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Fast and Easy! Use your smart phone to buy and use transit tickets

Here's how it works

Transit GO Ticket is a mobile app that lets you quickly buy bus, rail and water taxi tickets on your phone and get where you need to go without having to pay cash.

How to buy tickets

You can buy as many tickets as you’d like. Tickets are the same price as if you were paying with cash. Like cash, you can use your Transit GO Ticket to transfer to and from any Metro bus for up to 2 hours from the time you activate the ticket. Also like cash, transfers to and within other systems are not allowed.

How to use a ticket

When you’re ready to board, simply activate the ticket and board transit. On the bus, you’ll show your mobile device screen to the driver. On the Water Taxi you’ll show it on the fare officer before boarding. On the streetcar, light rail and Sounder (and Metro RapidRide if you board through the rear doors) you’ll show it to a fare enforcement officer.

Ticket products by agency

Metro Transit

Bus Service

  • Metro - Youth (6-18) Ticket $1.50
  • Metro - Adult Off-Peak Ticket $2.50
  • Metro - Adult One-Zone Peak Ticket $2.75
  • Metro - Adult Two-Zone Peak Ticket $3.25
Sound Transit

Link Light Rail (Day Pass)

  • RRFP* Senior (65+) / Disabled $2.00
  • Youth (6-18) $3.00
  • Adult $6.50

Sounder Train (Day Pass)

  • RRFP* Senior (65+) / Disabled $5.50
  • Youth (6-18) $8.50
  • Adult $11.50
Seattle Streetcar

Streetcar (Single Ride)

  • RRFP* Senior (65+) / Disabled $1.00
  • Youth (6-18) $1.50
  • Adult $2.25

Streetcar (Day Pass)

  • RRFP* Senior (65+) / Disabled $2.00
  • Youth (6-18) $3.00
  • Adult $4.50
Water Taxi

West Seattle / Downtown Seattle

  • RRFP* Senior (65+) / Disabled $2.25
  • Youth (6-18) $5.25
  • Adult  $5.25

Vashon Island / Downtown Seattle

  • RRFP* Senior (65+) / Disabled $2.75
  • Youth (6-18) $6.25
  • Adult  $6.25

*Regional Reduced Fare Permit

Download the app

You can download the app for Android, iPhone and Windows mobile devices and buy tickets directly using your credit or debit card. You can also buy tickets through Metro’s "Marketplace" site on your PC or desktop and have the tickets appear in the app on your mobile device.

Frequently asked questions

Metro Transit buses and Metro Community Vans, King County Water Taxi, Sound Transit Link and Sounder and Seattle Streetcar accept the Transit GO Ticket. Sound Transit Express buses and King County VanPool, VanShare and ACCESS services are not included in this pilot project.

Transit GO Ticket focuses on helping infrequent transit users reduce the usage of cash on buses by providing a simple easy mobile alternative. Current ORCA cards aren’t mobile based.

The tickets have exactly the same price like paying with cash.

Internet access is required to complete a purchase, but not to activate the ticket, if one decides to save the tickets on the phone. A rider can select to save their tickets to their phone or to the cloud under the ticket storage menu. Tickets stored on the cloud require Wi-Fi or cellular data to access and activate. Please plan your trip with enough time to complete your transaction prior to boarding.

Mobile tickets behave exactly like paper tickets, and allow transferring between Metro buses only. To take advantage of other electronic transfers and other features, one should use ORCA.

Currently only credit and debit cards are accepted as means of payment. Transit vouchers, Apple Pay and PayPal are not accepted at this time.

Riders should try to purchase the ticket for the right mode of travel, time period and number of zones. For Metro buses, riders can add cash to the farebox to make up the difference if they bought a one-zone ticket and would like to use it for two-zone travel. Riders can also activate a Metro bus peak ticket during off-peak hours, but cannot activate an off-peak ticket during peak hours. Also, there is no transfer from bus to train or water taxi or streetcar when using Transit GO Ticket.

Yes, cash will continue to be accepted on Metro buses, and via ticket vending machines for other transit services.

No. ORCA LIFT products can only be purchased by using an ORCA card.

Riders who would otherwise feed cash into the farebox or buy a transit ticket at a vending machine could save several minutes by instead purchasing and displaying their Transit GO Ticket on their smartphone.

The application will give riders a new, convenient way to pay to ride transit. With fewer riders paying by cash, it reduces some wear and tear on fareboxes. Showing a Transit GO Ticket also can speed up boarding, and also speeds up the trip for everyone, potentially saving operating costs for transit agencies.

There are over 20 agencies in the country using mobile ticketing, including Austin, Texas, New York Waterway, Atlanta and Toronto. The vendor selected for this implementation has already implemented mobile ticketing with seven other agencies.

A driver might only be able to spend a quick moment answering a question, but cannot help navigate the app at the risk of delaying transit service. Metro’s Customer Service staff at 206-553-3000 can help either in person or by phone prior to taking a trip.

Metro’s Customer Service group can assist with most questions regarding functionality, navigation, ticket validation and payment issues. Please call 206-553-3000.

Have more questions? 
206-553-3000 
TTY: 711

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