How to Beat the Traffic in Seattle

Ideal for the car-free traveler and one of the most popular forms of transit for visitors to Seattle Southside, the light rail can take you from the airport to downtown Seattle in just 30 minutes. 

Three conveniently located stations connect Seattle Southside to Seattle’s popular attractions. Check out the stadiums, downtown, Capitol Hill and the University of Washington. The Angle Lake and Tukwila International Blvd. stations feature park & rides where you can leave your car for free. Also, many hotels offer free shuttle service to and from stations. One-way adult fares range from $2.25 to $3.25 Click here for timetables and fare information.

What is a Seattle ORCA Card?

These handy cards provide entrance to area buses, trains and ferries. It’s an electronic purse to use like cash to pay your fare. Anytime you use your card, the fare due is deducted. ORCA is accepted on most transit options in the Seattle area, including Community Transit, Everett Transit, King County Transit, Kitsap Transit, Pierce Transit, Sound Transit and Washington State Ferries. Cards cost $5 and can be purchased by mail or online at

Light Rail Map / Seattle ORCA Map

Link Light Rail Map

Related Questions & Answers

Q: How much does it cost to ride the Seattle Light Rail?
A: Children under 5 ride free, and one-way adult fares for Seattle Link Light Rail range from $2.25 - $3.25

Q: How fast does the Light Rail go in Seattle?
A: The top speed is 55 mph on longer stretches and 35 mph on city streets.

Q: How do you pay to ride Seattle Light Rail?
A: You can buy a one-way ticket or an all day/round trip ticket for Link light rail at all Link light rail stations and Sounder stations. You can pay with cash or a credit/debit card, but the easiest way to pay is with an ORCA card