Vancouver’s public buses and ferries operate throughout the city. For more information on the services available, timetables, ticket costs and more visit their website below.
Compass is a re-loadable fare card that works everywhere on transit in Metro Vancouver. It’s convenient, easy to use, safe and secure. Now you can load fare products onto one card and tap your way across the system.
Compass Cards can be loaded with the fare product of your choice including Monthly Passes, DayPasses and Stored Value. Travelling with Stored Value allows you to pay-as-you-go.
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.
With a single fare, you can transfer as many times as you need to for 90 minutes. You can hop on and off for errands and as long as you make your final transfer within 90 minutes, and tap out before the expiry of your in-system time (120 minutes), you
won’t need to pay for a second fare.
If you pay with cash on the bus, you can transfer to another bus with your bus transfer, but you’ll need a Compass Card or Compass Ticket to transfer to SkyTrain, SeaBus or West Coast Express.
- Buses require exact coin fare if paying cash.
- Customers paying cash on the bus (or using a Fare Saver) will need to purchase an additional fare on Compass fare media if transferring from bus to rail or SeaBus.
- SkyTrain/SeaBus Compass Vending Machines (CVMs) accept coins and bills (up to $20), as well as debit/credit cards.
You can buy a calendar Monthly Pass for one, two or three zone travel by bus, SeaBus and SkyTrain services. All bus travel is a one-zone fare. In order to load a monthly pass, you need to have a Compass Card. Monthly passes are transferable and valid
for an entire calendar month.
Where to Buy Compass Cards and Tickets
You can buy a Compass Card at the following convenient locations:
- Compass Vending Machines (CVMs) at SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express stations.
- BC Ferries Tsawwassen and Horseshoe Bay terminals.
When travelling on buses, trains or ferries in Vancouver, you must validate your ticket. Transit Police travel on public transit and check passengers’ tickets. You can be fined if you don’t have a valid ticket.
In Vancouver, people queue up politely for public transportation. Stand without touching others who are waiting. Do not push ahead of others in a queue, and allow people with children, the elderly or people with disabilities to go ahead of you.
To get ready for the launch of the Millennium Line Evergreen Extension, Translink has changed the operating pattern of the SkyTrain network. This change occurred on October 22, in advance of the Evergreen Extension opening at the end of the year, to give you time to adjust to the new pattern.
What has changed?
The Expo Line now has two branches:
One Expo Line train continues to travel between Waterfront and King George stations.
A second Expo Line train now runs between Waterfront and Production Way–University stations.
The Millennium Line no longer travels to and from Waterfront Station:
The Millennium Line now runs between VCC–Clark and Lougheed Town Centre stations, continuing on to the Evergreen Extension once it's launched.
What are the new transfer points?
You can transfer between the Millennium and Expo lines at three places:
Lougheed Town Centre Station
Production Way–University Station (via the same platform: no stairs, escalators, or elevators)