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Transportation

The Seattle area provides many options for travel by air, land, rail and water. Tour this page to get:

Directions to and from Seattle Tacoma International Airport

From I-5 going south: Take Interstate 5 to Exit 154 B, then drive west on State Route 518 to the Sea-Tac Airport Exit.

From I-5 going north: Take Interstate 5 to Exit 154, then drive west on State Route 518 to the Sea-Tac Airport Exit.

From I-405: Take Interstate 405, which turns into State Route 518, to the Sea-Tac Airport Exit.

Alternates to I-5 going south: Take Highway 99 (Alaskan Way) southbound from downtown Seattle. The highway will merge with East Marginal Way South, which will intersect with Highway 509. Exit onto Highway 509, following the signs for Sea-Tac Airport.

Air Transportation

Flights land at Seattle/Tacoma’s Sea-Tac Airport. The airport is located on Hwy-99 (the Pacific Highway) fourteen miles south of downtown. For more information call (206) 431-4444.

Kenmore Air. Multiple scheduled flights from Seattle to the Olympic Peninsula, San Juan Islands and Victoria, BC. Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan partner.

Seattle Southside Express. Free shuttle to/from Southside hotels to/from downtown Seattle $12 round trip. For more information call (206) 241-5800.

Metro Info. The Metro express city bus #194 takes thirty minutes to reach downtown’s Transit Tunnel. $1.10, during peak hours $1.60. For more information call (206) 553-3000.

Sound Transit. A regional network of express buses, commuter rail, light rail and transit facilities that connects communities in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. Bus to/from info (888) 889-6368.

Taxis. Taxis are available at the airport 24 hours a day. A taxi to downtown will cost around $25.

For other ground transportation options to/from Sea Tac Airport and the Puget Sound Region, contact the Port of Seattle at (206) 728-3000.

Ground Transportation

Seattle Center Monorail Operating 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., it’s the quickest and most futuristic way to get around downtown Seattle. The Monorail departs every 10 minutes from the station at Seattle Center, (across from the Space Needle) and from Westlake Center Mall, at Fifth and Pine Street. Each trip takes two minutes to cover the 1 mile route. Each train can carry up to 200 passengers per trip. The Monorail provides two-train service during special events and activities, with departures every five minutes or less.

Round-trip fares are $4.00 for adults, $1.50 for youth ages 5-12, $2.00 for senior 65+, disabled, and persons with Medicare cards. One-way fares are 1/2 of the round-trip price. Children 4 and under ride free.

Amtrak Three (3) trains daily between Seattle and Tacoma as well as Portland, OR and Vancouver, BC. For more information call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).

Sounder Commuter Rail Offers commuter rail service between Tacoma and downtown Seattle with stops in Puyallup, Sumner, Auburn, Kent, and Tukwila. Sounder now also offers service from Everett and downtown Seattle with stops in Edmonds. For more information call (888) 889-6368.

Tacoma’s Free Light Rail Through Downtown Tacoma to Amtrak Station. For more information call (888) 889-6368.

Ride the Ducks Guided tours in Seattle within walking distance of downtown.

Water Transportation

Victoria Clipper Provides service to Victoria, Vancouver and San Juan Islands (Link to the Seattle Attractions Victoria Clipper page.)

Argosy Cruises Pier 55/56Harbor Cruise (1 hr.), Locks Cruise (2 ½ hrs.), Lakes Cruise Seattle (2 hrs.), Lakes Cruise Kirkland (1 ½ hrs.), Royal Argosy Dinner Cruise (3 hrs)

Ride the Ducks Guided tours in Seattle within walking distance of downtown.

Washington State Ferries Connections in and out of Seattle.

Attractions within Walking Distance of Downtown

Argosy Cruises

Ride the Ducks

Children’s Museum

Safeco Field/Seattle Mariners

Underground Tour

Chinatown Discovery

Seattle Aquarium

Victoria Clipper

Experience Music Project

Seattle Art Museum

Washington State Ferries

Kenmore Air Seaplanes

The Space Needle

Seattle Center Monorail

Approximate Travel Times

(estimated times are based on non-peak drive times)

Peak travel times are Monday through Friday 7-8:30 am and 4:30-6:30 pm.

  • Seattle to SeaTac Airport – 20 minutes
  • Seattle to Tukwila – 20 minutes
  • Seattle to Bellevue – 20 minutes
  • Seattle to Tacoma – 30 minutes
  • Seattle to Puyallup – 25 minutes
  • Seattle to Eatonville (NW Trek) – 45 minutes
  • Seattle to Olympia – 1.5 hrs
  • Seattle to Victoria
    - Water Options – 2 hrs
    - Air Options – 45 minutes
  • Seattle to Vancouver
    - Ground Options – 2 hrs
    - Air Options – 45 minutes
  • Seattle to San Juan Islands
    - Water Options – 1.5 hrs
    - Air Options – 45 minutes
  • Seattle to Mount Rainier – 1.5 hrs
  • Seattle to Mount St. Helen’s – 3.5 hrs
  • Seattle to Olympic Peninsula – 2 hrs via ferry from Seattle
  • Seattle to Ocean Beaches – 2 hrs