Fares

Sound Transit requires fares on all buses and trains, with the exception of Tacoma Link light rail. Use your ORCA card or the Transit GO Ticket app for touch-free payment. Scroll down for a list of Fares by service.

Types of fares

Riders age 19 to 64 pay a fare depending on the type of trip.

See below for a list of adult fares by service.

With the ORCA LIFT card, income qualified adult riders can save up to 50 percent on ST Express buses, Sounder and Link light rail trains. Learn more about ORCA LIFT

See below for a list of low-income adult fares by service.

Riders 65+ or riders with a disability can qualify for a reduced rate with a Regional Reduced Fare Permit (RRFP). An RRFP is given to you on an ORCA card. When applying for an RRFP, be sure to bring proof of age (65+), or proof of a qualifying condition or Medicare card. The permit is free, a replacement will cost $3. Learn if you qualify for reduced fares and where to get an RRFP

See below for a list of senior/disabled fares by service.

Youths age 6 to 18 pay a reduced fare on Sound Transit services with an ORCA Youth card. Youth cards can be purchased at an ORCA customer service office or through the mail. How to get a youth ORCA card.

See below for a list of youth fares by service.

Children age 5 and younger ride free with a fare-paying passenger.

More about riding on buses and trains with children

Fares by Sound Transit service

Adult fares (age 19-64)

One-way adult fares range from $2.25 to $3.25 depending on how far you travel. Day passes (good for round-trip or multi-trip rides) are also available from ticket machines. They are twice the one-way fare and are valid for travel only on the date purchased, between the stations printed on the ticket.

*Downtown Tunnel Stations include: Westlake, University St., Pioneer Square and International District

  UW Capitol Hill Downtown Tunnels Stations* Stadium  SODO Beacon Hill Mt. Baker Columbia City Othello Rainier Beach Tukwila Int'l SeaTac/ Airport Angle Lake
UW   $2.25 $2.50 $2.50 $2.50 $2.50 $2.50 $2.75 $2.75 $2.75 $3.00 $3.25 $3.25
Capitol Hill $2.25   $2.25 $2.25 $2.25 $2.50 $2.50 $2.50 $2.50   $3.00 $3.00 $3.00
Downtown Tunnels Stations* $2.50 $2.25 $2.25 $2.25 $2.25 $2.25 $2.50 $2.50 $2.50 $2.50 $3.00 $3.00 $3.00
Stadium $2.50 $2.25 $2.25   $2.25 $2.25 $2.25 $2.25 $2.50 $2.50 $2.75 $3.00 $3.00
SODO $2.50 $2.25 $2.25 $2.25   $2.25 $2.25 $2.25 $2.50 $2.50 $2.75 $2.75 $3.00
Beacon Hill $2.50 $2.50 $2.25 $2.25 $2.25   $2.25 $2.25 $2.50 $2.50 $2.75 $2.75 $3.00
Mt. Baker $2.50 $2.50 $2.50 $2.25 $2.25 $2.25   $2.25 $2.25 $2.50 $2.75 $2.75 $3.00
Columbia City $2.75 $2.50 $2.50 $2.25 $2.25 $2.25 $2.25   $2.25 $2.25 $2.50 $2.75 $2.75
Othello $2.75 $2.50 $2.50 $2.50 $2.50 $2.50 $2.25 $2.25   $2.50 $2.50 $2.75 $2.75
Rainier Beach $2.75 $2.75 $2.50 $2.50 $2.50 $2.50 $2.50 $2.25 $2.25   $2.50 $2.50 $2.75
Tukwila Int'l $3.00 $3.00 $3.00 $2.75 $2.75 $2.75 $2.75 $2.50 $2.50 $2.50   $2.25 $2.50
SeaTac/Airport $3.25 $3.00 $3.00 $3.00 $2.75 $2.75 $2.75 $2.75 $2.75 $2.50 $2.25   $2.25
Angle Lake $3.25 $3.00 $3.00 $3.00 $3.00 $3.00 $3.00 $2.75 $2.75 $2.75 $2.50 $2.25  
Low-income adult (ORCA LIFT) and youth fares (age 6-18)

One-way low-income adult and youth fares are $1.50, regardless of distance traveled. Day passes (good for round-trip or multi-trip rides) are also available from ticket machines. They are twice the one-way fare and are valid for travel only on the date purchased, between the stations printed on the ticket.  Learn if you qualify for an ORCA LIFT card and where to get one.

Senior/disabled fares (age 65+ or qualifying disability)

One-way senior/disabled Link fares are $1 for all trips, regardless of the distance traveled. Day passes (good for round-trip or multi-trip rides) are also available from ticket machines. They are twice the one-way fare and are valid for travel only on the date purchased, between the stations printed on the ticket.

