Canada Line SkyTrain Interior
After following the signs up to the Canada Line platform, I attempted to buy tickets for my parents and myself via the many ticket machines available. From what I had read before departing home, I needed to buy a ticket for two zones to reach Vancouver City Centre Station from Vancouver International Airport. The machine was only displaying options for one zone and after fidgeting around trying to figure things out, I tried to ask couple of other riders around me but they didn’t speak English. Just as I was getting frustrated, I found the sign about knee height next to the ticket machine explaining that we only needed to pay for one zone on holidays such as today Christmas Day and anytime after peak travel times had past.
Canada Line SkyTrain Vancouver City Centre Station
So with the knowledge from the sign, I started the ticket purchase transaction again and bought three tickets, 1 regular and 2 senior for one zone. I thought the Metrolink ticket machines in Southern California was confusing to use, but I think the SkyTrain ticket machine may have just beat out the Metrolink ticket machines for the most confusing to use. Even the BART ticket machines, which you need to know the exact fare between your two stations ahead of time was less confusing to use than SkyTrain’s machines.
Canada Line Train Vancouver City Centre Station
With our tickets in hand, we tapped them on the reader and boarded the Canada Line SkyTrain already at the platform. We found ourselves couple of empty seats in the adjoining car and traveling with our luggage was not an issue in the wide and empty train cars. I was starting to get tired during our 11 stop ride from Vancouver International Airport to the second to the last stop on the line, but I forced myself to not doze off. It also helped that I had to get up to let the guy sitting next to me get out.
Once we arrived at Vancouver City Centre Station, we tapped our tickets again to exit the station and once outside, I turned on Google Maps for our last 0.5 mile walk to our hotel, the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre.