As Link light rail expands to serve more of our region, bus routes will change to better connect you to fast, frequent, reliable trains. Remember to build in extra time the first few times you make the transfer.
Familiarize yourself with the new 1 Line stations by checking out the maps and 360-degree photo below.
The bus transit center at Northgate lies directly below the elevated station, so you won't need to cross any streets to transfer.
To catch the next Link train, head up to the station mezzanine, tap your ORCA card, and continue up to the train platform. When you transfer from Link to bus, don't forget to tap off at a card reader on the mezzanine, then head down to board your bus.
Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Northgate Station here!
U District Station
Take a behind-the-scenes look at U District Station here!
Bus service in the U District area
To coincide with new Link service, King County Metro is also updating their on-campus bus service to better serve the U District and University of Washington stations. Check out the new U District bus service map here or use Trip Planner to plan your trip.
Transferring and fares
An ORCA card is the only way to pay for transfers between different services such as trains, buses and streetcars.
As long as you transfer within 2 hours, your original fare will be credited toward the next leg of your journey.
For example, if you use your ORCA card to pay the $3.25 ST Express bus fare and then transfer to Link, the $3.25 fare you've already paid will also count toward your ride on Link. So instead of paying two separate fares, most passengers enjoy completely free transfers with their ORCA card. (If the second leg of your journey costs more than the first, you'll pay only the difference, still saving money.)
Tap on, tap off
ORCA calculates the cost of your trip and deducts that amount from your account. Link and Sounder fares are calculated by how far you travel, so remember to tap your ORCA card on the yellow card reader at the start of your trip and at your destination, or you'll be charged the highest fare from your origin. On buses, tap the reader by the driver when you board. No need to tap off a bus ride.
Need an ORCA card?
Don't have an ORCA card yet? You can purchase a regular adult card from Link station ticket machines (which accept cash, credit or debit cards) and at retail locations throughout the region.