Since its inception in 1991, the Whistler Transit System has grown with the community and for years experienced the highest ridership per service hour in British Columbia.
The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) continues to work with BC Transit to improve services and options for affordable transit passes to build transit ridership and provide equitable and efficient transit aligned with Whistler’s transportation objectives.
Funding for Whistler Transit is cost-shared between the RMOW and BC Transit. All revenue collected comes directly to the RMOW to offset 53 per cent share of local costs. A portion of revenues from municipal user pay parking helps to fund transit in Whistler.
On Tuesday, April 22, 2014, Whistler Transit will transition to the spring, summer and fall schedule. The full Whistler Transit winter schedule will resume December 1, 2014.
Whistler Transit has introduced a new Family Travel Program.
The progarm allow families with up to three children under the age of 12 to ride free with parents or guardians that have a valid Whistler Transit System monthly, 6-month, 12-month or one-day transit pass.
The new program took effect December 1, 2013.
The RMOW continues to work with BC Transit to improve transit services and options for affordable transit passes as a way of supporting transit ridership, and equitable and efficient transportation network in alignment with Whistler’s transportation objectives.
Transit riders can save on fares by buying a sheet of 10 tickets, as well as monthly, 6 month and 12 month passes. Please note: The Government of Canada provides tax credits for bus pasess. To claim the credit, keep your monthly pass and dated receipt.
Simplified Fare Structure
The Whistler Transit System fare structure has been simplified for riders by eliminating the concession cash fare and the concession one-day pass.
The cost of the 10-Ride Adult sheet of tickets has also been adjusted to $22.50 from $20.
This follows current best practice guidelines where the price of ten tickets is set at the cost of nine cash fares.
Ticket Vendor Locations
- Alpine Meadows - Meadow Park Sports Centre
- Nester's Square - Nester's Market
- Whistler North - Municipal Hall (all passes including 6-month and 12-month passes)
- Whistler Village -The Grocery Store, Whistler Visitor Centre
- Main Street -7-Eleven
- Cheakamus Crossing - Hostelling International (HI) - Whistler
Free Shuttle Service
Several free shuttle services are offered.
- The Marketplace Shuttle runs from Gondola Transit Exchange to Marketplace in the winter only.
- The Upper Village/Benchlands Shuttle runs from Gondola Transit Exchange to Blackcomb Mountain Base Lodge and the Benchlands year-round.
- The Lost Lake Shuttle runs from the Gondola Transit Exchange to Lost Lake Park in the summer only.
Learn more about transit fares and passes.
The Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus Demonstration Project will end as scheduled on March 31, 2014, following a decision by the Province.
The RMOW was pleased to have the opportunity to participate in the project. The 20 hydrogen buses have provided residents and visitors with excellent service over the past five years, with highlights including the enhanced service during the 2010 Winter Games.
BC Transit will provide a replacement fleet of Clean Diesel Nova Buses to Whistler in the spring, and there will be no impacts to Whistler’s transit cost structure.
Read a media release from Ballard Power Systems for details.
- Accessible Buses: All the transit buses used in Whistler’s fleet are low-floor buses, providing wheelchair, scooter and stroller accessible service on transit routes throughout the region.
- Free Transit Days: To encourage use of public transit and discourage travel in single occupant vehicles, the RMOW offers free transit on important days throughout the year such as New Year’s Eve.
- GradPass: In an effort to promote safer and more sustainable ways to travel, the RMOW provides a special GradPASS to every graduating student at Whistler Secondary School that is good for two days of unlimited travel within Whistler in June. BC Transit’s GradPASS Program helps get students home safely at graduation time.
- Request a stop: This convenient program is available to passengers after 9 p.m. Passengers who feel that their safety is at risk may ask their driver to stop between regular bus stops. Simply inform your driver at least one stop ahead of where you wish to get off. Your driver will let you off as close to your requested stop as possible. For safety reasons, passengers using wheelchairs or scooters may only stop at designated wheelchair-accessible bus stops.
- Bikes: Bike racks are installed on Whistler Transit System buses in mid April and are removed in early November. The bike racks hold most wheel and frame size but are not designed to hold tandem or motor-powered bikes.
- Skis and Snowboards: Bring your skis/poles or snowboard on board with you. Please be mindful of other passengers and hold your skis/poles or snowboard safely in front of you, with skis tips pointing down.
- Pets: Small fur-bearing or feathered pets contained in secure, clean, hand-held cages are welcome on the bus. Assistance animals that are certified are also allowed on public transit at all times. You may be asked to produce your Guide Animal Certificate.
Find out the most cost-effective way to get around in Whistler. A general estimate of savings, BC Transit’s commuter calculator takes into account typical values for fuel efficiency, annual maintenance, tires, depreciation, and assumes that you are taking transit in place of your vehicle. If you are walking, cycling or commuting on your own power, your costs will be even lower.