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.

Adult fares (age 19-64)

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

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

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

Youth fares (age 6-18)

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

Children (age 0-5)

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

More about riding on buses and trains with children

Low-income fares (ORCA LIFT)

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

Link light rail travels between UW Station and Angle Lake Station, making 14 stops along the way, including downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. Link trains run every 6, 10 or 15 minutes depending on the time of day. Service is available from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 6 a.m. to midnight on Sunday and holidays. Adult fares range from $2.25 to $3.25 depending on how far you travel.

Day passes (round trip tickets) are twice the one-way fare and are valid for travel only on the date purchased, between the stations printed on the ticket.

One-way adult fares (age 19-64)

*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  

 

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

All one-way senior/disabled Link fares are $1 for all trips. 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.

Youth fares (age 6-18)

All one-way youth Link fares are $1.50.

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

Low-income fares (ORCA LIFT)

If you qualify for a low-income fare, you can ride Link for $1.50 with an ORCA LIFT card, which is registered and issued to each user.

Learn if you qualify for an ORCA LIFT card and where to get one.

How to pay

Tickets must be purchased prior to boarding. Fares are distance based. 

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.

ST Express buses travel between major cities in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, offering limited-stop service primarily on interstate or state highway corridors. Some routes run only during the busiest commute times, while others run 20 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Fares

Fare type All ST Express routes
Adult
(age 19-64)
$3.25
Senior/Disabled*
(age 65-plus or qualifying disability)
$1
Youth
(age 6-18)
$1.50
LIFT Adult** $1.50

Requires Regional Reduced Fare Permit.

** Requires ORCA LIFT.

How to pay

Pay as you enter the bus.

  • 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 (510, 511, 512, 513, 532, 535). King County Metro Bus (KCM) tickets are valid only on ST Express Routes operated by KCM. (522, 542, 544, 545, 550, 554, 555, 556). Neither are valid on Sounder trains or Link light rail.

Sounder trains travel between Lakewood and Seattle (making stops in South Tacoma, Tacoma Dome, Puyallup, Sumner, Auburn, Kent and Tukwila) and between Everett and Seattle (making stops in Mukilteo and Edmonds). Sounder trains run every 20-45 minutes during weekday morning and afternoon peak hours. While there is no regularly scheduled weekend service, Sounder also serves select major weekend events such as Mariners, Sounders FC and Seahawks games. Adult fares are between $3.25 and $5.75 depending on how far you travel.

Fares are distance based. Day passes (round trip tickets) are twice the one-way fare and are valid only for the date and stations printed on the ticket.

How to pay

Tickets must be purchased prior to boarding. The conductors do not sell tickets. Please have a valid fare before getting on the train. 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.

One-way adult fares (age 19-64)

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  

 

One-way 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.

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  

One-way youth fares (age 6-18) and one-way low-income fares (ORCA LIFT)

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  

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.