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Getting Around Seattle and the Greater Region

Incredible Refract partner glass artists and organizations are located throughout the Puget Sound region. Whether your destination is Pratt Fine Arts Center or Tacoma’s Museum of Glass, Chihuly Garden and Glass or artist open studios in Ballard, here are some tips for getting around.

And, if you’re looking for hotels, restaurants and things to do in and around Seattle, is your go-to resource to the city.

Click here to discover transportation options for getting to and from Tacoma.


Photo: Sol Duc Photography

Link Light Rail makes trips from the Sea-Tac Airport station to downtown Seattle between 5am and 1am, Monday through Saturday (the last train departs the airport at 12:49am), and from 6am to midnight on Sunday (the last train departs the airport at 11:49pm). Trains arrive every 7.5 to 15 minutes, depending on the time of day, and take about 34 minutes each way. The route spans 19 miles and the northern terminus is the University of Washington.


Photo: Kris Leisten

A robust public bus system connects many points in Seattle and greater King County.


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There are two Seattle Streetcars you can take: The South Lake Union Line links Seattle’s vibrant downtown core to the fast-growing South Lake Union neighborhood, while the First Hill Line goes from Pioneer Square, through First Hill, and ends in Capitol Hill.


Clearly the best way to get from downtown Seattle to Chihuly Garden and Glass! The nation’s first full-scale commercial monorail system provides a fun, two-minute link from downtown Seattle to Seattle Center. The Seattle Center station is across from the Space Needle. In downtown Seattle, catch the monorail at Westlake Center (3rd Floor) at Fifth Avenue and Pine Street.


At Sea-Tac Airport, taxis and ride-sharing companies are available on the third floor of the parking garage. One-way rides between the airport and downtown range from $40-$55. To arrange for a limo, town car or taxi ride in advance, use any of the travelers’ information boards in baggage claim or visit the ground transportation information booth on the third floor of the parking garage. Contact the concierge team at the Seattle Visitor Center for referrals for specific transportation companies based on your personal travel needs.

In downtown Seattle, UberLyft, and metered taxis offer in-city transportation from local drivers. All rides can be scheduled using smartphone apps.


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All car rental companies providing service at Sea-Tac Airport are located in the off-site car-rental facility. Dedicated shuttle buses run 24/7 to pick up passengers outside baggage claim at the north and south ends of the main terminal. If you prefer to enjoy the city using public transit when first arriving, car rentals are available at multiple downtown Seattle locations. Ask our Seattle Visitor Center team for referrals or assistance.

Visitors can rent vehicles by the hour from Zipcar or by the minute from Car2GoLime, or ReachNow.


Photo: Travel Tacoma

Sound Transit “Sounder” Commuter Train

Sound Transit Commuter Trains operate between downtown Seattle and Tacoma. Sounder regularly runs weekday mornings and afternoons only. View schedule.

Sound Transit Express Bus

Route 590/594 of the Sound Transit Express bus provides quick and convenient access between downtown Seattle and Tacoma. Check schedule.

Tacoma Link Light Rail

The Tacoma Link Light Rail provides complimentary service from one end of downtown Tacoma to the other. The Union Station stop is a quick walk to Museum of Glass and the Chihuly Bridge of Glass. Check schedule for frequency.