Getting Here

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.

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.

As part of TransLink's 2017 Holiday Service Schedule, the transit authority will offer free transit across Metro Vancouver after 5 pm on Sunday, December 31, 2017 until 5 am on Monday, January 1, 2018.

In addition to the NYE free transit, there will be increased service and extended hours for buses, SkyTrain, and SeaBus. For more info on free transit and extended services on NYE, click here.

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.


The celebration site is easily accessible from Waterfront Station, a central transit hub served by two SkyTrain lines - the Expo Line and Canada Line.

Both SkyTrain lines will operate extended hours - running slightly past 2 am for Canada Line and Expo Line trains leaving downtown Vancouver from Waterfront Station - and trains will run more frequently until the end of service.

Granville Station and Burrard Station, which are served by the Expo Line, are also a short walking distance from the main festival site at Canada Place Way.

The West Coast Express commuter rail service will not operate on NYE.

For the complete last train schedule on NYE, click here.


A significant number of bus services run to and from the downtown Vancouver peninsula. Buses will run on a modified Sunday/holiday schedule with some routes running additional evening and late-night trips after normal schedules. Service levels on some routes will be adjusted to reflect ridership levels.

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 see extended hours. 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:

  1. Canada Place (999 Canada Place)
  2. Bentall Centre (1040 West Pender Street)
  3. Pender Parkade (1130 West Pender Street)
  4. Urban Fare at Coal Harbour (305 Bute Street)
  5. Westin Bayshore (1620 Bayshore Drive)

Road Closures

Traffic controls and road closures will be in place beginning at 6:00 am on December 31, 2017 until approximately 3:00 am on January 1, 2018.

Access to Canada Place Way will be limited with road closures along West Cordova Street at the intersections of Howe Street, Burrard Street, and Thurlow Street.

Access will remain open to the Canada Place parkade, the Fairmont Hotel parkade and the WestPark parkade, which serves the Pan Pacific Hotel, although there may be a closure during peak event hours for the midnight fireworks.

Increased delays may be expected for travel through and within the area on December 31.

The outdoor event ends at 12:30 am and the roads will re-open at 3:00 am.

Traveling Abroad

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.