Besides the great weather and the stunning scenery, one of the perks of living in Penticton is its excellent public transit system. The entire city is serviced, making it easy and convenient to get from one end to the other.
Public transit can be especially useful during the summer months when the city has more visitors. Here is an overview of the transportation options in the city.
All the bus service in Penticton is provided by BC Transit. BC Transit connects over 51 million customers in communities across the province every year. Their mission statement is:
“Through the strength of our people and partners, we provide safe, effective and efficient customer-focused transportation solutions.”
BC Transit’s values include:
- Safety – They ensure the safety of all employees, customers and transit systems.
- Customer Service – They work with their customers to meet their needs and exceed their expectations.
- Collaboration – To cultivate strong partnerships, community connections and links to other types of travel.
Penticton’s bus service consists of 8 scheduled routes which includes a night route as well as a service that connects with Okanagan-Similkameen Transit to the community of Naramata. In addition to these routes, Penticton’s bus service offers a summer (June – September) lake-to-lake route that links Okanagan Lake to Skaha Lake with a number of stops along the way.
For more information about their routes, schedules, and fares please visit:
Penticton’s bus fleet is comprised of a modern fleet of “low floor” buses which are fully handicap accessible. All of Penticton’s buses are equipped with bike racks that can accommodate two bikes at a time, allowing customers to link various bike routes with city transit for flexibility and convenience.
BC Transit also provides a Handy Dart service for residents unable to use the public transit system. For more information about how to access this service, fares and registration, please visit:
Greyhound Bus Lines provides daily passenger as well as parcel service to all regional Okanagan communities. They also offer direct routes to most major cities in British Columbia and Alberta, and connections to other points in North America. Greyhound Bus Lines also provides regular connections to airline facilities in nearby Kelowna.
For more information about the various destinations, fares, and schedules that Greyhound Bus Lines offers, please visit:
Penticton Regional Airport (CYYF) is located 3 km from the city centre, is within city limits and is walking distance to the beach. It offers non-stop flights to both Vancouver and Calgary, and accommodates other services at its terminal such as rental cars, long-term and short-term parking, smaller aviation and helicopter charters.
The airport underwent an expansion in 2016 to increase its departure seating as well as a general face lift. With its newly upgraded facilities, the Penticton Regional Airport serves over 80,000 passengers a year.
For more information about the services available, departure and arrival times as well as a list of the airlines and destinations offered, please visit:
Penticton – A city in motion
Regardless of whether your destination is a day at the beach, an afternoon in the bustling downtown district or a commute to work, Penticton’s public transit system is there when you need it. The next time you want to get around the city, leave your car at home and let Penticton’s public transit system show you around.