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Destination guides > North America > USA > West Coast > Washington > Seattle > Local transport


Local transport

Seattle’s public transport system is comprised mostly of buses, but there are also ferries, a monorail and a tram line.


Metro Transit’s (tel (206) 553 3060; website comprehensive bus system is a good way to get around the city and outlying areas. Tickets are good for two hours and cost $1.25 ($1.50 during peak hours) although travel in the downtown area is free between 6am and 7pm.


Built for the 1962 World’s Fair, Seattle’s monorail runs between the Seattle Center and the terminus at the corner of Pine Street and 5th Avenue. The one-way fare is $1.50.


Restored trams (called streetcars over here) run along the waterfront. This is a handy route for most visitors as it connects many of the city’s most visited areas including the Seattle Center, Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square and the International District. Fares are the same as the bus and bus transfers can be used on the tram.


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