4. Sounder train fares

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 are twice the one-way fare and are valid for the date and stations printed on the ticket.

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 $2.50 $2.50 $2.75
South Tacoma $1.50   $1.50 $1.75 $2.00 $2.00 $2.50 $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 $2.00 $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   $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  

 

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 $2.25 $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  

 

Rail Plus

Rail Plus Trains 516, 517, 518 and 519 are run by Amtrak Cascades and only serve Sounder stations at King Street, Edmonds and Everett. See Sounder schedule

Paying your Amtrak Rail Plus fares

Amtrak does not accept Sounder day passes or single-trip tickets. To ride Rail Plus trains, you must have an ORCA card loaded with a monthly pass, an ORCA Passport card or pay regular Amtrak fares. RailPlus tickets are only available on weekdays.

Paying your Amtrak Rail Plus fares with an ORCA monthy pass or ORCA Passport Card

Confirm your pass is equal to one-way fare for travel (i.e., your ORCA pass covers $4 fare from King Street Station to Edmonds or $5 fare to Everett).

Before getting on the train, you must get a Rail Plus validation ticket from the station ticket machines at the train station (Sounder platform at King Street Station). RailPlus tickets are only available on weekdays. Please follow these steps:

  1. Select your destination: select the group of stations that includes your destination. then select the specific station.
  2. Select the Amtrak RailPlus button that appears in the bottom right hand corner.
  3. Insert your ORCA pass or Passport card in the card reader.
  4. Pick up the Amtrak RailPlus ticket with a date, destination and ORCA card number from the tray below.
  5. To ride Amtrak RailPlus, show the conductors both the ORCA card and the validation ticket during fare inspection.

The station ticket machines will not print a Rail Plus validation ticket if you do not have the correct ORCA pass.

Amtrak Cascades
1-800-USA-RAIL

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:

  • Ticket - Buy a Sounder ticket from the ticket machine with cash, Visa or MasterCard. Ticket machines are located all Sounder stations.
  • ORCA card - Tap ORCA before boarding the train and after you get off the train.
  • Transit Go Ticket - download in the app store, set up your account and buy tickets ahead of time so you're ready to ride.