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Fares

To travel on SkyTrain, SeaBus or West Coast Express, you need a Compass Card or Compass Ticket to pay your fare and open fare gates, or to tap on a station validator.

You can keep using cash, bus transfers and FareSavers on buses, but you'll need Compass to transfer to rail or SeaBus.

Find out where to buy Compass.

  • Fare Pricing

    There are three fare zones for SkyTrain and SeaBus travel in Metro Vancouver — the number of boundaries you cross during your trip will determine your fare. View the Fare Zone Map to see the SkyTrain and SeaBus zones. Buses are one zone.

    Single Fares
    Zone Adult Concession
    1 $2.95 $1.90
    2 $4.20 $2.90
    3 $5.70 $3.90
    Stored Value
    Zone Adult Concession
    1 $2.30 $1.85
    2 $3.35 $2.85
    3 $4.40 $3.85
    Monthly Pass
    Zone Adult Concession
    1 $95 -
    2 $128 -
    3 $174 $54
    DayPass
    All Zones Adult Concession
    All Day $10.25 $8
    HandyDART Service
    All Zones Adult
    - $2.95

    Concession Fare Elligibility: 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).

    Remember:

    • If you have a Compass Card/Ticket, you can transfer across all modes on a single fare for up to 90 minutes (120 minutes with a West Coast Express fare), as long as your fare includes the number of zones you intend to travel on SkyTrain and SeaBus.
    • If paying with cash or Bus Transfer on the bus, you can transfer to other buses on a single fare for up to 90 minutes, but you can’t transfer to rail or SeaBus with a Bus Transfer. You’ll need Compass to transfer to rail or SeaBus.
    • Buses require exact change if paying cash.
    • Compass Vending Machines (CVMs) are located at SkyTrain, SeaBus, and West Coast Express stations, and accept cash, credit/debit.
    • After 6:30 p.m. on weekdays, and all day Saturday, Sunday and holidays, the system operates as one zone (so one-zone fares apply).
    • The $5 Canada Line YVR AddFare applies to Stored Value trips, or single-use fares and Day Passes purchased on Compass Cards and Compass Tickets at Sea Island stations (YVR–Airport, Sea Island Centre, and Templeton), for eastbound travel beyond Sea Island.  

    For more fare information, including information about HandyDART and WCE, check out the Fares and Passes page on the full site.

  • Compass

    Compass is your key!

    To travel on SkyTrain, SeaBus, or West Coast Express, you need a Compass Card or Compass Ticket to open fare gates or to tap on a station validator.

    You can keep using cash, bus transfers, and FareSavers on buses, but you’ll need Compass to transfer to rail or SeaBus.

    Find out where to buy Compass.

     

    Compass Cards can be loaded with Monthly Passes, DayPasses, and Stored Value. Loading Stored Value onto your Compass Card is just like adding cash to your card, so you can pay-as-you-go. Please note, the $5 Canada Line YVR AddFare is applied to Stored Value trips departing Sea Island stations and continuing to Bridgeport Station and beyond. 


    Load your Compass Card:

    • Online at compasscard.ca
    • Compass Vending Machines (CVMs) located at
      • SkyTrain, SeaBus, and West Coast Express stations
      • BC Ferries Tsawwassen and Horseshoe Bay terminals
      • 18 London Drugs stores
    • In person at the Compass Customer Service Centre at Stadium–Chinatown SkyTrain Station, or the West Coast Express Office at Waterfront Station 
    • By calling 604.398.2042

    Note: When you get a Compass Card, you'll pay a $6 refundable deposit for your card. You can get your deposit back by returning your card to the Compass Customer Service Centre at Stadium–Chinatown Station or the West Coast Express Office at Waterfront Station. For more information on refunds, visit our Refund Policy page on the full site.

    How to Use

    Using your Compass Card is easy. Simply tap in when you start your journey and tap out when exiting or transferring. Remember, buses are tap in only, so there's no need to tap out when exiting.

    When you tap out, the system calculates the fare zones you've travelled and charges you the correct fare. This applies to all products, including Monthly Passes. Card readers are located at all SkyTrain and SeaBus fare gates, near bus doors, and at the entry and exit points to West Coast Express stations.

    Watch our Compass videos!

    Visit our Compass YouTube Playlist to learn more about tapping in/out, and find out how to load your card, check your travel history, view card balance, and more.


    Visit the Compass page on our full site for more details, including information about AutoLoad.

  • Canada Line YVR AddFare

    The $5 Canada Line YVR AddFare applies to Stored Value trips, or single-use fares and DayPasses on Compass Cards and Compass Tickets purchased at Sea Island stations (YVR-Airport, Sea Island Centre and Templeton), for eastbound travel beyond Sea Island.

    Compass Vending Machines (CVMs) and fare gates at all three Sea Island stations are programmed to charge the $5 YVR AddFare on applicable transactions.

