Getting Around Seattle

King County's Metro bus system helps residents and tourists in Seattle to reach their destinations. Metro operates more than 1,300 vehicles across more than 2,000 square miles, with more than 100 million individual trips serviced by King County Metro each year. Those with disabilities can also find transportation with Metro; all of Metro's buses are handicapped-accessible. In addition, those with severe disabilities can use Metro's paratransit van system, which offers complete curbside service to those eligible for its services.

The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, also known as Sea-Tac, is the major air travel hub for the Seattle area. Sea-Tac is the 17th busiest airport in the nation and serves as the main hub for Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air. Sea-Tac is connected to the region's transit services, with stops from Sound Transit, Metro Transit, the Central Link Light Rail, and many taxi and private van services. Sea-Tac is easily accessible by car as well, as it sits just off of several major highways.

The Washington State Ferry system is the world's most-used ferry system and operates several bustling routes within Seattle. The Seattle-Bremerton route, legally designated as State Route 304, provides ferry service between Seattle and Bremerton. The M/V Kaleetan and the M/V Walla Walla make the hour-long voyage from Bremerton to Seattle 15 times each day. The Seattle-Bainbridge Island route, legally designated as State Route 305, provides ferry service between Seattle and Winslow. The M/V Tacoma and M/V Wenatchee make the 35-minute voyage more than 20 times each day.

The Burke-Gilman Trail is a walking and biking trail that weaves through much of northern Seattle. The trail starts in the city of Kenmore, at the far northern tip of Lake Washington, and follows the western shore of Lake Washington until the trail arrives at the University District. The trail provides walkers and bikers with a travel route through the city without having to jockey with cars, buses, trucks and other motorized vehicles. The trail intersects and travels along several Seattle streets before finally ending in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood.

The Sound Transit Link Light Rail connects downtown Seattle with Sea-Tac International Airport. This 13.9-mile light rail system starts in the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel and passes through 12 stops before arriving at Sea-Tac International Airport. Along the way, it stops in Seattle's Stadium district, Beacon Hill neighborhood, and Rainier Beach neighborhood. However, parking is only available at the Tukwila International Boulevard station.