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Paying Your Fare

 

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, while 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. If you pay cash or use a FareSaver (no longer sold) on the bus, you’ll need to purchase a Compass Card or Compass Ticket when you transfer to rail or SeaBus.

If you’re transferring to West Coast Express (WCE) you’ll need to upgrade your Compass Ticket with an AddFare, as travel on WCE is priced differently.

In order to pay the lowest fare and transfer seamlessly across all modes of travel (bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus, and West Coast Express), purchase a Compass Card and load it with Stored Value, a DayPass, or a Monthly Pass. Visit our Compass page to learn more about all the benefits Compass offers.

Please note, your fare is calculated from the time you enter a Fare Paid Zone and tap at a card reader, and not from the time the transit vehicle (whether using SeaBus or SkyTrain) departs the station or crosses a zone boundary.

 

Paying on the Bus

You can pay your fare on the bus with a Compass Card, Compass Ticket, cash, FareSaver, or valid bus transfer.

If you pay with a Compass Card or Compass Ticket, tap your Compass Card or Compass Ticket on the card reader located near the bus doors when boarding. Compass Cards and Compass Tickets can be used to transfer across all modes of travel within the applicable transfer and in-system time.

If you pay by cash (exact change required), put the coins in the right-hand slot of the farebox. You’ll get a bus transfer: a small paper ticket with a magnetic strip on the back. This bus transfer can be used on other buses (but not on SkyTrain or SeaBus) and is your proof of payment.

If you use a FareSaver ticket (no longer sold) or bus transfer, put them in the left-hand slot of the farebox.

Insert FareSavers and bus transfer with the arrow pointing down and the magnetic strip facing you. When you insert your transfer into the farebox, the machine will automatically tell you if your transfer is still valid (90 minutes from the time of purchase).

On the back of the bus transfer along the top, you’ll find the day of travel, time the transfer expires, and the bus route number.

 

Paying on SkyTrain & SeaBus

You’ll need a Compass Card or Compass Ticket to travel on SkyTrain and SeaBus. FareSavers (no longer sold) and bus transfers are valid on buses only.

If you have a Compass Card loaded with Stored Value, DayPass, or Monthly Pass, tap your card to pay your fare and open the fare gates as you enter and exit a station. If you need to purchase a Compass product, use one of the Compass Vending Machines (CVMs) located at the entrance of each station. At a CVM, you can purchase an Adult Compass Card, load Compass products onto an Adult or Concession Compass Card or purchase a Compass Ticket.

Concession fares are eligible for 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).

Concession Compass Cards are not available at CVMs. Check out our Where to Buy page to learn where to buy Concession Compass Cards. CVMs accept coins and bills (up to $20), debit, and credit cards.

Note: Compass Tickets purchased at a CVM expire at the end of service on the day they’re purchased, even if you haven’t used it. If you want to buy a Compass DayPass Ticket to use another time, visit one of our Compass Retailers.

 

Proof of Payment

Transit Police and Transit Security regularly conduct fare checks, so make sure you have your tapped Compass Card or Compass Ticket, and any required valid identification, available for inspection, if asked. On buses, remember to keep your validated FareSaver ticket or bus transfer for inspection.

Travelling as a group?

Save time and avoid paying for fares individually. Visit our Group Travel page for all the details.

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