There are several options for getting around Bowen Island and for travelling off the island.

Getting around Bowen

Bowen Community Transit

Effective April 23, 2018: Route numbers changed to 280 Bluewater/Snug Cove and 281 Eagle Cliff/Snug Cove

There are two community transit bus routes operated by TransLink. The 280 Bluewater runs from Snug Cove towards the western side of the island, turning around at Spyglass Road. The 281 Eaglecliff runs from Snug Cove along the eastern side of the island to Hood Point and back. The 282 Mt. Gardner runs on weekends only. Buses generally leave Snug Cove after the arrival of the ferry, but there are some exceptions. Please check the schedule to determine the departure time.

Bus Schedule: 280 Bluewater (PDF)

Bus Schedule: 281 Eagle Cliff (PDF)

Bus Schedule: 282 Mt. Gardner (PDF) (Weekends Only)

(these links go to the official TransLink schedule. If the links are not working, please go to and search using the route number)


You can use your Compass Card to pay your fare on the Bowen Community Transit buses. If you are transferring to or from a bus in Horseshoe Bay, you have up to 180 minutes to transfer on a single fare.

The Bowen Island Community Shuttle Facebook group was created  in 2018 for users of the local buses to post and share updates.

Bowen Taxi

Bowen Taxi operates a taxi on Bowen Island. You can book trips by calling 604-250-8294. 

Bowen LIFT

Bowen LIFT is a ride sharing program unique to Bowen Island. Look for the stops along main routes where you can wait to get a ride or pick up someone who needs a ride.  

Bowen LIFT

Getting to and from Bowen

BC Ferries

The Queen of Capilano provides vehicle and foot passenger ferry service between Snug Cove and Horseshoe Bay. 


Ferry Schedule

Check Current Conditions

Bowen Island Ferry Guide

Medical Assured Loading

Cormorant Marine

Cormorant Marine operates foot passenger water taxi service between Snug Cove and Horseshoe Bay (and other destinations in Howe Sound). 

Cormorant Marine

Bowen Express Bus

Locally known as "Peter's Bus", the Bowen Express Bus operates express service between Horseshoe Bay and downtown Vancouver during peak commuting hours. The schedule is designed to align with the Cormorant Marine water taxi schedule.

Bowen Island Bus Facebook Group

Bowen Island Express Bus Schedule

More resources

Bowen Transportation Guide

Integrated Transportation Master Plan Project

Last Updated on 2018-09-05 at 9:06 AM