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Getting around Seattle

Seattle is easy to navigate with a wide variety of smart transportation options You can find more information on getting here: Visit Seattle.

Light rail photo: Oran Viriyincy

Light rail connects downtown to Sea-Tac Airport. It runs from 5am to 1am, Mon-Sat (the last train departs the airport at 12:10am), and Sunday, 5am to midnight. (The last train Sunday departs the airport at 11:05pm). Trains arrive every 7 to 15 minutes, and take about 40 minutes to go from the airport to downtown. The conference venue is near the Westlake train stop. One-way fare for adults ranges from $2.25 to $3. Passes, schedules and maps are available from Sound Transit.

Metro bus photo: Oran Viriyincy

King County Metro Transit

King County Metro Transit provides bus service in downtown Seattle and outlying neighborhoods in King county. King County Metro also has a mobile app available for iPhone and Android.

Orca transit cards

Regional Transit Pass

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).

SLU streetcar photo: Richard Eriksson

Seattle Streetcars

The South Lake Union Streetcar (really, it’s a fancy name for lightrail) makes 11 stops between downtown Seattle and the burgeoning South Lake Union area, home to Amazon, Facebook and many other technology companies. Streetcars arrive every 10-15 minutes and run from 6am to 9pm (Monday-Thursday), 6am to 11pm (Friday & Saturday), and 10am to 7pm (Sunday & holidays). Adult fare is $2.50. Schedules and maps are available on their website.

Monorail riders photo: Nicola

Seattle Center Monorail

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 7:30am and 11pm, Monday-Friday, and from 8:30am to 11pm, 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 and information from Seattle Center Monorail.

Taxi photo: Nicola

Taxis, Limos, Town Cars & Ride Sharing

At Sea-Tac Airport, taxis are on the third floor of the parking garage. One-way rides between the airport and downtown range from $40-$55. For a limo, town car or taxi ride in advance, visit the ground transportation information booth on the third floor of the parking garage. Contact the concierge team at the Seattle Visitor Center for referrals for specific transportation companies based on your personal travel needs.

In downtown Seattle, Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, and metered taxis offer in-city transportation from local drivers. All rides can be scheduled using smartphone apps.

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