Make it easy on yourself with ORCA
On ST Express Bus
Tap your ORCA card at the card reader next to the bus driver. Pay as you get on the bus.
If the fare is more than the value of your pass, you must pay the difference with E-purse or cash. If you pay a reduced fare, you must also show a valid Regional Reduced Fare Permit.
Before your ride: You must tap your ORCA card at the yellow card reader on the train platform before your trip starts.
On Central Link
Before you enter the platform: You must tap your ORCA card at the yellow card reader before entering the platform.
After your ride on Sounder and Central Link: You must also tap your ORCA card at the yellow card reader after your ride is over. When you tap before and after your ride, the ORCA card will automatically calculate how much your trip cost. Do not forget! If you forget to tap after you get off the train, you will be charged for the most expensive trip.
Fare inspection: If you do not tap before your ride, you may get a $124 fine. Show your ORCA card to the conductor or fare inspector when asked. If you pay a reduced fare, you must also show a valid Regional Reduced Fare Permit.
Using ORCA in the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel
Card readers and ticket vending machines are available on the mezzanine level of all Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel stations.
How to use a ticket vending machine to buy an ORCA card, add value or a pass and more.
Link Only: Starting March 1 2015, Sound Transit is implementing a discounted fare of $1.50 for qualified low-income Link riders. Riders will need an ORCA LIFT card to receive the discounted fare. King County Metro is running the program, visit their website for information on how to get an ORCA LIFT card.