Our buses and trains give you a fast and reliable way to travel
Plan your trip
Looking for the best way to get around? Our trip planner is just the ticket. It's easy to use and will show you where to catch your ride and schedules for your trip.
Transit options that save you time and hassle
Once you’ve figured out where you're going, we have plenty of options to reliably get you there.
Who doesn't love trains? During weekday rush hours, Sounder travels between Lakewood and Seattle every 20 minutes and between Everett and Seattle every 30 minutes. Sounder also serves select weekend events such as Seahawks, Sounders and Mariners games.
Link light rail
Link light rail is best way to fly past traffic! Link travels from Northgate, the University of Washington, downtown Seattle, southeast Seattle, SeaTac Airport and Angle Lake, 20 hours a day, 7 days a week. Link trains run every 8, 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.
Tacoma Link light rail travels 1.6 miles through downtown Tacoma, with six stops along the way. Tacoma Link trains run every 12 minutes most weekdays and Saturdays, and every 24 minutes on Sundays. 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.
Connecting to light rail is easy
Catch a bus to the train
Sound Transit is coordinating with other transit agencies to make it easier for you to catch a bus to the nearest light rail station when new service starts. Check the Trip Planner for your most direct route. Learn how to transfer between services here.
Get dropped off or drive
Many Link light rail stations offer convenient pick-up and drop-off locations. Parking for cars is available at Northgate, Shoreline South/145th and Shoreline North/185th stations. Learn more about parking options.
Safely walk or bike
Bike and walking trails offer easy ways to access transit. You can either store your bike safely at the station or bring it on light rail with you. Here are our favorite tips for combining transit and bikes.
Accessibility for everyone
We believe that transit should be accessible to everyone, which is why we offer a wide range of services to make riding easier.
Pay your fare
When to tap?
When riding Link or Sounder trains, tap your ORCA card on the yellow card reader at the start and end of your trip. ORCA calculates the cost of your trip and deducts that amount from your account. On buses, tap the reader by the driver. No need to tap off a bus ride.
Whether you're catching the Sounder for a Seahawks game or regularly commute on Link light rail, you can park at one of Sound Transit's stations or King County Metro's park-and-rides.
Enjoy the ride
Getting there can be half the fun, as long as you follow a few common sense rules. No smoking, and please allow people with disabilities and senior citizens to use the designated priority seating. Check out rules for riding to see all the ways to make the ride more enjoyable for you and everyone else.