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Tap your card and you'll hear a beep and see a green light. Use your ORCA card on buses, trains and ferries throughout the Puget Sound.

About ORCA

The ORCA card is all you need to pay your fare on buses and trains in the Puget Sound region. After you load E-purse (electronic purse) value or a monthly pass on it, your ORCA card works like cash or a pass, automatically tracking the value of different fares and transfers so you don't have to.

ORCA cards cost $5.

Once you have a card, you can add between $5 and $300 onto the card's E-purse , which works similarly to a pre-paid debit card and deducts the correct fare each time you tap. When the card's E-purse balance gets low, just add additional value.

If you are a frequent rider, you can add a regional monthly pass good for an unlimited number of trips on designated transit agencies during the valid calendar month.

You can have E-purse and a monthly pass on the same ORCA card. The E-purse can be used in combination with a pass in the event the pass value is less than the fare for a ride.

How to get an ORCA card

Already have an ORCA card?

ORCA card reader apps

What is a carder reader app?

These card reading apps use Near Field Communications (NFC) function on an android smartphone to allow for two way communication between the smartphone and a smartcard. This functionality is used to read the chip on the ORCA card and in turn provide an E-purse balance check and trip history. These apps were created by developers on their own without any direct communication with either ORCA partners or vendors. Please note that these apps will not read passes that are loaded on an ORCA card.

Available for Android only

Name Creator Cost
FareBot codebutler Free
NFC TagInfo NFC Research Lab Free
NFC TagInfo by NXP NXP Semiconductors Free
Travel card reader M. Salomaa $0.99
Travel card reader free M. Salomaa Free