Getting Around Seattle

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    Downtown Free Buses

    by starship Written Sep 28, 2004

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    Within the downtown district, you can ride the underground buses for free within circumscribed boundaries. This is a great money saver and an interesting feature of Seattle. We followed the entry to the subterranean tunnel at 5th & Pine Streets to catch a bus to Pioneer Square.

    Everything is clean, well-lit, mostly exhaust free and the tunnels even feature some decorative details. Use will see that polished granite has been used for floor, walls and benches. Glazed decorative tiles spaced through out are quite nice too.

    Most city maps should should bus lines and the boundaries of the "ride free" areas. You can probably pick these maps up free of charge at your hotel, in tourist areas, Pike Place Market, etc.

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    VICTORIA CLIPPER 'VACATIONS'

    by Lady_Mystique Written Dec 6, 2004

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    This is an absolutely wonderful way to get to Seattle from Victoria...or visa versa!!

    Travel is smooth and very enjoyable with perfect views of the Pacific Ocean enroute!!

    Call: 1 (800) 888-2535 in the USA only or 1 (206) 448-5000 from Canada.

    Go to this website for Specials, Bargains, and Package Travel Deals:

    http://www.victoriaclipper.com/

    From the stern of the 'Clipper'
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    Seattle Monorail

    by jamiesno Written May 5, 2005

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    If you are exhausted the way I was from walking a lot of Seattle the Monorail is a very quick way to get from the core of downtown over to the Space Needle and Seattle Center.

    It was just $1.50 one way and it is very quick back and forth and I liked the views you got from above.

    I found two web sites online, one for the existing system and another for the expansion. Apparently expansion of the Monorail is a hotly debated topic in Seattle.

    In any event I appreciated the quick ride back downtown and you might too. Check it out!

    Monorail tracks with Space Needle in the back.

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    Horse and Carriage

    by jamiesno Updated May 13, 2005

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    I never really see the value of renting a horse and buggy. They are slow and not necessarily going anywhere. I guess if you just want to relax and there is a romance factor attached to it I guess. Probably most romantic at night.

    So here you are I came across them in a couple of different locations downtown. They are easy to find and you can knock your socks off. Have fun watching the horse crap in front of you when it needs to, LOL.

    Horse and Carriage in Seattle

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    Drivers for hire

    by joiwatani Written Jan 18, 2009

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    There are drivers for hire in Seattle. There is the Express Shuttle to the Airport, affordable town car sedans, customized tours, town car pick ups at hotels.

    For more information call the drivers for hire and ask for prices. These are professionals and they don't rip off visitors. The City of Seattle is a safe place to visit!

    If you have concerns about your safety, always call the police authorities and they come and investigate right away. Or, call 911 and have it re-directed to the Seattle Police Department.

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    Driving to Canada-Border Issues

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Oct 6, 2007

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    We drove from Seattle to Vancouver via Interstate 5, crossing the corder at the Douglas (Peace Arch) Crossing. This is the main thoroughfare on the West Coast between the two nations and is marked, by the large Peace Arch (built in 1921) and a surrounding state park in the US and provincial park in Canada. While entering Canada from this point, the lines were fairly short, and we waited perhaps 10-15 minutes until we got to the Canadian border inspector who just asked us a few questions and through the amusing phrase "Eh!" at us a few times. Just a quick stop and we were on our way.

    Returning to the US on a holiday weekend, we heard on the radio that the Peace Arch Crossing had a two-hour wait, but the Pacific Highway Crossing, just a little further inland had shorter lines. So as we headed south on Canadian Hwy 99, we took one of the last exits before the border and headed east a few miles on 8th Street until we hit Hwy 15 to the border. Unfortunately, the lines here were just as long and it took us about 2 hours of waiting to get to the customs and immigration official. We thought the line were caused by the extra thorough security and questioning, but he barely said a word to us before waving us into the US.

    While listening to the radio, the commentator kept saying the lines into Canada were 10 minutes and the lines to the US 2 hours, "as usual." Check the websites with current border wait times listed, and take a restroom break before you get stuck in traffic!

    Approaching the Canada border on I-5 Peace Arch Park Long lines heading into the US at Pacific Highway Finally close to the border at Pacific Hwy

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    The pedicab

    by joiwatani Written Feb 7, 2009

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    This pedicab driver requested that I should email him his picture when I requested that I take this picture. He takes tourists to and fro at the Waterfront. There is not a lot of this drivers around the waterfront. The Seattle Waterfront goes from the Bainbridge Island Ferry terminal to the different Piers like the Pier 57 where the Argossy Cruises are or to the ferry boat that goes to Victoria, Canada. At the Waterfront, you will see the Seattle's Aquarium and the Water Park and mostly an array of Seattle souvenir shops and restaurants. There is also a food court close to the waterfront.

