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Transportation and Hotel Information

The Seattle-Tacoma Airport information number is 206-431-4444.

Transportation

Light rail

Link Light Rail runs through downtown Seattle and connects the UW Seattle campus to Seattle-Tacoma Airport. It is the least expensive way to get from the airport to the UW campus, with an adult fare of $3.25.

Normally Link operates from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 6 a.m. to midnight on Sundays. To get to the SeaTac/Airport Station from the main airport terminal, follow the separated guide way through the garage. You must buy a ticket from a ticket machine before you get on the train. The machines accept cash and credit/debit cards.

Bus

For information on how to take a bus to the UW Seattle campus, visit the Metro Trip Planner. This site helps you determine where and when to catch buses by entering your beginning and end locations and times. You can also use Google Maps.

The cost to ride the bus is $2.50 to $2.75 depending on time of day. Have exact change when you get on the bus because the bus driver will not give change. You can request a paper "transfer" which you can show as payment to the drivers of all following buses within the time marked on the transfer (usually about 2 hours).

Orca card

There is a $5 charge to get an Orca card and any amount from $5-$300 can be loaded onto the e-purse of the card. The money added is non-refundable. To use the Orca card on Link, tap the card on the reader when you board the train and again when you leave. This tells the reader how much should be deducted from the card total. To ride a bus, tap the card upon entering the bus. If you take a bus within 2 hours of riding Link, you will not be charged again for the bus ride.

Shuttle

Airport Express Grayline is a more comfortable way to get to downtown Seattle and is still inexpensive. This shuttle services eight major hotels in the downtown area. Other hotels that are in close proximity can also be accessed through this service.

Grayline leaves from outside the Main Terminal baggage claim area every 30 minutes from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. For more information and prices contact 206-626-5200.

Shuttle Express is a van service leaving from the garage area of the Main Terminal of the airport. Follow the signs for Ground Transportation. They will take you wherever you want to go and the cost depends on where you go. This service is open 24 hours daily and the waiting time is about 15-30 minutes. You may make a reservation online and they do accept walk-ups. Have your destination address ready. Go online or call 425-981-7000 for price quotes. There are discounted fares for more than one person.

Taxicab

Taxicabs from the airport to downtown cost approximately $30.00 for one person. There are discounted fares for more than one person. It costs more to go to the University District.

Hotels

There are seven hotels in the University District. Hotel Deca is a couple of blocks from campus, and is the most expensive but the nicest. The College Inn is a little more like a European style bed and breakfast, and has been the most popular with our student visitors. We have put the other four roughly in order of quality, although all are about equal except the Travelodge, which is a little more economy. All are within walking distance of campus (hotels are numbered and labeled on the UW map).

1. College Inn
4000 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
206.633.4441
http://www.collegeinnseattle.com/
2. Hotel Deca
4507 Brooklyn Ave NE
800.899.0251
http://www.hoteldeca.com/
3. University Inn
4140 Roosevelt Way NE
206.632.5055
800.733.3855
http://www.universityinnseattle.com/
4. Silver Cloud Inn
5036 25th Ave NE
206.526.5200
800.205.6940
http://www.silvercloud.com/09home.htm
5. University Motel
4731 12th Avenue Northeast
206.522.4724
http://www.universitymotelsuites.com/
6. Travelodge
4725 25th Ave NE
206.525.4612
http://www.travelodgeseattleuniversity.com/
7. Watertown Hotel
4242 Roosevelt Way NE
206.826.4242
866.944.4242
http://www.watertownseattle.com/