Getting Around Seattle

Link Light Rail

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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.