How to Ride the Bus | Community Transit

How to Ride

Community Transit offers local bus service throughout Snohomish County and commuter bus service into King County. We also provide DART paratransit service for qualified individuals.

Plan Your Trip

Ride the BusRiders board a bus in Smokey Point

Step 1: Go to a Bus Stop.

  • You are usually no more than a few blocks from one of our stops (Bus Stop List).
  • Every Community Transit bus stop has a sign listing the route numbers that serve it and a poster with the bus schedules for that stop.
  • Plan to arrive at the stop at least five minutes early, as buses may arrive earlier than scheduled.
  • Visit to determine the real-time bus departure by entering the stop number found at your bus stop.

Step 2: See Which Buses Stop There.

  • Some stops serve more than one bus.
  • Look at the bus stop sign to make sure the bus you want will stop there.
  • Buses display their route number on the front, the back and the side. The end destination is also shown on the front.

Step 3: Board the Bus.

  • When the bus with the route number you want arrives, stay on the curb until the bus stops and the front doors open.
  • All our buses can “kneel” or tilt down toward the curb to make boarding easier.
  • If you’re not sure whether the bus goes where you need to go, ask the bus driver.

Step 4: Pay Your Fare.

  • The farebox and ORCA reader are directly in front of you as you board the bus.
  • Tap your ORCA card on the ORCA reader to have your fare deducted.
  • If you're paying your fare with cash, have exact change as drivers do not carry change.
  • If you have a ticket or bus pass, please have it ready when you board the bus.
  • On Swift bus rapid transit, you pay at the station before boarding. Current fares can be viewed here. />

Reduced fare options are available for seniors, disabled persons and those who qualify based on income.

Youth riders age 18 and younger ride transit free. For riders 13-18 years old, we encourage use of a youth ORCA card when you ride — available through your school or by requesting one online.

Ride Safely.

  • If there is no seat available, use the grab bars for balance and move to the back of the bus. There’s usually more room there.
  • Please keep your packages and personal belongings out of the aisles.
  • Paying your fare to ride a bus does not guarantee a seat, especially during peak hours.

Signal the Driver to Stop.

  • When you are a block away, signal that you would like to exit the bus by pulling the bell cord or pressing the signal strip. The bus will stop at the route’s next stop. Swift buses stop at every Swift station.

Get Off the Bus.

  • Remain seated and/or maintain a firm handhold while the bus is in motion.
  • For your safety, wait for the bus to leave before crossing the street.
  • If you have any questions, please ask the driver.

Rider Reminders

  • Please give front seats to seniors, pregnant and disabled passengers.
  • Be visible. In dark conditions wear light or reflective clothing. Carry a flashlight or use your cell phone to signal the driver as the bus approaches your stop.
  • Strollers must be kept out of the aisle. You may remove your child and collapse the stroller so it can be stored out of the way.
  • Listen to audio devices using headphones that limit the sound to the individual user. Be courteous to your fellow riders!
  • Practice cell phone courtesy. Limit the length, volume and content of cell phone conversations and put your ringer on vibrate.


Community Transit does not give transfers to cash customers.  Paper transfers have been replaced by ORCA cards which gives you transfer credit for two hours after you first tap your card.

If you pay with cash and take more than one bus or train to get to your destination, you will have to pay full fare each time you board.

With ORCA, your transfer credit is automatically calculated based on the fare of your first trip. Simply tap your card on the second bus. If the next trip you take has a higher fare, the ORCA reader will display the difference and either deduct it from the  "E-purse" value on your card or prompt you to pay the amount in cash.

King County Metro tickets and transfers are good on Metro buses only. Community Transit does not accept Metro tickets or transfers. If you use both transit systems, we recommend getting an ORCA card.