Riders 65+ and riders with disabilities can ride at a reduced rate with a Regional Reduced Fare Permit (RRFP). An RRFP is given to you on an ORCA card. Learn more about the Regional Reduced Fare Permit.

How to pay

Tickets must be purchased prior to boarding. Pay your Link fare with:

  • ORCA card - Tap ORCA before you enter the platform and after you get off the train.
    • Transferring between services is easy with the ORCA card. Transfer fare is calculated and applied automatically between services. When transferring from Link to Sounder train, keep in mind that Sounder train fares are distance based as well. Remember to tap on at your starting station and tap off at your end destination for both Link and Sounder to accurately calculate your total fare. When transferring to bus, you only need to tap your card once as you enter the bus. 
  • Ticket - Buy Link tickets from the station ticket machine with cash, Visa or MasterCard.
  • Transit Go Ticket app - download in the app store, set-up your account and buy tickets ahead of time. Activate your purchased tickets prior to boarding the train, and show your screen to the fare enforcement officer if asked.
Fare type All ST Express routes
Adult (age 19-64) $3.25
Low-income adult* (ORCA LIFT) $1.50
Senior/Disabled** (age 65+ or qualifying disability) $1
Youth (age 6-18) $1.50

Requires ORCA LIFT.

** Requires Regional Reduced Fare Permit.

How to pay

Pay as you enter the bus with the following options:

  • ORCA card - Tap your card as you board.
    • Transferring to another service is easy with the ORCA card. Transfer fare is calculated automatically between services. When transferring from bus to train, keep in mind that train fares are distance based. Remember to tap on at your starting station to begin your train portion of your trip and tap off at your end destination to accurately calculate your fare.
  • Cash - bus drivers do not carry change, so you will need exact fare.
  • Transit Go Ticket app - download in the app store, set-up your account and buy tickets ahead of time. Activate your purchased tickets prior to boarding the train, and show your screen to the fare enforcement officer if asked.
Bus tickets

Sound Transit does not have a regional bus ticket program. Retail bus tickets sold by Community Transit are valid only on the ST Express routes operated by Community Transit (508, 510, 511, 512, 513, 532, 535). King County Metro Bus (KCM) tickets are valid only on ST Express Routes operated by KCM. (522, 542, 545, 550, 554). Neither are valid on Sounder trains or Link light rail.

    Adult fares (age 19-64)

    One-way adult fares range between $3.25 and $5.75, depending on how far you travel. Day passes (good for round-trip or multi-trip rides) are also available from ticket machines. They are twice the one-way fare and are valid for travel only on the date purchased, between the stations printed on the ticket.

    Lakewood - Seattle

      Lakewood South Tacoma Tacoma Puyallup Sumner Auburn Kent Tukwila Seattle
    Lakewood   $3.25 $3.50 $4.00 $4.00 $4.50 $4.75 $5.00 $5.75
    South Tacoma $3.25   $3.25 $3.75 $4.00 $4.25 $4.50 $5.00 $5.50
    Tacoma $3.50 $3.25   $3.50 $3.50 $4.00 $4.25 $4.50 $5.25
    Puyallup $4.00 $3.75 $3.50   $3.25 $3.50 $4.00 $4.25 $4.75
    Sumner $4.00 $4.00 $3.50 $3.25   $3.50 $3.75 $4.00 $4.75
    Auburn $4.50 $4.25 $4.00 $3.50 $3.50   $3.25 $3.75 $4.25
    Kent $4.75 $4.50 $4.25 $4.00 $3.75 $3.25   $3.25 $4.00
    Tukwila $5.00 $5.00 $4.50 $4.25 $4.00 $3.75 $3.25   $3.75
    Seattle $5.75 $5.50 $5.25 $4.75 $4.75 $4.25 $4.00 $3.75  

    Everett - Seattle

      Everett Mukilteo Edmonds Seattle
    Everett   $3.25 $4.00 $5.00
    Mukilteo $3.25   $3.75 $4.50
    Edmonds $4.00 $3.75   $4.00
    Seattle $5.00 $4.50 $4.00  
    Low-income adult (ORCA LIFT) and youth (age 6-18) fares

    One-way low-income adult and youth fares range between $2.50 and $4.25, depending on how far you travel. Day passes (good for round-trip or multi-trip rides) are also available from ticket machines. They are twice the one-way fare and are valid for travel only on the date purchased, between the stations printed on the ticket.

    Low-income fares require an ORCA LIFT card.

