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What is ORCA?

The ORCA card is a transit pass that makes taking trips by bus, train and ferry a whole lot easier. It's faster to get on and off, makes transfers more convenient, and makes your trip simpler to plan. Check out the ORCA website for information about getting an ORCA card.

ORCA works for

  • King County Metro (buses, Seattle Streetcar, and water taxis)
  • Sound Transit (buses, Link Light Rail, and Sounder trains)
  • Community Transit
  • Everett Transit
  • Kitsap Transit
  • Pierce Transit
  • Washington State Ferries

A card costs $5, so just buy one and continue to add value to it! You can use the card as:

  1. A regional monthly pass
  2. A monthly pass for just one of the agencies above like King County Metro or Washington State Ferries.
  3. An E-purse (electronic purse) to use like cash to pay your fare. Store anywhere from $5 to $300 E-purse value on your ORCA card.
  4. A combination of monthly pass and E-purse. Add E-purse to cover any additional fares beyond your monthly pass. This is a good option if you typically take a bus, and want a monthly bus pass, but might occasionally want to use your ORCA card for the ferry, Sounder, or other more expensive trip.

Once I have an ORCA card, how do I use it?

  • On a bus: Tap at the ORCA card reader when you board.
  • On RapidRide: Tap at the ORCA card reader before you board. Or, if there is no reader at the station, tap when you board.
  • On a ferry: Tap at the turnstile. Or, staff can tap your card on their card reader.
  • On a train: Tap at the ORCA card reader on the station platform prior to boarding. Tap off when you exit so the correct fare is calculated. 

See if you qualify to save up to 50% on ORCA at!


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