Getting Around Seattle and the Greater Region

Incredible Seattle Museum Month organizations are located throughout the Puget Sound region. Whether your destination is Seattle’s MoPOP, Tacoma’s Museum of Glass, Bainbridge Island’s KiDiMu, or Seattle’s Wing Luke Museum, here are some tips for getting around.

And if you’re looking for great restaurants, shopping and more things to do in and around Seattle, is your go-to resource to the city.


Seattle Transportation Options
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Link Light Rail

Sound Transit’s Link Light Rail Line 1 runs from Sea-Tac Airport station through downtown Seattle and on to the University of Washington and beyond, 20 hours a day, seven days a week. Trains arrive every 8-15 minutes depending on the time of day.  Visit to learn more.

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King County Metro

A robust public bus system connects many points in Seattle and greater King County.

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Seattle Streetcars

There are two Seattle Streetcar routes: The South Lake Union Line links Seattle’s vibrant downtown core to the fast-growing South Lake Union neighborhood, while the First Hill Line connects the diverse and vibrant residential neighborhoods and business districts of Capitol Hill, First Hill, Central Area, Chinatown-International District, and Pioneer Square.

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.

Seattle Museum Month Participating Museums at Seattle Center:

  • Chihuly Garden and Glass
  • MoPOP
  • Pacific Science Center
  • Seattle Children’s Museum
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center
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Bainbridge Island & Bremerton Ferries

From Colman Dock on the downtown Seattle waterfront, you can walk or drive on the Washington State Ferries to Bainbridge Island or Bremerton.

Take the Bainbridge Island Ferry for easy access to the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art and the Kids Discovery Museum (KiDiMu).

The Bremerton Ferry will get you to the Puget Sound Navy Museum, U.S. Naval Undersea Museum and the USS Turner Joy.

A vehicle with both Lyft and Uber windshield decals is parked Monday afternoon Dec. 14, 2015, near Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

Taxis, Limos, Town Cars & Ridesharing

At SEA Airport, taxis and ride-sharing companies 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 the concierge team at the Seattle Visitor Center for referrals for specific transportation companies based on your personal travel needs.

In downtown Seattle, UberLyft, and metered taxis offer in-city transportation from local drivers. All rides can be scheduled using smartphone apps.

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Rental Cars & Car Sharing

All car rental companies providing service at Sea-Tac Airport are located in the off-site 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 multiple downtown Seattle locations. Ask our Seattle Visitor Center team for referrals or assistance.

Visitors can rent vehicles by the hour from Zipcar.

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Tacoma Travel Options

Sound Transit “Sounder” Commuter Train

Sound Transit’s Sounder “S Line” operates 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 the Museum of Glass and the Chihuly Bridge of Glass. Learn more.

How Seattle Museum Month Works

How does it work? It’s simple. When you check into a participating downtown Seattle hotel, simply request a Seattle Museum Month packet and museum map. The packet contains a guest pass, valid for up to 4 guests. Present this pass in person at participating museums and receive HALF-PRICE ADMISSION during Seattle Museum Month, February 1 – 29, 2024.

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