This thread is for tips and advice on getting around/into Seattle.
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(Ignore the confusing parts of the "Navigating" section)
Downtown bus service is great. Between 6am and 7pm, you can ride for free
downtown. A map of downtown bus routes can be found here
. PAX is located just to the right of the yellow route, between University and Union.
For service outside of those hours, expect to pay $1.25-$1.50. The driver will hand you a slip of paper that is good for unlimited bus use for the next 4 hours.
Into/Out of Seattle
It's served by a combination of Seattle Metro service and Sound Transit. Service often cuts off at 11:00 or so, especially on the weekends.
For those who want to stay out late and can't stumble back to their hotel room, a taxi might be an option. My personal cab company of choice is Crown Black Car service. Their fleet is all black Towncars. Way nicer than a beat up Crown Vic. Their drivers are great, and it's cheaper than a yellow cab, to boot. The downside is that you can't just flag one down, you have to call ahead. Their number is (206)722-7696.
Run-of-the-mill cabs are also available. Your best bet is to just flag one down if you need a ride.
If you want to go to the Space Needle/EMP/Sci-Fi Museum/Seattle Center area, this could be fun. Round-trip fare is $4. Like its Simpsons counterpart, it crashes
sometimes. It starts at Westlake Center, a short walk from the convention center. It ends within spitting distance of the Space Needle. Don't go up in the Space Needle, by the way. It's an overly expensive tourist trap. Just get your picture taken next to it. Optional: make it look like you are leaning against it in the photo.
I'll kill you.
It works well. Parking is short downtown. Expect to pay quite a bit for it. If you are commuting a distance, I would park in a residential area, then take a bus. There is some available parking on Capitol Hill, but be aware that property crime there is fairly high. Parking is free in city-owned metered spots on Sundays, as well as every day after 6. This works best on Saturday night, since you can park and not worry about having to move your car before 7 the next morning.
Given the location of PAX, walking is going to be your best bet for seeing a lot of what Seattle has to offer. Just a few blocks down the hill is the Pike Place Market. Down on the waterfront you can ride a Washington State ferry for a modest fee. That's actually a lot of fun; if you have an extra day, I suggest heading to Bainbridge Island for lunch. Go a few blocks from PAX in the other direction and you're on Capitol Hill, part of Seattle with some of the best bars and a large young crowd. More hipsters than bros.
I live a short distance out of downtown. I plan on riding the bus there, then either riding the bus or taking a cab back at night. If people have questions, I'd be happy to answer them.