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Fare Pricing

Your fare is determined by your mode of travel, time of day, and how many zones you travel in.

  • Buses are a one-zone fare, all day, every day.
  • SkyTrain and SeaBus require a one-, two-, or three-zone fare, depending on the time of day and number of geographical zone boundaries you cross during your trip.
  • After 6:30 p.m. on weekdays and all day Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays, travel across the entire Metro Vancouver region only requires a one-zone fare.
  • A single fare is valid for 90 minutes on bus, SkyTrain and SeaBus.
  • Compass Cards and Tickets provide seamless transfers across bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express (within the applicable transfer and in-system time).
  • Concession fare eligibility: HandyCard holders, seniors 65 years and older and youth 14 to 18 years with valid photo identification proving age, and children 5 to 13 years. Children under 5 years ride free when accompanied by an adult (maximum 4 children per adult).

 

Fare Product Zones Adult
Concession
Single/Cash
Fares
1 $2.95 $1.90
2 $4.20 $2.90
3 $5.70 $3.90
Stored Value
(Compass Card)
1 $2.30 $1.85
2 $3.35 $2.85
3 $4.40 $3.85
Monthly Pass
(Compass Card)
1 $95 -
2 $128 -
3 $174 $54
DayPass All $10.25 $8
HandyDART Service
- $2.95 -
West Coast Express West Coast Express Fares

 

Remember:

  • Your fare is calculated from the time you tap at a card reader. Make note of the time you tap your card when starting your journey.
  • Always carry your proof of payment, (and ID if travelling on a concession fare) when in a Fare Paid Zone.

 

Single/Cash Fares

With a single fare, you can transfer as many times as you need for up to 90 minutes.

There are three ways to purchase single fares:

Tap to Pay

  • You can tap a contactless Visa or Mastercard credit card or mobile wallet on card readers to pay an adult, cash fare. You don’t need to purchase additional fare when transferring from bus to rail.
  • Visit the Tap to Pay page for details.

Compass Tickets

  • Sold from a Compass Vending Machine (CVM). Locate a CVM nearest you using our Where to Buy map.
  • You can transfer across all modes of transit with a Compass Ticket for 90 minutes.
  • Compass Tickets purchased from a Compass Vending Machine expire at the end of service on the day they’re purchased, even if not tapped.

Paying cash on a bus

  • Exact coin fare is required.
  • You can transfer to other buses with your bus transfer for 90 minutes, but you'll need a Compass Card or Compass Ticket to transfer to SkyTrain, SeaBus or West Coast Express.

Remember:

  • You're required to purchase the correct number of zones for your journey before you travel into another zone. Visit our Paying Your Fare page for details.

Stored Value (Compass Card)

Using Stored Value on your Compass Card is just like adding cash to your card, so you can pay-as-you-go. It gives you a discounted rate over a cash fare and offers added flexibility since you don't need to specify a zone or zones in advance.

When you tap in and tap out, Compass automatically calculates your fare for the number of zones travelled and deducts the correct amount. You can transfer for up to 90 minutes across all modes on a Stored Value fare (up to 120 minutes for West Coast Express fares).

Note: The Canada Line YVR AddFare is applied to Stored Value trips departing Sea Island stations eastbound and continuing to Bridgeport Station and beyond.

Buying Stored Value

You need a Compass Card to purchase and load Stored Value. Visit our Where to Buy page for information on where to get a Compass Card, and how to load it with the fare product of your choice.

Monthly Pass (Compass Card)

Monthly Passes provide unlimited travel on SkyTrain and SeaBus within the number of zones purchased, plus unlimited travel on buses at any time, and across all zones on all modes on weekends, statutory holidays, and after 6:30 p.m. on weekday evenings.

Passes are sold for 1, 2, or 3 zone travel. Passes for West Coast Express must be purchased separately as they are priced differently.

Buying a Monthly Pass

To purchase a Monthly Pass, you need to have a Compass Card. Monthly Passes are transferrable and valid for the calendar month in which they are activated. Visit our Where to Buy page for information on where to get a Compass Card.

You can pre-purchase your next month's pass online, at a Compass Vending Machine, by phone or in person starting on the 20th of each month until the 15th of the next. You can purchase a Monthly Pass at any time online. Your credit card will be charged at the time of purchase, and passes are activated the first time you tap during the period for which your pass is valid (typically on the first of the month). Monthly Passes are not pro-rated for purchase at any point.

Fare Upgrades

If you have a 1- or 2-Zone Monthly Pass on your Compass Card, but need to travel through extra zones on rail or SeaBus, just load Stored Value onto your Compass Card in advance of your trip and your upgrades will be seamless. Compass will deduct the correct amount for your trip when you tap out.

Monthly Pass
Upgrade to Travel...
2 zones 3 zones
1-Zone $1.25 $2.75
2-Zone $0.00 $1.50
3-Zone Valid for all zones
Concession Valid for all zones

DayPass

A DayPass provides unlimited transit use on all buses, SkyTrain and SeaBus for one day from the start of the first transit service to the end of the service day. You can use it for travel through all zones, and save money over buying single fares when you take multiple trips in the same day

Note: The Canada Line YVR AddFare is applied to single-trips departing Sea Island stations eastbound and continuing to Bridgeport Station and beyond.

Buying a DayPass

There are two ways to purchase a DayPass:

  • Load a DayPass on your Compass Card
    • You can buy and load a DayPass onto your Compass Card online, by phone, in person at one of our two walk-in centres, or at any Compass Vending Machine.
    • DayPasses on a Compass Card will be activated first, over any Stored Value. So load a DayPass only if you intend to use it the next time you travel.
  • Buy a DayPass ticket
    • Compass DayPass Tickets can be purchased from a Compass Vending Machine (CVM). Please note these tickets expire at the end of service on the day they are purchased, even if unused.
    • You can also buy a Compass DayPass Ticket from any Compass Retailer. DayPasses purchased at a Compass Retailer expire 30 days from the date they’re purchased.

BC Bus Pass Program

Low-income seniors and Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) have access to the BC Bus Pass Program that is valid across TransLink's services. Visit the BC Government Bus Pass Program webpage for details on how to apply.