How to Pay
Please check the Fares section for current prices and vender locations.
If you aren't using a fare product such as a pass or ticket, you'll need to pay with cash. Please pay the required fare with correct change. Operators do not have a float.
Tickets are sold in sheets of 10 at a discounted rate.
Swipe your pass as you enter the bus and be sure to keep it so it can be used for future journeys. Check the Fares section for current transit pass availability and prices.
The monthly pass can be used throughout the month indicated on the pass. The pass is valid only in the transit system in which it was issued.
A DayPASS offers a discount for unlimited travel throughout the Nanaimo Transit System for the date indicated on the DayPASS. A DayPASS can be purchased exclusively onboard buses with $5 cash (drivers do not carry change) or two tickets. To pay using a DayPASS, show the front of the pass to the driver. A DayPASS is not transferable.
Post-Secondary Students or College Pass
This pass offers unlimted travel for students in full-time attendance at a post-secondary institution during the semester.
The ProPASS program is available to all employers in participating communities. Companies enrolled in the ProPASS program can offer employees a discounted bus pass through payroll deduction for a minimum of one year.
ProPASS is offered through participating systems. Check your Fares section to see if it's available in your area.
The Semester Pass Program provides a four-month pass at discounted rates.
Please present the correct fare or pass when asked by transit staff. Failure to present valid proof of payment while on transit may result in a fine: http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/96038_01
Please be courteous when your driver checks your fare or pass – it is part of their job.
The CNIB National Identification Card is valid for unlimited travel on all scheduled fixed-route services (excluding handyDART). The pass is available to medically blind individuals as determined by the CNIB criteria. Visit CNIB www.cnib.ca for more information.
Government of BC Bus Pass Program
An annual bus pass is available for low-income seniors and persons with disabilities, providing unlimited access on any scheduled (conventional) BC Transit bus. To qualify for the BC Bus Pass Program, you must be receiving one of the following:
- Federal Old Age Security (OAS) and Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS)
- Spouses Allowance to Old Age Security
- Over 65 years would quality for OAS and GIS except having less than 10 years residency in Canada
- Income Assistance (60–64 years)
- Income Assistance for persons with a disability
For more information contact:
BC Bus Pass Program
PO Box 9950, Station Provincial Government
Victoria, BC V8W 9R3
Call toll free: 1-866-866-0800
The BC Bus Pass office can be accessed by email. Visit the BC Bus Pass Program website http://www.sd.gov.bc.ca/programs/bus-pass.html and check out the Frequently Asked Questions.
Promotions and Incentives
Family Travel Program
This program is a cost-effective solution for families travelling with children. See the Fares section of your local transit system’s website for availability and details.
You do not pay tax when you purchase your transit fare. Transit fares are exempt from federal and provincial tax.
Visit the Fares regional link section to see what products are available in your area, and where to purchase tickets and passes.
Every time you take transit, you help fund your local transit system. One hundred per cent of the money received from fares goes back into maintaining and improving the system.