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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Create an account and request a card today

Here are some helpful tips for getting started with the ORCA card

Where to get an ORCA card and add value

  • Create an account, order a card, and add value at

  • Download the app for iPhone or Android

  • In person at a store, vending machine, or customer service location here

  • Call us at 888-988-6722 / TTY: 711, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m; (closed weekends and holidays)

  • Or order by mail by sending this application form to: ORCA Regional Mail Center
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    201 S. Jackson St.
    Seattle, WA 98104

Add flexible fare products to your ORCA card

With the ORCA card, you have options to pay your fare:

  • 01

    Add up to $400 in cash value with E-purse

  • 02

    Buy a regional daily or monthly pass

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    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 exit Link and Sounder, retap your ORCA card to compete the trip.

Scan your card as you board

When boarding the Water Taxi, Kitsap Ferries, Zip Shuttle, the Seattle Center Monorail, Via to Transit, and Trailhead Direct, the loading agent or cashier will note or scan your card.

More about ORCA

Using your ORCA card to pay

Managing your cards with myORCA

Find the right ORCA card for you

Adding Value

Managing your business account

Buying and reloading ORCA at retail stores

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