Hungry and headed down to the Bite?
Allow for time to park and maneuver through the crowds. Arriving early will ensure that you don’t miss out on any of the Bite events! There is possibility for continuation of ongoing Mercer Corridor road work affecting access to Seattle Center. Information on current road construction and alternate routes during construction may be found here.
USE METRO SERVICE
Bus service to Seattle Center is available via Metro routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 13, 15, 18, 19, 24, 30, 33 and the RapidRide D Line. Routes 5, 16, 26, 28 and 358 also travel to within walking distance of Seattle Center. If you’ve never used Seattle’s transit system, the process of getting from one point to the other can be a bit intimidating. With Metro’s Trip Planner, you can plan your transit trip to Seattle Center from anywhere in the region. For more information about bus service to the Bite, call Metro at 206-553-3000 or visit metro.kingcounty.gov. To find bus routes, visit tripplanner.kingcounty.gov.
CARPOOL WITH FRIENDS
The regular parking rate is $15 on Friday and Saturday and $20+ on Sunday. Invite your family, friends and neighbors to come along to split the cost of parking, or visit rideshareonline.com to find carpool partners. This free service, managed by the Washington State Department of Transportation, can help you locate fellow festivalgoers traveling to Seattle Center. Parking Rates fluctuate with demand. Higher rates apply when heavy demand is anticipated. Lower rates are in effect when overall parking demand is low. For more information on parking, visit seattlecenter.com/transportation/parking.
RIDE THE MONORAIL
The Seattle Center Monorail departs every 10 minutes and takes riders between Seattle Center (adjacent to the Space Needle) and Westlake Center (at Fifth Avenue and Pine Street). The Monorail operates weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and weekends from 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. One-way fares (cash only) are $2.25 for adults, $1 for children ages 5–12 and $1 for seniors 65 or older; children 4 or under ride free. For more information, visit seattlemonorail.com.
TAKE THE CENTRAL LINK
Central Link, Sound Transit’s light-rail system, has 13 stops along its route from Sea-Tac Airport to Westlake Center. The light rail can connect you to a bus or the monorail, which will take you directly to Seattle Center. For more information, visit soundtransit.org/schedules/central-link-light-rail.
CYCLE TO THE CENTER
If you’re looking for a low-cost way to get to the center, consider riding your bike. Seattle Center is located between two major regional bike routes; it is accessible from the Myrtle Edwards Bike Trail (which connects Ballard to West Seattle and the Duwamish River Trail) and the Dexter Avenue Bike Trail (which connects downtown Seattle to Fremont, Wallingford, Green Lake and the Burke-Gilman Trail). A new route two-way bicycle path is now open on the north side of Mercer Street between Dexter Avenue N and Fifth Avenue N. Seattle Center has bike racks so you can lock your bike during the festival. For maps of the routes, visit seattle.gov/transportation/bikemaps.htm.
BOARD A STREETCAR
Running at 15-minute intervals, the Seattle Streetcar runs from South Lake Union to downtown Seattle. Its Westlake hub connects to other public transit systems, including the Monorail, Metro and Sound Transit buses. The streetcar also connects to Metro bus route 8, which goes to Seattle Center. For more information, visit seattlestreetcar.org.
LEAVE OVERSIZED VEHICLES AT HOME PARKING
Seattle Center cannot provide parking for large vehicles. Event staff advises against the use of RVs or trailers for transportation to the Bite.
ACCESS FOR PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED PERSONS
All buildings at Seattle Center are fully accessible. Disabled parking is available at all lots. If a lot appears to be full, ask a Seattle Center attendant for disabled access.
Besides the major routes to the Seattle Center via the Mercer Street or Stewart Street exits off I-5, consider using alternates routes, such as Highway 99, Denny Way and Elliot Avenue.
OTHER TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS
Festivalgoers have even more options, such as walking or using the King County Water Taxi or the Washington State Ferry System. For more information, visit kingcounty.gov/transportation.aspx.
The Seattle Center offers a parking, traffic and transportation hotline. For current information call (206) 233-3989. For current Puget Sound traffic conditions visit www.seattlecenter.com.