The ORCA Card
ORCA is how the Puget Sound gets around. From buses, trains, and ferries, you can use the ORCA card to pay fares and transfer seamlessly. If you’re looking for information about how ORCA works, you’re in the right place. Learn more about how to get a card, paying for your trip, and ways to save on travel.
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Here are some helpful tips for getting started with the ORCA card
Where to get an ORCA card and add value
Add flexible fare products to your ORCA card
With the ORCA card, you have options to pay your fare:
Add up to $400 in cash value with E-purse
Buy a regional daily or monthly pass
Or choose from agency-specific passes
Pay with ORCA
Tap your ORCA card to board
You are just a tap or scan away from your next ride. The process varies slightly depending on which transit system you are boarding.
Tap your card as you are boarding
As you board the bus, tap your ORCA card on the card reader inside.
Tap your card before boarding
Before boarding Link light rail, RapidRide, Swift, the Sounder commuter train, and the Seattle Streetcar, tap your ORCA card on a yellow card reader outside/on the platform. When you ext Link and Sounder, retap your ORCA card to compete the trip.
Scan your card as you board
When boarding the Water Taxi, the Seattle Center Monorail, Via to Transit, and Trailhead Direct, the loading agent or cashier will note or scan your card.