Use Public Transportation

You don’t need a car to get around! Traveling by bus, train, or ferry can save you money and reduce stress, traffic congestion, and environmental impact. Learn about the different types of public transportation and get information on trip planning, schedules, and fares.


County and city transit authorities operate different local bus systems. Find one that serves your area and get information on routes, schedules, and fares.

Public Transportation Benefit Areas

City transit departments

County Transit Authorities

Light Rail, Express Buses, and Commuter Trains

Sound Transit (ST) is an intercity transit system that operates the Link light rail, Sounder commuter trains, and ST Express buses. These modes of travel are great for commuters who want to avoid the hassle of traffic.

How to ride

Fares and how to pay

Trip planner

Find a schedule

COVID-19 safety


Hop on a train for a more scenic way to travel. Amtrak Cascades is the rail line serving the Pacific Northwest. Its tracks run parallel to the I-5 corridor from Vancouver, British Columbia, south to Eugene, Oregon.

Train schedules

Buy a ticket

Check train status


Washington has waterways and islands that you can experience through one of the most unique forms of public transportation. Learn more about ferry terminals and routes, schedules, tickets, and vehicle reservations.

Did you know? Washington State Ferries is the largest public ferry system currently operating in the U.S.

A guide for first time riders

Ferry schedules

Buy a ticket

Make a vehicle reservation

Low tide warnings for trucks, RVs, and cars towing a trailer


The ORCA card is an easy way to pay your fare without having to carry cash. Use your ORCA card on Community Transit, Everett Transit, King County Metro, Kitsap Transit, Pierce Transit, Sound Transit, and Washington State Ferries, as well as on Monorail and Seattle Streetcar. You can load funds online or in person at ticket vending machines and the ORCA customer service office.

Get a card

List of passes and prices

About ORCA

Park and Rides

Don’t live within walking or biking distance of a bus or rail line?  You can drive to a park and ride to catch a bus or train.

Find a park and ride in your county

Statewide park and rides map

Frequently asked questions