Seattle has one of the better transportation systems in the United States and you’ll find a menagerie of public transit services to get your around, including trains, ferries, buses, streetcars, and monorails. For those who live and work in the core of the city, this means that public transit is sufficient for commuting and errands. The farther way you get, however, the more likely it is you’ll need a car.
Using public transit is managed via the ORCA card, a smart card that you can add funds to and is tapped against a card reader when getting on a bus or entering a rail station. (The monorail and streetcar are quite limited in the geography they cover, are mostly targeted at tourists, and don’t accept the ORCA.) Bus fares range from $2.50 to $3.25 per ride for adults. Link light rail fares range from $2.25 to $3.25 per ride and train fares range from $3.25 to $5.75. ORCA discounts are available to minors, seniors, disabled, and employees whose companies participate in the LIFT program.
TRANSIT AND WALKABILITY RATINGS
For each Seattle neighborhood you’ll see a Transit rating and a Walkability rating. The Transit rating tells you how good and reliable public transportation options are in that neighborhood. The Walkability rating tells you how many local amenities (shops, restaurants, fitness options, etc.) you can walk to in that neighborhood.