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Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) is located approximately 20 miles south of the University of Washington and 15 miles south of Downtown Seattle. Below are some of the options that will easily get you to the University District and campus.

Shuttle Express

Good option for transfer to UW Campus.
Shuttle Express offers frequent operation between the airport and any Seattle destination you request. It is suggested for easy and direct transportation from the airport to the campus, dorms or hotels in the University District. You can reserve trips by calling (425) 981-7000 or you may also make your reservations online at

Advance reservations are required for a return trip to the airport 24 hours ahead of your desired pick up time. It is possible to book a round trip when you call for your first ride.

To find Shuttle Express: After you have collected your luggage, follow signs directing you to Ground Transportation which is located on the third floor of the parking garage. The 3rd floor is the same level as the baggage claim. To get to the garage, you must proceed up one floor via escalator or elevator and walk across the sky bridge. Once in the airport garage, take an escalator or elevator back down to 3rd floor. You will find the booth alongside the Sea-Tac Ground Transportation Information Center.

Downtown Airporter

The Downtown Airporter offers convenient service from several downtown Seattle hotels to SeaTac Airport every 20-30 minutes. Go to: or call 425-981-7000. to reserve your transportation. Cost is approximately $20 one way.

Link Light Rail

Public transportation via light rail from downtown Seattle stations to the airport. Approximately $2.75 one way. Go to and click on light rail icon and select the central link schedule.


All Seattle taxi cabs operate at the same rate, set by King County. The meter drop is $2.50 plus $2.00 per mile. Extra person charges may apply. A ride from the airport to the University District will be $40-$50.

STITA Taxi     206-246-9999
Yellow Cab      206-622-6500
Orange Cab      206-522-8800

Driving to UW Campus

From I-5 southbound, take the NE 45th Street exit (#169). Turn left onto NE 45th Street. Continue east about one quarter mile to 15th Avenue NE and turn right. Head south on 15th Avenue three blocks to NE 41st Street. Turn left at Gate #1 into the Central Plaza Garage. Stop at the gatehouse inside the garage for directions and a parking permit.

A car is not necessary for conference participants staying in University-area. The recommended hotels are walking distance from the campus.

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