Getting Around

Walk, bike or take the busWalking at Capitol

Consider walking, taking the bus, sharing the ride, or riding a bike to get to your destination. You save money, and your trip becomes a chance to relax. You can also get some exercise along the way.

Reducing the number of trips that you drive alone also helps reduce traffic congestion and pollution. This improves the quality of our air and water.

Visit for more information about travel choices in Thurston County.

Family bikingBiking

The City of Olympia promotes bicycling for recreation and transportation. City streets feature 32 miles of bike lanes, and there are 10 miles of trails within the City that connect to the larger Thurston County trail system. For more information, please see the Thurston County Bicycle Map.

Learn more on our Biking page.

Walking to the libraryWalking

Did you know it only takes most people about five minutes to walk 1/4 mile? In fact, walking is the most popular form of recreation in Olympia! Walking to work, school, the grocery store, or to visit friends is a great way to build some exercise into your day.

Find places to walk, maps and more on our Walking page.

InterCity Transit's DASH ShuttleRiding the Bus, Carpooling and Vanpooling Options

Intercity Transit Bus
Route and Schedule Information: 360.786.1881 or

State employees are eligible for the STAR pass; a state-sponsored, free, annual bus pass. Thurston County and City of Olympia employees are eligible for free bus passes through their employers. With valid identification, Evergreen State College and South Puget Sound Community College students can also ride Intercity Transit (IT) buses for free. Contact your employer, school, or IT for more information.

It's free and it runs every 12 to 15 minutes, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., from the heart of Downtown to the Capitol Campus. April through September, Dash also operates on Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Note: Buses do not serve east Capitol Campus on Saturdays). Taking the Dash Shuttle expands your parking options. The Dash Shuttle is sponsored by Intercity Transit.

Contact Intercity Transit's Commuter Services for carpool or vanpool coordination services. 360.786.8800, or email If you'd like help in coordinating a carpool, check out Rideshare.

Vanpools are ideal for long-distance commutes of 15 or more miles.

Official vanpools can park at 9-hour meters in  the Downtown area, free of charge. Call the City's Parking Services Office at 360.753.8017 for more information, or check out our online parking map.