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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
  • 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.

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