When visiting any city in the U.S., make sure to always carry a valid ID with you, and adhere to the traffic regulations that might differ from your own country.
Seattle–Tacoma International Airport
You can take public transportation, shuttles or taxis between Seattle and the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
Sound Transit connects the airport to downtown Seattle on its Central Link light rail. Trains operate from 05:16 until 00:07 weekdays, 05:18 a.m. until 00:04 on Saturdays, and from 06:17 until 23:05 on Sundays and holidays. Trains run every 7 to 10 minutes during most of the day, up to 20 minutes during non-peak hours. To get to the station, use Sky Bridge 6 on the north side of the airport.
Sound Transit also provides two bus routes from the airport. Route 560 connects the airport to Bellevue, Renton, Burien and West Seattle. It operates from 05:45 to 23:16 twice an hour weekdays, hourly on weekends from 06:00 to 23:30. Route 574 serves Lakewood, Federal Way and Tacoma. Buses operate from 04:30 to 22:11; daily every 30 to 60 minutes. For more information on either the Central Link light rail or the bus lines, go to www.soundtransit.org or call +1 800 201 4900.
King County Metro Transit has two routes that serve the airport. Route 194 serves downtown Seattle and Federal Way. The route operates daily from 5:05 a.m. to 10:33 p.m., every 15 to 30 minutes. Route 140 goes between Burien and Renton, with the airport being about half way between. Service runs from about 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. daily, every 15 to 30 minutes. For more information, go to: www.kingcounty.gov/transportation.aspx or call +1 206 553 3000.
All buses leave from Door 6 outside of baggage claim on the lower level.
Address: 17801 International Blvd. (Pacific Highway So.), Seattle
Phone: +1 206 787 5388
Citizens of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the Kingdom of Brunei can visit the United States for up to 90 days without applying for a visa (as well as citizens of Andorra, Lichtenstein, Monaco and San Marino). Citizens of these countries must obtain an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) before traveling. All other travelers must obtain a visa before visiting the United States. International travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the country.
Best Time to Visit
If you are planning to visit Seattle, the perfect time is late June or early September, when the crowds disperse and hotel costs do go down. In these periods you can still enjoy a lovely weather but as it is unpredictable don't forget to bring a raincoat/umbrella. July and August – the driest and sunniest months of the year – mark the beginning of the peak season, meaning that prices rise due to a significant presence of tourists.
Some key events throughout the year:
-Seattle International Film Festival
-Seattle International BeerFest
-Seattle Air Fair
Seattle is located in the Pacific Time zone, and all times are reflected in Pacific Time.
In the US, pharmacies sell two different types of medication: over the counter (sold freely), and medicines that require a prescription that can be issued only by doctors.
The opening hours are normally from 9.00 to 21.00, 7 days a week.
King County Metro Transit:
The “Metro” public bus system operates throughout Seattle and King County. To find a route, maps and fare information for travel throughout and beyond Seattle, visit Metro online at metro.kingcounty.gov.
Metro's Route 99 connects Seattle's International District, Pioneer Square, First Avenue destinations including the Seattle Art Museum and Pike Place Market, and Elliott Bay waterfront attractions such as the Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle Aquarium and ferry services. Visit Metro Online for a route map and timetable.
South Lake Union Streetcar:
The South Lake Union Streetcar links Seattle's downtown core to the South Lake Union neighborhood and new 12-acre Waterfront Park. Visit www.seattlestreetcar.org for a route map, hours of operation and ticket prices.
Seattle Center Monorail:
The nation's first full-scale commercial monorail system provides a fun, two-minute link from downtown Seattle to the Seattle Center daily. The Seattle Center station is across from the Space Needle. In downtown Seattle, catch the monorail at Westlake Center at Fifth Avenue and Pine Street. Learn more at www.seattlemonorail.com.
Link Light Rail connects downtown Seattle with Sea-Tac International Airport, making interim stops in Southeast Seattle neighborhoods.
Sounder Commuter Trains operated between downtown Seattle, Tacoma and Everett
Seattle has several major taxicab companies to get you to and from Sea-Tac International Airport, as well as take care of your transportation needs around town.
+1 206 522 8800
+1 206 246 9999
+1 206 622 6500
Phone: +1 206 522 8800
Car rental companies have rental offices in downtown Seattle, at Sea-Tac International Airport, in Bellevue and Seattle’s Eastside communities and throughout the region.
Some rental car companies are:
- Sixt Rent A Car
+1 206 508 0040
1521 2nd Ave Unit R2, Seattle
- Budget Car Rental
+1 206 682 8989
Financial District, 801 4th Ave, Seattle
- Enterprise Rent-A-Car
+1 206 382 1051
1601 3rd Ave, Seattle
Country code: +1
Area code: 206
United Stated Post Office, different postal services offered (from mailing to shipping).
Some of the major post offices in Seattle are located in:
- 7724 35th Ave NE, Seattle
+1 800 275 8777
- 415 1st Ave N, Seattle
+1 800 275 8777
- 3019 NE 127th St, Seattle
+1 800 275 8777
The standard voltage in the US is 110V. Plug type: A and B.