Getting around Seattle with the family
- Public transportation is convenient and inexpensive. No need to rent a car unless you're going outside the city for day trips.
- Metro Transit. (http://transit.metrokc.gov/) Your family can ride the Metro Transit for free from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily in downtown Seattle. Riders can use the metro pass for $1.75 on specific Metro Transit operations or pay $4.00 for unlimited rides on the Metro.
- Taxis. For taxis, plan on a 10-minute wait. Seattle offers a variety of taxi services. However, if Seattle were to have a competition with New York or Chicago for the frequency of taxis, New York or Chicago would definitely beat Seattle.
Seattle Streetcar. Running on 15-minute intervals, the South Lake Union Line runs through the heart of Seattle, with adults paying $2, children (ages 6-17) paying $0.50 and children under 5 years old ride for free.
- The Seattle Center Monorail. The Monorail whisks you from the Seattle Center to downtown's Westlake Center for shopping. Every 10 minutes, a two-minute ride goes one mile.
- Washington's ferry system. Depending on where your starting and stopping points are, the cost varies for adults and kids, ranging from, approximately, $2 to $14 for adults. The ferry system allows for bikers as well. Sight-seeing rides are great for soothing kids after a long, tiring day, and the rides are inexpensive for walk-ons from downtown Colman Dock. Snacks are sold onboard..