Q: How much will it cost to ride University Link?

ORCA card machines

When U Link opens for service March 19, current riders will have new communities to explore surrounding the new Capitol Hill and University of Washington stations. Many new customers will also try light rail service for the first time.

We’re hearing questions about fares. Here’s what you need to know. Adult fares vary according to the distance you travel, ranging from $2.25 to $3.25 one way.

Adults (19-64 yrs.)

One-Way Adult Fares (19-64 yr)

 UWCapitol HillWest-lakeUniver-sity StPioneer SqInt'l DistSta-diumSODOBeacon HillMt. BakerColumbia CityOthelloRainier BeachTukwila Int'lSeaTac/ Airport
UW $2.25$2.50$2.50$2.50$2.50$2.50$2.50$2.50$2.50$2.75$2.75$2.75$3.00$3.25
Capitol Hill$2.25 $2.25$2.25$2.25$2.25$2.25$2.25$2.50$2.50$2.50$2.50$2.75$3.00$3.00
$2.50$2.25 $2.25$2.25$2.25$2.25$2.25$2.25$2.50$2.50$2.50$2.50$3.00$3.00
sity St
$2.50$2.25$2.25 $2.25$2.25$2.25$2.25$2.25$2.50$2.50$2.50$2.50$3.00$3.00
Pioneer Sq$2.50$2.25$2.25$2.25 $2.25$2.25$2.25$2.25$2.50$2.50$2.50$2.50$3.00$3.00
Int'l Dist$2.50$2.25$2.25$2.25$2.25 $2.25$2.25$2.25$2.50$2.50$2.50$2.50$3.00$3.00
$2.50$2.25$2.25$2.25$2.25$2.25 $2.25$2.25$2.25$2.25$2.50$2.50$2.75$3.00
SODO$2.50$2.50$2.25$2.25$2.25$2.25$2.25 $2.25$2.25$2.25$2.50$2.50$2.75$2.75
Beacon Hill$2.50$2.50$2.25$2.25$2.25$2.25$2.25$2.25 $2.25$2.25$2.50$2.50$2.75$2.75
Mt. Baker$2.50$2.50$2.50$2.50$2.50$2.50$2.25$2.25$2.25 $2.25$2.25$2.50$2.75$2.75
Columbia City$2.75$2.50$2.50$2.50$2.50$2.50$2.25$2.25$2.25$2.25 $2.25$2.25$2.50$2.75
Othello$2.75$2.50$2.50$2.50$2.50$2.50$2.50$2.50$2.50$2.25$2.25 $2.25$2.50$2.75
Rainier Beach$2.75$2.75$2.50$2.50$2.50$2.50$2.50$2.50$2.50$2.50$2.25$2.25 $2.50$2.50
Tukwila Int'l$3.00$3.00$3.00$3.00$3.00$3.00$2.75$2.75$2.75$2.75$2.50$2.50$2.50 $2.25
SeaTac/ Airport$3.25$3.00$3.00$3.00$3.00$3.00$3.00$2.75$2.75$2.75$2.75$2.75$2.50$2.25 

Youth (6-18 yrs.)

$1.50. Children under 6 ride free with a fare-paying passenger.


$1.00 (requires Regional Reduced Fare Permit)

ORCA LIFT low-income adults

$1.50. You must use ORCA LIFT to pay the reduced fare. To learn more, visit http://www.soundtransit.org/orca-lift

Visitors and occasional riders can buy paper tickets from ticket vending machines located at all Link stations. The machines take cash or cards.

If you’ll ride regularly, paying for your ride is easiest with an ORCA card. ORCA automatically calculates your fare and allows transfers to other local buses and trains within two hours. You can buy your ORCA card and add value to it at the station ticket vending machines located at all Link stations.

A monthly pass loaded on your ORCA card is a convenient, money-saving option for many regular riders. Here are current monthly pass rates:

Per-trip valueOne-month pass


Learn more about how to get an ORCA card at www.soundtransit.org/orca

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