Riding the Bus or Train

Whether you are a visitor to the campus or a regular faculty, staff or student commuter, it’s easy to get to the University of Washington by bus or train. More than 60 bus routes serve the U-District, including many that drive onto the campus itself.

  • Using U-PASS on transit
  • Transit schedules, alerts, announcements and service changes
  • Trip Planning and Real-time Transit Tracking
  • Taking transit to a Husky Football game
  • Bikes on buses
  • Night Stop
  • Services for people with disabilities
  • Faculty, staff and students - Using U-PASS on transit

    The student or employee U-PASS is your ticket to ride on all six central Puget Sound transit agencies—Metro Transit, Community Transit, Sound Transit, Pierce Transit, Everett Transit and Kitsap Transit (including Kitsap Fast Ferries)—anytime, anywhere.

    U-PASS also gives you full fare coverage on light rail and on the Sounder commuter train. Sounder provides a commute option from Tacoma or Everett. Link light rail provides service between Sea-Tac Airport and downtown Seattle. Enjoy your commute time reading or relaxing rather than grinding your teeth in traffic!

    Tap once on the bus

    It’s easy to ride the bus with your U-PASS. Just tap your U-PASS on the ORCA card reader as you board the bus.

    Tap twice on light rail and commuter rail

    On Sounder and Link light rail, tap your U-PASS on the ORCA card reader before boarding the train, and again once you get off. Failure to tap before boarding may result in a citation. If stopped by a fare enforcement officer show your U-PASS.

    Transit schedules, alerts, announcements and service changes

    For current schedules, alerts, announcements and service changes, see individual transit agencies:

    Trip Planning and Real-time Transit Tracking

    Planning your route:

    Tracking your ride:

    • Check One Bus Away to see if your bus is running on schedule.
    • Call 206-BUS-TIME at 206-287-8463 if you know your route number and need to find out when the next bus is coming.

    Taking transit to a Husky Football game

    Link light rail will take you to Husky Stadium, and the stadium is also served by a number of bus routes. For more information on taking transit to football games, visit UW Athletics’ game day transportation page.

    Bikes on buses

    You, your bike, your U-PASS and a bus are a great combination! All six central Puget Sound transit agencies have easy-to-use bike racks on all buses so you can bike one way, or just part of the way, and ride the bus for the rest of your journey.

    Haven’t used a bike rack on the front of a bus before? Stop by Transportation Services and try out our transit-style bike rack. It’s located just outside our front doors, so you can try it anytime, even when we’re closed. Metro also has some great instructions on how to use these racks.

    Night Stop

    To enhance security when traveling at night, King County Metro Transit offers a convenient service called Night Stop. Available between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., Night Stop allows you to ask the driver to let you off at any point along your bus route.

    For more information, visit King County Metro’s Night Stop page.

    Services for people with disabilities

    All buses can accommodate passengers who use wheelchairs or may be unable to climb steps. For information about other transportation services for persons with disabilities, contact your local transit agency: