Update: January 23, 2020

Yes! There is now.

News broke today that Uber (and Lyft) start serving Vancouver on Friday, January 24, 2020. So there you have it folks.

Original story:

At the moment there is no Uber in Vancouver. At least not yet. If you attempt to use the Uber app in Vancouver, you will be encouraged to show support to help “make Uber in BC a reality”.

Screen capture of Uber app when trying to use it in Vancouver
Screenshot of Uber app in use in Vancouver.

It’s not just Vancouver though. Uber is not available anywhere in BC. If you look at the current cities on the Uber website, the closest Canadian city is Edmonton, and the other Canadian cities listed are thousands of miles east in Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal, and Québec City.

However, if you need to get around Vancouver and you don’t intend to rent a car and drive (and why would you? Parking’s expensive and driving’s a hassle in Vancouver these days), here are your alternatives:

Public transit

Public transit is managed by TransLink, which is excellent in Vancouver, not to mention easy, safe, and cheap. TransLink runs all the buses in Metro Vancouver, as well as the Skytrain, the Canada Line (which connects the airport to downtown), and the SeaBus (which connects downtown to North Vancouver’s Lonsdale Quay). You can buy a day pass for $9.75 or just buy the relatively new reloadable fare card, Compass Card. Or just pay as you go.

Taxis

They’re everywhere! And they’re eager for business. Service can be hit or miss though. Check out Black Top & Checker Cabs, Yellow Cab and MacLures. The first two have apps you can download. These companies are frequently the taxis in line at the YVR arrivals terminal. You can also phone them and preorder a pick-up ahead of time.

Limousines

If you’re craving luxury and service, this might be the way to go. A bit pricier than a taxi, but if you’re with a larger group, perhaps not. Aerocar is the official limo company for the Vancouver International Airport.

Mobi Bikes

It’s not a car share, but a bike share. Mobi Bikes is Vancouver’s first official bike sharing company and they launched in late summer 2016, with bike docking stations located all over downtown Vancouver and a few neighbourhoods outside of downtown. If you don’t mind cycling from point A to point B, this might just the perfect alternative to Uber right now.

Still confused? Ask a question below in the comments below and I’ll answer as best as I can.

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4 Comments

  1. Hello? I quick google search would tell you Uber is fact operating in western Canada – in Edmonton. And possibly again in Calgary if the City of Calgary can work out a deal with Uber.

  2. Vancouver is one of the worst cities I have ever been to in many other ways so we can add the absence if Uber to that as well!

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