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Night Owl service

Metro’s Night Owl service runs between midnight and 5 am every day and gives you the choices and peace of mind you need to travel to more places, more often, when you need to.

Developed in partnership with the City of Seattle, Metro Night Owl service is available on a variety of bus routes that serve downtown Seattle and many of its neighborhoods. There’s service to Sea-Tac Airport, too, and Auburn, Burien, Federal Way, Kent, Tukwila and Shoreline.

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Night Owl routes

The Night Owl network is made up of some of Metro’s most popular routes. In addition to serving neighborhoods, communities, and the main downtown Seattle area, Night Owls connect with Sea-Tac Airport, park & ride lots, transit centers and Link stations, too. Expanded service on Seattle routes is funded by the City of Seattle.

Route Destinations
7 Prentice Street/Rainier Beach to Downtown Seattle
36 Othello Station to Beacon Hill to Downtown Seattle
48 Mt Baker Transit Center to University District
49 University District to Broadway to Downtown Seattle
124 Tukwila International Boulevard Link Station to Downtown Seattle
160 Auburn Station to Kent Station to Renton Transit Center
161 Kent Station to SeaTac Airport to Burien Transit Center
A Line Federal Way Transit Center to Tukwila International Boulevard Link Station
C Line Westwood Village to South Lake Union
D Line Crown Hill to Ballard to Seattle Center West to Downtown Seattle
E Line Aurora Village to Downtown Seattle

Choose your stop

Metro offers special “Night Stop” service between 8 pm and 5 am for added convenience, and because we want you to feel secure traveling at night. Night Stop allows you to ask your driver to let you off at any point along your bus route, even though it may not be a Metro bus stop.

Just come to the front of the bus at least a block ahead of where you want to get off and request your stop. The driver will decide whether the stop you asked for can be made safely. Drivers can pick you up only at regular Metro bus stops.

Night Stop is not available in downtown Seattle between Battery Street and South Jackson Street, and the waterfront and Interstate 5. For safety reasons, the wheel-chair lift will be deployed only at lift-approved bus stops along the route.


All Metro buses are accessible, equipped with accessible boarding ramps, and bicycle racks, too. Once you’re on board, enjoy a well-lit experience that takes the stress out of your trip. The next stops are shown on an overhead electronic display and are also audibly announced. You know where you’re at and where you’re going at all times. And, you’re being driven by some of the best bus drivers in the country. Relax. Home sweet home is on the way!