will be at 2:22 am.
There are a number of pay car park facilities, operated by WestPark, located in downtown Vancouver within a short walking distance from venue area of Concord's New Year's Eve Vancouver. This includes:
- Canada Place (999 Canada Place)
- Bentall Centre (1040 West Pender Street)
- Pender Parkade (1130 West Pender Street)
- Urban Fare at Coal Harbour (305 Bute Street)
- Westin Bayshore (1620 Bayshore Drive)
To support the hosting of Concord's New Year’s Eve Vancouver celebrations, the following sections of Canada Place Way will be closed at the following times:
- Canada Place Way from Howe Street to Burrard Street: Closed from 3 pm on Friday, December 30 to 1 pm on Sunday, January 1
- Canada Place Way from Thurlow Street to Burrard Street: Closed from 8 am on Saturday, December 31 to 1 pm on Sunday, January 1
Local access to the immediate area's hotels, parking facilities, and the Canada Place cruise ship terminal will be maintained. Access and egress could be further restricted on the evening of the event due to large crowds.
For long-haul services into the Metro Vancouver region, VIA Rail Canada, Greyhound and Amtrak make daily connections into Vancouver. These services begin and terminate at Pacific Central Station, located next to SkyTrain’s Main Street-Science World Station.
B.C. Ferries operates daily sailings between Vancouver, Victoria and Nanaimo from the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal in Delta and the Horseshoe Bay Terminal in West Vancouver.
Vancouver International Airport is consistently ranked as one of the world’s best airports and is served by a wide variety of local, national and international air carriers with direct routes to major destinations. The SkyTrain Canada Line connects the airport to downtown Vancouver in just 25 minutes.