Getting Around Seattle

* Seattle Transportation Advisory *

The Seattle highway construction is now underway and the Transportation Advisory is in effect.  This means the Seattle Alaskan Way Viaduct/SR 99 is under construction and can impact attendees of the Midwinter Meeting, specifically when arriving and departing the city. Find transportation options and tips.

Local services are listed here as a convenience to Midwinter Meeting participants. Their inclusion or exclusion from this list does not imply a relationship with or endorsement by the American Library Association.

Local Public Transit 

  • An easy way to get to and from Seattle’s airport (Sea-Tac) is via light rail service. Operated by Sound Transit, the Link Light Rail route connects the airport and downtown Seattle. The SeaTac/Airport Station can be accessed on the fourth floor of the airport’s parking garage.
  • Once you have arrived in Seattle, light rail and King County Metro bus service are options for moving around the city.


Another cost-effective option is shared-ride van service providing transportation to and from the Seattle airport via SuperShuttle.

Local Taxi Cab Service

Taxis for hire can be found in the Seattle airport (Sea-Tac) on the third floor of the parking garage. Taxis can also be hired through the numbers below.

  • OnCabs Seattle - (206) 866-2300
  • Seattle Airport Taxi - (206) 673-2226

App-based Rideshare Services (Lyft, Uber, Wingz)

The airport allows ride-share services like Lyft,Uber, and Wingz to pick up passengers on the third floor of the parking garage. Follow the signs to the TNC/Rideshare (Lyft, Uber, Wingz) pick up area, located just beyond the taxi line in Sections G, H, I and J. Ride-share drivers are allowed to drop off passengers curb-side on the “Departures” level for flights out of the airport. 

A Special Discount from Lyft!

Lyft will offer an exclusive discount to all Midwinter Meeting attendees.
Get 20% off of two rides (a savings of up to $5 each ride).
The offer is available January 23 through January 31.
Click here to sign up and use promo code ALA2019.

Car Rentals

Most hotels are located within walking distance of the Washington State Convention Center, so a car rental is needed only if you expect to travel outside of downtown.


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Auto Rental - Avis

You can save up to 25% off your next car rental while experiencing the comfort and reliability that come with renting from Avis. With 4,800 locations in over 140 countries, there's always an Avis nearby to help you with your car rental needs. To rent a car, visit Avis or call toll free at 1-800-331-1212. And remember to use your ALA Avis Discount number (AWD): B155116 to enjoy these special savings.

Long Distance Railroad  

Amtrak service operates from King Street Station in Seattle (1-800-872-7245), which is located beyond the southern edge of downtown. (To reach their hotels from the train station, travelers will likely need to rely on a taxi, which can be found outside the station, or Link Light Rail from the International District/Chinatown station.) Enjoy traveling to Seattle by the Coast Starlight from Los Angeles, the Empire Builder from Chicago or the Amtrak Cascades with routes from Eugene, OR and Vancouver, BC.

Washington State Convention Center

Parking & Directions

Seattle Fun!

Where are all the cool places to eat, hear good music, participate in activities, and more?