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Seattle Monorail

Two Ways to Pay Your Fare

At the Monorail – Tickets are for sale from Monorail cashiers at both stations

located at both the Seattle Center & Westlake Mall locations. We currently accept credit cards only. Please note we are temporarily suspending cash payments. See Rider Alerts for more info. 


Use Your ORCA Card

Seattle Center Monorail now accepts ORCA as a fare payment option. To learn more about ORCA, please see below.



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How To Buy & Use Tickets with an ORCA card

ORCA Fares Chart

How To Buy ORCA card

  1. Get a card online, by mail or in person. Find more info HERE
  2. Load value on ORCA to work like cash.
  3. Use your ORCA card to access transit all over King County

How To Use ORCA card

  1. Present your ORCA card to pay your fare
  2. Cashier will tap your card with a handheld device and return it to you
  3. Board Monorail! Be sure to present to cashier again for return trips.
  4. Full ticket fare is required. Passengers are responsible for paying for fare differences that arise from difference in PugetPass value, transfer value from a different ORCA agency with a lower fare, or insufficient balance; payment of the remaining balance can be paid with ORCA E-purse or cash. Please note, ORCA transfers will be accepted. Paper transfers will not be accepted.
ORCA Fares Chart

You can use your ORCA card on these regional transit systems:


Bus
Commuter Train
Light Rail
Vanpool
Streetcar
Water Taxi

How To Buy & Use Tickets on Your Mobile Phone

Transit Go Tickets also allows you to buy tickets for:


Bus
Commuter Train
Light Rail
Vanpool
Streetcar
Water Taxi

FAQs

  • Do you accept Debit/Credit Cards, or ORCA Cards?

    In addition to cash, Seattle Center Monorail accepts debit/credit cards, ORCA card, Apple Pay, and Google Pay. There’s a $1.50 minimum purchase amount to pay by credit card. We accept ORCA transfers, but we will not accept paper transfers. You do not need exact change if you pay with cash.

  • Where can I use ORCA?

    Use ORCA to pay for trips on: King County Metro buses, Seattle Center Monorail, King County Water Taxi, Community Transit, Everett Transit, Kitsap Transit, Pierce Transit, Sound Transit, and Washington State Ferries.

  • Do you accept transfers from other transit systems?

    Seattle Center Monorail will accepts ORCA transfers, but the Monorail will not accept paper transfers. ORCA transfers are made electronically. If you use an ORCA card that is loaded with a bus pass or E-purse, you will get a two-hour transfer credit for the fare paid. Please note, credit does not apply for transfers to or from Washington State Ferries.

    Passengers are responsible for paying for fare differences that arise from difference in PugetPass value or insufficient E-purse balance; payment of the remaining balance can be paid with ORCA E-purse or cash.

  • How much time might riders save using ORCA card or Transit GO Ticket?

    ORCA cardholders cannot bypass the line. ORCA cardholders must present their ORCA card to the cashier as fare payment before entering the loading zone. If there is a line at the ticket booth, you must wait in the line. In some instances, a line manager may be present on the platform and will let you know if you can present your ORCA card to them to bypass the line.

  • Who can I contact if I have any problems with ORCA?

    Metro’s Customer Service group can assist with most ORCA questions regarding functionality, navigation, ticket validation and payment issues. Please call 206-553-3000.