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How to Get to Grouse Mountain by Bus from Downtown & More

Not all of us Vancouverites are blessed with cars, and visitors might even be more hard pressed to get some wheels.

That’s why I’m going to show you how to get to Grouse Mountain by bus.

Let’s take a look.

⚠️ Warning ⚠️ – We’re now in high season. Lines for the gondola are long and you’ll likely have to wait several trips to get up – avoid this by booking no money down Grouse Mountain tickets in advance.

a group of people sitting on muskoka chairs at the top of grouse mountain vancouver bc canadaHow to Bus to Grouse Mountain

Whether you’re going on a Grouse Mountain skiing adventure or heading up in Vancouver in summer there’s plenty of activities up there to make the bus trip worth it.

In fact, it’s the most common way to get there and also the fastest with Vancouver public transport.

Let’s take a look at the map to see what’s involved bussing to Grouse Mountain:

map directions on how to get to grouse mountain by bus

In short, to reach Grouse Mountain you’ll need to get over to North Vancouver which means crossing either the Lions Gate Bridge or Second Narrows Bridge – but more on that later.

From Granville and Georgia (the heart of downtown Vancouver, within walking distance of the Vancouver Cruise Terminal) the instructions are simple:

In all, the bus ride to Grouse takes between 40-50 minutes in off peak hours.

Speaking of hours: never book your Grouse Mountain tickets around rush hour.

If you’re heading over the Lions Gate Bridge you’re going to run into a bottleneck that’ll take 45-60 minutes to cross.

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The best time to visit Grouse Mountain is thus between about 10:30 am to 2:30 pm or after 5:00 pm.

Finally, as somebody who has gotten themselves stuck in the Skyride line a bunch of times, I want to again remind you that Grouse Mountain Gondola tickets should be booked in advance:

This is especially true if you’re booking lift tickets to go skiing, as it’s not uncommon to wait an extra 20 or 30 minutes for the Skyride if you have to line up:


?  |  Curious? Read some Grouse Mountain reviews from recent ticket buyers.

Ready to Get to Grouse Mountain by Bus?

My goal is to answer every Vancouver question in existence, but it’s possible I’ve missed something here!

Whether it’s a bus to Grouse Mountain or anything else, please drop me a line below if you need any custom advice.

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