An ORCA card is the easiest way to pay when you travel the Puget Sound region by bus, train and ferry. Once you add money or a monthly pass to your ORCA card, you pay your fare just by tapping your ORCA card on the card reader on board buses or at stations. Your ORCA card works on all seven of the major public transportation agencies serving the region:
From buses, trains, and ferries, you can use the ORCA card to pay fares and transfer seamlessly. The ORCA card works like cash or a pass, automatically tracking the value of different fares and transfers so you don't have to.
There are several ways to buy an ORCA card or load value onto existing cards:
An Adult ORCA card helps riders ages 19–64 pay their regional fare and save on transfers. See if you qualify for any of our other ORCA options for even more savings!
The Regional Reduced Fare Permit (RRFP) gives riders ages 65+, riders with disabilities, and Medicare card holders reduced fares on participating transit agencies in the Puget Sound area. Reduced fare ORCA cards are free, but replacement cards cost $3.
For low-income residents, we offer reduced fares through the ORCA LIFT Program. It’s just like a regular ORCA card, but allows riders to pay a reduced bus fare based on household income less than or equal to 200% of the federal poverty level, established by the US Department of Health & Human Services.
Your ORCA card can act like pre-paid debit or gift card. Add money to the card and the cost of your ride is deducted automatically whenever you use your card. For ORCA, this is called “E-purse” and is ideal for new or infrequent riders. Learn more on myORCA.com.
For riders who take more than 18 roundtrips a month, we recommend a monthly pass. 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. Your monthly pass is good for unlimited rides on transit systems throughout the region.
If you make transfers to a bus or train with a higher fare, you can pay the cost difference with cash or with E-purse value that you've added to your ORCA card. Learn more 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).