Emerald Downs

Take Sounder train to Emerald downs for the races.

You're already a winner

Right out of the gate, your day at the races is better when it starts with Sound Transit. Don't pony up for gas and parking. Instead, use your travel time to study the Daily Racing Guide, monitor track conditions and determine your wagering strategy!

First, take Sound Transit buses or trains to Auburn Station.

Sounder trains

For an afternoon at the track watching live racing:

  • Special weekend service runs on select weekends in late morning from Lakewood, South Tacoma, Puyallup and Sumner to Auburn Station. See dates at right. Train schedule at the bottom of the page.
  • Return trips run mid-afternoon, leaving Seattle after the Mariners game ends. An announcement will be made and information will be provided on the track's monitors giving the exact departure time for the shuttle.

Weekday races?

For simulcast racing fans and those who like to get there early:

  • Weekday commuter trains run 10 round trips Monday through Friday during early morning and late afternoon 'rush hours' with Auburn Station service to and from Lakewood, South Tacoma, Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, Kent, Tukwila and Seattle. Click here for schedule. 

ST Express 578

Service to and from downtown Seattle, Federal Way, Sumner and Puyallup runs all day, seven days a week. Click here for schedule.

ST Express 566

Service to and from Renton and Kent runs all day on weekdays only. Click here for schedule.

Free Pony Express shuttle

From Auburn Station, catch Emerald Downs' free Pony Express shuttle service to the racetrack. The shuttle leaves Auburn Station hourly beginning at 9:15 a.m. daily; return trips to Auburn Station leave Emerald Downs on the hour through 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 p.m. weekends.


June 4
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June 25
July 9
July 23
July 30
August 13


Emerald Downs service is based on the train schedule to Seattle/King Street Station for Mariners games starting at 1:10 p.m.

From Lakewood to Seattle

Game Start 1:10 p.m.
Lakewood 10:45 a.m.
S. Tacoma 10:50 a.m.
Tacoma 10:59 a.m.
Puyallup 11:11 a.m.
Sumner 11:16 a.m.
Auburn 11:25 a.m.

Return schedule - from Seattle/King Street Station

Return trains to Lakewood and Everett depart 35 minutes after the end of the game. An announcement will be made and information will be provided on the track's monitors giving the exact departure time for the shuttle.


Station area map via Bing maps.


Parking is available at all Sounder train stations with the exception of King Street Station in Seattle.

Learn about parking for Sounder train stations:


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You can buy day passes for Emerald Downs service on the day of travel or in advance at station ticket vending machines.

Ticket vending machines [TVMs] issue one-way or day passes.

TVMs accept cash, E-purse, Visa or MasterCard.

ORCA cards and FlexPasses are valid.

More about Sounder fares.