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.
Loading your Compass Card
You can load your 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.
To help improve customer convenience, we're intoducing Compass Wristbands–a Compass Card that you wear on your wrist!
Update: Our Compass Wristband trial was a hit and our first batch sold out on day one. We've placed another order and will update you when they're on sale!
How do the wristbands work?
Just like a Compass Card. Tap in and out when travelling on transit and reload online, at a Compass Vending Machine, by phone or in person. Just like a Compass Card, you’ll pay a $6 refundable fee when you pick up your wristband. Remember to tap the part of the wristband that displays the contactless symbol.
Why are wristbands only available at the Compass Customer Service Centre and West Coast Express Office?
We have to encode them with a special machine before they're used for the first time and this can only be done at our two customer-service centres in Vancouver.
I have a BC Bus Pass/U-Pass BC/other program pass, can I use the Compass Wristband?
Wristbands work just like adult and concession Compass Cards, which means you can load a U-Pass BC onto a blue adult wristband. Other program cards can’t be loaded onto a wristband.
I have a small/large wrist, will the wristband fit?
The wristbands are adjustable and can accomodate small and large wrists.
Can I transfer my Compass products to a wristband?
Yes, but this can only be done at one of our customer service centres, because we need to encode the wristband before use.
Are there any other wearable Compass products coming?
We don’t have anything planned at this time. However, we’re always monitoring the availability of new products.
How do I register my new wristband?
Like a Compass Card, you can register your wristband online which gives you balance protection and the option to sign up for other features like AutoLoad or our Bike Parkade program.
What if I lose my wristband?
To replace your wristband, you'll need to visit to one of our customer service centres. Please note that we are launching a limited supply in early December and once they run out, there won’t be more available until February, 2019.
Can I register the wristband and set up AutoLoad?
Yes, you can register online just like a Compass Card, which will provide you with balance protection, in case you lose your card. You can also sign up for AutoLoad.
Visit the Compass page on our full site for more details, including information about AutoLoad.