Transportation From the Airport

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) is located approximately 20 miles south of the University of Washington and 15 miles south of Downtown Seattle. Below are some of the options that will easily get you to the University District and campus.

Link Light Rail

Seattle’s regional light rail system has stops at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac), the University of Washington, and the U-District. From the airport follow signs the light rail, purchase an ORCA card (this card is good on county buses, light rail, street car, and Washington State ferries) and ride the line all the way to the U-District Station. The ride will take you about 45 minutes to get downtown or a little over an hour to get all the way to campus. The Alder Commons is about a 10 minute walk from the U-District station.

Shuttle Express

Shuttle Express offers frequent operation 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 can reserve trips by calling (425) 981-7000 or you may also make your reservations online at

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: After you have collected your luggage, follow signs directing you to Ground Transportation which is located on the third floor of the parking garage. The 3rd floor is the same level as the baggage claim. To get to the garage, you must proceed up one floor 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 the Sea-Tac Ground Transportation Information Center.


All Seattle taxi cabs operate at the same rate, set by King County. The meter drop is $2.50 plus $2.00 per mile. Extra person charges may apply. A ride from the airport to the University District will be $45-$55.

STITA Taxi 206-246-9999
Yellow Cab 206-622-6500
Orange Cab 206-522-8800


Seattle also has Uber, Lyft, Zip Car, and Bike and Scooter Share.

Traveling to Campus

From Hotels in the U District:

If you are staying at the University Inn, the Watertown Hotel, the Residence Inn, or the Graduate Hotel in the U-District it is a 15-minute walk to Alder Auditorium. There are also a number of King County Metro buses that will take you south to the venue. Download the One-Bus-Away app to get great information on buses, schedules, and routes. If you are a cyclist, campus and the U-District also has several Bike and Scooter Share companies.

From Hotels Downtown:

There are several King County Metro buses and the Link Light Rail that will take you from a variety of places downtown to the U-District. The U-District Link Light Rail Station is about a 10-minute walk to the Alder Auditorium. Download the One-Bus-Away app to get great information on buses, schedules, and routes.