Transportation and Hotel Information
The Seattle-Tacoma Airport information number is 206-431-4444.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 others 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).
4000 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
4140 Roosevelt Way NE
Silver Cloud Inn
5036 25th Ave NE
4731 12th Avenue Northeast
4725 25th Ave NE
4242 Roosevelt Way NE