    Lakewood - Seattle

      Lakewood South Tacoma Tacoma Puyallup Sumner Auburn Kent Tukwila Seattle
    Lakewood   $2.50 $2.75 $3.00 $3.00 $3.50 $3.50 $3.75 $4.25
    South Tacoma $2.50   $2.50 $2.75 $3.00 $3.25 $3.50 $3.75 $4.25
    Tacoma $2.75 $2.50   $2.75 $2.75 $3.00 $3.25 $3.50 $4.00
    Puyallup $3.00 $2.75 $2.75   $2.50 $2.75 $3.00 $3.25 $3.50
    Sumner $3.00 $3.00 $2.75 $2.50   $2.75 $2.75 $3.00 $3.50
    Auburn $3.50 $3.25 $3.00 $2.75 $2.75   $2.50 $2.75 $3.25
    Kent $3.50 $3.50 $3.25 $3.00 $2.75 $2.50   $2.50 $3.00
    Tukwila $3.75 $3.75 $3.50 $3.25 $3.00 $2.75 $2.50   $2.75
    Seattle $4.25 $4.25 $4.00 $3.50 $3.50 $3.25 $3.00 $2.75  

    Everett - Seattle

      Everett Mukilteo Edmonds Seattle
    Everett   $2.50 $3.00 $3.75
    Mukilteo $2.50   $2.75 $3.50
    Edmonds $3.00 $2.75   $3.00
    Seattle $3.75 $3.50 $3.00  
    Senior/disabled fares (age 65+ or qualifying disability)

    Riders 65+ and riders with disabilities can ride at a reduced rate with a Regional Reduced Fare Permit.

    One-way senior/disabled fares range between $1.50 and $2.75, depending on how far you travel. Day passes (good for round-trip or multi-trip rides) are also available from ticket machines. They are twice the one-way fare and are valid for travel only on the date purchased, between the stations printed on the ticket.

    Lakewood - Seattle

      Lakewood South Tacoma Tacoma Puyallup Sumner Auburn Kent Tukwila Seattle
    Lakewood   $1.50 $1.75 $2.00 $2.00 $2.25 $2.25 $2.50 $2.75
    South Tacoma $1.50   $1.50 $1.75 $2.00 $2.00 $2.25 $2.50 $2.75
    Tacoma $1.75 $1.50   $1.75 $1.75 $2.00 $2.00 $2.25 $2.50
    Puyallup $2.00 $1.75 $1.75   $1.50 $1.75 $2.00 $2.00 $2.25
    Sumner $2.00 $2.00 $1.75 $1.50   $1.75 $1.75 $2.00 $2.25
    Auburn $2.25 $2.00 $2.00 $1.75 $1.75   $1.50 $1.75 $2.00
    Kent $2.25 $2.25 $2.00 $2.00 $1.75 $1.50   $1.50 $2.00
    Tukwila $2.50 $2.50 $2.25 $2.00 $2.00 $1.75 $1.50   $1.75
    Seattle $2.75 $2.75 $2.50 $2.25 $2.25 $2.00 $2.00 $1.75  

    Everett - Seattle

      Everett Mukilteo Edmonds Seattle
    Everett   $1.50 $2.00 $2.50
    Mukilteo $1.50   $1.75 $2.25
    Edmonds $2.00 $1.75   $2.00
    Seattle $2.50 $2.25 $2.00  
    How to pay

    Tickets must be purchased prior to boarding. The conductors do not sell tickets. Pay with:

    • ORCA card - Tap ORCA before boarding the train and after you get off the train.
      • Transferring between services is easy with the ORCA card. Transfer fare is calculated and applied automatically between services. When transferring from Sounder to Link, keep in mind that Link fares are distance based as well. Remember to tap on at your starting station and tap off at your end destination for both Link and Sounder to accurately calculate your total fare. When transferring to bus, you only need to tap your card once as you enter the bus. 
    • Ticket - Buy a Sounder ticket from the ticket machine with cash, Visa or MasterCard. Ticket machines are located all Sounder stations.
    • Transit Go Ticket - download in the app store, set-up your account and buy tickets ahead of time. Activate your purchased tickets prior to boarding the train, and show your screen to the fare enforcement officer if asked.
    Tacoma Link is free until 2022

    Tacoma Link light rail travels 1.6 miles through downtown Tacoma, making six stops along the way. Tacoma Link trains run every 12 minutes most of the day on weekdays and Saturday, and every 24 minutes on Sunday. Service is available from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday and holidays.

    Tacoma Link fares continue to be free thanks to funding from the Tacoma Business Improvement Area.