ST Express flat fares

Fare collection on ST Express buses will resume on July 1, 2020. Learn more in our press release.

In April 2018, the Sound Transit Board adopted a simple flat-fare system for ST Express rides, implemented in two phases:

  • July 2018: Flat fares for ORCA LIFT, senior, disabled and youth riders
  • July 2020: Flat fares for adult riders

ST Express fares beginning July 1, 2020

Fare type All ST Express routes

Adult

$3.25

ORCA LIFT/Youth* $1.50
Senior/Disabled* $1.00

* no change

How does this affect me

Adult riders making a two-county trip will pay 50 cents less, while those making a trip within a single county will pay 50 cents more. Please note that due to COVID-19, schedules and routes may have changed. Visit our reduced service page for current schedules and route status.

Adult fares on these routes will increase by 50 cents, from $2.75 to $3.25.

  • 522 – Woodinville - Seattle
  • 541 – Overlake – University District
  • 542 – Redmond – University District
  • 545 – Redmond – Seattle
  • 550 – Bellevue – Seattle
  • 554 – Issaquah – Seattle
  • 555 – Issaquah – Northgate
  • 556 – Issaquah – Univ District – Northgate
  • 560 – Bellevue – SeaTac – Burien – West Seattle
  • 566 – Auburn – Renton- Overlake
  • 567 – Kent – Overlake
  • 574 – Federal Way – Seattle
  • 580 – Puyallup – Lakewood
  • 596 – Sumner – Bonney Lake

Adult fares on these routes will be $3.25, regardless of destination.

Adult fares for riders who cross a county line will decrease by 50 cents, from $3.75 to $3.25.

Adult fares for riders staying within the same county will increase by 50 cents, from $2.75 to $3.25.

  • 510 – Everett – Seattle
  • 511 – Ash Way – Seattle
  • 512 – Everett – Seattle
  • 513 – Seaway TC – Seattle
  • 532 – Everett – Bellevue
  • 535 – Lynnwood – Bellevue
  • 574 – Lakewood – SeaTac
  • 578 – Puyallup – Seattle
  • 586 – Tacoma – University District
  • 590 – Tacoma – Seattle
  • 592 – DuPont – Lakewood
  • 594 – Lakewood – Tacoma – Seattle
  • 595 – Gig Harbor – Seattle

In fall 2016, regional elected officials recommended simplifying fares to prepare for the Next Generation ORCA system. They specifically recommended eliminating trip-based peak fares and zone-based fares.

In 2017, King County Metro and Community Transit adopted simplified fares. Pierce Transit, Kitsap Transit, Everett Transit and Washington State Ferries all accepted these recommendations as well. The new ST Express fare system aligns our service with the flat fares charged by other regional agencies.

In 2018, we conducted a fare change process, including public outreach and Title VI analysis, proposing to eliminate zone-based fares for ST Express. During outreach, the public overwhelmingly supported a simplified flat fare.