Community Transit helps people get from where they are to where they want to be, throughout Snohomish County.
With our convenient schedules and reliable service, riding the bus can be easy, affordable and fun. Read on for our best tips for planning your trip and riding the bus. For those who need extra help learning to ride the bus, we also offer complimentary Travel Training.
Check out our trip-planning tools to help you map different parts of your ride with us.
If you don’t have internet access or need help on the go, you can also call (425) 353-RIDE to get help with trip planning or answers to any questions you might have.
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Time for your trip? Plan to arrive at the bus stop at least five minutes early. And make sure you have everything you need, including a way to pay for your bus trip.
Bus prices vary by route and discounted rates are available for those who qualify. Learn more about fares and passes.
We recommend paying for your bus trip with an ORCA card. It’s a quick and contact-free way to pay — you just tap your card and go. You can also pay with cash using exact change.
Your safety and security are our priority. Help protect yourself and others by reporting any problems to your driver or authorities. Please stay on pedestrian paths, use marked crosswalks, and stay home if you are sick.
They say a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. We've broken down all the parts of your ride into steps to help you feel prepared and confident throughout your ride.
Every Community Transit bus stop has a sign listing the bus routes that serve that stop and a poster with the bus schedules.
Swift bus stations and most transit centers also have electronic signs that tell you when the next bus will arrive.
Every Community Transit bus is equipped with a wheelchair lift or ramp. All buses have bike racks. Let the driver know if you need help boarding or if you have questions about the rack.
As the bus approaches, check the lighted sign on the front of the bus to see if the route information matches your trip.
If this is your bus, wave to let the driver know that you want to get on. Stand back from the bus and wait until it comes to a complete stop.
If the lighted bus sign says “Drop-off only,” that bus is full and not able to pick up more passengers. Please wait for the next bus.
If your trip includes multiple buses, paying with an ORCA card will save you money. You will tap your ORCA card for each bus you ride within the same trip, but you’ll only be charged for the bus with the highest fare. With cash, you’ll need to pay for each bus on your trip.
When and where you pay for the bus will depend on the bus route.
Help us make riding the bus a good experience for everyone by following these simple guidelines:
As you ride, pay attention to the announcements and the sign at the front that give information on the next stop.
Once the bus comes to a complete stop, you may exit through the rear door. Please wait for the bus to leave the area before crossing the street.
If your trip includes multiple buses or trains within the regional ORCA system, your ORCA Card will save you money. You will tap your ORCA card for each bus or train you ride within the same trip, but you’ll only be charged for the one with the highest fare. ORCA transfers are valid for two hours after you first tap your card.