I have been to Seattle twice, once in October and once in January. Needless to say it was rainy and cold both times. However I don’t think the locals seemed to notice, with their shorts and ominously absent umbrellas as if it was only a matter of minutes until the sunshine would return. Fortunately, the public transportation in this beautiful city is a lot less hectic than dealing with its weather.
- Airport Ground Transportation Dilemma - The Seattle Airport is about 16 miles away from downtown which puts the traveler at the mercy of the cab or shuttle driver who is eagerly awaiting those two 20 dollar bills you have in your pocket. For someone like myself who just isn’t willing enough to part with the cash just keep walking all the way until the end of the airport. In other words keep dragging your bags all the way to the other side of the baggage carousels and their you will find what you are looking for. For about 2$ you can take the 174 (local) or 194 (express) to downtown Seattle. They take about 30-40 minutes to get downtown and get to the airport every 30 minutes. To be honest it couldn’t be easier to hop on the bus slide your two bills in and relax all the way downtown. On the other hand I heard you do get a free bottle of water if you take one of those 20$ shuttles. The best thing is that you get a transfer that you can use on any bus for the next 5 hours; so if you have to switch buses downtown keep your wallet in your pocket because you won’t need it. Oh and of course the city bus drivers usually (sarcasm) don’t work for tips and that won’t be an issue either. To make things even easier you can plan the whole trip using the links on the Seattle City Page of SmartMedTravel.com