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Ground Transportation Directions

This page contains material from the original announcement for this meeting.

Directions From SeaTac Airport to the University District

First of all, welcome to Seattle. Now that you've arrived, let us help you get to the hotels for the Hackathon:

The Watertown Inn
4242 Roosevelt Way
Northeast Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 826-4242


University Inn
4140 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 632-5055

There are three ways to get there:

  • By Taxi ( for about $45-$50 + tip )
  • By Shuttle ( for $19 (if registered) +tip )
  • By Public Transport ( for $2-$2.50 )

At the Airport

Since you are already at the airport, you might want to consider changing some money at an ATM, so here the maps for the main terminal and baggage claim area:

By Taxi

If you decide to take a taxi, just follow the signs.

From the baggage claim area, take the escalator one flight up and cross the Skybridge, before heading down one level to find the taxis.

Here's another map:

By Shuttle

If you want to take the Shuttle, the first thing to do is to reserve a shuttle at their website: If you want the discounted rate of $19 make sure to select the Watertown Hotel / University Inn as your destination. Otherwise you might be charged the regular rate of $37, which is also what you pay if you just go to the terminal.

From the airport, you again just cross the Skybridge, and head one level down, following the signs to "Door to Door Vans".

By Public Transport

Seattle has a good working public transport system. The SeaTac airport is connected to downtown Seattle by the Link Light Rail.

Part One: The Link Light Rail

After collecting your baggage from baggage claim, follow the signs to the Link Light Rail. This actually ends up being a bit of a walk:

At the end of this walkway you will cross a bridge:

To be greeted at the other end by a friendly ticketing machine:

For instructions on how to use it (including a video!) see this link:

Once you have your Ticket in hand, you would head up... the Link rail which drives every couple of minutes to downtown Seattle. You want to stay aboard until the end (which is Westlake Center in the Seattle downtown Tunnel). For more information about the schedule and to see a map of the Rail look here:

The trip takes about 40 minutes.

Part Two: The Express Bus

Once you arrive at Westlake Center, just get out of the Train and simply walk to the front, where you can take any of the buses 71, 72, 73 and 74. The thing to keep in mind is that you want to take the express buses. (Express buses take the freeway for part of the way and its exit is closest to the two hotels).

You will need to pay the fare when you leave the bus at the destination (if the driver does not accept the ticket you got from the machine before). They only accept exact fare, which has to be fiddled into the machine next to the driver.

The express bus will take the I-5 (the freeway) and once you get onto the bridge, you will see the university district on your left.

The orange building is the Bioengineering Building, where the Hackathon will take place. Once you are on the bridge you want to signal the driver, that you want to get out at the next stop. (By pulling a cord on the left and right of the bus cabin). Once the bus stops you will have to go to the front of the bus, show them your ticket, and if he is not happy with that pay the fare of $2.

You are now at this bus stop: , with the hotels just around the corner.

Go straight (in the direction of the bus) until the street corner and turn left.

If you are staying at the University Inn, you can already see it from here. You would simply walk up one block.

If you are in the Watertown, you'd simply walk up another 1.5 blocks:

Information gathered by Frank Bergmann; additional wiki page formatting by Linda Taddeo.

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