You can purchase your Orca Card for $5 for adults and youth. You can add between $5 to $300 onto the e-purse. Think of it as a prepaid debit card, comes in handy when you don't want to carry cash on you.
There are times when I was in a hurry to catch the bus and I forgot to get the exact amount of cash on hand before taking the bus, which caused me delays.
Hot Tip: Bus driver's don't carry change and you don't want to be standing in line waiting for the bus and then suddenly realizing that you don't have the exact cash on hand.
One thing I learned when it comes to traveling to Seattle and using my Orca Card to get around is to always check my balance, which you can do in two ways.
- Check it online at Orca Card balance.
- When you tap it against the reader the balance will appear below the amount you paid.
Hot Tip: You automatically have a 2hr window to get to your destination aka a transfer, so if you need to take 2+ buses within that time frame, you won't have to pay again.
No worries! Go here to add value to your card.
Hot Tip: After adding value to your card, make sure to allow processing up to 24hrs and sometimes longer on the weekend. What I like to do is add value 48 hrs in advance if I know I have to go somewhere later that week.
Another Hot Tip, your orca card balance won't show up until you use your card again. So don't worry if your card is only showing $2 and you added $5. Just tap it on the bus and your new balance will show up.
Add Value to Your Orca Card
The benefits of having an Orca Card is that you can be on the go without cash on hand. Want to see the Space Needle? Pikes Marketplace? Take the ferry?
Adding value to your orca card will allow you to do that and more, and when I say add value, I am talking about the value and benefits of owning an Orca Card.
Seattle's public transportation is awesome for those looking to visit the city for awhile. It is crucial to know how to navigate their public transportation system in order to get the full experience of Seattle.
Reasons to own an orca card?
- Parking is expensive in Seattle.
- It is easy to become limited within the distance of your hotel.
- Uber and Lyft can add up over time.
- You'll have true Seattle Independence.
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