We'll Get You There, Burien
Travel by bus, train, bike or share the ride
Riding the bus and train
Whether you're taking a bus, local shuttle, Link Light Rail or Sounder train, it's easy to plan your trip. Start with How to Ride Metro for tips on fares, boarding policies and routes. Use Metro's regional to plan your route and find out the next departure times for a specified stop.
For local bus and train options
Taking a train? Several bus routes connect Burien to Link Light Rail at Tukwila International Boulevard Station or Sea-Tac Airport Link Station, and to Sounder Commuter Rail at Tukwila Sounder Station. (Amtrak also makes stops at Tukwila Sounder Station on some routes). Find schedules, routing and fares for Link and Sounder at soundtransit.org.
To stay informed about bus routes you ride, sign up for transit alerts.
Seniors and people with disabilities
For more options, see the section called "Accessible Services & Other Mobility Options"
Ride the Community Shuttle
Route 631 is a local service for Burien, provided as a demonstration under Metro's Community Connections program. Use it for your local shopping, services and appointments, and to connect at the Burien Transit Center to routes traveling all over the region.
Hop on the shuttle at one of its marked stops between downtown Burien, Highline Medical Center, Gregory Heights and Seahurst. Or, for a pick-up or drop-off within the shuttle's flexible service area in Gregory Heights (see map below), reserve your ride at least two hours in advance, toll-free at 1-855-233-6043 (voice) or 1-800-246-1646 (TTY) or online through Hopelink.
The shuttle is open to everyone and charges standard peak and off-peak fares in cash or ORCA cards.
The shuttle vehicle has a front rack for two bicycles and is wheelchair-lift equipped. Riders who are at least 55 years old or are disabled also can find more options here.
Paying your fare
To find the fare for a specific trip, look up current fares or use . You can pay as you enter the bus with the exact amount in cash, or by tapping your ORCA card. For a train trip, simply tap your ORCA card or buy a ticket at the station. Be sure to tap again when you get off, so you're charged only for the distance you rode.
An ORCA card makes boarding fast on buses, rail and ferries throughout Puget Sound. Plus, it's not just for frequent riders! Use it like cash with an "E-purse" to pay as you go, or add a pass for the months you ride regularly. A two-hour transfer is automatically included to other buses and trains.
Buy or add value to your ORCA card on the spot at ORCA vending machines, retailers (many grocery stores), and customer service offices. Several ORCA retailers are located in and near Burien, and ORCA machines can be found at Burien Transit Center, and at Link and Sounder stations.. Or get set up online. Youth, seniors, and people with disabilities can buy an ORCA card in person with proof of eligibility at any customer service office or ORCA To-Go van. Youth and seniors may also order by mail. Once you have an ORCA card, you can add value to it at select retail locations, ticket machines and customer service offices.
Ask your employer or school if ORCA is a benefit.
Share the ride
Cruise along in the HOV lanes, save money, and reduce our region's traffic by sharing the ride to work, school or events. King County Metro Rideshare Operations can get you started carpooling or help out with your current carpool, vanpool or vanshare. RideshareOnline.com helps you make a match!
Apps and tools
Accessible Services & other mobility options
The region's buses and trains are equipped with a lift or ramp for people who use a wheelchair, walker or have trouble with stairs.
Metro's Access program provides van service to pre-qualified users whose temporary or permanent disability prevents them from using a regular bus.
Metro's Accessible Services office can help you with the details. Just call 206-263-3113 (or TTY statewide relay at 711) during weekday business hours or send an email
Burien seniors over 55 and residents with disabilities also may use the free Hyde Shuttle. Donations are accepted for rides to local destinations for appointments, groceries and other needs. For more information, call 206-727-6262 or see Sound Generations.
Connect with Metro
Need an interpreter?
If you require an interpreter, please call 206-553-3000 and select the interpreter option (Press 1) from the menu when prompted. Please let the Metro representative know which language is needed. It will take a moment but an interpreter, in the requested language, will join the call. Nearly 200 languages are covered by the translation line. Please note that interpreter calls may take longer.