Local Transportation

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) is located approximately 20 miles south of the University of Washington (UW) and 15 miles south of Downtown Seattle. Taxi, limo, town car and shuttle services are located on the 3rd floor parking garage of Sea-Tac. Below are some of the options that will get you to the University District and the UW campus.

Public Transportation

A more extensive list of transportation options is available on Sea-Tac's website.

Link Light Rail

The Link Light Rail now runs from Sea-Tac to the UW campus. Trains run every 10 minutes from Sea-Tac and take approximately 45 minutes to reach the UW campus. A video and instructions for accessing the light rail at Sea-Tac and a map are available. Adult fares from Sea-Tac to UW are $3.25. The UW Light Rail station is located in front of Husky Stadium along Montlake Boulevard. To get to Lander Hall, you could walk through the UW campus or take Metro Transit route 44 to 15th Ave NE and NE Campus Pkwy.

King County Metro Transit

The King County Metro bus stops that serve Sea-Tac Airport (routes that serve Sea-Tac) are located on International Boulevard (State Highway-99) and South 176th Street by the Link Light Rail Station. The most convenient route to the stops is to take the walkway through the north end of the fourth floor of the Airport Parking Garage to the Sound Transit Link Light Rail Station and exit to International Boulevard.

Departure times are shown on information signs at the bus stop. You also can pick up printed bus timetables at the Ground Transportation Information Booth on the Baggage Claim level near door number 16 (across from baggage carousel 12). You may use Metro’s Trip Planner website for specific bus stops and schedules.

Shuttle Express

Shuttle Express is a private company, going frequently between the airport and any Seattle destination you request. It is suggested for easy and direct transportation from the airport to the campus, dorms or hotels in the University District. You may make your reservation by calling (425) 981-7000 or by reserving online.

Advance reservations are required for a return trip to the airport 24 hours ahead of your desired pick up time. It is possible to book a round trip when you call for your first ride.

To find Shuttle Express at airport: After you have collected your luggage, follow signs directing you to Ground Transportation, located on the third floor of parking garage. To get to the garage, you must proceed up one floor from the baggage claim level via escalator or elevator and walk across the sky bridge. Once in the airport garage, take an escalator or elevator back down to 3rd floor. You will find the booth alongside Sea-Tac Ground Transportation Information Center.


All Seattle taxi cabs operate at the same rate, set by King County. As of December 2015, the meter drop is $2.50 plus $2.50 per mile. Extra person charges may apply. A ride from the airport to the University District will have a fare of about $55. Taxi cabs are available on the 3rd floor of the parking garage. Call 206-622-6500 or use the curbside phones on the baggage claim level to make arrangements.

See Taxi Meter: http://seattle-taxi.com/

Driving Directions

Click here for a campus map which shows the location of Lander Hall. Learn more about direction and parking at Lander Hall here.

Via Interstate 5
Take exit 169, NE 45th Street and turn east (right if traveling north, left if traveling south) onto 45th Street. Travel east on NE 45th Street to Roosevelt Way NE. Turn south (right) on Roosevelt Way NE. Continue driving south until you pass NE 42nd Street. Merge into the left turn lane and turn left onto NE Campus Parkway at the last stop light prior to the University Bridge. Lander Hall will be on your right. The West Campus Conference Desk is located in Lander Hall.

Via WA State Route 520
Take the Montlake Boulevard NE exit. Turn north onto Montlake Boulevard NE; quickly merge into the far left lane and proceed over the Montlake Bridge. At the first traffic light after the bridge, turn left (west) onto NE Pacific Street; continue past the UW Medical Center on your left. Turn right (north) onto Brooklyn Avenue NE. After you pass NE 40th Street, Lander Hall will be on your left. The West Campus Conference Desk is located in Lander Hall.


Public metered parking is available outside of Lander Hall, where the West Campus Conference Desk is located. All guests are subject to parking policies of the city of Seattle.

Campus Parking All guests must stop at a campus gatehouse (if it is open) to purchase a permit and receive directions to their destination.

Limited parking is available for visitors on campus; carpooling is strongly encouraged. Parking fees are charged daily, Monday through Friday, and on Saturday from 7 am to noon. There is no charge to park after noon on Saturday through midnight on Sunday, and on UW holidays. Rates are subject to change without advance notice. Parking fees are payable upon entrance to the campus. Recreational campers and trailers are not permitted to park in UW parking lots.

Guests staying overnight in the residence halls will pay for one day of parking at the gatehouse as they enter campus. Parking permits valid for the entire stay may be purchased separately during check-in at the Conference Desk. Parking permits allow guests to enter and exit campus as they please. Disability parking permits or other special parking accommodations should be arranged in advance through Conference Services.