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King County Metro Transit:
The “Metro” public bus system that operates throughout Seattle and King County is one of the most extensive and highly-praised in the nation.
  • To find a route, maps and fare information for travel throughout and beyond Seattle, visit Metro online at
  • Metro's Route 99 connects Seattle's International District, Pioneer Square, First Avenue destinations including the Seattle Art Museum and Pike Place Market, and Elliott Bay waterfront attractions such as the Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle Aquarium and ferry services. Visit Metro Online for a route map and timetable.
  • *Note*-As of Sept. 29, 2012 the Ride Free Area in downtown Seattle, including the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel, will no longer be offered. All riders will be required to pay exact fare upon entry for all King County Metro, Sound Transit and Community Transit buses operating within King County. For more information on the transit changes, visit
South Lake Union Streetcar:
  • The South Lake Union Streetcar links Seattle's vibrant downtown core to the fast-growing South Lake Union neighborhood and new 12-acre Waterfront Park. Visit for a route map, hours of operation and ticket prices.
 Seattle Center Monorail:
  • The nation's first full-scale commercial monorail system provides a fun, two-minute link from downtown Seattle to the Seattle Center daily. The Seattle Center station is across from the Space Needle; in downtown Seattle, catch the monorail at Westlake Center at Fifth Avenue and Pine Street. Learn more at
 Sound Transit:
Amtrak services Seattle with three distinct rail routes:
  • Amtrak Empire Builder (Chicago-Seattle):  With daily departures from Seattle to Chicago, this train offers views of Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota and Illinois. 
  • Amtrak Coast Starlight (Los Angeles-Seattle):  With daily departures from Seattle to Los Angeles, this train travels through remote parts of the Oregon and California coasts. 
  • Amtrak Cascades (Vancouver, B.C.-Seattle-Eugene, OR):  Multiple trips from Vancouver, B.C. to Eugene, OR, makes traveling to Seattle, Portland or other stops in between easy. 
The terminus for each is Seattle’s historic King Street Station, close to downtown hotels, public transportation, sports arenas, Pioneer Square and the International District.
Seattle has several major taxicab companies to get you to and from Sea-Tac International Airport, as well as take care of your transportation needs around town.
 Car Rentals:
  • Car rental companies have rental offices in downtown Seattle, at Sea-Tac International Airport, in Bellevue and Seattle’s Eastside communities and throughout the region.
 Bicycle, Motorcycle and Scooter Rentals:
Parking in Seattle: 
Freeways and Major Highways:
For highway maps and information on current traffic conditions and road construction, visit the Washington State Department of Transportation at Major freeways and highways that run through and around Seattle include:
  • Interstate 5 runs north and south through the center of Seattle.
  • Interstate 405 runs north and south through Seattle’s eastern suburbs of Bothell, Bellevue and Renton.
  • Reversible express lanes with limited on/off access on I-5 and I-90 are used during peak commute hours to relieve traffic. Normally, they move traffic toward downtown Seattle during the morning commute and away from Seattle during the afternoon commute.
  • Interstate 90 begins just south of Safeco Field in Seattle and runs east, connecting I-5 to I-405.
  • State Route 520 begins just north of downtown Seattle at I-5 and runs east, across the Lake Washington, to Redmond. Washington state now conducts electronic tolling on the State Route 520 Bridge. As all tolling is electronic, it is important for visitors who will take trips across the SR 520 Bridge to know the two methods of payment available to them. For more information, visit
  • State Route 99, a major north-south arterial, parallels I-5 between Everett and Fife.

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