South Sound Train Commute Resources

Over the past few months, I’ve developed and tested various strategies for getting to work or where I’m going from the train. This is in no way an exhaustive list nor have I had a chance to try all these options but it may be a helpful resource as you make your commute plan. Also – keep in mind that schedules change so make sure to always reference the official sites of the agencies you plan to utilize.

Sounder Lakewood to Seattle – Commuter train between Lakewood and Seattle with intermediate stops at South Tacoma, Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, Auburn, Kent and Tukwila. Parking is available for free at most stations but fills up early so plan to arrive early or have an alternative option. Adult fares range from $3.25 to $5.25 depending on how far you travel

Amtrak – Tacoma-Tukwila-Seattle: For those that utilize the Tacoma Dome Station, this is a nice way to complement the Sounder schedule with an additional late AM train of 10:55a and an afternoon trip at 2:35p. Additional PM times include 5:35p, 6:50p and 9:55pm.

The Point Defiance Bypass is due to open in Spring 2019 and the Tacoma stop will move to the Tacoma Dome Station. This will also expand the schedule.

Also keep an eye out for Amtrak and Sound Transit to potentially expand their Rail Plus program that allows you to book an Amtrak ticket as a commuter ride with your Orca Card.

  • Address: 1001 Puyallup Ave. Tacoma, WA.
  • Adult Fare: $9-15 depending on distance and advanced booking.
  • Only stop between Seattle is Tukwila.

Buses that connect trains:

  • PierceTransit 102 (Purdy/Gig Harbor to/from Tacoma Dome Station)
  • Metro 952 (Kent Station-Bellevue-Everett)
  • Rapidride A – Federal Way – Tukwila – Seatac Airport
  • ST 567 – Downtown Bellevue to Kent Station Express
  • ST 566Bellevue to Renton to Auburn Station
  • ST 550 – Westbound Schedule / Eastbound Schedule –  (Seattle) to/from downtown Bellevue via I-90)
  • ST 554 – Westbound Schedule / Eastbound Schedule – (Seattle to/from SE Bellevue via I-90)
  • Metro 212/217 (Seattle to Bellevue Commuter Express) – 212 ends at Eastgate P&R while the 217 continues on to Issaquah.

Shuttles that connect to Trains