An illustration of a train headed to Seattle with the great wheel and Space Needle in the background

Weekend Sounder trains: not just for sports fans

Take the train to Seattle and forget about traffic and parking hassles

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Coming from the north or south of Seattle and want to take your kids to the Seattle Aquarium, the International Fountains at the Seattle Center, or an out-of-town guest to Pike Place Market and the Space Needle?

We all know driving to Seattle can be tough on weekends, not to mention the cost of parking.

But there is another way.

A Sounder train rolls through fields with Mt. Rainier in the background
On a clear day you'll have views of Mt. Rainier from Sounder as you sail past traffic heading to Seattle from the south.

Sound Transit runs Sounder trains from Lakewood and Everett to many weekend day games when the Mariners, Sounders FC or Seahawks are in town.

You don’t have to attend the game to ride the train – take the opportunity to explore Seattle for a few hours without having to drive!

Sounder arrives at King Street Station in historic Pioneer Square and is across the street from the International District-Chinatown Station for easy access to Link light rail.

From there you can head uptown, to Capitol Hill, or the University of Washington. Hop off Link at Westlake Station and take the Monorail to the Seattle Center!

Or ride south to the Rainier Valley for easy access to Lake Washington from Mt. Baker or Columbia City stations.

How to ride

Check the calendar.

Check the Sound Transit events calendar to see when we’re running special game trains.

Upcoming dates include this Sunday, June 23, July 7, July 21, July 28, and August 10.

The calendar will tell you what time the train leaves your station and when it will return (usually 35 minutes after the game ends).

Pay your fare.

An ORCA card is the easiest way to pay. Plus, you can use it to transfer from the train to a bus or Link once you’re in downtown Seattle.

ORCA cards are available from any ticket vending machine at the Sounder stations.

You can also buy a Day Pass from the ticket machine at the station, or download the Transit Go Ticket app and pay with your phone. (Pro tip – you can also buy your Seattle Monorail ticket with the app.) Station agents are at the platform to help.

Check our Sounder fares page for the ticket price from your station.

Hop on board and enjoy the ride!

A Sounder train along the waterfront at Carkeek Park in Seattle
The waterfront views from Sounder north between Everett and Seattle are some of the best train views in the country.

Return to King Street Station.

Keep track of the game - trains will depart King Street Station about 35 minutes after the game ends.


Check the links to the destinations above for more information or feel free to call or email for personal trip planning help. Our day-trip planning experts are standing by!


Phone: 1-888-889-6368