How to Get to Seattle


October 22, 2019
How to Get to Seattle

Have you always dreamed of visiting Seattle? With our gorgeous coastline, rugged mountains, tasty food and endless history, we sure are one unique place to visit. It’s no wonder that in 2018 more than 40 million people visited Seattle. Are you next?

We know that our guests come from near and far, and while our tours are the best way to see the city, you have to get here first! That’s why we put together a list of ways to get to Seattle so you can start planning your trip:

  • Plane

Seattle’s Seattle-Tacoma Airport (known as Sea-Tac for short) is the 8th busiest airport in the United States. Sea-Tac is currently undergoing renovations to add 10,000 sq. ft. of new dining options like Italian food at Pallino Pastaria and Seafood from Louie Fish Shack. Plus, you can use ParkFellows to find an awesome deal on Sea-Tac airport parking (or at your departure airport.) Click here for a list of airports with direct flights to and from Seattle, and even with a connection, you’re just a few flights away!

Seattle Airplanes at Airport

  • Amtrak Train

There’s nothing like a scenic train ride to get to know the lay of the land on your way to Seattle. Watch mountains, ocean and plains whiz by your window before pulling into King Street Station. There are four daily round trips between Portland and Seattle and two daily round trips between Seattle and Vancouver, Canada. You can even get all the way to Los Angeles on the Coast Starlight line. Or maybe you’re up for a trip that leaves daily on a route called the Empire Builder, taking passengers all the way to Chicago with stops in many cities in-between!

  • Bus

Buses are a very affordable way to travel. With stops, you can take a bus from almost anywhere in the US to Seattle- or even from Canada or Central and South America! Now, those would be some long journeys, but the more popular routes people use to get to and from Seattle like Los Angeles, Portland, Vancouver and San Francisco are much shorter.

  • Ferry/Cruise Ship

Seattle has local ferry lines to and from Bremerton and Bainbridge Island, but you can also get to and from Canada by boat. While this option is limited to fewer cities than our other suggestions, you also may be heading to Seattle to take a popular cruise to Alaska or Hawaii. Check out our page for cruise passengers and make sure to take a Duck Tour to see Seattle before or after your sea voyage!

Norwegian Joy Seattle Cruise

  • Car

Last but not least, those with some extra time might consider adding Seattle to their list of stops on a road trip. You can take your own car or rent one from many different companies. Plan your route based on your current location and what you’d like to see, or fly into any airport and plan from there. Whether you make Seattle the start, middle or end of your adventure- the map is totally up to you!

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*Did you know? Some photos that appear on this page are public domain! Neat!

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