Free and discounted transit programs

Learn more about transit discounted and free programs by clicking on the name below:

The RMOW has expanded the Whistler Highschool Transit Pass program to Grade 7 students so that they continue to have complimentary transit available to them when they turn 13. Now Whistler secondary school students in Grades 7 through 12 have complimentary access to the Whistler Transit System. The funding for this program comes from the parking fees collected from Day Lots 1 to 5 and the program was piloted in January 2020.

The program aims to reduce highway congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, as well as to improve affordability for families.

We have developed a unique Whistler Transit System Highschool 12-month bus pass that is valid within Whistler. It is not valid on the Pemberton Commuter. Your child will receive details of the High school Bus Pass Terms and Conditions.

The Province offers free transit to all children 12 and under anywhere in B.C. as part of the provincial ‘Get on Board Kids 12 and Under Ride Free’ program.

We work with the administration at Whistler Secondary School and the Waldorf School to send letters with permission forms to parents by email through the school contact channels. If you need a Permission form, you can download one here.

Passes are be distributed to the students through the schools in late September and early October  depending on when we receive the school photos. 

If you live in Whistler are attending on-line school or are home schooled, you are included in the program when you are registered in SD48. You will receive information through the Whistler Secondary School communication channels. Please indicate this on your parent permission form. 


Emma DalSanto
Transportation Demand Management Coordinator sends e-mail)

The Resort Municipality of Whistler, Whistler Blackcomb and the Chamber of Commerce have partnered to offer Whistler Experience® participants 6-month and 12-month Spirit Transit Passes as part of the 2017 Transportation Action Plan. With your valid 2022-23 Whistler Experience number, a 6-month Spirit Transit Pass is $220 and a 12-month Spirit Transit Pass is $410. That’s one and half months free with a 6-month pass or 25 per cent savings over buying monthly passes, and almost four months free with a 12-month pass or a 30 per cent savings over buying a monthly pass!

Note: 1-month Spirit Transit Pass, can be purchased at Whistler Public Library as well as Municipal Hall.

  1. To purchase a 1-month Spirit Transit Pass, please visit Whistler Public Library or Municipal Hall. To purchase 6-month or 12-month Spirit Transit Pass, come to the Customer Service desk at Municipal Hall between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays. You must present your Whistler Experience® number to claim your discount when purchasing your Spirit Transit Pass.
    1. You are only allowed to purchase one Spirit Transit Pass product per Whistler Experience year.
    2. Please read the Terms and Conditions for the 6- and 12-month passes.
  2. For 2021/22 and 2022/23, the prices are:
    1. 12-month Spirit Transit Pass: $410 (savings of $100 from regular price)
    2.  6-month Spirit Transit Pass: $220(savings of $50 from regular price)
    3.  1-month Spirit Transit Pass: $25 (savings of $25 from regular price)
  3. For employers wishing to purchase passes directly for their staff, please contact Emma DalSanto at

As of Sept. 1, 2021, the Whistler Family Travel program is being replaced with a new provincial program where children 12 and under can ride BC Transit and TransLink services free of charge. This change makes it easier and more affordable for families in and around Whistler and Metro Vancouver.

Learn more about the Kids on Board program.

Route 4, 5, and 8 Village Shuttle routes are always complimentary, sponsored by the Province of B.C.’s Resort Municipality Initiative.

Route 7–Staff Housing Complimentary Shuttle is free from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. in the winter only from November 19, 2022 through April 2, 2023. Dates are renewed annually. This program is sponsored by Whistler-Blackcomb. 

**Note: from  Saturday, November 19 – Friday, December 9, 2022, the Route 7 Staff Housing Free Shuttle starts at 5 p.m. 

The RMOW and BC Transit encourages everyone to make the safe and smart choice to ride transit on New Year’s Eve. Take advantage of free local transit on December 31, 2022 all day to end of service at 3:30am on January 1, 2023.  

From June 15 to Labour Day, catch any Whistler Transit System bus on summer weekends and statutory holidays (Canada Day, BC Day and Labour Day) for free in Whistler. All routes are free from the first bus at 5 a.m. on Saturdays through the last bus on the Sunday/holiday Monday transit day leaving the Village at 3:15 a.m. Check out the Summer Rider’s Guide for times. 

New for 2023, the free summer weekend program has been expanded to include the May long weekend (May 20, 21, and 22), the Thanksgiving long weekend (October 7, 8 and 9) and Truth and Reconciliation Day, September 30.

And Kids 12 and under ride free everyday.

For bus directions to Whistler’s Parks, see

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