What is the best way to get to Seattle?
Flying: Commonly referred to as Sea-Tac, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is located in the city’s southern suburbs, about 13 miles south of downtown.
Train: Five train routes service Seattle’s King Street Station, located south of downtown, including Sound Transit’s Sounder commuter train; Amtrak’s Coast Starlight, Cascades, and Empire Builder routes, and the Rocky Mountaineer, which travels between Seattle, Vancouver, and the Canadian Rockies.
Car: Interstate Highway 5 (I-5) runs north and south through the middle of Seattle and connects to I-90, which crosses the entire U.S., all the way to Boston. Keep in mind that the city is known for terrible traffic, especially during rush hour, so factor that into any travel plans.
What is the best time to visit Seattle?
In Seattle, summer is the most popular time to visit because of the comfortable temps, but that also means rates might be higher and there can be limited availability. If you’re planning outdoor activities, July, August, and September are the best times to head to Seattle. That’s because many high-elevation roads are often closed from late September through June due to the weather. Early fall, from September to October, offers mild weather and autumn festivals, while spring usually brings rain and chilly breezes. As for notable events, the Seattle International Film Festival takes place during the spring; the city’s most popular music and arts festival, Bumbershoot, happens annually over Labor Day Weekend; and orca whales are best spotted during the spring and summer, from May through October.
Walking: Seattle's neighborhoods including downtown are relatively compact and walkable. But be prepared for encounter elevation and hills.
Transit: The city’s main mode of public transportation, King County Metro Transit bus service runs in downtown Seattle and the outlying neighborhoods. Other options include the light rail, the Seattle Streetcar, the tourist-friendly monorail, and ferries and water taxis. ORCA Cards can be used on streetcars, light rail, buses, and more, but they do not work on Washington State Ferries or the monorail.
Taxi: Hailing a taxi on the street in Seattle can be difficult, so call ahead to schedule a pick-up. In downtown Seattle, ride-sharing services such as Lyft and Uber are available.