King County Metro operates most of the buses in Seattle. Check out Metro’s Rider Tools page to plan a trip, find a schedule, sign up for alerts, and more. Learn about accessibility, how to ride the bus with kids, and how to load a bike onto a bus. Check out their new system maps. Metro also operates water taxis from West Seattle-Downtown and Vashon-Downtown.
Sound Transit is the regional transit agency that operates commuter buses, Sounder trains, and Link light rail. ST has a great Rider Guide to get you started or you can head right to their trip planner.
Seattle Streetcar is currently constructing the First Hill streetcar, set to open in early 2014. The South Lake Union streetcar has been up and running since 2007.
Seattle Center Monorail connects downtown’s Westlake Center to Seattle Center. It celebrated its 50th anniversary in March 2012!
Washington State Ferries serve many commuters and visitors out of key transportation hubs, such as Colman Dock.
Amtrak and SDOT have partnered in recent years to renovate King Street Station, creating a major transit hub that serves the Chinatown/International District, Pioneer Square, and downtown core.
Tools and Apps
OneBusAway.org: get real-time bus arrival information for all Seattle transit stops
Google Transit: transit schedule information embedded in Google maps
Visit Way to Go, Seattle for a comprehensive list of Transit Tools