Vancouver Transit Fares and Compass Card

Below you'll find crucial information about transit fares in Vancouver including the new Compass Card

A Day Pass, valid all day in all fare zones on all three transit modes, is the best value for most tourists. It’s only $9.75 for Adults and only $7.50 for Concession! That gives you total freedom to travel the system all day long with as many stops as you wish.

The Compass Card and Compass Tickets

Vancouver is in the final stages of phasing in a new payment system called Compass. Ticket Vending Machines located in SkyTrain and Seabus stations will sell both single use Compass Tickets and reloadable Compass Cards.

When fully implemented the Compass Cards and Tickets will fully replace all other fare media including the faresaver tickets.

Where can I buy a Compass Card?

Besides the Compass Vending Machines in SkyTrain and Seabus Stations, you may purchase Compass Cards online from the official Compass Card Website and have them mailed before your trip — a great option for visitors.

Compass Cards are also available for sale at fare dealers located throughout the city which include the following stores: Safeway, London Drugs, Shoppers Drug Mart, Mac's Convenience, 7-Eleven and many other independent convenience stores. Cards purchased from fare dealers will not have any stored value, but you may add a pass or stored value to them at a Compass Ticket Vending Machine located at the stations. Vending machines are also being set up at numerous London Drugs Stores throughout the city where you may purchase a card preloaded with a pass or stored value. There’s a $6.00 refundable deposit for the card when you purchase it.

You may load your Compass Card with a Day Pass or with stored value. If you load your card with a Day Pass, the Day Pass will activate the first time you tap-in, otherwise your stored value will be reduced according to the fare for your trip. Using stored value on a Compass Card provides some discount compared to the cash fare for single trip Compass Tickets.

Fares and Fare Zones

As part of the change over to the Compass Card and Tickets, buses are now exempt from zone fares. However, if you purchase a ticket, also known as a transfer, on a bus (requires exact coin fare) you will not be able to use it on the SkyTrain or Seabus once the new faregates are in full operation. When that happens, you will have to pay a full fare again based on the number of zones, day and time. On the plus side, a bus only ticket permits unlimited transfers onto other buses in any direction for the full 90 minute validity.

The fare chart below shows the various cash fares for a single trip based on the number of zones you will be travelling in. Single fares are valid for 90 minutes from boarding on all three transit modes: Buses, Seabus and SkyTrain. If you tap-out from the SkyTrain or Seabus more than 90 minutes after tapping in, your card is debited for a second trip.

Zones fares apply to the SkyTrain and Seabus on Weekdays until 6:30pm. Buses are now exempt from Zone fares all day, every day. The SkyTrain and Seabus are exempt for trips starting after 6:30pm on weekday evenings and all day on Weekends and Holidays. These exemptions allow travel through any number of zones on a 1 Zone fare. Concession fares are for children ages 5-13 and adults 65+. Children 4 and under are free with an adult.

*Note: a surcharge of $5.00 is added to single ticket fares only for trips originating on Sea Island which include Vancouver Airport, Templeton Station and Sea Island Centre and travelling to Bridgeport Station and beyond. To avoid the surcharge purchase a Compass Card and load it with a day pass or stored value at the start of your trip.

Regular FaresZoneAdultConcession
SkyTrain and Seabus - Weekdays from start of service to 6:30 p.m 1 Zone $2.75 $1.75
2 Zone $4.00 $2.75
3 Zone $5.50 $3.75
SkyTrain and Seabus - Weekdays after 6:30 p.m. and all day Saturday, Sunday and Holidays. Buses only - all day, everyday All Zones $2.75 $1.75

Fare Gates

Fare gates at most SkyTrain stations currently remain open while the new Compass Card program is being rolled out. Whether the gates are open or closed, if using a Compass Card you always should tap-in when entering and tap-out again when exiting to ensure you are charged the correct fare.

Bus Only Fares

Important - When purchasing your fare on a bus, you must have the exact coin fare. You cannot purchase a day pass or multizone fare when boarding a bus. Bus transfers may only be used to transfer to other buses for 90 minutes from starting your trip. If you use a Compass Card or Ticket to board a bus, you may transfer between all transit modes as needed to complete your trip and tapping out is not required on buses.

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Video about Vancouvers new Compass Card

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