Getting Around

Citizen loading bike onto the front of a bus

Walk, bike or take the bus

We encourage you to 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 biking in neighborhood


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.

Find biking tips, route planning help and more on our Biking page.

Women walking dogs in front of Capitol dome


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 bus

Bus, carpool and vanpool options

Intercity Transit Bus

Intercity Transit is zero-fare. Just get on and go! Intercity Transit will not collect fares from bus passengers during their five-year zero-fare demonstration project. Route and Schedule Information: 360.786.1881 or

FREE Dash Shuttle

The Dash Shuttle free and runs every 12 to 15 minutes from the heart of Downtown to the Capitol Campus. Hours are Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

April through September, Dash also operates on Saturdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Note: Buses do not serve east Capitol Campus on Saturdays).


Contact Intercity Transit's Commuter Services for carpool or vanpool coordination services at 360.786.8800, or 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.

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