A little pre-trip research is never a bad idea, so we’ve taken it upon ourselves to curate the essentials for getting there and back. It doesn’t take long to be in the know before travelling to Seattle, which is, of course, the best way to be. Here are our top tips…
Best Time of Year to Go
While almost all of Seattle’s most popular activities are available all year round, June through September have the best weather to enjoy them. November through April have the highest rainfall, but Seattle’s urban attractions still offer great enjoyment at this time, and you will also avoid the crowds. Our favourite time to visit is August and September, with warm weather often extending into an Indian summer.
Flying from the UK you will arrive in Seattle in just under ten hours, depending on who you choose to fly with. Delta Airlines has daily non-stop flights between London and Seattle. British Airways flies directly to Seattle ten times a week, with two flights on a Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. During daytime flights views are stunning. You will fly over amazing mountains and ocean scenes, including Lake Washington, with the volcanic Mount Rainer beyond, as well as Puget Sound and the Cascade and Olympic Mountains.
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is only 13km south of the city centre. Whatever hotel you choose to stay in, we can arrange an easy and comfortable transfer, or there is a fast and efficient rail service. We can also provide a driver or hire a car for you, which can be one of the best ways to get around the city, with most places offering easy parking.
However, when visiting such an environmentally friendly city, public transport is often the easiest and most rewarding way of touring. City buses, many of which are electric, travel to all corners of the city and are easily accessible.
There is also a water taxi service across Seattle’s Elliott Bay, between Pier 50 and Seacrest Dock in West Seattle, which takes only ten minutes. The Seattle Centre Monorail is particularly impressive, zipping passengers between downtown Seattle and the Seattle Centre in just a few minutes.