Fares & ORCA
Youth ride free
Beginning September 1, youth up to age 18 can ride for free with a Youth ORCA card or a school ID, or by simply boarding transit.
Have questions about fares? Please contact us.
What to pay
Effective: September 1, 2022
Adult fares (19 to 64 years)
The ORCA card is all you need to pay your fare on buses and trains in the Puget Sound region. Learn more
Single ride $2.75
Senior fares (65+ years)
The Regional Reduced Fare Permit (RRFP) entitles senior riders (age 65 or older), to reduced fares on public transportation systems in the Puget Sound region. Learn more
Single ride $1.00
Disabilities or Medicare fares (qualifying disability)
The Regional Reduced Fare Permit (RRFP) entitles riders with a disability and Medicare card holders to reduced fares on public transportation systems in the Puget Sound region. Learn more
Single ride $1.00
Youth fares (0 to 18 years)
Youth are encouraged—but not required—to get a free Youth ORCA card Learn more
Unlimited rides FREE
Subsidized Annual Pass (Eligibility required)
This pass allows qualified riders to travel on select transit in our region for free for up to 12 calendar months, provided eligibility requirements are met. See if you qualify
Travel on select transit FREE
ORCA LIFT (Income-qualified)
A more affordable way to get to work, school, shopping, day care or anywhere else you need to go. See if you qualify
Single ride $1.00
Access Transportation (Eligibility required)
If you have a disability that prevents you from using regular bus service, you can apply for Access. More about Access fares
Single ride $1.75
Regional Day Pass
Good for adult fares up to $3.50 when loaded on an ORCA card. For eligible senior, disabled or low income riders, the pass is good for fares up to $1.75. More about day passes
For fares up to $3.50 $8.00/day
For fares up to $1.75 $4.00/day
A combination monthly pass valid for Metro Vanpool riders that provides unlimited rides on Metro buses and $99 towards your Vanpool fare.
Unlimited rides on Metro $99.00/month
The value will automatically be used to supplement a pass if the fare for a trip is worth more than the pass value. More about E-purse
Value stored on an ORCA card $5.00 – $400.00
A regional transit pass valid for unlimited rides in the valid month. The fare value is held on an ORCA card. More about PugetPass
Unlimited rides See cost
Metro paper transfers
Paper transfers are accepted only on Metro buses when paying with cash. This provides a two hour transfer window.
When you pay cash FREE
How to pay
Using an ORCA card:
- Tap your ORCA card flat against the ORCA logo on the card reader at your stop before you board or at the front of the bus as you board. If you tap before you board, you do not need to tap again on the bus.
- If you are transferring, the fare you paid with your first tap will transfer with you for up to two hours on all other ORCA transit services, except Washington State Ferries. If any part of your trip costs more than your transfer fare, you will only have to pay the difference.
- Before boarding Link light rail, RapidRide, the Sounder commuter train, and the Seattle Streetcar, tap your ORCA card on a yellow card reader outside/on the platform. When you exit Link and Sounder, re-tap your ORCA card to complete the trip.
- When boarding the Water Taxi, Access, the Seattle Center Monorail, Via to Transit, and Trailhead Direct, the loading agent or cashier will scan your card.
- Please have the exact fare ready (you can overpay if you don't have the exact amount); drivers do not carry change.
- Put your money in the farebox located next to the driver.
- The farebox has a sign that tells you the fare.
- If you are transferring, ask the driver for a paper transfer at the time you pay. Metro paper transfers are valid on only Metro buses. If you are paying cash and use more than one transit system you must pay a fare each time you board a different bus.
- On Metro RapidRide buses, or when travelling on Third Avenue in downtown Seattle, the driver will always give you a paper transfer when paying with cash. This transfer also acts as your receipt for proof of payment. Keep it with you at all times when riding because a fare enforcement officer may ask to see it.
Using tickets/paper transfers:
- Please put the ticket in the farebox located next to the driver.
- If you are transferring, ask the driver for a paper transfer at the time you pay. Metro paper transfers are valid on only Metro buses. If you are paying with a ticket and use more than one transit system you must pay a fare each time you board a different bus.
- On Metro RapidRide buses, the driver will always give you a paper transfer when paying with tickets. This transfer also acts as your receipt for proof of payment. Keep it with you at all times when riding because a fare enforcement officer may ask to see it.
Transit GO Ticket app:
- When you’re ready to board, simply activate the ticket in your app and board the Metro bus.
- On Metro buses, board through the front door, and show the activated ticket on your mobile device screen to the driver.
- On Metro RapidRide buses, board through the front or rear doors. If boarding through the front door, show the activated ticket on your mobile device screen to the driver. If boarding through the rear doors, be prepared to show your activated ticket to a fare enforcement officer, if asked.
- If you are transferring to another Metro bus or Metro RapidRide bus, show your activated ticket to the driver when boarding, or fare enforcement officer if asked. Your ticket is good for unlimited transfers for up to two hours from the time you activate it. The expiration date and time are displayed at the bottom of the screen.
- You can only transfer between Metro buses and Metro RapidRide buses with Transit GO Ticket. No other transfers to other systems are allowed.
Where to buy
- Adult, Youth and Senior (RRFP) ORCA Cards
- E-purse value
- Regional passes
- Single agency passes
- Monthly Access passes
Find all the places you can get an ORCA card! Buy and reload cards at participating retailers, vending machine locations and customer service offices across the region.
Create an account and apply for:
- Regional Reduced Fare Permit for Riders with a Disability
- ORCA LIFT Card
- Fast and Easy! Use your smart phone to buy and use transit tickets.
- Charges tickets to your debit or credit card.
- Available for Metro bus, King County Water Taxi, Kitsap Transit, Seattle Streetcar and Sound Transit.
- ORCA Cards
- E-purse value
- Regional passes
- Regional Reduced Fare Permits
- Report lost cards, change of address
Whether your company numbers 5 or 55,000, you can take advantage of our transportation pass programs to give your employees the commuting power and flexibility they need that comes with every ORCA pass.