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How to get from Seattle International Airport to Port of Seattle

Seattle is the gateway for Alaskan cruises to discover wildlife, nature and the region’s incredible wonders. Over two hundred departures from seven main cruise lines sail from Seattle’s downtown cruise terminals.

So if you are off on an exciting cruise adventure and have to make your way from Seattle Airport to the Cruise Port, you have 2 transportation options to do so. You can either take a Seattle airport cab or private shuttle, or you can take SEATAC’s Light Rail train. Choosing to take a cab or private transfer from Seattle airport to the cruise terminal is the fastest and easiest way to travel, as taxis offer door-to-door services and get you to your destination in just 20 minutes. For travellers on a budget, an alternative option would be to take the Light Rail train. The train would take approximately 38 minutes to get from Seattle airport to the Port of Seattle.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €44.20 20min 24/7
Train €5.30 38min 05:00–00:00

How to get from Seattle Airport to the Port of Seattle by taxi

Taking a Seattle airport cab to the cruise port is the easiest and most reliable way to travel. Taxis are available 24/7, providing door-to-door services, all while taking care of your loved ones and personal belongings. A trip from Seattle airport to the cruise port should take around 20 minutes, traffic dependant.

Taxi fare from Seattle airport to cruise port

Taxis in Seattle calculate their fares using a taximeter, based on the time and distance travelled. A one-way trip from Seattle airport to the Port of Seattle would cost you around $50 (€44.20), excluding tips. It is good to know that there are no price differences for day, night or weekend trips.

Cost

$50 (€44.20)

Trip Duration

20 Min.

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

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

Where do I get it from?

The official Seattle airport taxi ranks are located on the 3rd floor of the parking garage at the airport’s north and south curb.

Convenience

Choosing to take a Seattle cab from Seattle airport to the cruise terminal is a great option. Not only do taxis provide safe, reliable door-to-door services in the comfort of a private vehicle, but they also take care of your travel partners and luggage.

Nevertheless, if you wish to travel at a fixed price, with a local friendly driver, it is recommended to pre-book a private shuttle online.

Editor’s Note

Seattle cabs accept cash, bank card payments and traveller checks. However, it is always best to confirm your payment method with your driver before starting your journey.

Useful Tips

It is good to know that there is no airport toll fee at Seattle International Airport, neither is there a surcharge for taxis leaving the airport.
It is customary to tip your Seattle cab driver; a tip between 15% and 20% is the norm.
There is no price difference for day, night or weekend trips in Seattle.

How to get from Seattle Airport to the Port of Seattle by train

An alternative transportation option for travellers on a budget would be to take the Light Rail airport train. The train is direct from Seattle airport to the Port of Seattle (Westlake Station), taking only 38 minutes to reach.

How much is a Light Rail train ticket to the Port of Seattle?

A one-way ticket on the Light Rail train costs $3 (€2.65). You can purchase your train ticket on the Light Rail at all Link Light Rail Stations, either with cash or by bank card.

Cost

$3 (€2.65)

Trip Duration

38 Min.

The Light Rail runs every 8 to 10 minutes from SEATAC airport to the Port of Seattle.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The Light Rail is available Monday to Saturday from 05:00 to 01:00 and on Sundays and public holidays from 06:00 to 00:00.

Where do I get it from?

The Seattle airport railway station is connected to Seattle airport’s fourth floor at the parking garage or on the walkway from International Boulevard. You can make your way there from the terminal by using the sky bridges, which would take you around 10 to 15 minutes.

Travellers will have to alight at Westlake Station, at the Pine & 3rd Exit. From there, it is a 6-minute walk to the port.

Convenience

Although being a cheap, direct and reliable way to travel from Seattle airport to the cruise terminal, taking the Light Rail can become complicated if you are travelling with children and heavy luggage, as you first have to walk to the airport’s railway station (10 to 15 minutes) and then from the port’s railway stop to your port terminal. Moreover, if you are arriving in the early hours, you will have to find an alternative travel solution.

Editor’s Note

It is good to know that Light Rail provides discounted tickets for seniors, youth and disabled passengers on the presentation of an identity card.

Useful Tips

Please note that children aged 5 and younger ride for free with a paying passenger.
There are 12 stops between the Seattle airport terminal and Westlake Station (Port of Seattle).
There is a lot of luggage storage on the Light Rail with overhead storage throughout the entire vehicle, and there are two designated luggage storage racks per vehicle.

Frequently asked questions

How far is Seattle cruise port from Seattle airport?

Seattle International Airport is located a short 22.5 km away from the Port of Seattle. It takes about 20 minutes to reach by car or by taxi.

How to get from Seattle airport to port of Seattle?

There are two different transportation options to get from Seattle Airport to the cruise port; you can either take a taxi or private shuttle, or you can take the Light Rail train to Westlake Station.

How much is a taxi from Seattle airport to cruise terminal?

A one-way trip from Seattle airport to the Port of Seattle costs around $50 (€44.20), excluding tips. Please note that there are no price differences for day, night or weekend trips.

Pre-book online