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Cheap areas to stay in Vancouver

If you’re looking for cheap accommodation in Vancouver, head to North Vancouver, which you reach from Downtown via the spectacular Lions Gate suspension bridge, crossing Burrard Inlet. You can travel from North Vancouver to the city center in around 20 minutes by bus. Another good location for cheap hotels is the city of Richmond, part of the Vancouver metropolitan area, and a 25-minute bus journey from the center of Vancouver.

Cheap hotels in Vancouver

The Comfort Inn & Suites North Vancouver is a 20-minute bus ride from Vancouver’s Downtown. The hotel has 96 guestrooms and some of those have kitchens, a great option to save money. The budget-friendly Travelodge Vancouver Lion's Gate is also a 20-minute bus ride from the city center and offers cheap accommodation. Room rates at this hotel include breakfast and WiFi. The reasonably priced Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Riverport Richmond offers a free 24-hour airport shuttle, with Vancouver International Airport just a 20-minute ride away. Rooms have free WiFi and there’s complimentary breakfast.

Where to find cheap food in Vancouver

If you’re looking for cheap meals in the center of the city, make a beeline for Chinatown. Here, you’ll find all kinds of Chinese cuisine and there are some excellent bargains to be had. The city center also has a good selection of international and regional fast food outlets, which won’t damage the wallet too much. It’s also worth looking out for Vancouver’s many food trucks that dot the city streets. Some of them can be on the pricey side but if you look carefully you’ll find some excellent food at bargain prices.

Cheap things to do in Vancouver

Visit Stanley Park for a great day out in the open air that won’t cost you a penny. Attractions at this 1,000-acre green space include forests, through which scenic paths meander. There’s also the seawall walkway, which runs for some 5 miles along the shoreline with fantastic views across the ocean and the city. If you’re in the mood for some culture, visit the Contemporary Art Gallery in the city center. Entry to the gallery is free and it has an outstanding collection of cutting-edge art from local, Canadian, and international artists. The gallery regularly mounts exhibitions of new works. For inexpensive shopping during the summer months, go to the Richmond Night Market, which has around 400 stalls selling Asian trinkets, jewelry, and clothing, as well as some 140 food stalls offering cheap but delicious snacks and meals.

Cheap ways to get around Vancouver

The cheapest way to travel around Vancouver is by bus. Fortunately, the city has an extensive network of buses, so getting around is quite easy. Don’t forget to take the right money for your fare, as change is not given. You can travel quickly around the city on the metropolitan rail service, the SkyTrain. The service has 3 lines which run around the city both underground and overground, with some sections elevated. Another way to get around is via the ferry services, which depart from Waterfront on Vancouver Harbour.

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