Getting started

Maybe you're new to riding buses and trains, or maybe you're new to the area. Relax - we'll answer your questions and help you get where you need to go. Our buses and trains offer you fast, reliable service throughout the region.

ST Express buses run frequently between the region’s busiest communities with limited stops.

Link light rail runs two-way rapid service 20 hours per day between the University of Washington, downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. Tacoma Link light rail provides all-day service in downtown Tacoma.

Sounder trains serve communities between Lakewood, Seattle and Everett during the morning and afternoon rush hours Monday through Friday. Sounder also serves some weekend events

1 - Plan your trip

Find the best way to use transit to get from Point A to Point B, with stops and schedules, using our system map and trip planner.

Try to arrive a few minutes early to your stop or station.

Plan a trip

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2 - Pay your fare

If you ride buses or trains only occasionally, it may be easiest to pay cash for each ride. You can pay cash directly onboard ST Express buses, or buy a ticket for Sounder or Link trains at station ticket vending machines (TVM).

If you ride more frequently, it's easier to purchase an ORCA (One Regional Card for All) card. You can purchase ORCA at a ticket vending machine, online, or at a retail location.

When using ORCA on Link or Sounder, be sure to tap on the yellow ORCA card reader before you get on board. Tap off on a yellow card reader when you get off.

More about fare and passes »

How to get an ORCA card »

3 - How to ride

Riding buses and trains is enjoyable when we all respect a few common courtesies, like no smoking or eating. Allow people with disabilities and senior citizens to use the priority seating. Keep your conversations on the quiet side, and use earphones when listening to music.

Have your fare ready - on the bus, you'll pay at the fare box in front; on the train, show your pass or ticket to the fare inspector on request.

When you ride transit, it's like a community - and everyone appreciates a good neighbor.

Rules for riding »

Need help?

We hope we've answered your questions, but just in case you need more information, please call 888-889-6368, 800-201-4900 / TTY Relay 711 or email

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