Northwest Archivists, Inc.

Travel and Transportation

Getting to Seattle
  • By Air: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SeaTac) is located 15 miles south of downtown Seattle.  If you will be flying, take advantage of a 10% discount through Horizon Air/Alaska Airlines.  To receive the discount, you must travel between the dates of April 24 and May 5, 2010. Enter the discount code ECCMT1367 to receive the discount.  
  • By Train: Three Amtrak trains arrive and depart at historic King Street Station (303 S Jackson St.), providing service to Vancouver, B.C., Tacoma, Portland, Spokane and other destinations. King Street Station is located between the International District and Pioneer Square, just north of Qwest Field.  The station is 0.7 miles from the Renaissance Seattle Hotel.  
  • By Car: Seattle is easily accessible via  two major north-south freeways: Interstate 5, on the west side of the lake, runs through the center of Seattle; and Interstate 405 lies east of the lake and goes through Bothell, Bellevue and Renton. The two major east-west freeways are Interstate 90 and State Route 520. I-90 begins just south of Safeco Field in Seattle and goes east, connecting I-5 to I-405.  For highway maps and information on current traffic conditions and road construction, visit
  • By Bus: The Greyhound bus station is at 811 Stewart St. Tickets are available online, by phone, at the station or at King Street (Amtrak) Station. The station is 0.6 miles from the Renaissance Seattle Hotel.
Getting Around in Seattle
  • On Foot: Seattle is a walkable city--take a map and explore downtown, as well as the close-by neighborhoods of Belltown and Pioneer Square, among others.
  • By Bus: Metro operates Seattle's bus system and provides online tools to help riders. No fares are required in the downtown Ride Free Area 6am-7pm weekdays. The Ride Free Area is bordered on the north by Battery Street, on the south by S Jackson Street, on the east by Sixth Ave. and on the west by the Seattle Waterfront. The bus tunnel is open on weekdays from 5am-7pm and is part of the Ride Free Area. If the bus leaves the Ride Free Area, the fare is due when exiting the bus.  Use the King County Metro Trip Planner to plan a trip using the bus.
  • By Monorail: The Monorail runs from Seattle Center to Westlake Mall in downtown Seattle. The Westlake Station is 0.5 miles from the conference hotel.  Round-trip fares are $4.00 for adults, $1.50 for youth ages 5-12, $2.00 for senior 65+, disabled, and persons with Medicare cards.
Getting Your Bearings

Here is a map of your surroundings from the Renaissance Seattle at 515 Madison Street, Seattle:

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Getting to the Hotel from the Airport
  • Light Rail: The Sound Transit Link Light Rail station will be located near the northeast corner of the main airport parking garage, directly connecting pedestrians to the airport ticketing concourse and SeaTac’s City Center. The light rail offers a 36-minute ride from the airport to Downtown Seattle.  Get off at the Pioneer Square station.  The hotel is 7 blocks from the station (0.4 miles) and the walk includes a steep hill, so plan to take a bus, a cab, or to be out of breath by the time you get to the hotel.  The easiest transit connection is to walk up Third to Marion, and take the #12 up the hill.  It's a free ride till 7 p.m. Trolley stops across the street (6th Ave) from the hotel.
  • Bus: Metro and Sound Transit buses are available outside door six by baggage carousel five, on the baggage claim level.
  • Taxi: Taxis are readily available at Sea-Tac Airport (on the third floor of the parking garage)
  • Airport Shuttle: The Downtown Airporter by Gray Line picks up and drops off passengers in the parking lot outside of door 00 at the south end of the baggage claim level.   One-way tickets are $11.00 and round-trip tickets are $18.00.  The Renaissance Seattle Hotel is the first stop the Airporter makes.
  • Driving Directions: From SEATAC Airport take state road WA 518 E for 2.8 miles. Merge onto I-5 N via the exit on the LEFT toward SEATTLE for 9.8 miles. Take EXIT 164A labeled DEARBORN ST /JAMES ST/MADISON ST. Take the exit on the LEFT toward MADISON ST/ CONVENTION CENTER/ VANCOUVER BC. Take the MADISON ST exit. Stay STRAIGHT to go onto 7th AVE. Turn LEFT onto MADISON ST. For self parking, enter the hotel garage on the left immediately following 6th AVE. For valet parking, continue on MADISON ST. to 5th AVE (passing the hotel) and turn left onto 5th AVE. One block to MARION ST. LEFT onto MARION ST. one block, LEFT onto 6th AVE to Hotel entrance at corner of 6th AVE and MADISON ST.
  • Parking at the Hotel: On-site parking, fee: $8.00 hourly, $28.00 daily, $32.00 valet parking daily. Garage height restriction of 6'2": Oversized vehicles are Valet Parked off-site for $32.00 daily.
Please contact Colleen Needham (Communications Chair) with any questions. 

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