Vancouver, we’ve got you covered for the SkyTrain!
The SkyTrain is one of the fastest and most affordable ways to make your way across Vancouver. This light rail transit system has been around since 1985, starting with the Expo Line.
Over the past 35 years, the SkyTrain network has grown to three lines—Expo, Millennium and Canada—that serves over 526,000 daily riders with their 53 different stations. With that much foot traffic, it can be easy to get lost in the crowd.
Fear not though, Rocketman has your back. We’ll help you navigate the SkyTrain system, and help you move between TransLink services if you need to. We want you to get to your destination on time, with the least amount of stress, and we’re ready to help you out!
How to pay for the SkyTrain
You can pay for your next SkyTrain ride in a number of ways. TransLink encourages riders to use their Compass Card contactless payment option, which is a great solution for regular riders who want to make their ride less stressful.
You can also use an American Express, Mastercard, or Visa, along with Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay to pay for your travel. You simply need to tap your card or device on the reader to pay.
How to buy fares/passes?
You can set your Compass Card to autoload, or you can add money to it online or through a vending machine. Those paying via credit card can simply tap-to-pay at the station.
Where to buy fares/passes?
You can purchase your Compass Card online, at a vending machine, or in-person at a transit office or an authorized retailer. If you want to pay with a credit card or mobile wallet, you can tap-to-pay at the station.
SkyTrain Fares Zones
There are three different fare zones across Metro Vancouver that TransLink and their SkyTrain service. If you are riding the SkyTrain, you will need a valid fare for zone 1, 2, or 3. All trips across the system starting after 6:30 pm on weekdays and all through the weekend (and holidays) are considered a 1-Zone fare.
What is POP?
All SkyTrain vehicles and station areas within the fare gates are considered Fare Paid Zones, which means you must pay your fare before you enter these areas. You must have proof of payment or POP while riding the SkyTrain, this can be in the form of a Compass Card, Compass Ticket or a successfully tapped payment card.
While riding the SkyTrain, Transit Police and Transit Security regularly conduct fare checks. Riding without a valid fare could risk you getting a fine of $173.
If you have used a Compass Card, Compass Ticket, or a contactless credit card that you have tapped to pay with, you can transfer across SkyTrain, SeaBus, and regular buses on a single far for up to 90 minutes. If you are including travel on the West Coast Express, you have 120 minutes.