Travel

Congress Venue

Seattle Pacific University
3307 3rd Avenue West
Seattle, Washington
USA

Sign-in and lodging will be in Moyer Hall.

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General Resources

The following sites provide information useful for getting around in Seattle:

  • Taxi: Yellow Cab is a reliable taxi service; you can request a ride by phone or with their smartphone app. See their website for rates and other details.
  • Uber/Lyft: You can use Uber's fare estimator and Lyft's fare estimator to compare prices.
  • Public transportation:
    • King County Metro Transit provides bus service in Seattle; their website lists current fares, and you can use their Trip Planner to find alternative routes to the ones described below. (Taking multiple bus routes is easy: with your ticket, you can to transfer to other buses for free until the time indicated.)
    • Sound Transit operates the Link Light Rail, a train that connects Seattle to the airport.
    • The free OneBusAway smartphone app provides real-time arrival information for Seattle-area buses and trains.

Getting to the Venue

By air

The closest major airport is Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA or "Sea-Tac"), served by all major US airlines and many international airlines.

There are several ways to get from the airport to Seattle Pacific University:

  • Taxi: The taxi ride will be about 30 minutes and will cost about $50 with tip. The airport has a designated area where taxis are continuously available.
  • Uber/Lyft: The price depends on the time of day but will be about $40-$50. The airport has a designated area for pickups from ride-sharing services.
  • Renting a car: Sea-Tac is served by many car rental companies. Use the car's GPS or your phone to find the best route to the congress given the traffic conditions. Parking on campus is free in the summer.
  • Public transportation: From the airport, follow the signs for Link Light Rail. At the station, purchase a ticket for a trip to University Street Station (not University of Washington Station) from one of the ticket machines. At University Street Station, follow the signs to the exit at 3rd Avenue and Seneca St. At the opposite corner of the intersection, there is a bus stop where you can take route 3, 4, 13, or 29 to SPU; get off at Dravus St.

By train

King Street Station (SEA), in downtown Seattle, is the local station for Amtrak, the US passenger train network. Seattle is served by routes originating in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Vancouver.

To get from the train station to Seattle Pacific University:

  • Taxi: The ride takes about 15 minutes, but may be longer due to traffic. The distance is about 6 miles (about 9 km).
  • Uber/Lyft: The price depends on the time of day but will be about $13-$18.
  • Public transportation: From the entrance of the station on S. Jackson St., turn right and walk along S. Jackson St. until you cross 4th Avenue S. Go to the bus stop on the opposite side of S. Jackson St., in front of Bartell Drugs. From there, take route 62 to N. 34th St. At the stop across the street, take bus route 31 to 3rd Ave. W.

By bus

Greyhound

Greyhound Lines provides bus service across the United States and Canada. Its Seattle station is near downtown.

To get from the Greyhound station to Seattle Pacific University:

  • Taxi: The ride takes about 15 minutes, but may be longer due to traffic. The distance is about 6 miles (about 9 km).
  • Uber/Lyft: The price depends on the time of day but will be about $13-$17.
  • Public transportation: From the bus stop in front of the Greyhound station, take route 150 to the stop at 4th Avenue and James St. From that stop, you can take route 3 or 4 to SPU; get off at Dravus St.

BoltBus

BoltBus serves Seattle from cities on the west coast of the US and Canada. It stops on 5th Ave. S. in the International District, near downtown.

To get from the BoltBus stop to Seattle Pacific University:

  • Taxi: The ride takes about 15 minutes, but may be longer due to traffic. The distance is about 6 miles (about 9 km).
  • Uber/Lyft: The price depends on the time of day but will be about $13-$18.
  • Public transportation: Walk north along 5th Ave. S. Go to the bus stop on the opposite side of S. Jackson St., in front of Bartell Drugs. From there, take route 62 to N. 34th St. At the stop across the street, take bus route 31 to 3rd Ave. W.

By ship

Clipper Vacations provides ferry service for pedestrians from Friday Harbor, Washington, and Victoria, British Columbia. Clipper's Seattle terminal is at 2701 Alaskan Way in downtown Seattle.

To get from the Clipper terminal to Seattle Pacific University:

  • Taxi: The ride takes about 10 minutes, but may be longer due to traffic. The distance is about 4 miles (about 6 km).
  • Uber/Lyft: The price depends on the time of day but will be about $11-$16.
  • Public transportation: Walk 15 minutes uphill to the bus stop on the far side of 3rd Avenue, between Vine and Cedar Streets. From there you can take bus route 3, 4, or 13 to SPU; get off at Dravus St. See King County Metro Trip Planner for more options.

By car

For those traveling from the north or south, take Interstate 5; if coming from the east, take Interstate 90 to Interstate 5. Use your GPS or an Internet map program on your mobile phone to plot a more exact course.

Try to time your arrival in Seattle to avoid rush hour traffic. If arriving at rush hour, avoid Exit 167 (Mercer St.) on I-5. You can do this by taking the Exit 166 (Olive Way) if heading north, or Exit 169 (N. 50th St.) if heading south.

Parking on campus is free in the summer.

Special Assistance

If you'd like someone to escort you from the airport by public transportation, or if you have special transportation needs, please contact us.

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