Getting Around Seattle

Link Light Rail


Sound Transit’s Link light rail makes trips from Angle Lake Station to the University of Washington through downtown Seattle making 14 stops along the way, including downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. Trains arrive every 6 to 15 minutes, depending on the time of day, and take about 40 minutes to travel between Sea-Tac International Airport and Westlake Station in downtown Seattle. One-way fare for adults ranges from $2.25 to $3.25. Schedules and station maps are available on the Sound Transit website.

 King County Metro Transit

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King County Metro Transit provides bus service in downtown Seattle and outlying neighborhoods in King County. Time-tables and route maps are available at the Transit Information Center in the tunnel under Westlake Center at 4th Avenue & Pine Street or can be found on the King County Metro Transit website. King County Metro also has a mobile app available for iPhone and Android.

 All-Day Regional Transit Pass

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An all-day regional transit pass is available for visitors to Seattle. These $8 all-day passes are loaded onto regional transit cards ($5 each) at all ORCA vending machines and are used for unlimited riding on all local public transit (excluding the Seattle Monorail and Washington State Ferries). Transit pass value covers $3.50 per ride.

Seattle Streetcars

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The South Lake Union Streetcar makes 11 stops through the South Lake Union area. Streetcars arrive every 10-15 minutes and run from 6 am to 9 pm (Monday-Thursday), 6 am to 11 pm (Friday & Saturday), and 10 am to 7 pm (Sunday & holidays). Adult fare is $2.50. Schedules and maps are available on their website.

The First Hill Streetcar makes 10 stops from the Chinatown-International District through Capitol Hill. Departures are every 10-25 minutes and operate from 5 am to 1 am (Monday-Thursday), 6 am to 1 am (Friday & Saturday), 10 am to 7 pm (Sunday) and 10 am to 8 pm (holidays). Adult fare is $2.50. Route maps and schedules are available on their website.

 Seattle Center Monorail

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The iconic Seattle Center Monorail travels between Westlake Center in downtown and Seattle Center at the base of Queen Anne hill. Regular operating hours are between 7:30 am and 11 pm, Monday-Friday, and from 8:30 am to 11 pm, Saturday & Sunday. Trains depart every 10 minutes and the trip takes only 2 minutes each way. One-way fare for adults is $2.50; tickets are cash-only at the ticket window. Schedules, information, and FAQs are on the Seattle Center Monorail website.

 Travel by Rail

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Looking to travel to or from Seattle via rail? Four train routes service Seattle’s King Street Station, located on the south edge of downtown. Amtrak has three routes: Coast Starlight travels between Seattle, Portland, and Los Angeles. Amtrak Cascades travels between Vancouver, BC; Seattle; Tacoma; Portland; Salem and Eugene. Empire Builder travels between Chicago; Minneapolis/St. Paul; Spokane; Portland; and Seattle.

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