Local Transportation

Local Transportation

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) is located approximately 20 miles south of the University of Washington (UW) and 15 miles south of Downtown Seattle. An extensive list of transportation options is available on Sea-Tac’s website. Below are some of the options that will get you to the University District and the UW campus.

Link Light Rail

The Link Light Rail now runs from Sea-Tac to the UW campus. Trains run every 10 minutes from Sea-Tac and will take approximately 45 minutes to reach the UW campus. A video and instructions for accessing the light rail at Sea-Tac and a map are available. Adult fares from Sea-Tac to UW are $3.25. The UW Light Rail station is located in front of Husky Stadium along Montlake Boulevard. To get to the HUB, it is a 12 minute walk through the UW campus or a quick drive.

King County Metro Transit

The King County Metro bus stops/routes that serve Sea-Tac Airport are located on International Boulevard (State Highway 99) and South 176th street by the Link Light Rail Station. The most convenient way to get to the stops is to follow the signs to the Sound Transit Link Light Rail station (4th floor of airport parking garage) then take the exit to International Boulevard.

Departure times are shown on information signs at the bus stop. You can pick-up printed bus timetables at the ground transportation information booth on the baggage claim level near door number 16 (across from baggage carousel 12). You may use Metro’s Trip Planner website for specific bus stops and schedules.

Shuttle Express

Shuttle Express is a private company, going frequently 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 may make your reservation by calling (425) 981-7000 or by reserving online.

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 at the airport, follow signs directing you to ground transportation (located on 3rd floor of parking garage). You can access the garage by taking the sky bridge that connects the main terminal with the garage.


All Seattle taxi cabs operate at the same rate, set by King County. As of December 2015, the meter drop is $2.50 plus $2.50 per mile. Extra person charges may apply. A ride from the airport to the University District will have a fare of about $55. Taxi cabs are available on the 3rd floor of the parking garage. Call 206-622-6500 or use the curbside phones on the baggage claim level to make arrangements.

See Taxi Meter: http://seattle-taxi.com/

Campus Parking and Driving Directions

Click here for a campus map which shows the location of Lander Hall for dorm check-in.

Guests staying overnight in the residence halls will be required to purchase a 1 day parking pass which can obtained at the campus entrance gatehouse. Parking permits valid for the entire stay may be purchased separately during check-in at the conference desk. Parking permits allow guests to enter and exit campus as they please. Disability parking permits or other special parking accommodations should be arranged in advance through Housing Services.

Click here for detailed directions and parking information for Kane Hall and Central Plaza Garage.

Limited parking is available for visitors on campus; carpooling is strongly encouraged. Parking fees are charged daily, Monday through Friday, and on Saturday from 7:00 am to noon. There is no charge to park after noon on Saturday through midnight on Sunday and on UW holidays. Rates are subject to change without advance notice. Parking fees are payable upon entrance to the campus. Recreational campers and trailers are not permitted to park in UW parking lots.