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ORCA Youth cards are available to youth ages 6-18*, allowing them to ride at a reduced fare. Riding with an ORCA card gives youth the freedom to explore on transit easily, with or without an adult. The ORCA Youth card can be used to ride on participating transit agencies all around the Puget Sound region! There’s no need to carry cash and the ORCA Youth card will automatically track paid fares and transfers, so you don't have to.

*Children age 5 and younger ride free with a paying adult, so they do not need an ORCA card.

Get ready to ride

Plan a trip

Use the Trip Planner or give us a call at 206-553-3000.

Prepare to pay

Load your ORCA card’s E-purse with funds or gather exact change to pay the youth fare.

Board and pay the fare

Tap your ORCA Youth card or pay cash to board.

Enjoy the ride!

Visit our How to Ride Metro page for even more details.

How to get an ORCA Youth card

No matter the application method, there is no card fee for the first ORCA Youth card, and replacement cards are just $5.00 each.

Reduced Fare Portal

Apply online now with proof of age and receive the physical ORCA Youth card via mail in 7-10 days.

Through the Reduced Fare Portal, applicants 13 or older can apply on their own. Youth under 13 will need an adult to complete the form.

By mail

Print and complete the application form and mail it to the ORCA Regional Mail Center along with a copy of the youth’s proof of age documentation. For convenience, add additional money or a pass to this ORCA Youth card using the same application form. The physical ORCA card should arrive within 7-10 days. Call 206-553-3000 for assistance.

In person

Bring the youth or the youth’s proof of age documentation to the Metro Pass Sales Office. It is not necessary for youth to be present.

Proof of age

To prove age for youth 6 to 18 years of age, use one of the following:

  • Student ID
  • State ID or driver's license
  • Birth certificate

What to pay

Your ORCA Youth card gives you a reduced fare on certain transit systems in the Puget Sound region. ORCA Youth cards will also work on other ORCA transit agencies that don’t offer a reduced fare, but you'll need to pay the full fare.

Community Transit (Local/Swift) $1.75

Community Transit (Commuter) $3.00

Everett Transit $1.50

King County Metro Buses $1.50

King County Water Taxi

  • West Seattle $3.75
  • Vashon Island $4.50

Kitsap Transit Buses and Foot Ferries $1.00

Kitsap Transit Fast Ferries

  • Eastbound $1.00
  • Westbound $5.00

Seattle Streetcar $1.50

Seattle Monorail $1.50

Sounder Trains $1.50

Sound Transit Buses $1.50

Sound Transit Link Light Rail $1.50

Pierce Transit $1.00

Washington State Ferries Varies by Route

Alternatives to ORCA Youth card

If you are over 18 and have a limited income, you might still be eligible for reduced fares with an ORCA LIFT card. This is an especially great option for students at schools or universities without transit pass programs!

Check out ORCA LIFT

Have questions? Call 206-553-3000 WA Relay: 711

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