    Visit the Canada Line YVR AddFare page on our full site for more information, including applicable fare and exemptions.

  • Where to Buy

    Compass Cards

    You must have a Compass Card to purchase and load Monthly Passes and Stored Value. DayPasses can be loaded onto a Compass Card or purchased as an electronic Compass Ticket.

    You can purchase a Compass Card at Compass Vending Machines*, online at compasscard.ca, by calling 604.398.2042, at Compass Retailers, or in person at the Compass Customer Service Centre at Stadium-Chinatown Station or the West Coast Express Office at Waterfront Station.

    *Please note: Concession Compass Cards are not available at Compass Vending Machines. 

    Compass Tickets

    Single-use Compass Tickets or Compass DayPass Tickets can be purchased from any Compass Vending Machine. Compass DayPass Tickets are also available at select Compass Retailers.

    Please note: Compass Tickets (including Compass DayPass Tickets) purchased from a Compass Vending Machine are valid only on the day they are purchased and expire at 4 a.m. even if un-used.

    FareDealer Administration
    Location Mailing Address
    Compass Customer Service Centre
    Unit 1 - 590 Beatty Street (Stadium-Chinatown Station)
    Vancouver BC, V6B 2L3
    T: 604.453.4490
    Compass Customer Service Centre
    Unit 1 - 590 Beatty Street
    Vancouver BC, V6B 2L3

    For more information, including a map of FareDealer locations, visit the Where to Buy page on the full TransLink website.

  • Fare Zones

    There are three fare zones in Metro Vancouver if you're travelling on SkyTrain or SeaBus. Bus travel is a one-zone fare, all day, every day, regardless of how many geographical zones boundaries you cross.

    If you're using SkyTrain or SeaBus as part of your journey, the number of zone boundaries you cross during your trip will determine your fare. Use our Fare Zone Map to find out how many zones you'll cross for your SkyTrain or SeaBus trip. Each zone is a different colour.

    Fare Zone Map

    Transferring between modes, or crossing a zone boundary and need to purchase additional fare? Visit our Transferring page for more information.

    For more information, including common fare zones and which municipalities fall into each zone, check out the Fare Zone Map page of the full site.

  • Paying Your Fare

    Compass is your key!

    To travel on SkyTrain, SeaBus or West Coast Express, you need a Compass Card or Compass Ticket to open fare gates or to tap on a station validator.

    You can keep using cash, bus transfers and FareSavers on buses, but you'll need Compass to transfer to rail or SeaBus.

    Find out where to buy Compass.

    Watch out for card clash. Remember not to tap your wallet or a phone case with multiple cards. Only tap the card you want to be charged.

    Learn more about card clash on our Tap to Pay section.

    Paying on the Bus

    Cash fares require exact coin change and are inserted into the right-hand slot of the farebox. You'll receive a transfer that can be used on other buses, but not on rail or SeaBus. Only Compass Cards and Compass Tickets can be used on rail and SeaBus.

    When you board using a Compass Card or Ticket, tap in at the card readers located near the bus doors when boarding. Remove the card or ticket from your wallet to avoid interference. Hold it flat against the card reader until you hear a beep and see a check mark to proceed.

    If you're paying with a FareSaver (no longer sold) or bus transfer, insert them into the left-hand slot of the farebox with the arrow pointing down and the magnetic strip facing you. The machine will automatically tell you if your transfer is still valid (90 minutes from the time of purchase).

    Paying on the SkyTrain or SeaBus

    Before entering the Fare Paid Zone, purchase a Compass Ticket or Compass DayPass Ticket at the Compass Vending Machines (CVM). These machines accept debit, credit, coins and bills (up to $20).

    The touch screen CVMs will ask you to select how many zones you are traveling through. Once you have paid, the CVM will dispense a Compass Ticket or Compass DayPass Ticket, which can also be used on buses. Tap in at the fare gates to start your journey and tap out to exit.

    If you are using a Monthly Pass or Stored Value on your Compass Card, simply tap in at the fare gates to commence your journey. Remember to tap out so you are only charged the number of zones you have travelled.

    Note: Compass Tickets and Compass DayPass Tickets purchased at CVMs are valid for that day only. You can purchase Compass DayPass Tickets for future use at Compass Retailers.

    Validating you Compass Fare

    Validating is easy with Compass. Simply tap in at card readers with your Compass Card/Ticket or Compass DayPass Ticket when starting your journey. Card readers are located at all SkyTrain and SeaBus fare gates, near bus doors, and at entry and exit points to West Coast Express stations.

    For more information, check out the Paying Your Fare page on the full site.

  • Tap to Pay

    Our card readers accept contactless Visa and Mastercard credit cards and Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay. For customers without Compass Cards, this new feature means no more ticket line-ups, digging for exact change, or worrying about pre-calculating zones. You can tap a contactless Visa or Mastercard credit card or mobile-payment method on card readers to pay your adult, cash fare. Note: card readers will not accept debit cards.

