A Comparison of Vancouver Hop on Hop Off Tours

by Paul Joseph  |  Published June 12, 2023

Allowing you to jump aboard and disembark at designated stops throughout the city, hop-on hop-off tours are a popular way to see Vancouver at your own pace.

(Photo: Gray Line Westcoast Sightseeing / Courtesy GetYourGuide)

Affording you with the freedom and flexibility to board buses at various stops as and when you please, hop-on hop-off tours are a great way to see lots of a city without relying on walking, costly taxis or unfamiliar metro systems. If you’re planning a trip to Vancouver and like the idea of making use of its extensive bus network at your leisure, we’ve compared some of the best hop-on hop-off tours currently available across the city.

24 or 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Pass

Run by Gray Line Westcoast Sightseeing, their hop-on hop-off bus tours are available as either 24 or 48-hour passes. Passengers are treated to an informative on-board commentary that helps you choose where to hop off and explore further. Multiple stops are features along the route, including some of Vancouver’s most famous landmarks and places of interest such as Coal Harbour, English Bay Beach, Chinatown, and the Sports District. During the summer months, buses run every 20 minutes, and in winter every 50-60 minutes, between the hours of 8.45am and 5pm at all times of the year. From $CA65 per person.

Book at GetYourGuide

Hop-On Hop-Off City Attractions Tour

If you want to extend your tour over two days, then this is just the ticket. Operated by Shore Excursions Group, the 48-hour hop-on hop-off trolley tour is an easy way to enjoy Vancouver’s most popular spots, such as Stanley Park, Gastown, and Granville Island.  Aboard clear-top buses and San Francisco-style trolleys, you’ll get to hear a live commentary and learn what makes this spectacular city so special. The buses and trolleys cover two routes that will take you all across the city, with both routes included in your ticket. The Classic Pass Route takes approximately 90 minutes to complete without getting off, with buses running every 40 minutes from 9.20am – 3.15pm daily. From $CA52 per person.

Book at Shoreexcursionsgroup

Hop-On Hop-Off + Vancouver Aquarium

Another hop-on hop-off Vancouver tour option is to combine it with a visit to a major city attraction. This package tour by West Coast Sightseeing includes the chance to explore the city at your leisure via a choice of 14 bus stops, complete with multilingual commentary available through an online smartphone app, and gain admission to the internationally-renowned Vancouver Aquarium inclusive of your tour ticket. Your view of the city will be like no other as you are navigated through the streets with the wind in your hair aboard your open-top bus. Then, at a time of your choosing, you can disembark and enter the acclaimed aquarium to marvel at its dazzling collection of marine life. From $CA109 per person.

Book at Wwestcoastsightseeing