Incredible museums and cultural organizations are located throughout the Puget Sound region. Whether your destination is MoPOP, the USS Turner Joy Museum Ship, or Museum of Glass, we have you covered. Plan your visit and prepare to discover something new with this Seattle Museum Month travel guide.
Link Light Rail
Link Light Rail makes trips from the Sea-Tac Airport station to downtown Seattle between 5am and 1am, Monday through Saturday (the last train departs the airport at 12:49am), and from 6am to midnight on Sunday (the last train departs the airport at 11:49pm). Trains arrive every 7.5 to 15 minutes, depending on the time of day, and take about 34 minutes each way. The route now spans 19 miles and the northern terminus is the University of Washington (Burke Museum, Henry Art Gallery). Click here to learn more.
King County Metro
King County Metro's Route 99 operates M-F, mornings and afternoons, and connects Seattle's International District, Pioneer Square and First Avenue destinations including Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, Seattle Art Museum 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. You can also find route information for travel beyond Seattle on this site.
There are two Seattle Streetcars you can take: The South Lake Union Line links Seattle's vibrant downtown core to the fast-growing South Lake Union neighborhood, including the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), The Center for Wooden Boats and Lake Union Park. The First Hill Line goes from Pioneer Square, through First Hill (Frye Museum), and ends in Capitol Hill.
Seattle Center Monorail
The nation's first full-scale commercial monorail system provides a fun, two-minute link from downtown Seattle to Seattle Center. The Seattle Center station is across from the Space Needle. In downtown Seattle, catch the monorail at Westlake Center (3rd Floor) at Fifth Avenue and Pine Street. Museums located at or near Seattle Center include MoPOP, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Pacific Science Center and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center. Click here to learn more about the Monorail.
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 $38 to $55. To arrange for a limo, town car or taxi ride, 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. You can also order a cab in-city using the Flywheel app.
All car rental companies providing service at Sea-Tac Airport are located in the new car rental facility. Dedicated shuttle busses run to the car rental facility 24/7 and pick up passengers outside baggage claim at the north and sound ends of the main airport terminal. Car rental companies also have rental offices in downtown Seattle, at Sea-Tac Airport and throughout the region.
DowntownSeattleParking.com features garages downtown that are as low as $3-$4/hour (up to four hours; that's the same price or less than street parking!), or a $7 flat rate for an evening or weekend day rate. Check the website for details.
Sound Transit Express Bus
Sound Transit Express busses connect downtown Seattle to other King County locations, including Bellevue and Kent. Select your destination and view available routes.
"Sounder" Commuter Train
Sound Transit Commuter Trains operate between downtown Seattle and Tacoma. Sounder regularly runs weekday mornings and afternoons only. View schedule.
Sound Transit Express Bus
Route 590/594 of the Sound Transit Express bus provides quick and convenient access between downtown Seattle and Tacoma. Check schedule.
Tacoma Link Light Rail
The Tacoma Link Light Rail provides complimentary service from one end of downtown Tacoma to the other. The Union Station stop is a quick walk to Museum of Glass and the Chihuly Bridge of Glass. Check schedule for frequency.
Bremerton & Bainbridge Island:
Washington State Ferries
Many of the museums in Bremerton and Bainbridge Island are within walking distance of the ferry terminals. From the Colman Dock, a 15-minute walk from downtown Seattle, you can walk or drive on the Washington State Ferries to Bremerton or Bainbridge Island for a scenic trip.