Getting Around

Your Streets, Your CityWalking at Capitol

The trips we make between work and home are a major portion of the trips taken on Olympia's streets. Reducing the amount of trips you drive alone will help to reduce congestion and auto-related pollution.

Transportation without the Aggravation. Walking, biking, carpooling, and riding the bus not only let you relax and saves you money, but also benefits your community and the environment.

Visit ThurstonHeretoThere.org 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 intercitytransit.com

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.

Carpool/Vanpool
Contact Intercity Transit's Commuter Services for carpool or vanpool coordination services. 360.786.8800, or email commuterservices@intercitytransit.com. 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.