Seattle lies in the Puget Sound region of western Washington State (the dark blue area on the map, left). The city is 113 miles (182 km) south of the US-Canadian border in the far northwestern corner of the continental United States. The waters that lap the feet of Seattle's city towers, however, are not strictly those of the Pacific Ocean. For in-between Seattle and the great ocean lies the Olympic Peninsula.
Metsker Maps of Seattle. 1511 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101. Phone: 206-623-8747; Toll-free: 1-800-727-4430.
Getting to Seattle
The main driving routes reaching Seattle are I-5 running north and south, and I-90 from the east.
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Main Terminal Building: 17801 International Boulevard, Seattle, WA 98158. Mailing Address: PO Box 68727, Seattle, WA 98168. Phone: 206-433-5388; Toll-free: 1-800-544-1965.
Official site of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SeaTac). Features way-finding aids, tourist links, transportation updates and the latest details on projects and plans. SeaTac is 12 miles (19km) south of Seattle (travel time 20-40 minutes) and 20 miles (32km) north of Tacoma.
Airlines Proving Services include:
There are also scheduled and charter seaplane services to Victoria (Vancouver Island, Canada), the San Juan Islands and other destinations.
Getting to and from the airport takes about 20-30 minutes by car. Car hire is also available. Other options include Gray Line Airport Express, Shuttle Express, and the metro bus.
The Airporter Shuttle
Offers transportation to and from SeaTac airport and serves Marysville, Stanwood, Mt. Vernon, Bellingham, Oak Harbor, Anacortes, and the San Juan Ferry. Scheduled round-trips daily to all areas.
Door to door ground transportation operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and averages only three stops per van. A van can meet you curbside at your airline and drop you off at a private home, hotel or office.
Serving the greater Tacoma, Olympia, Centralia, Shelton and Aberdeen areas plus SeaTac hotels and the community of Federal Way.
The daily Amtrak passenger service the Empire Builder runs between Seattle/Portland and Chicago. The passenger service the Coast Starlight runs between Los Angeles and Seattle. The Cascades service runs between Vancouver, British Columbia and Eugene-Springfield, Oregon and stops in Seattle.
Seattle/King Street Station
Information about the railway station in Seattle, which is served by Amtrak. Includes a guide on things to do and see in the downtown area, near the station. (Part of the Washington State Department of Transportation web site.)
Greyhound Bus Terminal. 811 Stewart Street, Seattle. Phone: 206-628-55 55; Toll free: 1-800-231-2222.
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