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Best Way to get from SeaTac (seattle airport) to downtown Seattle

Discussion in 'Know Before You Go' started by Suez, Apr 15, 2013.

  1. Suez

    Suez Well-Known Member

    Making plans for a cruise out of Seattle. We will go in a day early; and, plan 2 nts post in Seattle. Just wondering if anyone can advise the most cost effective way to get from the airport to the downtown hotels. We will have to get to and from hotel to the pier (and back at the end of the cruise) but not to worried about that as it is only about 3 miles (pier 91). Any input is appreciated.

    Suez
     
  2. MisterD21

    MisterD21 If you take me serious, it's your problem

    If i'm not mistaken seattle has a great metro rail system. i believe it runs a line from the airport to the downtown areas. As well as from downtown to the port. I'm not 100% on this as i have never been to seattle, but i do remember seeing/reading somewhere that seattle has one of the country's best metro rail systems and that it's coverage is pretty extensive regarding the tourism aspect of it. Hopefully someone else will be along to provide more information shortly.
     
  3. Suez

    Suez Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the quick reply Mister D21! I, too, had looked at the information on the metro rail system. I guess my question concerning that is if it is a good match to use when dragging luggage with you?? I assume hubby and I will each have one checked luggage item and a carry on (as well as a handbag). Anyone with experience using the metro who can advise if it is feasible to use when traveling with that amount of luggage??

    Appreciate any and all input.

    Suez
     
  4. bob

    bob Chief Engineer Staff Member

    Anytime you are dragging luggage of any nature, public transportation be it rail, bus, or anything else becomes a challenge. Rail services may be set up for transporting luggage, but you still have to manhandle it on and off the train, buses unless they are transporters are even worse, they have no luggage storage and usually an airporter would be pretty full.
    Best bet would be a shuttle service. with a full van, they are usually pretty reasonable, there is luggage storage and best of all you don't have to handle it.

    Check http://www.shuttleexpress.com/cruises they can get you from the airport to downtown and from downtown to the pier.
     
  5. Suez

    Suez Well-Known Member

    Thanks, bob. You kinda confirmed what I think I already knew! LOL I liked the price on the monorail but figured it might not be 'luggage' friendly. Appreciate the input.

    Suez
     
  6. BSeabob

    BSeabob Reinststed due to good behavior-Subject to change Staff Member

    I think if you have any doubts about the "Baggage" then you have made the right decision. It's kinda like out sky train here to the airport. It's quick fast and cheap and really no problem with one piece but add in the carry on a purse or two and it gets old.

    BTW pier 91 is a fare ways out of the way compared to the ones "Downtown"
     
  7. MisterD21

    MisterD21 If you take me serious, it's your problem


    bob i didn't know you carried a purse..... interesting, very interesting..... is it a clutch, or a murse?(man purse), or one of them big gaudy mailbags i see some women carrying around??.... lol
     
  8. iluvcruzin

    iluvcruzin Well-Known Member

    The light rail system is a good option if you don't mind wheeling your luggage. Access is located at the north end of the airport. They have sections in the train where you can place your luggage but it's first come/first serve. Sometimes people store their bikes in the location. Once it was wide open for us and another time we just placed our luggage in front of us when seated. It's definately a cost effective option and many cruisers go this route.
     
  9. bob

    bob Chief Engineer Staff Member

    He'll smack you.................with his mailbag....



    it's a clutch, or is that strangle hold...
     
  10. Suez

    Suez Well-Known Member

    Thanks, Maureen. This is exactly what I needed to know about the light rail to make a good decision. I wondered how much room they actually had for someone who had luggage with the. Guess we'll have to wait to see what we end up with luggage; and, how easy it is to 'man' handle.

    Suez
     
  11. Einstein

    Einstein Well-Known Member

    Used the light rail to last stop downtown with our luggage about 22 months ago and had NO problems whatsoever. Of course we arrived on a Wed. at 10:30 AM so that obviously helped with less traffic using the light rail. We had 2 - 26" & 2 - 21" and the luggage section in our car still had room for a couple more suitcases. Supposedly every 2nd car has a luggage storage option and can handle up to 6 - Large suitcases. The other nice thing about the storage area is its on the ground so NO lifting of luggage is required. We got off the light rail at the the last stop (Westlake) and then took a short cab ride (~ $10) to Pier 69 where we caught the High Speed Ferry to Victoria for our Pre Cruise stay. Worked out well and we even had time to visit Pike's Market for some lunch and refreshments.

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    I would NOT hesitate one bit in using the light rail again given our experience on it as it provided a inexpensive option to downtown and MANY Gr8 views. One note is that its a decent walk from the airport to the light rail pick up so roller luggage is a plus. Enjoy your planning.
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  12. Suez

    Suez Well-Known Member

    Ok, E!! I am getting excited now :) We, too, will arrive mid week (Thurs) in the morning (close to noon) time. Our luggage should be comparable to what you and Red had during your adventure. I am still waiting for some final confirmations to assure we are on the cruise but should find out this week!! Crazy, but such is the way of the corporate world. Our flights should end up being United which if my research is correct has us pretty close to the light rail boarding area. Your pictures are great. Thanks for sharing.
     

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