Link Light Rail makes trips from the airport station to downtown Seattle between 5am and 1am, Monday through Saturday (the last train departs the airport at 12:10am), and and from 5am to midnight on Sunday (the last train departs the airport at 11:05pm). Trains arrive every 7.5 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. Schedules and station maps are available on the Sound Transit website.
King County Metro Transit provides bus service in downtown Seattle and outlying neighborhoods in King county. Metro buses no longer serve Sea-Tac Airport. Time-tables and route maps are available at the ground transportation information booth on the third floor of the airport parking garage, near Island 2 at the airport, 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.
The South Lake Union Streetcar makes 11 stops through the South Lake Union area. 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.
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 $2.25; tickets are cash-only. Schedules, information and FAQs are on the Seattle Center Monorail website.
At Sea-Tac Airport, taxis are available on the third floor of the parking garage. One-way rides between the airport and downtown range from $40-$55. To arrange for a limo, town car or taxi ride in advance, use any of the travelers’ information boards in baggage claim or visit the ground transportation information booth on the third floor of the parking garage. Contact our concierge team at the Seattle Visitor Center for referrals for specific transportation companies based on your personal travel needs.
In downtown Seattle, ride-sharing companies, such as Uber, Lyft & Sidecar, offer in-city transportation from local drivers. All rides can be scheduled using smartphone apps.
All car rental companies providing service at Sea-Tac are located in the car-rental facility. Dedicated shuttle buses run 24/7 to pick up passengers outside baggage claim at the north and south ends of the main terminal. If you prefer to enjoy the city using public transit when first arriving, car rentals are available at meltable downtown Seattle locations. Ask our Seattle Visitor Center team for referrals or assistance.
Hotel courtesy shuttles pick up and drop off passengers on the third floor of the airport parking garage at Islands 1 & 2. Shared-ride vans and airport services are available to passengers outside door 00 at the south end of the main terminal on the baggage-claim level. Shuttle Express Downtown Airporter and SpeediShuttle both offer shuttle service for under $20 per person to downtown Seattle hotels and also offer regularly scheduled cruise ship transfers.
Pronto is Seattle’s new cycle sharing system with 500 bikes and 50 stations located throughout the city. Biking with Pronto makes trips fast, efficient, easy and affordable. 24-hour and 3-day passes with unlimited rentals are available at any Pronto station kiosk with your credit or debit card. Rides completed by pass-holders under 30 minutes are included, but rides longer than 30 minutes incur usage fees. A trip begins when a bike is unlocked and ends when the bike is securely returned to any Pronto station. One- and three-day passes start at $8.