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Seattle Center Monorail station - Seattle

Seattle Center Monorail station

Monorail Mile and new Lightrail Train / Monorail / StreetCar Review

This is another relic of the 1962 World's Fair and the quickest way from Seattle Center to downtown shopping/hotels. Or vice versa. We used it to cut some walking time to Pioneer Square and the International District - still a hike but a good one when the sun is out. It only goes a mile, takes 2 minutes, runs every 10 minutes and only stops at Seattle Center on the one end, and Westlake Center shopping mall on the other. Tickets are $4 RT for adults, $1.50 for kids (5-12) and $2 for seniors or persons with disabilities. One-way tickets are 1/2 of RT prices.

The stations and ticket booths are near the Space Needle at Seattle Center, and on the 3rd floor of Westlake Center.

2011 UPDATE: You can now get to downtown Seattle from SeaTac airport or near the Amtrac station via a slick new lightrail system. The last station in the city center is the Westlake shopping complex, and trains don't run 24/7 but based on the traffic around the city, this is, hands down, your quickest way downtown if flying in. Tickets are about $2.50 from airport to Westlake at time of this writing. There are lots of hotels around the Westlake area, and cabs/buses are easy to snag from there to other parts of the city. See this website for lightrail info:


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  • Updated Jan 30, 2011
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