The ORCA card is all you need to pay your fare on buses and trains in the Puget Sound region. Your ORCA card works like cash or a pass, automatically tracking the value of different fares and transfers so you don't have to.
How to get an ORCA card
ORCA cards cost $5. Once you have a card, you can add between $5 and $300 on the card's E-purse or a monthly pass. There are many ways to get an ORCA card:
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
- Sound Transit
- Washington State Ferries walk-on passenger fare
ORCA makes public transportation in the four county region fast, easy and seamless.
Tap your card to pay your fare
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--the E-purse is low or the pass is about to expire or means value is being added from an online or phone transaction.
- Beep four 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.