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Granville is an underground station on the Expo Line of Metro Vancouver's SkyTrain rapid transit system. The station is located in Downtown Vancouver on the portion of Granville Street that is known as the Granville Mall. 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.

SkyTrain station
Granville-Dunsmuir Street entrance.jpg
The Dunsmuir Street entrance opened in 2006.
Location655 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Coordinates49°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 byTransLink
PlatformsSplit platforms
ConnectionsTranslinkcanada.svg Vancouver City Centre
Structure typeSubway
Depth25 metres (82 ft)
Platform levels2
Disabled accessYes
ArchitectArchitektengruppe U-Bahn
Other information
Station codeGV
Fare zone1
OpenedDecember 11, 1985
Passengers (2018[1])20,840
Rank5 out of 53
Preceding station   TransLink   Following station
toward Waterfront
Expo Line

The station serves the shopping and entertainment districts along Granville and Robson streets, as well as 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.


Access to Dunsmuir Street, showing fare gates

Granville station opened in 1985 and is named for nearby Granville Street, which name is derived from "Granville", the name of the original settlement that preceded Vancouver prior to its incorporation in 1886. The Austrian architecture firm Architektengruppe U-Bahn was responsible for designing the station.[2][3]

On September 22, 2006, elevator access was introduced from Dunsmuir Street with the completion of the neighbouring Hudson on Granville development, and large signs were added at the platform level to guide 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 Hudson Bay/Pacific Centre. There are retail spaces within the new station area’s ticket vending lobby and in the passageway to Hudson Bay.

The design of the addition, its capacity, and connection to Granville Mall make it possible for the original facility to be closed entirely; however, it remains in full service. The original station area closed only temporarily for lighting upgrades from October 23, 2006 to mid-November.[4]

Access closed as of May 2018

On May 8, 2018, TransLink announced the Granville Station Escalator Replacement Project as part of the TransLink Maintenance and Repair Program. The replacement of six escalators is scheduled to begin on May 26, 2018, resulting in the closure of the Seymour Street entrance and the closure of the Granville/Seymour concourse. Work is expected to take two years.[5]

Structure and designEdit

Like Burrard station, the station was built inside the Dunsmuir Tunnel and has a distinctive platform design. The westbound track (to Waterfront) 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. At approximately 25 metres (82 ft) underground, Granville station is the deepest subway station on the Expo Line.[6]


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

Granville station is one of four SkyTrain stations on the Expo Line that serve 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 Hudson Bay department store, although the only direct transfer point is at Waterfront station.

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.

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 informationEdit

Station layoutEdit

    Overlying commercial and residential towers
S Street Granville, Seymour, and Dunsmuir entrances
Compass vending machines (Dunsmuir)
C Concourse
(Granville, Seymour)
Connection to HBC department store and Pacific Centre
Compass vending machines, fare gates, shops
Compass vending machines, shops
    Gap between levels
T1 Lower Concourse Compass 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: one of the original entrances 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 is available at 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  : built in 2006, it 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 connectionsEdit

  • 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
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
  • During Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays evening, buses are rerouted to Seymour Street, near the Seymour entrance:
4 Powell
7 Nanaimo Station
10 Downtown
14 Hastings
16 29th Avenue Station
17 Oak
20 Victoria
50 Waterfront Station
  • The NightBus terminus is along Howe Street between Pender and Dunsmuir. However, buses serve the stop along Seymour Street closest to the Seymour Street entrance:
N8 Fraser
N9 Coquitlam Station
N10 Brighouse Station
N15 Cambie
N19 Surrey Central Station
N20 Victoria
N24 Lynn Valley
  • The following suburban routes serves Georgia Street, with close proximity of the Granville entrance:
240 15th Street
241 Upper Lonsdale (peak only)
242 Lynn Valley (weekend/holiday early morning only)
246 Highland
247 Upper Capilano (peak only)
250 Horseshoe Bay
250A Dundarave
253 Caulfield
254 British Properties
257 Horseshoe Bay Express


  1. ^ "2018 Transit Service Performance Review – Average Daily Boardings per Weekday". TransLink. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  2. ^ Pabillano, Jhenifer (February 21, 2011). "1982 SkyTrain station concept drawings!". The Buzzer Blog. TransLink. Retrieved February 17, 2019.
  3. ^ "U-Bahn Vancouver". Architektengruppe U-Bahn. Archived from the original on February 17, 2019. Retrieved February 17, 2019.
  4. ^ "The Buzzer: Access to Granville Station temporarily restricted effective Oct. 23" (PDF). TransLink. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  5. ^ Tung, Allen. "Granville Escalator Replacement Project set to begin on May 26". The Buzzer. TransLink. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  6. ^ "TransLink replacing aging escalators at Granville station". Vancouver Courier. May 8, 2018. Archived from the original on January 31, 2019. Retrieved May 18, 2019.