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Old 12-12-2012, 12:16 PM
 
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My 12 year old daughter and I are contemplating taking the Amtrak from Eugene to Seattle for a day trip to see the King Tut exhibit at the Pacific Science Center. How easy is it to get from the Amtrak station to the Science Center and about how long does it take? Our proposed plan, take 5:30am train to Seattle that gets there at noon, get to PacSci and view the exhibit, maybe grab a bite to eat, leave on 5:30pm train back. Does this sound doable? Thank you!
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Old 12-12-2012, 12:28 PM
 
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You have a couple of options. If the weather is nice, I'd take Link light rail from International District (next to king st station) to Westlake center, then walk the 12 blocks or so up 4th to the science center. I'd give myself maybe 45 minutes to do that. If that's too long, take a cab from king st. If the weather is bad, take the cab from Westlake center.

I'd think Metro has a bus running that route as well, but I can't say I've used it.

Here's the trip planner for either:

http://www.soundtransit.org/Trip-Planner
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Old 12-12-2012, 01:51 PM
 
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Also consider jumping on any bus or light rail train (Link as mentioned in the post above) going through the downtown transit tunnel at the International District Station which is adjacent to the Amtrak station. Get off at the Westlake Station and go upstairs to catch the monorail to the Seattle Center.

It takes approximately 7-minutes to go from the International District Station to the Westlake Station on the Link. The monorail to the Seattle Center takes approximately 2-minutes to go the one mile.

The wait times for both the Link and the monorail should be very short as both run very frequently during the time frame that your are referencing.

Here's some more links that should help you plan:

Seattle Downtown Transit Tunnel

Monorail

If you can't figure out the fare information, post again and I'm sure somebody can help you with it here.
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Old 12-12-2012, 02:09 PM
 
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If you can't figure out the fare information, post again and I'm sure somebody can help you with it here.
Sound Transit Link Light Rail fare matrix

Link ticket purchasing procedure:

"You can buy Link tickets from the ticket vending machine with cash or a credit card."

Adult round trip on Link: 2.00 + 2.00 = $4.00 --Child round trip on Link: 1.25 + 1.25 = $2.50



Monorail Fare

Adult round trip on the monorail: 2.25 + 2.25 = $4.50 --Child round trip on monorail: 1.00 + 1.00 = $2.00
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Old 12-12-2012, 02:21 PM
 
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Haha, I totally forgot the monorail runs to Westlake. Obvious.
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:34 PM
 
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That would make for a very long and tiring day (and cause crankiness?). Do you not want to stay overnight and have more time to "relax" (and maybe do some shopping or visit other fun places in downtown)? You are probably aware, but best to get tickets ahead of time--and I think they are set for a certain entry time.
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:46 PM
 
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I thought of that too, Brookdale46. Very good point.

Yes, is there anyway you can stay the night? Admission to the King Tut exhibit also entitles you to admission to all other Pacific Science Center exhibits so there's a lot to see that your daughter may be interested in.

Also, if you're planning on coming during the holiday season (or before January 6th), Winterfest is going on also at the Center House located near the Science Center on the Seattle Center grounds along with other activities downtown at Westlake Center and Pike Place Market that both you and your daughter might also enjoy.
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:14 PM
 
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For all that traveling you should stay the night. You could get tickets to Elf at the 5th Ave Theatre Official Website of The 5th Avenue Theatre
or ride the Christmas ships 2012 Seattle Christmas Ship Festival Schedule : Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship
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Old 12-13-2012, 11:30 AM
 
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Here's a useful link for planning public transit in town: Rider Tools - King County Metro Transit

but basically depending on time the most direct way (not necessarily most scenic) to get there would be to hop on a bus like the 33.
Ben
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Old 12-13-2012, 11:44 AM
 
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I still think the monorail would be a better choice for an out-of-towner who may be unfamiliar with the bus system. Taking Metro through the tunnel might be okay but still would probably be easier to take Link for those unfamiliar with bus numbers.

I'm not suggesting taking business away from Metro, however, but just thinking in terms for somebody that's not familiar with the system and where time is important.
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