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How to pay

Paying for your ride on Sound Transit buses and trains is easy. You can use cash or your ORCA card.

ORCA cards are accepted on all Sound Transit services and on Community Transit, Everett Transit, King County Metro Transit, Kitsap Transit, Pierce Transit and Washington State Ferries.

Where to buy and how to use an ORCA card

Sounder train Sounder trains

You can use cash or an ORCA card to pay your Sounder fare. Tap ORCA before you board and after you get off the train. You can purchase Sounder tickets from the ticket vending machine with cash or a credit card. You will need a ticket before getting on the train.

Sounder train fares >

ST Express bus ST Express buses

You can use cash or an ORCA card to pay your ST Express bus fare. Pay as you enter the bus. Bus drivers do not carry change, so you will need exact fare.

ST Express bus fares >

Bus tickets

Sound Transit does not have a regional bus ticket program. Retail bus tickets sold by King County Metro Transit (Metro) are valid only on the ST Express routes operated by Metro (522, 540, 542, 545, 550, 554, 555 and 556).

Retail bus tickets sold by Community Transit are valid only on the ST Express routes operated by Community Transit (510, 511, 512, 513, 532, 535). Bus tickets are not valid on Sounder commuter rail or Central Link light rail.

Contact Metro to purchase bus tickets: (206) 624-7277 / (206) 684-1739 TTY or visit Metro Transit Pass Sales Outlets >

Link light rail Link light rail

You can use cash or an ORCA card to pay your Central Link fare. Tap ORCA before you enter the platform and after you get off the train. You can buy Link tickets from the ticket vending machine with cash or a credit card. 

Central Link fares >

Tacoma Link is free, so no fare is required!

Trip Planner

Trip Planner

Use the trip planner to find out how much your ride will cost. You can also use the map to find ticket vending machines and outlets that sell or add value to ORCA cards.

Trip planner >