First-Time Sounder Users

Ride Guide

Riding is stress-free and enjoyable when you know the basics. Check out these tips for new riders!

South_Tacoma_WA_Sounder_StationStep 1: Get Connected With Sounder Information
The commuter train schedules are posted online. You can also subscribe to Rider Alerts so you know about any changes or delays on your route. 

Step 2: Head to the Station
Find a stop near you, and then click on the station map link to view a more detailed station layout. 

Step 3: Pay for Your Fare
You have a few options to purchase your train ticket:

  • Look for one of the ORCA (One Regional Card for All) pass stations or Ticket Vending Machines to buy a paper ticket. Once you purchase your ticket, hold it over the yellow reader as you enter the train platform.
  • If you have an ORCA card, you must tap on by holding your ORCA card up to a yellow reader station before boarding and when you depart, so the system knows exactly how much to charge you for a ticket. You can load funds on your ORCA card at the Ticket Vending Machines, or online. Funds uploaded online are available immediately.
  • You can also purchase tickets on your phone through the Transit GO Ticket app. Once you purchase your ticket on the app, you can hold your phone over the yellow reader as you enter the train platform.

Step 4: Board the Train

Find a comfortable seat on the lower or upper level of a car. If you plan on using Wi-Fi, make sure to check which cars offer wireless. Restrooms are available in all cars.

Step 5: Arrive at Your Destination

When you deboard, make sure you have all your belongings. If you used an ORCA card, tap off at a reader station before continuing on to your destination.