If you are coming to Vancouver and do not have a car or a friend who can drive you around the City you have a few options to choose from. The public transport incudes buses that drive along the major roads, the seabus if you would like to travel between Downtown and busy North Vancouver quay, and the skytrain. Skytrain is probably the most convenient public transportation because it runs quite often and does not depend on the traffic. However, you cannot get to North Vancouver or further East than Lougheed Mall using skytrain. The new skytrain line is being built right now to connect Lougheed Mall and Coquitlam Center in the near future.
Rental cars are available throughout the City but it will probably be the most expensive option. If budget is of an essence car sharing programs are really popular in the City. There are 2 major companies that are currently provide car share rides in the City – car2go and EVO, which is a local company. Make sure you create an account with them before you come. There is a fixed annual fee and the charge is per minute of the use and includes everything from insurance to gasoline. Try to look for promo codes first. Companies make them available quite often and they waive the first year annual fee and give you several minutes of ride for free. You will need to download an app to start using the car sharing services.
Another great alternative to a public transportation is Mobi. This is a bicycle share ride program that works similar to car share. All you have to do is to download the app, sign up, choose your payment plan, and go. There are stations located throughout the City where you can end your trip and do not have to return the bike to the same location. One drawback of these ride sharing programs is the limitation of where you can end your trip. You can take your car/bike and park it anywhere, however, you can end your trip in the municipality of Vancouver only. Some programs do include other select locations. Check them on their websites.
If you do not like the public transportation and do not want to drive yourself you can always catch a taxi. Most of taxi companies have their apps and you can easily order a taxi through the app or catch one on the street.
Try to choose a mode of transportation that will suit your budget and style and let you enjoy the City the most.