Getting to Seattle: Transportation options

Seattle is served by Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, or SeaTac, the largest airport in the Pacific Northwest, located just south of the city in Seatac, Washington.

While you’re in the airport, take a look at the amazing public art on display, it’s well worth it. You can download the STQRY mobile app from the App Store, Google Play, or the Windows Store to explore all of the art in the airport or download a map.

Upon arrival at SeaTac Airport, conference attendees have a choice of ground transportation into downtown Seattle.

SeaTac Airport Station
SeaTac/Airport Station, Port of Seattle, 2015.

The easiest option is to take the Sound Transit Link Light Rail from the SeaTac/Airport Station to the Westlake Station, across from the Westin.  This trip takes about 35 minutes  and costs $3 each way.

Trains run from 5 am to 1 am Monday through Saturday and 6 am to midnight on Sundays, every 7.5 to 15 minutes, depending on the time of day.

SeaTac airport map
SeaTac airport map


This map shows the path from the terminal to the SeaTac/Airport Station and other ground transportation options.  You can also watch a short video detailing the route. Wheelchair service is available.



Light rail ticket vending maching
Orca Card Fare Vending Machine, Azure Dragon of the East, 2011.


Purchase a single-trip or roundtrip train ticket prior to boarding the train in the Airport Station using the ORCA Card fare vending machines.

Upon arrival at Westlake Station, follow the signs to 5th Ave towards Olive Way and Stewart.  The Westin Hotel is across the street from Westlake Center at the corner of 5th Ave and Stewart.



Downtowner airport bus
Downtowner, Port of Seattle, 2015.


There is a Downtown Airporter bus that picks up passengers from the 3rd floor of the Airport Parking Garage and makes stops at major downtown hotels, including the Westin Hotel. Tickets are $18 one way or $31 roundtrip.

The Downtowner departs twice each hour between 6:30am and 9pm from SeaTac. Reservations are required from hotels and can be made online.

Shuttle Express is a ride share car service that operates between the airport and destinations throughout King and Pierce County. Passengers can pick up the service from the 3rd floor of the Parking Garage to get to their hotel.

There are also taxis and limo and car services available to and from SeaTac. Seattle Yellow Cab, limo, and town car services operate from the 3rd floor of the Parking Garage.

Amtrak train station
View of King Street Train Station from southeast, felix_s, 2007.

Attendees arriving by Amtrak in Seattle will need to travel from the King Street Station to The Westin.

Travel distance is approximately 2 miles to the Westin and will cost around $10 by taxi.

There are also a number of buses that travel from the vicinity of the King Street Station to the downtown area near The Westin Hotel. Use Metro’s Trip Planning for options.

Stadium Station

For attendees traveling by Greyhound, the terminal is located .37 miles from the Westin. Travelers can expect to pay approximately $10 by taxi to travel to the hotel.

The Greyhound Terminal is also on the Link Light Rail Line, Stadium Station stop.  From the Stadium Station stop, travel to the Westlake Center Station and follow the signs to 5th Ave in the direction of Olive and Stewart.  The Westin Hotel is across the street at the corner of 5th and Stewart.

Those driving to Seattle can use the Westin’s own driving directions.

Angela Weaver,   University of Washington, Local Arrangements

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