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The University of British Columbia is located on the western end of the peninsula, south and west of the downtown core and north and west of the Vancouver International Airport.  

Getting to UBC

Visit Google Maps for comprehensive directions to or from UBC.

By Air

Vancouver International Airport is located just 16km southeast of UBC, about 25-30 minutes by car or taxi. Travel distance and travel time from the airport to downtown Vancouver is about the same.


Taxis charge a metered rate based on time and distance travelled. The approximate fare from the airport to downtown Vancouver is $25-$30 (inclusive of all taxes) under normal conditions. The approximate fare from the airport to the UBC campus is about $28-$35. Taxis are readily available outside both the Domestic and International terminals.


A number of local hotels offer shuttle services to and from the airport. Please check with the hotel that you are staying with if they operate a a shuttle service.

Rental Cars

Car rental facilities are conveniently located just steps from the terminal on the ground floor of the parkade. Companies operating their vehicle pickup and return services directly from these facilities include:

By Car

If you are traveling by car, drive westbound along either 4th Avenue, 10th Avenue, 16th Avenue, or 41st Avenue into Southwest Marine Drive (check the UBC Parking web site for information about rates). Please be aware of construction-related detours around the main gate (University Boulevard and Wesbrook Mall) and entering the university westbound along 16th Avenue.

By Bus, Skytrain, or Seabus

Translink's free Trip Planning service allows you to plan your trip to UBC from virtually any Lower Mainland location.

Full bus, Skytrain (rapid transit), and Seabus route and schedule information, including bus frequency listings and route maps, are also available on the Translink web site, or call 604.953.3333.

From Vancouver and the Lower Mainland

  • take any bus that states UBC as its destination -- in Vancouver, bus routes #4, #9, #17, #25, #41, #43, #44, #49, #99 B-Line, #258 and #480 will all take you to UBC
  • Skytrain passengers can get off at Broadway Station and then transfer onto the #99 B-Line bus to UBC
  • note that some routes service the UBC campus only during peak hours

From Vancouver International Airport

  • from Vancouver International Airport, take bus #424 to Airport Station, transfer to bus #98 B-Line, get off at Granville St. at Broadway, and transfer to either the #17 UBC or #99 UBC buses

From B.C. Ferries Terminals


  • from the B.C. Ferries terminal in Tsawwassen, take bus #620 to Ladner Exchange and transfer to bus #601 Vancouver; take bus #601 Vancouver until Granville St. at Broadway, and transfer to either bus #17 UBC or #99 UBC (in peak hours, bus #601 may be scheduled as a direct route from the Tsawwassen Terminal to Downtown)

Horseshoe Bay

  • from the B.C. Ferries terminal in Horseshoe Bay, take bus #257 Vancouver Express to downtown Vancouver, and transfer to either bus #4 UBC or bus #17 UBC on Granville St.



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