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Seattle Transportation

Getting There

Airport
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, or “Sea-Tac” (SEA), is south of the city. Sea-Tac is a hub for Alaska Airlines, which is responsible for roughly a third of the airport’s flights. Sea-Tac’s top five carriers are Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air, Southwest Airlines, United and Northwest. A number of international carriers use Sea-Tac—Asiana Airlines, Lufthansa and British Airways among them. Shuttle buses, taxis (20 minutes and $40 to get downtown), city buses, limousines and light rail provide transport into Seattle. For $2.50, the Link Light Rail whisks travelers from Sea-Tac to downtown Seattle in 36 minutes; trains depart every 7 to 15 minutes. The Gray Line Downtown Airporter offers twice-hourly service to major downtown hotels ($15 one way, $25 round trip).
Bus
King County Metro Transit offers a Ride Free Area downtown, 6AM to 7PM. It does have several drawbacks: During non-commute hours some routes attract transients who use the vehicles as rolling nap lounges, and during rush hour some buses turn into sardine cans. However, travel is inexpensive (no more than $2.75, depending on zone and time of day) and fairly reliable.
Train
King Street Station, in Pioneer Square, is the city’s Amtrak terminal. From here, trains run daily to and from Vancouver, Portland and San Francisco. Sound Transit’s Sounder Commuter Rail transports workers between Seattle and Tacoma, to the south, and Everett, to the north, during rush hour.
Train
The South Lake Union Line of the Seattle Streetcar ($2.25) runs 2.6 miles between Westlake and the rapidly growing South Lake Union district. The orange and purple cars are easy to spot, and there’s typically plenty of space aboard. The Monorail, a leftover relic from the 1962 World’s Fair, runs every 10 minutes between downtown and the Seattle Center ($4 round trip)..
Boat/Ferry
Washington State Ferries transport vehicles and passengers between Puget Sound communities. The Seattle area has four main routes: West Seattle to Vashon Island/Southworth; downtown to Bremerton; downtown to Bainbridge Island; and Edmonds to Kingston. The downtown ferry terminal is located at Pier 52’s Colman Dock. Ferries depart roughly every hour from 6AM to around 1:30AM Rates vary from $4.10 for a passenger and $11.45 for a car and driver, to as high as $19 for car and driver. Ferry lines on holidays and in summer can be exceptionally long. In addition, the King County Water Taxi runs a foot commuter ferry from Pier 50 to West Seattle and Vashon Island.

Getting Around

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Talk about how to get to the city using the selected medium of transportation King County Metro Transit offers a Ride Free Area downtown, 6AM to 7PM. It does have several drawbacks: During non-commute hours some routes attract transients who use the vehicles as rolling nap lounges, and during rush hour some buses turn into sardine cans. However, travel is inexpensive (no more than $2.75, depending on zone and time of day) and fairly reliable. on.
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