    If you are up to it, take this pedicab!
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    Walking in Seattle

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Sep 26, 2007

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    Seattle is a remarkably walkable city for the US, with many of the great tourist attractions less than a mile from downtown, and easy walking routes throughout the city. If you choose a hotel in the center of the downtown business district, Pike Market is just 0.3 miles southeast, the waterfront less than a half mile in the same direction. To the Space Needle is 1 mile, and the International District is less than a mile in the opposite direction. Pioneer Square is just .75 miles, and even the walk from the center of downtown to Safeco Field is just 1.5 miles, easily done by most people in less than 30 minutes.

    During our two days in the city we visited each of these neighborhoods, walking everywhere we went, except for one quick ride on the monorail just for the experience.

    Laura at the Wagerfront R2D2 at Pike Place Market Pig at Pike Market Laura in downtown at night

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    Parking at Pike Place Market

    by joiwatani Updated Feb 7, 2009

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    Parking at Pike Place Market is really difficult. So, if you are in Seattle, make sure to go to Western Avenue (instead of at the top of the Pike Place Market) to park. There is a building to park your car there and the entrance to the parking is close to the World Spice Market.

    The reason why it is convenient to park here is because the parking is in between the Waterfront and the Pike Place Market. You can just use the elevator to go to the Pike Place Market and then go down to the first floor and walk a few blocks to go to the Waterfront (going to the Aquarium, the Bainbridge ferries, the Pier 57-59, the Argossy Cruises, The Fisherman's Wharf, etc.).

    The parking over there is about $6.00 for early birds.

    Parking at the Pike Place Market/Aquarium The entrance to the Waterfront elevator The Western Avenue side of the Pike Place Market The entrance of the parking lot (building) The elevator that goes to Pike Place/Waterfront
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    Bikes

    by archan4698 Written Jul 4, 2005

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    In Summer time, Seattle is a great place to ride, but just as San Fran, we have our share of hills:) .
    A few major streets have bike lanes, as a bike rider though, cars dont seem to see the lil bike lane so be aware.

    One popular route to to ride across lake washington, across the I-90 bridge to Mercer island or to Bellevue. From Downtown, you would take 2nd Avenue until 2nd and Dearborne, turn on dearborne(left) until Rainer(right on rainer) to the I-90 bike path/park, from there u have a few hills to conquer and there is a overlook area above the bridge, which on a clear day will give a nice few of Mt.Rainer and the cascade mountains, lake, etc.

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    Wheelchairs/Strollers

    by joiwatani Written Feb 7, 2009

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    Seattle has improved all the walkways and streets that these are accessible by wheelchairs and strollers. This is true close to the Waterfront. I see a lot of local residents come to the Waterfront and they bring their strollers.

    However, because Seattle has downhill and uphill, having the strollers downtown might be a challenge. Sometimes the climb is 45 degrees that's why.

    Also, some streets have flashing lights and sounds for people with disability.

    Quickest/No hassle way of strolling
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    Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

    by joiwatani Written Oct 11, 2011

    Sound Transit Link Light Rail offers an easy, direct connection from Seattle Amtrak Station to SEA-TAC Airport. Walk out King St. exit, turn left to the Weller Street Pedestrian Overpass and follow it directly two blocks to the Internaitonal District Station. Trains run every 8-15 minutes, 5:00 a.m. t- 2:00 p.m.

    Travel time is 36 minutes. Tickets are $2.50, sold by machince at the entrance. Sound Transit Information: 1-888-889-6368 or www.soundtransit.org

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    Amtrak to and from Portland

    by staindesign Written Nov 14, 2011

    Amtrak is awesome! I recommend buying your tickets online bc it is easier to select dates and times for your specific needs. This mannor of transport isn't utilized enough in Seattle. The station is located downtown with great access to the bus system. The round trip cost me $55 dollars and the trip was only 3 hours one way. The view is beautiful! And since it wasn't crowded at all, I recommend this to travelers. It is cheaper and less hassle than driving!

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    Limousines

    by iammon Updated Jun 5, 2012

    We needed transportaition from the airport to Edmonds. Still did a good job. They have everything from town cars to stretch limos. Pickup from the curb outside bagagge claim or 3. Floor of parking. Use curbside phones or go to booth at parking. Cost was 70 dollars.

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    Driving from Forks, WA to Seatac Airport

    by joiwatani Written Jul 10, 2012

    Currently, there are no concerns on the freeways if you are travelling from Forks to the Seatac Airport. There are no consructions on the freeways right now. Just make sure that you are not travelling during rush hours! The rush hours in Seattle to Seatac is between 7:30 am -8:30 am and 4:00-5:00 pm.

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