Getting Around Seattle

Public Transportation

Link Light Rail makes trips from the airport station to the University of Washington through downtown Seattle between 5am and 1am, Monday through Saturday (the last train departs the airport at 12:10am), and from 5am to midnight on Sunday (the last train departs the airport at 11:05pm). Trains arrive every 6 to 15 minutes, depending on the time of day, and take about 40 minutes to travel between Sea-Tac International Airport and Westlake Station in downtown Seattle. One-way fare for adults ranges from $2.25 to $3. Schedules and station maps are available on the website.

King County Metro Transit provides bus service in downtown Seattle and outlying neighborhoods in King County. Time-tables and route maps are available at the Transit Information Center in the tunnel under Westlake Center at 4th Avenue & Pine Street, or can be found on the website. King County Metro also has a mobile app available for iPhone and Android.

All Day Transit Pass, an all-day regional transit pass is available for visitors to Seattle. These $8 all-day passes are loaded onto regional transit cards ($5 each) at all ORCA vending machines and are used for unlimited riding on all local public transit (excluding the Seattle Monorail and Washington State Ferries). Transit pass value covers $3.50 per ride.

Taxis, Limos, Town Cars and Ride Sharing
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 our concierge team at the Seattle Visitor’s Center for referrals for specific transportation companies based on your personal travel needs.

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

Rental Cars

All car rental companies providing service at Sea-Tac 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 ReachNow.

Shuttles & Courtesy Vehicles

Hotel courtesy shuttles pick up and drop off passengers on the third floor of the airport parking garage at Islands 1 & 2. Shared-ride vans and airport services are available to passengers outside door 00 at the south end of the main terminal on the baggage-claim level. Shuttle Express Downtown Airporter and SpeediShuttle both offer shuttle service for under $20 per person to downtown Seattle hotels and also offer regularly scheduled cruise ship transfers.

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SpeediShuttle is offering GSA discounted rates and provides shared ride airport transportation in Mercedes shuttles at a rate of $15.99 one way, $30.38 round trip between SeaTac and the Sheraton Seattle. Registrants with prearranged arrival reservations are met in SeaTac’s baggage claim area by an agent holding a tablet with the name “GSA Annual Meeting 2017” then directed to their waiting shuttle. Vehicle amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, Speedi HDTV, seating for up to eleven guests, 6’1” headroom, three point seat restraints, adjustable headrests, roomy comfortable seats, and a large cargo area.


Guaranteed parking reservations; GSA has partnered with Parking Panda to allow attendees to purchase parking passes at many convenient locations within easy walking distance to the convention center for the 2017 Annual Meeting.  Simply present your purchase confirmation at the selected location, and this serves as your payment with no additional payments or fees ever.  Inventory is limited and garages will fill up prior to the meeting, so it is strongly recommended that you purchase parking passes for the meeting in advance, if driving.  

International Attendees

If you are visiting the United States from outside of the country, and do not have United States citizenship, you may require a visa.  Go here for visa information. GSA will be updating travel policies to the Annual Meeting in this space.

Getting To and From Seattle

Seattle Airport (IATA: SEA, ICAO: KSEA)

SeaTac Information

Also known as SeaTac Airport, officially known as Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, the largest airport in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It is located 12 miles south of downtown Seattle.

The airport serves SeaTac, Washington and all the Seattle metropolitan area and is the main hub for Alaska Airlines, Alaska Airlines and its regional subsidiary Horizon Air. It is also a hub for Delta Air Lines serving as a getaway to Europe and Asia.

Multiple transportation options connect SeaTac to the metro area from rail, sound transit, metro bus, and taxi. 

Official Conference Airline - Alaska Airlines

GSA has contracted with Alaska Airlines to provide a discount on airfare for GSA attendees travelling to Seattle between Monday, 16 October through Sunday, 29 October.

Discount Code: ECMX909

Departure City(s): Any Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air US, Canadian, Mexican or Costa Rican city (Prudhoe Bay, Alaska not included)

To use your Discount Code, go online to and input the Discount Code when searching for flights. The discount will be applied to any flights meeting the contract parameters. By clicking the “?” next to the discount code box after entering the code you may view a detailed description of the rules.

Meeting Fare Rules:

  • 7% discount off Alaska Airlines published fares (except companion and other promotional fares).
  • No discount will apply during blackout dates.
  • Any change or cancellation after ticketing is subject to a service charge. All fare rules and additional blackout dates of the fare apply.
  • All tickets must be issued online or the Alaska Airlines Group desk.

A $15.00 ticketing fee will apply to any tickets issued by the Group Desk.

If you have questions about the Discount Code, please contact the Group Desk at 800-445-4435. Alaska Airlines Group Desk hours of operation are Monday through Friday 6am-6pm PST, Saturday 7:30am-6pm PST, closed Sunday. Please verify all current baggage allowances and fees as well as travel policies on prior to travel.


Amtrak information

Three lines serve Seattle.

  • Cascades Line, Vancouver, B.C. – Seattle – Tacoma – Portland – Salem – Eugene. 
  • Empire Builder, Chicago – Milwaukee - Minneapolis - Portland – Seattle. 
  • Coast Starlight, Seattle – Portland – Los Angeles.