Granville station (TransLink)

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SkyTrain station
Westbound platform in Granville Station
Location 655 Seymour Street, Vancouver.
On Granville Mall, Vancouver
Coordinates 49°16′58″N 123°07′00″W / 49.282750°N 123.116639°W / 49.282750; -123.116639Coordinates: 49°16′58″N 123°07′00″W / 49.282750°N 123.116639°W / 49.282750; -123.116639
Owned by BC Transit, TransLink
Platforms Split platforms
Tracks 2
Connections Translinkcanada.svg Vancouver City Centre
Structure type Subway
Depth 25 metres
Platform levels 2
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code GV
Fare zone 1
Opened December 11, 1985
Passengers (2011[1]) 45,974
Preceding station   TransLink   Following station
toward Waterfront
Expo Line
toward King George
Expo Line

Granville is an underground SkyTrain station in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, served by the Expo Line. The station is located in the Dunsmuir Tunnel located beneath Downtown Vancouver and opened in 1985.

The station is named for nearby Granville Street, whose name in turn derives from "Granville", the name of the original settlement that preceded Vancouver prior to its incorporation in 1886. The portion of Granville Street on which this station is located is known as the Granville Mall.

At approximately 25 metres underground, Granville station is the deepest subway station on the Expo Line.


A train arriving at Granville Station’s westbound platform.

Granville station is located in the heart of the Granville Entertainment District which is known for urban shopping, trendy culture, and nightlife. The station is accessible from the surface via entrances on Granville Street and Seymour Street (both between Georgia and Dunsmuir Streets), and the Dunsmuir entrance between Granville and Seymour. The station can be accessed underground via Pacific Centre mall, through the Downtown Vancouver premises of the Hudson's Bay Company.

The station serves the shopping and entertainment districts along Granville and Robson streets, and the office and shopping complexes of Pacific Centre and Vancouver Centre. The station is also within walking distance of such amenities as Robson Square (home of the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Provincial Court of British Columbia, and a satellite campus of the University of British Columbia), the Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver Library Square, TD Tower, Scotia Tower and the HSBC Canada Building.

On September 22, 2006, elevator access was introduced from Dunsmuir Street with the completion of the neighbouring Hudson on Granville development, and large signs have been added on the platforms to guide handicapped passengers to the newly available elevators. The entrance has separate escalator access to the platform levels independent of the existing station in a similar two up/one down configuration for the longest bank, and a ticket-vending level with a connection to the existing Granville Mall entrance and The Bay/Pacific Centre. There are unoccupied retail spaces within the new station area’s ticket vending lobby and in the passageway to The Bay. The design of the station, its capacity, and connection to Granville Mall make it possible for the original facility to be closed entirely; however, it will remain in full service. The original station area closed only temporarily for lighting upgrades from October 23, 2006, to mid-November.[2]

There is a small retail space standing at the bottom of the long escalator bank in the original station area, where the corridor splits into the westbound and eastbound routes. It is one of the few stores located entirely within a fare paid zone of any SkyTrain station. It held a Shefield & Sons location prior to the summer of 2005; as of 2008, it holds an International News newsstand.


Granville station is one of six SkyTrain subway stations on the Expo Line serving Downtown Vancouver. It connects with many TransLink bus routes, including trolleybus routes on the Granville Mall and suburban bus routes (running on nearby Georgia Street) heading to and from North and West Vancouver. Passengers are able to transfer to the Canada Line (served by Vancouver City Centre station) by walking through Pacific Centre or Vancouver Centre and The Bay department store, although the only direct transfer point is at Waterfront Station.


Granville station is one of the busiest in the SkyTrain system.

Like Burrard and King Edward stations, Granville station has a distinctive platform design. The westbound track (to Waterfront station) is stacked above the eastbound track (to King George and Production Way–University stations), with the westbound platform being one level above the eastbound platform.

Granville station is unique in being one of only a few stations having no surface entrance building of its own, independent of any adjacent buildings (Main Street–Science World station is another for example). The station has three entrances: Granville Mall through the Hudson’s Bay Company department store, Seymour Street with direct access to the ticketing platform, and Dunsmuir Street through The Hudson condominium development.

Station information[edit]

Station layout[edit]

    Overlying commercial and residential towers
S Street Granville, Seymour, and Dunsmuir entrances
Ticket vending machines (Dunsmuir)
C Concourse
(Granville, Seymour)
Connection to HBC department store and Pacific Centre
Ticket vending machines, fare gates, shops
Ticket vending machines, shops
    Gap between levels
T1 Lower Concourse Ticket vending machines (Dunsmuir), fare gates (Dunsmuir), shops
Platform 1  Expo Line towards Waterfront (Burrard)
Side platform, Doors will open on the left
T2 Platform 2  Expo Line towards King George and Production Way–University (Stadium–Chinatown)
Side platform, Doors will open on the right


  • Granville Street Entrance is one of the original entrance for the station. Underground connection to the second basement level of HBC department store and Pacific Centre is available at concourse level. Three escalators are available between platform and concourse level; however, none is available between concourse and street. Escalator to this entrance is later made available through an underground connection from the new Dunsmuir entrance. No elevator available for this entrance, and there is no stairway available between concourse and platform.
  • Seymour Street Entrance connects to the concourse of Granville entrance via a short stairwell. No escalator and elevator access is available from this entrance.
  • Dunsmuir Street Entrance Handicapped/disabled access, built in 2006, provides elevator and escalator access between street and platform. It also include an underground connection to Granville entrance at concourse/street level. Similar to the Granville entrance, there are three escalators but no stairway is available between concourse and platform. Fare gates are located at the inbound platform level for this entrance.

Transit connections[edit]

  • Local and night buses operate on Granville Street, in front of the entrance all days Monday to Thursday and during daytime on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays:
4 Powell
4 Downtown
5 Downtown
6 Davie
6 Downtown
7 Dunbar
7 Nanaimo Station
10 Granville
10 Downtown
14 UBC
14 Hastings
16 Arbutus
16 29th Avenue Station
17 Oak
20 Victoria
50 False Creek South
50 Waterfront Station
N6 West End
N8 Fraser
N9 Coquitlam Station
N10 Brighouse Station
N15 Cambie
N19 Surrey Central Station
N20 Victoria
N24 Upper Lonsdale
  • During Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays evening, buses are rerouted to Seymour Street, near the Seymour entrance:
4 Powell
5 Downtown
6 Downtown
7 Nanaimo Station
10 Downtown
14 Hastings
16 29th Avenue Station
17 Oak
20 Victoria
50 Waterfront Station
N6 West End
N8 Fraser
N9 Coquitlam Station
N10 Brighouse Station
N15 Cambie
N19 Surrey Central Station
N20 Victoria
N24 Upper Lonsdale
  • The following suburban routes serves Georgia Street, with close proximity of the Granville entrance:
240 15th Street
241 Upper Lonsdale (peak only)
242 Upper Lonsdale (early morning only)
246 Lonsdale Quay (peak only)
247 Upper Capilano (peak only)
250 Horseshoe Bay
250A Dundarave
251 Queens
252 Inglewood
253 Caulfield
254 British Properties
257 Horseshoe Bay Express


  1. ^ "2011 SkyTrain Station Counts". TransLink. Retrieved August 10, 2016. 
  2. ^ "The Buzzer: Access to Granville Station temporarily restricted effective Oct. 23" (PDF). TransLink. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 3, 2016. Retrieved May 26, 2006. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Granville Station at Wikimedia Commons