From any bus stop on the north side of Georgia Street in downtown Vancouver catch the #257 Horseshoe Bay Express. The express bus takes 45 minutes and runs twice an hour. The popular express bus boasts extra passenger capacity and a rack for panniers and bulky backpacks.
More frequently, the #250 Horseshoe Bay bus runs roughly every 20 minutes but takes nearly an hour to reach the same destination. Both buses stop on the north side of the road in front of Park Royal Shopping Centre for the convenience of those on the North Shore.
Both buses are equipped with bike racks capable of carrying two bicycles. For up-to-date information on the Horseshoe Bay Route visit the Translink webesite....
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When BC Car-Free was written, there wasn't a SmartPhone in sight. There were a lot of dumb ones, mostly landlines [how quaint!] and the odd – very odd – handheld "mobile" that looked more like a refrigerator than a phone. Consequently, we included a great deal of information in the original print version that would be redundant, and soon dated, if we tried to repeat that in this redux. For more precise scheduling options any of the following will work.
Translink Website: In Vancouver, follow the link on PC or mobile to plot the best routing between your current location and your destination. Surprisingly, there isn't an app for that.
Next Bus: Also a service of Translink, Next Bus provides real-time info on that bus that was supposed to have arrived 10 minutes ago. Input the the bus route or bus stop number from the top of the bus marquee for more current schedule information.
Google Maps: Also provides routing and scheduling of transit options just about anywhere in the world on any platform. It works well in BC, less so in exotic overseas locales. Google Maps has the added benefit of allowing you to input start and end coordinates visually when the precise address is unknown.
Transit App: Available for Android or iOS, Transit also has a more or less global reach.
Transit DB: Another popular dedicated app that at present is only available for Android.