The 39th International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics



Airport | Train | Car | Local

The nearest airport is Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), located 18 miles south of the University of Washington. Travel time from the airport to the conference hotels is about 30 minutes in normal traffic conditions.

Airport to Hotel

Watertown Inn: 4242 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle
University Inn: 4140 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle
University Tower Hotel: 4507 Brooklyn Ave NE (at NE 45th St), Seattle
College Inn Hotel: 4000 University Way NE, Seattle

From the airport, you can reach the hotel by bus, shuttle, airport limo, or taxi. We regret that we will not be able to provide airport pickups to all participants. If you have a special need for an airport pickup, please contact us at icstll39 @

By bus

This is the most inexpensive way to travel (about $2), but involves changing buses in downtown Seattle and will take about one hour. You will take bus #194 from the airport terminal and change on Fourth Avenue to one of the buses that goes near the hotels, such as the #71, #72, #73. Bus drivers in Seattle are very friendly and will happily answer questions to guide you to your destination.

For specific travel times and route suggestions that fit the schedule of your flights, visit the bus system's excellent on-line trip planner, enter "SEATAC" as your starting address, the hotel address (for example "4242 ROOSEVELT WAY NE") as your ending address, and indicate your departure date and time.

By taxi

The cost for a taxi ride is about $40 - $48. Taxi drivers in the US expect a tip of about 10-15%.

By airport limo

Seattle SA Town Car provides one-way airport service for $32 (total price for one or two people). For reservations, call +1 (206) 459-7903.

By airport shuttle

Shuttle Express provides frequent shared van service to and from the airport. If you take one of the regularly scheduled shuttles from the airport, the cost is $19.50 per person. (If the driver helps with your bags, a tip of $1 per bag may be optionally given.) Make reservations through the web site, or by calling +1 (425) 981-7000 or +1 (800) 487-7433. You do not need a reservation to take the shuttle, but it will help guarantee availability of seats.


The King Street Station in downtown Seattle is the closest station to the University of Washington. It is serviced by Amtrak.

Bus from train station to hotel

Take one of the express buses (#71, #72, #73) from 5th Avenue. The trip takes about 20 minutes and buses leave every 10 minutes or so. The normal fare is $1.25, but during rush hour it increases to $1.50. The buses accept bills but do not make change. You can go to this Metro web site page, modify the time and date, and get detailed information on the bus ride. Get off the bus at Campus Parkway and University Ave, which is within easy walking distance of the College Inn, University Inn, and Watertown Inn.

Car to Campus

If you are driving, plan to park in the underground Central Plaza Parking Garage. The entrance is at the intersection of 15 Ave NE and NE 41 St. At the gatehouse, tell the parking attendant that you are part of the "ICSTLL-39 Conference". This is especially important on Saturday the 16th, when parking rates are raised because of a football game on campus. Giving the attendant the name of the conference will ensure that you pay the regular parking rate instead. A list of parking rates is available here.

Local Transportation

Seattle has excellent public bus service. It is very easy to get from the university to downtown on one of the express buses (#71, #72, #73) which travel along University Way. The trip takes about 20 minutes and buses leave every 10 minutes or so. The normal fare is $1.25, but during rush hour it increases to $1.50. The buses accept bills but do not make change. Detailed information on bus routes and schedules is available at the Metro web site.

Host: Department of Asian Languages & Literature
Principal Organizer: Zev Handel
Sponsors: Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, China Studies Program, Department of Asian Languages & Literature, Department of Linguistics, The Graduate School Fund for Excellence & Innovation, Office of the Dean of Humanities, East Asia Center, Southeast Asia Center, South Asia Center