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Getting from Seattle-Tacoma Airport to Bellevue

Located in the wider Seattle region, Bellevue is considered one of the best places to live in the United States thanks to its beautiful parks and pristine neighbourhoods. As a creative city that prides itself on being innovative, there are numerous art galleries and museums worth checking out. Once you’re tired from all the exploring, settle in for a bite to eat or drink at a top-notch restaurant or cocktail bar.

When travelling from Seattle Tacoma Airport to Bellevue, the main transport options are taking a taxi, private transfer, or the Sound Transit public bus service. The fastest and most convenient option is to take a local airport taxi or private transfer which will reach Bellevue in 25 to 35 minutes, depending on traffic conditions. The most affordable option is the 560 bus service which takes around 37 minutes without wait times, but this can take longer during heavy traffic.

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Comparison of the options

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Taxi €47 25min 24/7
Bus €6 37min 05:03–23:39

How to get from Seattle Airport to Bellevue by taxi

The quickest way to get from Seattle Airport to your accommodation in Bellevue is to take a readily available airport taxi or a pre-booked private transfer. There are two types of taxis: metered taxis and fixed-fare taxis, both of which take around 25 minutes in good traffic conditions.

Taxi fare from Seattle Airport to Bellevue

The price of a taxi from Seattle Airport to Bellevue depends on whether you choose a metered or flat-rate airport taxi service. The fee for a flat-rate taxi service varies between companies but you can expect to pay upwards of $50 (€47) for 1 to 4 passengers.

The base rate for metered taxis is $2.60 (€2.45) and $2.70 (€2.50) for every mile thereafter, which brings the average cost per taxi to $48.50 (€45.50) for up to 4 passengers. However, drivers also charge an additional waiting fee of $0.50 (€0.46) per minute and if they take a longer route due to traffic conditions or make any stops along the way, this will also increase your fare.

For a more personalised service with a competitive price and no hidden costs, you can arrange for a private transfer and have your driver greet you and help with your bags upon arrival.



Trip Duration

25 Min.

*Fares may vary unless booked in advance.

Value for Money

*Taxis are available 24/7 from Sea-Tac Airport (SEA).

Where do I take a taxi from?

Both metered and flat-rate taxis can be found on Level 3 of the Parking Garage with taxi ranks located at both ends of the curb.


Since an airport taxi from Seattle Airport to Bellevue is the only transfer option that will deliver you directly to your door, it is by far the most convenient. They are available any time of day, all year round, so no matter what time your plane lands – even if it is delayed – you’ll be able to walk outside the terminal building and see your taxi waiting for you.

Editor’s Note

It is expected that you tip your driver 10-20% of the final fare.

Useful Tips

Tolls and surcharges will be added on top of the final fare for both metered and flat-fee services.
To help differentiate between the two services, metered taxis are painted a single colour and have a three-digit vehicle number whereas flat-rate taxis are painted two colours and have a four-digit vehicle number.

How to get from Seattle Airport to Bellevue by bus

Sound Transit operates the 560 express bus service between Seattle Airport and Bellevue Transit Center. The ride takes 37 minutes and runs every 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the day of the week.

How much is the bus from Seattle Airport to Bellevue?

Tickets cost just $3.75 (€3) for each person and can be paid for with cash as you step on board (no change given), or for a cashless payment, you can purchase a ticket online through the Transit GO Ticket App and show the driver your electronic ticket as you board.



Trip Duration

37 Min.

On weekdays buses run every 20 to 30 minutes up until 18:30 when they reduce to hourly. On weekends buses run approximately every hour from 05:39 onwards.

Value for Money

On weekdays the bus runs between 05:03 and 23:39. On weekends the service runs between 05:39 and 23:39

Where do I take the bus from?

Take the Eastbound Sound Transit bus towards Bellevue from Bay 2 at the airport terminal near door 00 on Level 3. The last stop will be the Bellevue Transit Center where you will disembark.


The 560 bus from Seattle Airport to Bellevue is by far the cheapest transport option for this journey and it is also relatively fast if you don’t mind having to wait in between services. However, wait times can increase to one hour on weekends and late evenings, increasing your journey time considerably.

Alternatively, if after a long journey, you just want to be delivered straight to your door and have your bags in a vehicle rather than a bus, a Welcome private transfer is a more direct and seamless option. Moreover, should you have any questions or issues, our customer support team is available 24/7.

Editor’s Note

Make sure you have local USD currency on you if you plan on purchasing your ticket with cash.

Useful Tips

The Sound Transit public transport system is fully accessible.
If you plan on spending some time in Bellevue or Seattle, buying an Orca card from a ticket machine that you can top up with cash will save you time and money.
Youth under the age of 18 can ride for free with an Orca card or proof of identity.

Welcome Pickups transfer

Welcome Pickups

Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Seattle. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Frequently asked questions

How can I get from Seattle Airport to Bellevue?

The two main transport options when travelling from Seattle Tacoma Airport to Bellevue are taxi and private transfer which take around 25 minutes in light traffic, and the public bus which takes 37 minutes or longer, depending on the traffic.

What’s the cost of a taxi from Seattle Airport to Bellevue?

Whether you choose a flat rate service or metered airport taxi from Seattle Airport to Bellevue you can expect to pay around $50 (€47) for up to 4 passengers.

What is the distance between Seattle Airport and Bellevue?

The distance from Seattle Airport to Bellevue is 27 km (17 miles) which can be covered in 25 to 35 minutes, depending on traffic, when travelling by local taxi or private transfer.

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