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How to get from Seattle Airport to Bellingham

Bellingham, a historic market town, offers a charming village atmosphere, a riverside location, and proximity to scenic countryside. Notable features include hidden waterfalls, extensive walking routes like The Pennine Way, The Sandstone Way, and the Hareshaw Linn, a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest. The town’s rich history is reflected in attractions like the Bellingham Heritage Centre and St Cuthbert’s Church. Visitors can enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and cycling while exploring the idyllic surroundings along the North Tyne. Bellingham provides diverse options for dining, accommodation, and recreation, making it an ideal destination for a tranquil getaway.

With a taxi or private transfer, the 150-km journey from Seattle Airport to Bellingham takes around 2 hours and costs $342 (€316), depending on traffic.  Alternatively, the Seattle Airport to Bellingham bus, operated by Greyhound/FlixBus, involves a transfer at Bellingham WWU and takes approximately 3 hours and 10 minutes. Departing twice a day, the total cost for this journey is $25 (€23.30). You can also get a train from Seattle Airport to Bellingham, but this will require several changes, as the train departs from Tukwila Station and arrives at Fairhaven Train Station outside Bellingham, so this is not a recommended travel option.

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How to get from Seattle Airport to Bellingham by taxi

Arranging a ride from Seattle Airport to Bellingham is a breeze, with taxis offering plenty of options. You can pre-book or catch one when you touch down. Going for a private transfer or taxi is the quickest way to get to Bellingham, usually taking around 1 hour and 40 minutes, with an estimated fare averaging $342 (€316).

Taxi fare from Seattle Airport to Bellingham

The typical fare for a shared shuttle from Seattle Airport to Bellingham averages around $342 (€316), and the ride usually takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes. In Seattle, taxis calculate fares using a taximeter, based on the time and distance to your exact destination. Since Bellingham is outside Seattle, extra charges may apply. If you prefer a fixed rate at a competitive price, you can pre-book your airport shuttle from Seattle to Bellingham. With Welcome Pickups, your transfer is private for only you and your travel companions and your friendly, professional driver can answer any questions you may have and share about local must-see destinations.



Trip Duration

1 Hr. 40 Min.

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA).

Where do I get the taxi from?

For a Seattle Airport shuttle to Bellingham, head to the designated taxi stands on the 3rd floor of the North and South Parking Garages, just outside the Arrivals Hall.


For the quickest and most convenient journey from Seattle Airport to Bellingham, a taxi from the airport (also called an airport shuttle) is the optimal choice. It’s the only direct option, ensuring a prompt departure and a less-than-two-hour ride to Bellingham. Enjoy the comfort and stress-free experience of a private transfer without the hassle of waiting for buses or dealing with heavy luggage. To secure a direct and comfortable ride, we recommend booking in advance with a trusted company.

Editor’s Note

A taxi is the only direct transportation option from Seattle Airport to Bellingham, and the only one available 24/7.

Useful Tips

While many Seattle taxis do accept card payments, we recommend confirming with your driver before starting your journey.
Seattle taxi fares remain consistent, with no variations for day, night, or weekend trips.
If you find the service satisfactory, the customary tip for your driver is between 15-20% of the fare.

How to get from Seattle Airport to Bellingham by bus

To travel by bus from Seattle Airport to Bellingham, you can take two connecting buses. First, catch one of two Greyhound/FlixBus services that run every day from the airport to Bellingham – at 15:50 and 18:30. These leave directly from the airport but end at Western Washington University (WWU). The trip takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes, depending on traffic. From the Bellingham WWU stop, you can catch one of the local WTA bus services to downtown Bellingham, a 40-minute ride.

How much is the bus from Seattle Airport to Bellingham?

The Seattle Airport to Bellingham bus costs $24 (€22.40) per person, and single tickets for the WTA local buses start at $1 (€0.90). You can easily purchase your tickets online from the official websites, and we recommend booking and securing your seat on the Seattle Airport to Bellingham bus well in advance. 



Trip Duration

3 Hr. 10 Min.

The Seattle Airport to Bellingham bus runs twice a day, every day of the week.

Value for Money

The bus service to Bellingham runs at 15:50 and 18:30. Local buses have an average wait time of 15-30 minutes.

Where do I get the bus from?

You can get the Seattle Airport to Bellingham bus by going to Arrivals Drive in the main terminal, Door 2.


Choosing the Seattle Airport to Bellingham bus offers a budget-friendly option for your journey, albeit at a slower pace and with reduced convenience due to the absence of a direct route and infrequent services. To reach downtown Bellingham, you’ll take a bus from Seattle Airport to Bellingham WWU and then transfer to a local WTA bus. The total travel time is approximately 3 hours and 10 minutes, excluding potentially long wait times. Keep in mind the need for additional transportation from the bus stop to your final destination, possibly requiring an extra mode of transport.

Editor’s Note

As the bus service only runs twice a day, so make sure your travel plans align with the schedule.

Useful Tips

To account for the limited service frequency of the airport to Seattle bus, we advise making your booking well in advance.
Tickets can be bought online at the Greyhound and WTA websites.
Buses offer free Wi-Fi and power outlets.

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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 do I get from Seattle Airport to Bellingham?

Several options are available for the journey from Seattle Airport to Bellingham. A Seattle Airport shuttle to Bellingham or private transfer is the fastest and only direct route, taking around 2 hours and costing approximately $342 (€316). You can also go by a combination of two buses, taking a bus service that runs twice a day requires a transfer to downtown Bellingham. The total travel time is 3 hours and 10 minutes, without potentially long wait times, and tickets start at $25 (€23.30) per person. Train services are also available from Amtrak but require several changes.

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

The cost of an airport shuttle from Seattle to Bellingham is approximately $342 (€316). This option takes around 2 hours, offering a very convenient and direct mode of transportation. To enhance your experience, consider booking a private transfer in advance for a competitive flat rate and a hassle-free journey with flexible cancellation.

How far is Bellingham from Seattle Airport?

The distance between Seattle Airport and Bellingham is approximately 150 km (93 mi). The journey by taxi or private transfer takes around 2 hours, while the total travel time by bus is 3 hours and 10 minutes, excluding waiting and transfer times. For a fast, comfortable, and direct private transfer to Bellingham, you can book in advance and secure a set fee for your journey.

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