    How to use Tap to Pay

    Tap your contactless Visa or Mastercard credit card or mobile device (linked to a Visa or Mastercard credit card) on a card reader to start your journey. Tap your credit card or mobile device when transferring or exiting, with the exception of buses, which are tap in only.

    Get it on Google Play  Download on the App Store

    Please note that only one card can be used per person and customers must carry their proof of payment with them during their journey.

    Paying with a credit card or mobile device allows you to transfer seamlessly across the system. You'll have 90 minutes to make your final transfer on bus, SkyTrain, and SeaBus, and 180 minutes on West Coast Express.

    Watch out for card clash!

    Card clash occurs when multiple payment methods are tapped on a card reader at the same time. To avoid card clash, please remove your contactless Visa or Mastercard credit card from your wallet or phone case before tapping it on a card reader. If paying with a mobile device, please ensure there are no contactless cards in your phone case when you tap on card readers.

    Tapping only one payment method on card readers ensures the system reads your intended payment method and doesn't charge another method instead.

    Final Charges

    After you've completed your journey, the exact fare will be sent to your credit card company. If paying with a mobile device, you may see various notifications and pre-authorizations in your mobile app after each tap. These notifications are not your charges. To see your final charges, please refer to your credit card statement.

    If you have questions about your charges, please call Compass Customer Service for assistance at 604.398.2042.

     

    FAQ

    Paying with a credit card or mobile device is ideal for people who don't have Compass Cards. Tapping with a credit card or mobile device allows you to pay right at the card readers without digging for change or lining up to purchase a ticket. Compass Cards operate the same way, but they offer a discount over cash fares. More information about Compass can be found on our Compass Card page.

    We're exploring this option for future updates to the system. At this time, we're launching contactless payment for Visa and Mastercard credit cards and mobile wallets.

    Not at this time, but we're exploring a number of options for the future.

    Like many merchants who process payments through credit card networks, the Compass system speeds up transactions by pre-authorizing an amount and processing and reconciling the exact amount later. This means we can't display fares at tap out, as this would result in a significant delay at fare gates.

    Please refer to your credit card statement.

    You may see various notifications and pre-authorizations in your mobile app. The way these appear will depend on the app you're using and the card you have loaded to the phone. These notifications are not your charges. To see your charges, please refer to your credit card statement. For a successful tap, the card reader will display “Proceed” with a green check mark.

    Please refer to your credit card statement to review your charges. If you have unexpected charges, please call Compass Customer Service for assistance at 604.398.2042.

    No problem. Just like with a Compass Card, you can undo your journey. If you tapped on a bus, please ask the driver to reverse the tap for you. If travelling on rail, you can undo your initial tap in by tapping out of the same station within 21 minutes on SkyTrain and SeaBus, and 60 minutes for West Coast Express.

    TransLink takes the protection of personal information very seriously and takes the following steps to ensure customer privacy is protected:

    • All credit card data is encrypted within our system and the payment network.
    • When a customer taps with a credit card or mobile payment method, the system generates a token as a proxy for the credit card number and tracks the activity of the token, not the credit card number, in order to calculate the fare.
    • Storage and retrieval of data for customer service queries is in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations, and payment-card industry standards.

    Transit Police and Transit Security use Hand-Held Units (HHUs) to check fares. If you've paid with a credit card or mobile device, police or security personnel may use an HHU to detect if your credit card or mobile device is an accepted form of payment and has been tapped into the system.

  • Transferring

    Compass is your key!

    To travel on SkyTrain, SeaBus or West Coast Express, you need a Compass Card or Compass Ticket to open fare gates or to tap on a station validator.

    You can keep using cash, bus transfers and FareSavers on buses, but you'll need Compass to transfer to rail or SeaBus.

    Find out where to buy Compass.

     

    If you have a Compass Card or Compass Ticket, you can transfer across bus, SkyTrain and SeaBus on a single fare for up to 90 minutes (120 minutes with a West Coast Express fare), as long as your fare includes the number of zones you intend to travel on SkyTrain and SeaBus. To upgrade your fare for extra zone travel, please see the AddFare information below.

    Your first tap marks the start of your trip, and the start of your 90-minute transfer window (and 120 minutes of in-system time) to complete your trip if you're travelling on SkyTrain, SeaBus or West Coast Express. If you exceed that time, you'll have to pay another fare.

    If you pay with cash, a bus transfer or a FareSaver (no longer sold) on the bus, you can transfer to other buses on that same single fare for up to 90 minutes, but you'll need a Compass Card or Compass Ticket to transfer to rail or SeaBus.

     

    Upgrading with an AddFare

    If you’re travelling with Stored Value, or a Monthly Pass (with Stored Value) on a Compass Card, the system will calculate your fare for you. If you’re travelling with a Compass Ticket, make sure you purchase the correct fare for the zones you intend to travel in before crossing zone boundaries.

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