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Frequently asked questions

Use ORCA to pay for trips on:

  • King County Metro buses
  • King County Water Taxi
  • Community Transit
  • Everett Transit
  • Kitsap Transit
  • Pierce Transit
  • Seattle Center Monorail
  • Seattle Streetcar
  • Sound Transit
  • Washington State Ferries

ORCA makes public transportation in the four county region fast, easy and seamless.

Tap your card to pay your fare

ORCA reader

Place your ORCA card flat against the ORCA logo on the card reader. When a valid ORCA card is tapped the ORCA card reader will either:

  • Beep once and display a green light—your pass or fare is accepted.
  • Beep twice and display a yellow light—your E-purse is low, your pass is about to expire, or value is being added from an online or phone transaction.
  • Beep three times and display a red light—your ORCA card was not placed flat on the card reader. Try again.
  • Beep five times and display a red light—your card has insufficient funds or has an expired pass. An alternative fare payment will be required.

ORCA transfers are made electronically. If you use an ORCA card that is loaded with a bus pass or E-purse, you will get a two-hour transfer credit for the fare paid. Please note, credit does not apply for transfers to or from Washington State Ferries.

Employers or organizations purchasing multiple passes for your employees or organization, visit Employer Services for information.

Owners and/or operators of multifamily properties purchasing passes for residents should visit our Multifamily Passport page for information.

The ORCA LIFT card is a reduced fare ORCA card that is registered to income-qualified riders. See if you qualify

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