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Community Transit has 13 bus routes offering more than 100 roundtrips Monday-Friday between Snohomish County communities and downtown Seattle.

Buses use the I-5 HOV (carpool) lanes and have priority on Seattle streets, saving you time, money and stress.

Commuter Bus Service
  • Peak-hour service: Buses arrive in Seattle between 6-9 a.m. and depart between 3-6 p.m.
  • Park & ride: Free park & ride lots throughout Snohomish County make it easy to catch a bus and avoid sitting in I-5 traffic. Lynnwood Transit Center is the hub of our Seattle service. Be aware that most park & ride lots along the I-5 corridor fill up early. Plan on arriving before 7 a.m. to get a parking spot.
  • Clean, comfortable buses: Commuter buses have cushioned high-back seats, climate control and easy, low-floor boarding for the longer rides. Double Tall double-decker buses operate on routes to Seattle, providing more capacity and a great view!
  • Limited stops: Commuter buses make limited stops in Snohomish County, and Community Transit buses inbound to Seattle stop only at the request of on-board passengers. New passengers may board in the morning only if the bus is already stopping.
  • Off-peak options: For late morning trips, days you need to get home early, or evenings you want to stay in Seattle, and also weekend service, see Sound Transit Express Route 512.
  • Popular service: Commuter buses to and from downtown Seattle are popular and often are full. So are many park & ride lots. Be sure to arrive early to get parking and get on the bus. Paying your fare does not guarantee a seat; you may be standing on these buses. The Double Tall double-decker buses offer more seating options, and have a designated standing area.
     
Neighborhood Routes to Seattle
Bothell 435
Edmonds 405, 416
S. Everett 410, 412, 512
Lake Stevens 425
Lynnwood 402, 413, 415, 417, 421, 422, 425, 511, 512
Marysville 421, 422
Mill Creek 412
Monroe 424
Mountlake Terrace 413, 415, 511, 512, 513
Mukilteo 417
Silver Firs 412
Snohomish 424
Stanwood 422
 
There are two different routing patterns for how buses enter and leave downtown Seattle.
  • From the north via Stewart on Routes 402, 405, 410, 415, 417, 422, 424.
  • From the south via Cherry, with the first stop near Seattle City Hall, on Routes 412, 413, 416, 421, 425, 435.
Fares & Passes

Community Transit commuter fares are based on distance:

  • Adult passengers boarding in or traveling to south Snohomish County pay $4.25 per trip
  • Adult passengers boarding in or traveling to north and east county pay $5.50 per trip (Routes 421, 422, 424, 425, 821)

Many downtown Seattle employers offer incentives for employees to carpool or take transit, such as a discounted ORCA card valid on buses throughout the region. Check with your employer to find out if you can get a transit incentive.

Downtown Bus Stops

There are so many buses and busy stops in downtown Seattle that bus routes serve only designated stops every few blocks. Look for your route number posted at your stop to confirm that it will pick-up there. If it's not listed, walk a block to the next stop.

Drop-off bus stops are not posted with route numbers. Bus drivers call out the street names for the next stop when they are in Seattle so passengers are ready to deboard when they stop.

BusFinder

Community Transit offers real-time bus information via BusFinder. You can use your smartphone's GPS location feature to find which stops are nearby, or enter the bus stop number to learn when the next Community Transit or Sound Transit buses to Snohomish County will be departing. The stop numbers listed at Seattle bus stops are King County Metro numbers. Use this conversion chart to enter the appropriate Community Transit bus stop number.

Connections

Visit our Bus Stop List to see a list of stops by route.

Bikes Downtown

You may load or unload your bicycle at any stop in downtown Seattle. Please make sure to catch the driver's attention before stepping in front of the bus.