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Old 01-24-2013, 02:45 PM   #1
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How is Seattle's and Vancouver's Public Transportation???

We are planning on spending 2-3 days in Seattle before taking the train to Vancouver. We will have 4 Adults and 2 Kids (4 & 3). Trying to decide if we should rent a car or do public transportation. How is Seattle's transportation? If we rent a car it will cost about $250 because we have to get a minivan. How would public tran be with kids and luggage?

Also, what about Vancouver's public transportation?

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Old 01-24-2013, 02:51 PM   #2
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Vancouver has great pub trans! Spent a week in Van with DW & DD6 this past October and left impressed by all forms.
It's never fun to trudge around pub trans with luggage but it's fairly common in Van.

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Lots of areas in Vancouver are good for walking too. We were only there 24 hours but loved the city and wished we'd had more time. Great city.
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We're also interested in the Disney Alaska cruises. If we fly to Seattle for a few days can we then take Amtrak to Vancouver and are there hotels that would take you to the Cruise ship in Vancouver?
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Fantastic!! We took public transpiration in both cities it was great.
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Old 01-24-2013, 04:33 PM   #6
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We're also interested in the Disney Alaska cruises. If we fly to Seattle for a few days can we then take Amtrak to Vancouver and are there hotels that would take you to the Cruise ship in Vancouver?
We are booked on the may 27 cruise, found some great rates. We are flying into Seattle, staying there for a few nights, taking Amtrak cascade to Vancouver, staying a night, cruising on Monday, then staying a night after the cruise and heading back to Seattle either via the train or the bus.
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Seattle's public transportation system is amazing! It cost $2.75 for an adult to ride the light rail from the airport to downtown (the current maximum ride). An unlimited all day pass was the same cost as 2 tickets ($5.50). Our airport area hotel had a complimentary shuttle to/from the airport light rail station. In the downtown area, there is FREE bus transportation within a certain radius.

We paid $12 per person for a shuttle to the cruise terminal.
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We've been to Vancouver twice. First for the Olympics (crazy crowded) and the 2nd time after our cruise (LA - Vancouver). We've spent probably a week total. Public transit in Vancouver is easy, affordable, and well kept. The last time we did not rent a car. The first time we did as we flew into SEA and drove up. There are lots of hotels just minutes walking from the port (very nice) and our favorite B&B is on the canada line about 3 blocks from the city hall stop. We took a cab with our bags, about a 10min ride, and cost $25 with tip. Definitely worth it with the bags. Getting around all the sights is very easy as well on their bus/boat/subways.

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Seattle's public transportation system is amazing! It cost $2.75 for an adult to ride the light rail from the airport to downtown (the current maximum ride). An unlimited all day pass was the same cost as 2 tickets ($5.50). Our airport area hotel had a complimentary shuttle to/from the airport light rail station. In the downtown area, there is FREE bus transportation within a certain radius.

We paid $12 per person for a shuttle to the cruise terminal.
Free bus zone is a thing of the past, unfortunately. The other information is good. The light rail to downtown is very convenient, and has a stop at the Amtrak (King Street) station.
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We are planning on spending 2-3 days in Seattle before taking the train to Vancouver. We will have 4 Adults and 2 Kids (4 & 3). Trying to decide if we should rent a car or do public transportation. How is Seattle's transportation? If we rent a car it will cost about $250 because we have to get a minivan. How would public tran be with kids and luggage?

Also, what about Vancouver's public transportation?

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Where are you staying in Seattle? Remember that the airport is not close to downtown, so if you are staying at the airport you'll need to lightrail it into downtown and back each of the 2-3 days. For train purposes I would see if the Silver Cloud is available, just because it's pretty close. That way you catch a cab from the airport once, then you're in the downtown area and things are easier for sightseeing purposes.


Getting a cab, even a cab-van, is very easy in Vancouver at the train station.
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:17 PM   #11
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Where are you staying in Seattle? Remember that the airport is not close to downtown, so if you are staying at the airport you'll need to lightrail it into downtown and back each of the 2-3 days. For train purposes I would see if the Silver Cloud is available, just because it's pretty close. That way you catch a cab from the airport once, then you're in the downtown area and things are easier for sightseeing purposes.


Getting a cab, even a cab-van, is very easy in Vancouver at the train station.
I have no idea where we are staying, still trying to plan that. Haven't decide what we want to see in Seattle yet. I was planning on staying somewhere downtown.
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Free bus zone is a thing of the past, unfortunately. The other information is good. The light rail to downtown is very convenient, and has a stop at the Amtrak (King Street) station.
Sorry....we were just there last summer and there were free buses then.
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