Transit Cape Breton is a municipal service run by the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM). The Cape Breton University Students’ Union (CBUSU), in partnership with Transit Cape Breton, offers a 30-day bus pass for all CBU students at a rate of $60. 

If you are a student studying at the downtown Cineplex location, you are eligible for a discounted bus pass. You can purchase a 3-month bus pass for $150 (regular $180) or a 4-month bus pass for $180 (regular $240). To redeem this discount, visit the CBUSU and show your class schedule for the upcoming semester.

To purchase a bus pass, visit the CBUSU front desk, Monday – Friday from 8:30am – 4:30pm. Individual bus tickets can also be purchased on-campus at Caper Convenience (near the cafeteria) or at your nearest Shoppers Drug Mart in Sydney, Sydney River and North Sydney.

Shoppers Drug Mart (Sydney)
254 Prince Street
Sydney, NS B1P 5K6

Shoppers Drug Mart (Sydney River)
1174 Kings Road
Sydney, NS B1S 1C9

Shoppers Drug Mart (North Sydney)
131 King Street
North Sydney, NS B2A 3S1

Questions? Please contact or Transit Cape Breton at

Bus Routes

Service interruptions or cancellations will be posted on the Cape Breton Regional Municipality Facebook page

CBU Express Route

Route 1: Glace Bay – Sydney

Route 2: Glace Bay – Sydney – Sydney – Glace Bay Express

Route 3: New Aberdeen

Route 4: Steele’s Hill

Route 5: Sydney Mines – Sydney

Route 6: Sydney – Westmount – Westmount – Sydney

Route 7: Malls

Route 8: Whitney Pier

Route 9: New Waterford – Sydney

Route 10: Alexandra Street

Route 11: Ashby

Route 12: Sydney – Howie Centre

Route 13: George Street

Route 15: Sydney – CBU – CBU – Sydney Express 

Frequently Asked Questions

A bus pass is a ticket that allows passengers to take either a certain number of pre-purchased trips or unlimited trips within a fixed period of time.

CBU Students’ Union offer 30-day bus passes for CBU students for $60.

At the beginning of September and January, the CBU Students’ Union offer 3-month bus passes for $150.

Students must show a valid student ID when purchasing.

All full-time and part-time fee paying students are eligible for the discount.

No, your bus pass is not included in your tuition.

Bus passes can be purchased at the CBU Students’ Union front desk from Monday – Friday from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM.

No, your bus pass is for your use only.


More information on transit routes can be found here.


Transit Cape Breton offers a Handi-Trans service, which is a specialized transit service for clients unable to use the conventional transit system. The Handi-Trans Service is available in all communities throughout the CBRM and users must be eligible and registered. To find out about eligibility, fares and how to apply for this service, contact the Handi-Trans line at 902-539-4336.

Transit Cape Breton is a daily service with the exception of major holidays including:

  • New Years Day (January 1)
  • Nova Scotia Heritage Day
  • Good Friday
  • Easter
  • Easter Monday
  • Victoria Day
  • Canada Day (July 1)
  • First Monday in August
  • Labour Day (September)
  • National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (September 30)
  • Tranksgiving
  • Remembrance Day (November 11)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)
  • Boxing Day (December 26)

Yes, you can purchase individual bus passes at CBU’s Caper Convenience (near the cafeteria) and at your nearest Shoppers Drug Mart.

$1.25 per zone travelled. Depending on the number of zones travelled, the cost of riding the bus can range from $1.25 to $5.00.