Seattle Monorail

FAQ

October 29, 2012

Where does the Monorail go?

How late and how often do the Monorail trains run?

How long is the ride?

Do you take ORCA, Debit/Credit Cards, or Sound Transit Cards?

Is there a student discount?

Can I get to the Sea-Tac airport by taking the Monorail?

Can you transfer to other routes?

Is the Monorail handicap/stroller accessible?

Are dogs allowed on the Monorail?

How do I get to the Pike Place Market from the Monorail?

How do I get to the Space Needle from the Monorail?

What are the Monorail holiday hours?

Do I need to purchase tickets in advance for my family?

Where does the Monorail go?

The Monorail travels directly between Westlake Center Mall (5th Avenue and Pine Street) and Seattle Center (adjacent to the Space Needle and EMP Museum). There is only one stop so you won’t get lost!

How late and how often do the Monorail trains run?

Currently, the Monorail is open until 11 PM daily. On certain days, the monorail may be open even later due to events at Seattle Center. Please check our Rider Alerts on the homepage to check the days and times we open late! The train departs approximately every 10 minutes.

How long is the ride?

The Monorail takes about 2 minutes to get from one platform to the other.

Do you accept ORCA, Debit/Credit Cards, or Sound Transit Cards?

We do not take ORCA, Debit/Credit, or Sound Transit cards. The only form of payment accepted is cash. You do not need exact fare. If you are in need of cash, there are ATM machines located next to the BBQ stand inside Westlake Center Mall and at Seattle Center at the bottom of the Monorail ramp or inside the Armory.

Is there a student discount?

We do not have a student discount at the monorail. If you are a school group riding the Monorail for a field trip, please fill out our online school group registration form to be eligible for a school group rate. You must fill this form out at least one business day in advance.

Can I get to Sea-Tac Airport by using the Monorail?

No, the Sound Transit Link Light Rail travels between Sea-Tac Airport and Westlake Center Mall. The Monorail only travels between downtown’s Westlake Center Mall and Seattle Center. You can use the Link Light Rail and Monorail to travel between Sea-Tac Airport and Seattle Center – great for if you want to visit the Space Needle during a long lay-over!

  • To get from Sea-Tac Airport to Seattle Center, look for signs in the airport for Sound Transit Link Light Rail. Catch the light rail from Sea-Tac Airport and get off at Westlake Center (the very last stop). From the transit tunnel at Westlake, look for signs for the Monorail, you can take the elevator (with ‘MONORAIL’ written above it) up to to the Westlake Center Monorail station located on the third floor of Westlake Center. Then, you can purchase a Monorail ticket to ride directly to Seattle Center, home of the Space Needle, Pacific Science Center, KeyArena and more! Please keep in mind that the Monorail is cash only, no credit cards please.
  • To get from Seattle Center to Sea-Tac Airport, buy a Monorail ticket at the Seattle Center Monorail station and ride the monorail train to Westlake Center. As you exit the Monorail at Westlake Center, you will see an elevator and stairwell on the far left side of the platform, use either option to go to all the way to the bottom level to the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel. From there, buy a ticket and ride the Sound Transit Central Link Light Rail which carries passengers between Westlake Center Station and Sea-Tac Airport (the light rail makes 11 stops in between Westlake and Sea-Tac; the trip takes approximately 35 minutes).
Can you transfer to other routes?

Westlake Center is one of Seattle’s transportation hubs. You cannot use your Monorail ticket to travel on another form of transportation, but there are several other forms of public transit in close walking distance. The Sound Transit Link Light Rail travels between Westlake Station and Sea-Tac Airport in the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel. The Seattle Streetcar travels between Westlake HUB (across the street from the Monorail at 5th Ave and Olive Way) and South Lake Union.

Is the Monorail handicap/stroller accessible?

Yes! At Westlake Center, you can access the platform from the elevator located on 5th Ave (between Olive and Pine). At Seattle Center, there are ramps that allow for easy access. There are yellow gates at Seattle Center platform that pull out to allow wheelchairs easy entrance into the trains.

Are dogs allowed on the Monorail?

Dogs are allowed as long as they are well-behaved and on a leash. On busy/crowded days, it is possible that the owner may be asked to hold their dog in their lap.

How do I get to Pike Place Market from the Monorail?

When traveling from Seattle Center to Westlake Center via the Monorail, exit the train and take the stairwell or elevator on the left side of the platform to the street level. Turn right on 5th Avenue and then make your first right on Pine Street and walk down to 1st Avenue.

How do I get to the Space Needle from the Monorail?

Ride the Monorail from Westlake Center to Seattle Center. When you exit the train, walk down the ramp from the Seattle Center platform and the Space Needle will be straight ahead . Don’t forget to look up!

What are the Monorail holiday hours for 2012?

Thanksgiving:

  • On Thanksgiving Day (11/22/13), the Monorail will be closed.
  • On November 23, 2013, the Monorail will open at 7 AM.

Christmas:

  • On Christmas Eve, the Monorail will close early at 7 PM.
  • On Christmas Day, the Monorail will be closed.

New Year’s Eve:

  • On December 31, 2012, the Monorail will be open until 1 AM
  • ** Due to regulations, Monorail will carry its last passengers from Westlake Center to Seattle Center at approximately 11:15 PM. We will resume service from Seattle Center to Westlake Center once we receive the ‘ALL CLEAR’ from the Fire Marshall (estimated to be 12:20 AM). So, from 11:15 PM to approximately 12:20 AM, the Monorail will not be in service.

New Year’s Day:

  • On Tuesday, January 1, 2013, the Monorail will open from 10 AM to 9 PM
  • Children under 12 can ride for free from 10 AM to noon!
Do I need to purchase tickets in advance for my family?

You do not need to purchase advanced tickets for personal visits. Please purchase your tickets from the Monorail cashier – the cashier will either be inside the ticket booth on the platform or will be on board the train selling tickets – signage on the ticket booth will indicate where you will purchase your ticket! Please make sure your whole group is present as you purchase the ticket because your entire group will then proceed into the loading area to board the train. Advanced prepaid group tickets are available for large groups, conventions and/or organizations.