Fares

What to Pay

Effective Sept. 1, 2011. Valid on King County Metro Transit.

  Off-Peak
All Zones
Peak
One Zone
Peak
Two Zone
Adult
age 19-64
$2.25 $2.50 $3.00
Senior
with Regional Reduced Fare Permit
75¢ 75¢ 75¢
Riders with disabilities and Medicare card holders
with Regional Reduced Fare Permit
75¢ 75¢ 75¢
Youth
age 6-18
$1.25 $1.25 $1.25
Children
age 0-5 yrs
Up to four children age 5 and under ride free with a person paying an adult fare.
Access Transportation $1.25 $1.25 $1.25
Animals
service animals & pets
  • Service animals for persons with disabilities: Free
  • Dogs that fit in owners' laps and other small pets: Free
  • Large dogs: Pay the same fare as their owner

Peak Hours
Monday to Friday 6-9 a.m. and 3-6 p.m.

Zones
The city of Seattle is one zone and all other areas outside the city but within King County are a second zone. Any time you cross the Seattle city limits, you have passed from a one-zone fare to a two-zone fare. Any time your trip begins or ends on a zone line, you pay a one-zone fare.

Transfers
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.

How to Pay

ORCA reader

When using an ORCA card:

  • Tap your ORCA card flat against the ORCA logo on the card reader at the front of the bus when boarding.
  • If you are transferring, you get a two-hour transfer that is good on all transit buses, Link Light Rail, Sounder trains, the King County Water Taxi and the Seattle Streetcar. Just tap your ORCA card again on the ORCA reader when boarding.

When using cash:

  • Please have the exact fare ready; 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.

Where to Buy

Customer Service Offices & Retail Locations

Customer service offices

  • ORCA Cards
  • E-purse value
  • Regional and single agency passes for ORCA
  • Monthly Access passes
  • Regional Reduced Fare Permits

Retailer locations (PDF)

  • E-purse value
  • Regional passes for ORCA
  • Adult ORCA Cards
  • Check individual locations for product availability.

Online Sales

ORCA website

  • ORCA Cards
  • E-purse value
  • Regional passes
  • Single agency passes
  • Monthly Access passes

Vending Machines

ORCA vending machines (PDF)

  • E-purse value
  • Regional passes for ORCA
  • Single-trip or roundtrip train tickets
  • Adult ORCA Cards

Mobile Sales

ORCA To-Go

  • ORCA Cards
  • E-purse value
  • Regional passes
  • Regional Reduced Fare Permits
  • Report lost cards, change of address

At work

Employer Commute Services

Hundreds of King County employers, large and small, provide employee transportation benefits.

Types of Fares

E-purse

Stored value on the ORCA card used in place of cash.

  • Cost: $5-$300 can be added to the E-purse.
  • E-purse is held on your ORCA card
  • E-purse value will automatically be used to supplement a pass if the fare for a trip is worth more than the pass value
  • If you pay with your E-purse, you will get a two-hour transfer credit
  • Accepted for fare payment by Metro Transit buses, King County Water Taxi, Sound Transit, Pierce Transit, Kitsap Transit, Everett Transit, and Washington State Ferries. The E-purse cannot be used on Access Transportation.

PugetPass

A regional transit pass valid for unlimited rides in the valid month.

The Cost

Fare Value Monthly Cost
$0.50 $18.00
$0.75 $27.00
$1.00 $36.00
$1.25 $45.00
$1.50 $54.00
$1.75 $63.00
$2.00 $72.00
$2.25 $81.00
$2.50 $90.00
$2.75 $99.00
$3.00 $108.00
$3.25 $117.00
$3.50 $126.00
$3.75 $135.00
$4.00 $144.00
$4.25 $153.00
$4.50 $162.00
$4.75 $171.00
$5.00 $180.00
$5.25 $189.00
  • PugetPasses are held on your ORCA card
  • If your ride costs more than the trip value purchased, you must pay the difference between the trip cost and pass value for bus service
  • Accepted for regular service operated by Metro Transit, Community Transit, Everett Transit, Kitsap Transit, Pierce Transit and Sound Transit

Vanpool pass

A combination monthly pass valid for Metro Vanpool riders that provides unlimited rides on Metro buses.

  • Cost: $90.00 for one zone or $108.00 for two zones
  • Available only for Metro’s Vanpool riders
  • Vanpool passes are held on your ORCA card
  • Valid for up to $2.50 fare (one-zone pass) or up to $3.00 fare (two-zone pass)
  • The cost of the pass can be credited toward monthly Vanpool fee
  • Accepted on Metro Transit only

Access pass

A monthly pass valid for unlimited rides in the valid month.

  • Cost: $45/month
  • Available only for approved Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) participants with valid Access identification
  • Access passes are held on your ORCA card
  • Accepted as full fare on King County Metro buses, King County Water Taxi, South Lake Union Streetcar, Accessible Service vans and all Sound Transit service including LINK light rail, Sounder and Regional Express buses, including those operating in neighboring counties.
day passes

Metro paper transfers

  • Cost: Free when you pay with cash on Metro Transit.
  • Accepted only on Metro buses (not valid on Metro-operated Sound Transit buses). If you are paying with cash and use more than one transit system you will have to pay a fare each time you board a different bus.

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Updated: September 9, 2014