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Seattle Center Monorail

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Address: 400 Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98101
Phone Number: 206 905 2620
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7:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:30 am - 11:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes
Description: The Monorail travels directly between Westlake Center (5th and Pine...
The Monorail travels directly between Westlake Center (5th and Pine Street) and Seattle Center (adjacent to Space Needle and Experience Music Project). It is America's first full-scale commercial monorail system. The Monorail departs approximately every 10 minutes. Ticket fares are as follows (cash only, no ORCA Cards please): Adults: $2.25/one-way, Youth (ages 5-12): $1.00/one-way, Reduced Rate (Seniors 65+, Disabled, Persons with Medicare Card, Active Duty U.S. Military Personnel): $1.00/one-way. Roundtrip is twice the price of a one-way. Children 4 & under ride FREE!
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Quick & Fun

This is a quick and fun ride to get from the Seattle Center to Westlake Mall downtown. The monorail cars are clean and well lit. It is also a great historical aspect of Seattle.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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Orange County, CA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

I used to live in Seattle about 15 years ago, so I had been on the monorail many times. I still think it is fun just to ride and seriously, not that expensive. However, when I visited recently, my friend told me about the light rail from SeaTac airport. My hotel was a couple blocks from Seattle Center and I... More 

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San Jose, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

The silliest thing we did while in Seattle was taking the monorail from City Center Plaza to West Lake. The trip takes all of 3 minutes. The cost: $2.50, which is crazy. Do stupid tourists actually pay good money for this ride? Yep, we do, but we can at least warn others not to bother. Walk the few blocks and... More 

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Denver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

The first time I rode the monorail was at the Seattle World's Fair in 1962. I had not used it on many trips to Seattle till this trip. It provided easy access to the Seattle Art Museum, Pike Place Market, etc... Since there is only one stop you can't get lost! It was fun to take the monorail once again!

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Olympia, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

This is a quick and fun ride to get from the Seattle Center to Westlake Mall downtown. The monorail cars are clean and well lit. It is also a great historical aspect of Seattle.

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Oregon
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71 reviews 71 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

It is a necessary part of the Seattle experience. Once you have done it you may not need to do it again. The monorail is old and not terribly exciting and the round trip is only 4.50 The trip is like a mile long. West Lake to City Center Plaza (right under the Space Needle) The starting point is near... More 

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Camano Island, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Seems how it was the first one built in America we had to ride it. Short and sweet but seems how the food court at the Seattle science center was packed we decided to ride the monorail to find food on the other side. So glad we did the food was great but the view was better. So interesting to... More 

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

The Seattle Monorail is very cool. It was both mine and my husband's first time on a monorail and I was a bit nervous, but he explained it was one of the safest forms of travel. They only accept cash, so make sure you have that before getting on. I suggest stopping by a bank ATM because the food court... More 

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Glennallen, Alaska
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We spent a very full day of sight-seeing in Seattle, including the Space Needle, which we arrived to at dusk. Had we not been so busy throughout the whole day, we would have just walked to the Space Needle. Obviously both the Space Needle and the Monorail are left over from the 1962 World's Fair, and I assume that the... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

The monorail travels from downtown Seattle to the Space Needle and several other attractions in the area. It has only one stop and the ride is about 2 minutes in length. It is a good way to get from downtown to these attractions and the price is reasonable. You will need cash though as they do not take debit/credit cards.... More 

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Spokane, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

I was fortunate enough to have a weekend unlimited use pass and I couldn't of been more excited to use this as my main for of transportation. I was like Forrest Gump at the White House with the Dr. Pepper. I must have gone back and forth 20 times.

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