Capital Hill Guesthouse

1808 East Denny Way, Seattle, Washington, 98122, United States
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Public transport in Seattle

by Cveilleux

I am arriving in Seattle on November 21, early evening. I would like to take public transportation from SeaTac Airport to the Renaissance Hotel, near the sports arena area. Does anyone know the ins and out of public transport in Seattle?

Re: Public transport in Seattle

by davidmg

There are taxis that you can easily get and they will cost you about $35.00 to downtown Seattle. There is also the Gray Line shuttle that costs $11.00 one way. You can get information at and even reserve a seat. There is public transport that is much less expensive. When you get to baggage claim there is an information booth and they can help you decide on the best way. But you will have plenty of options. Good luck!

Re: Public transport in Seattle

by bocmaxima

Seattle recently installed a light rail line running from the university area to near the airport (the airport station should be opening soon). This replaces the bus, which was a bit of a pain. You have to take a free shuttle to the light rail station. The University Street station Downtown appears to be the closest to your hotel.
The last time I was up there I did a solely public transit trip, but also stayed out in the suburbs to save money. When you compare it to a lot of other American cities' public transit systems, it's a very good one. But I haven't had a chance to ride the light rail. However, staying Downtown, you won't need to deal public transit very often, except for the airport trips.


Re: Public transport in Seattle

by yvr

There are two ways of doing this. When you leave baggage claim turn to your right and walk to the Metro Bus stop. It is just south of the terminals. The 194 Seattle is an express bus and will take you to downtown Seattle very quickly in 30 minutes or less. You may also opt to take the free shuttle to Tukwila Station and then transfer to the new light rail line. If you travel between 3pm and 6pm the peak fare will be $2.50 and if you travel outside this time the off peak fare is $1.75 I took this new rail line a few weeks ago and then took the 194 back to Seattle. I found that the 194 is quicker than the shuttle and light rail train.

Travel Tips for Seattle

Pikes Fish Market


Pikes Fish Market in Seattle is a bit of a tourist trap. After you select a fish for purchase a floor attendant throws the fish across the market area to the packaging table. There should be a flying fish in the photo. It is difficult to take pictures of flying fish. We bought two salmon ( 5 lbs ea. / 2 kg. ea.) . Then we phoned back to Toronto to invite people over for a BBQ. We had to fly back on an over night flight through Chicago which was an adventure , but we made it along with the two salmon, and the BBQ was a success .

have your veritable coffee fix...

by anna123

have your veritable coffee fix from Starbucks! Oh yes!! In case you didn't know, Seattle is the birthplace of Starbucks (and grunge music, among other things!)! And even though there are Starbucks coffee places in every nook and cranny in this world, it's just one of those must-do activities when in this town! NOT having your Starbucks coffee in Seattle is like not hitting the casinos in Vegas!

Miscellanous Tipping in Seattle

by machomikemd

Airport baggage handlers: $1 per bag, more for heavier bags.

Baby-sitter: Equal an average evening's pay, plus a small gift.

Bartender: $1 to $2 per drink is customary, or 15 to 20 percent if you run a tab.

Beauty: In a salon, tip 15 to 20 percent for haircuts, nail care, facials, waxing.

Cabs: Fares below $10, $1-$3. Over $10, 10 percent.

Pike Place Market

by Carmanah

This is the city's oldest, most popular marketplace located at the foot of Pike Street. Here you'll find dozens of little shops - lush flower shops, colourful vegetable and fruit stands, energetic fish shops (famous for the workers literally throwing fish through the air at eachother). Downstairs in the building you'll find many little collectable shops - comics, candles - you name it. And who can forget that unique 'Pike' smell... *grin*. Pike Place Market is definitely one of Seattle's famous 'must-see's', however if you're a regular visitor to Seattle, the novelty might wear off after the third visit. ;) If you have no intention on buying, there's only so long you can look at fish and flowers. But if you're a first time visitor, Pike Market's a must!

yard art

by Jonathan_C

Like any American city, Seattle has some nicely clipped lawns with trimmed hedges. But what sets Seattle apart is the number of homeowners that have ripped sod out of their yards and gotten creative. Some are successes and others apparent failures but everyone seems to be following their own path. Luckily, there is beauty in chaos.


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