My most-asked question of all time from visitors?”How do I get from the airport to downtown?”. Like in most cities, there’s not just one option in Seattle – instead, we have a wide variety of transportation methods from public busses to towncars and limousines (and nearly everything in between).
Trains, planes and automobiles:
Public busses no longer serve the Seatac airport to downtown Seattle route.
A new Sound Transit Link Light Rail system opened in Seattle in early August ’09. Trains depart Seatac airport every 10-20 minutes connecting travellers to downtown via the Sound Transit Link Light Rail system. A user-friendly ticketing system allows users to purchase rail tickets in the station to downtown. *Note: a round-trip light rail ticket is available for $5.50/day. This pass is not transferrable to other public busses in downtwon Seattle. The trip to downtown once departing from Seatac is approximately 50 minutes. Trains run every 10-15 minutes from 5:20am-12:20am. http://www.soundtransit.org/x11204.xml for additional information.
Shuttle Express offers a downtown airporter service from the airport to 8 major downtown hotel locations (with close proximity to many others). This bus service operates every 20-minutes throughout the day departing from scheduled airporter area outside Door 00 at the airport. Travel time is approximately 45-60 minutes. The first bus departs the airport mid-morning / last bus in the evening departs at 9pm. Cost is $18/one-way. More information on Shuttle Express’ downtown airporter, or their shared-ride van service, is available at: http://www.shuttleexpress.com/hotels.html or by calling them toll-free at (800) 487-7433.
Taxis are available on a metered fare from the airport into downtown Seattle at a rate of $2.50/mile with a $2.50/pickup fee. The distance from airport to downtown is approximately 13 miles to most locations – usual fee is $35-$45 depending on traffic situations. Allow approximately 30-minutes for travel. Seattle Tacoma Int’l Taxi Association (STITA) operates cabs providing transportation into the city of Seattle (206-246-9999).
Taxis from downtown locations are regulated by the City of Seattle and are operated on a flat-fee schedule. Fare from downtown to SeaTac airport is $32. Contact Orange Cab at (206) 552-8800 or Yellow Cab at (206) 622-6500 for reservations.
Multiple limousine, van and towncar services offer downtown and airport service. Visit the Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website at http://bit.ly/SeattleTrans for a full listing of these SCVB member companies. Towncar transportation cost is approximately $45-$75 from the airport to downtown/$40-$70 from downtown to the airport.