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

Getting around Bowen

Extra bus service for Bowfest

TransLink is offering extended bus service on the 280 Bluewater route on Saturday, August 24th 2019, making it easier and more convenient for you to get to and from Bowfest! There will be seven additional trips added to the regular schedule, with the last bus leaving Snug Cove at 10:45 pm.

Please note, the 281 Eagle Cliff and 282 Mt. Gardner routes will remain on the usual Saturday schedule.

BIM would like to thank TransLink for providing this additional service for the Bowen Island community.

Try Transit On-Demand!

On weekends, including Bowfest, you can also take the on-demand bus to or from Snug Cove between 10:00 am and 5:30 pm, anywhere within the service zone. Download the TapRide app and follow the instructions to book your trip. You can pay your regular transit fare with your Compass Card.

Learn more about Transit On-Demand

Bowen Community Transit

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. Standard transfer times are 90 minutes. However, if you are going off Bowen you will have 110 minutes to complete your transfers on the mainland. And, from the mainland you will have 180 minutes to tap in on Bowen.

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

Transportation Guide

This guide is provided by Bowen Island Municipality and is for general information purposes only. While we make every effort to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties about the accuracy with respect to the information contained within this guide. For up to date information please visit the service provider’s website. This guide was last updated May 2019.

Bowen Transportation Guide (PDF)

Last Updated on 2019-08-13 at 2:19 PM