Getting There

University of  Washington is in Seattle, Washington and is served by SeaTac Airport (by taxi, uber, or light rail) as well as by Amtrak to King Street Station. Use this interactive campus map to familiarize yourself with UW before arriving. Our sessions will be held at the Simpson Center, which is in the communications building.

From Sea-Tac Airport

If you are coming from the airport (Sea-Tac Airport) you are approximately 20 minutes or 31.5 k or 19.5 miles away from campus.

Seattle’s Link light rail

Link Light Rail: The Link Light Rail conveniently takes you from the airport directly to UW (the last stop going North) and is the cheapest option. Link trains run every 12 to 24 minutes depending on the time of day. Google maps includes Link Light Rail in its travel options.

From the Sea-Tac Airport main baggage claim area, follow the signs and use the covered walkway to get to the Link Light Rail station (approximately ¼ mile from the main terminal).

Purchase a ticket at one of the vending machines at the station to travel to University of Washington Station. The fare is $3.25 to UW. vending machines take cash, VISA, or MasterCard.

Link Light Rail trains come at least every 15 minutes. Board any northbound train to University of Washington. ( The Link Light Rail runs from 5 a.m.-1 a.m. on weekdays, and 6 a.m.-12 a.m. on weekends. Outside of these times, you will need to take a cab or Shuttle Express van. For more information on Link Light Rail, visit the Sound Transit website, or call toll-free 1-888-889-6368. )

The University of Washington Station is located just south of campus next to Husky Stadium. Cross the bridge over Montlake Boulevard and walk north to get to the heart of campus.

Taxi: The approximate cost from Sea-Tac to UW is $63 for cab, including tip.

Shuttle Express Service: Approximately $38 per person. Call 425-981-7000 or toll-free 1-800-487-7433; or book online via the Shuttle Express website.

From King Street Station

King Street Station

Both Amtrak and Sounder Commuter trains run to this station.

Address: 303 S. Jackson Street
Phone: 206-296-0100

Amtrak: Students save on Amtrak!  Students age 13-25 with a valid student ID are eligible for 15% off the lowest Value or Flexible Fare when you book your travel 3 days in advance.

Let the train take you away on a relaxing trip!  Enjoy a full dining experience, while soaking up the beautiful scenery and landscape.  Bring a friend or travel solo-it all up to you. Bring up to two-carry-on bags and two checked bags (when departing from a staffed station). Terms and conditions apply.  Visit to save on travel today.

Taxi: The approximate cost of a taxi from King Street Station is $21, including tip.

Shuttle Express Service: Shuttle Express will provide van service for groups including 3 or more people. Call 425-981-7000 or toll-free 1-800-487-7433; or book online via the Shuttle Express website.

Metro Bus: The fare for the Metro bus will be between $2.50 and $3.00, depending on the time of day. Exact fare is required; Metro drivers cannot make change. For more information on Metro buses, check the Metro Transit website  or call 206-553-3000 and press 0 to reach an operator.

Board a northbound bus to the University District from Bay A in the Seattle transit tunnel (Monday-Saturday, 5 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sundays, 6 a.m.-12 a.m.). The entrance is east of the King Street Station on S Jackson St. and 5th Ave S. Board bus #71, #72, #73, or #74 to the University District. Exit any of these buses at University Way NE and NE Campus Pkwy, and walk two blocks east to get to campus.

If arriving late at night, it is recommended to know how you’re getting to UW in advance.

By Car

If you drive, please try to arrive to campus at least 30 minutes before your scheduled visit, to allow time to park and find your way to your destination. When you arrive, please visit one of the gatehouses to purchase a permit. The parking specialist will direct you to a parking lot. Gatehouses and parking lots can be found on the campus map.

The daily parking fee is $15.00 (cash, debit card, or credit card accepted). For more information, please visit the daily parking page.

Getting Around Seattle

We encourage participants to get an orca card to assist them in getting around Seattle. Orca cards are prepaid fare cards that allow you to use the bus and light rail system quickly and efficiently. Without the card, passengers are expected to have exact change to ride the buses. Orca cards are available at light rail stations and participating retailers. Find out more at . We recommend the onebusaway app for real time transit info.

The institute is located near to the Burke Gilman trail, which is a great way to see Seattle by bike. Bikes may be rented nearby at Recycled Cycles and Counterbalance Bicycles. For more information on bicycling in Seattle, visit Cascade Bicycle Club.

For more information on transportation within Seattle, including bus, streetcar, cycle share, and car share programs, see the Visit Seattle website.