How to get around Seattle by bus, including Metro Transit, Monorail, Sound Transit, Central Link light rail, Greyhound, and Gray Line bus tours.
Metro Transit buses serve Seattle and the surrounding county. The bottom half of each bus is painted orange.
Fares vary by your age, the distance you travel, and the time of day. Adult fares range from $2.25 to $3.
Pay as you board in most cases.
Drivers cannot give change. Ask for a free transfer ticket if your trip includes multiple buses each way.
Ride an escalator to the top floor of Westlake Center (map) or find the elevator near 5th Ave. and Pine St.
Leaves every 10 minutes, 7:30 am to 11 pm. (Opens 8:30 am Sat. & Sun.)
A one-way ticket is $2.25 for an adult or $1 for a child 5 to 12 years old.
Sound Transit buses, which are blue and white, have comfortable seats. They travel longer distances from Seattle to these nearby cities.
Customer service is 888-889-6368.
Central Link light rail is the best way to the airport and neighborhoods in south Seattle. It’s clean and cheap.
Buy your ticket before boarding. The machine accepts cash, MasterCard, or Visa. Adult fares vary from $2 to $2.75.
In downtown Seattle, board at one of the five underground tunnel stations. Trains leave every 7.5 to 15 minutes from 5:06 am to 12:37 am. A ride to the airport takes 37 minutes or less.
StationsHere are the major stations from north to south. See 13 stations; map.
Greyhound buses serves 2,300 cities in North America safely, comfortably, cheaply. Buses have restrooms and air conditioning. New models have power outlets and wireless Internet.
Greyhound’s user’s guide says to arrive at the terminal one hour early. Drivers make rest stops and meal stops. Food and beverages are allowed. No smoking, pets, or alcohol.
Discounts are available for advance purchase, groups, children, students, military, veterans, and seniors.Here are some 14-day advance fares and travel times from Seattle.
Northwestern Trailways runs buses twice a day to Tacoma and Everett, then heads east to cities like Monroe, Leavenworth, Wenatchee, Spokane.
Reserve online or call 800-366-6975.
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