Traveling the Puget Sound region by bus, train and ferry is even easier with ORCA. The ORCA card works like cash or a pass, automatically tracking the value of different fares and transfers so you don't have to.
The electronic fare card works for all seven of the major public transportation agencies serving King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties:
If you take more than one bus or train to complete your trip, or if you ride the bus frequently, get an ORCA card.
Paying with ORCA automatically gives you a two-hour transfer that credits the fare you've already paid when you transfer to another bus.
We've recently upgraded the ORCA system. That means a better payment experience and more choices for managing your account. You are now able to add value to your account in real-time and manage your account from anywhere with the ORCA App. Visit myORCA.com to learn more.
Adult customers can buy an ORCA card and load transportation value or passes onto existing cards in the any of the ways listed below.
To pay a youth fare, customers must provide proof of age and buy their first ORCA card by mail or in person at a Customer Service Office. Your first youth ORCA card is free and $3 to replace if lost. Learn more about getting your free youth ORCA card.
To pay a reduced fare, seniors (ages 65+) and people with disabilities need to get a reduced fare ORCA card in person at a Customer Service Office. Bring proof of age or
Once you have your ORCA card, all customers can load a pass or E-purse value online, by mail, at an ORCA Customer Service Office or at a ticket vending machine. Cards last 3-5 years.
Best for: new or infrequent transit riders
E-purse is loaded pre-paid value on your ORCA card, like a pre-paid coffee card. The
E-purse value may be purchased in dollar increments with a minimum purchase of $5 and a maximum of $300. You can add value at any time by phone, online or in person, or set the card to “autoload” whenever the balance falls to zero.
Tap your ORCA card to activate E-purse added online or by phone. If you do not tap within 60 days, reactivate that E-purse by contacting ORCA customer service at 888-988-6722 or email@example.com.
Monthly Pass or Monthly Pass/E-Purse combination
For those who take more than 18 roundtrips a month, we recommend a monthly pass (see pass prices). A monthly pass on an ORCA card is good for unlimited rides on transit systems throughout the region. Pick a pass value based on the fare of your most frequent trip. For instance, buy a $2.50 pass if you’re an adult who takes local Community Transit buses.
If you make transfers to a bus or train with a higher fare, you can pay the cost difference with cash or with
You can set your ORCA account to automatically load a new pass every month. When we begin the upgrade to a new system on May 16, 2022, you will need to renew your auto-load information on the app or on myorca.com.
If you ride the Washington State Ferries, you can load a WSF monthly pass on your ORCA card (creating your own "Ship to Shore" pass), or use your E-purse to pay for individual ferry rides (walk-on fare only).
Best For: Low-income residents
Community Transit offers a reduced fare for low-income residents through the ORCA LIFT Program.
An ORCA card allows riders to pay a reduced bus fare because their household income is less than or equal to 200% of the federal poverty level, established by the US Dept. of Health & Human Services.