Bestest cheapest way to get from Seatac to UW Medical Center
March 24, 2019 4:52 PM   Subscribe

Tomorrow morning I will arrive at Seatac at 6:10 and need to get myself to the University of Washington Medical Center for an 8:30 appointment. Uber is telling me this will cost $45. Is there a cheaper way that will definitely get me there in time?
posted by HotToddy to Travel & Transportation around Seattle, WA (14 answers total)
The lightrail will take you very near there for $3? Check it out on seattle metro
posted by tipsyBumblebee at 4:57 PM on March 24, 2019 [7 favorites]

Seconding light rail. It will take about an hour from the airport, but the last stop right now is practically inside UWMC. Exit the station and you're across the street from the main building.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 5:05 PM on March 24, 2019 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Is the main building Cascade Tower?
posted by HotToddy at 5:11 PM on March 24, 2019

Agree; light rail all the way. It takes a while but runs regularly and you’ll have plenty of spare time to wayfind when you arrive. I take it monthly from SEA for work to downtown; sometimes they do slow trains for rail traffic congestion, but it never takes much more than an hour. You can buy a single trip ticket at the airport station.
posted by OneSmartMonkey at 5:35 PM on March 24, 2019

Is the main building Cascade Tower?

The main building has three sections of which Cascade Tower is one. It’s, as described above, literally across the street from the light rail station, and the light rail isn’t subject to Seattle Traffic Hell.
posted by Special Agent Dale Cooper at 6:03 PM on March 24, 2019

The walk from the terminals to the light rail station is unfortunately long, but there is an airport golf cart-style shuttle that will take you to and from if you want to wait for it.

Light rail was made for a trip like yours! It should also be slightly faster than before, since buses are no longer running in the tunnel.
posted by batter_my_heart at 6:08 PM on March 24, 2019 [1 favorite]

Nthing light rail. It isn't super fast from the airport but is fairly easy and cheap.
posted by k8t at 6:08 PM on March 24, 2019

Yes, Light Rail! It's basically door to door for what you need. It's a decently pleasant, pretty ride during the aboveground parts too.

Do be aware that it's a hike to the station within SeaTac. I vaguely remember seeing signs for something like a shuttle, but I've always done it on foot. I have a poor sense of time (uh, particularly after just getting off of an airplane), but it's at least 10 minutes' walk. You have to go up and through a vast parking garage.
posted by kalimac at 6:11 PM on March 24, 2019

Is the main building Cascade Tower?

I was there in 2014 for surgery. Yes, the main entrance is on the little half circle off (or part of) Frontage Road.

I found a newer floor map than the one linked above (file says 2017 on first page, but index at end is dated June 2018 and the file is in a directory called “2018-12”). Note that the main entrance is on floor three.
posted by D.C. at 6:14 PM on March 24, 2019

Response by poster: Okay thank you all!
posted by HotToddy at 6:34 PM on March 24, 2019

You might have to walk 2-3 long blocks from the Light Rail station to the medical center, depending on what building you are in. Just wanted to let you know that in case your medical situation impacts your mobility in any way.
posted by matildaben at 6:38 PM on March 24, 2019

Response by poster: No, I can walk. Although I'm glad for all these warnings about the distances because I do have some foot trouble and I'll be sure to wear good shoes. Thank you, everyone, for all the detailed information!
posted by HotToddy at 6:44 PM on March 24, 2019

Light rail runs every 6 minutes during the times you'd be travelling, and it takes 44 minutes (per the schedule) to get from Airport Station to UW.

Have a safe trip!
posted by Sunburnt at 7:16 PM on March 24, 2019

Response by poster: All went well! Actually the morning was a disaster and I ended up having to Uber due to time constraints, but I took the light rail back just now and it was cheap and easy. And I got good news at my consult! Thanks again!
posted by HotToddy at 9:01 PM on March 25, 2019 [3 favorites]

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