King Street Station

King Street Station, Seattle: Address, Phone Number, King Street Station Reviews: 4/5

King Street Station
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Very good

Tacoma, WA2,901 contributions
Aug 2020
This is a nice classic station that was recently remodeled so that you can appreciate the architecture. However, most people go to train stations to catch a train. The Amtrak agents were nice and friendly, but when asked where the coffee stand or newspaper stand is, they can only shrug because there aren't any. There are only bathrooms and benches. Even at the entrance, you won't find a small shop selling things that travelers might need.
Written August 9, 2020
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Gina P
Seattle, WA29 contributions
Jan 2017 • Solo
Always well lit & clean with gorgeous interiors and very helpful staff. It has an unusual set-up, as there are actually 2 street level entrances. One is on the ground level accessed by a turn off 2nd AV S, adjacent to Centurylink Field's parking lot. It has a drop off & pick up point as well as some limited parking and is considered the front door. Also there is a street level entry on its second floor across a pebble courtyard off S. Jackson St. which is the easiest if you are coming in via bus or light rail to International Station. You can also take Weller Street Walk between the buildings at Intl. Station to a road crossing, over a bridge and use either the elevator or steps to access the same parking lot level. There are no lockers at this station so you will have to take luggage with you if you are taking a walk about for a layover.
Be Aware of the Limited Food Options!! No restaurant in this station!
There is only one tiny snack wagon for food at King Station! However, if you are coming in from any of the International Station options or if you are a local have your ride drop you there on 5TH because then you can stop there & get provisions!
Above and around the block however International Station has multiple food options including a Starbucks, Tully's, Specialty Cafe & Bakery as well as Uwajimaya a fabulous Asian Grocery & more store across 5Th AV. South.
King St Station has stunning white mosaic and marble tiles, gorgeous light with sparkles of gold & massive windows. Original gorgeous old fashioned massive wooden benches, antique fixtures and clocks, during the holidays smartly decorated and some extra seating in the corners. There are drink and snack machines, bathrooms, security & a walk up counter during their hours.
Enjoy your wait & listen for your All Aboard!
Written March 25, 2017
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Alice C
Brooklyn, NY45 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
My husband and I have spent a week in Seattle. We have reserved online tic Amtrak train from Seattle to Vancouver, instead of flying. Ticket was coach class at $75 each (I only bought a week in advance). We arrived the King Street station at 6:30 am for the 7:45 am train. There was a short line to check luggage, it’s free but maximum 50 pounds each. Then, we lined up at the Seat Assignment (Vancouver Canada) booth. There were two people working on assigning seats and it was all manual with a sticker. Line moved quickly. We were all done in half an hour, then we waited in the pretty station for boarding. Train departed on time sharp, it’s 90% full. We have the left side window seats in car #9. Train was little old. There’s electrical charger and WiFi but very slow. Temperature inside train was little chill. Washroom in each car but turned dirty. Bistro car at the end, price was not cheap. Scenery was beautiful. The train run slow with a few stops. Also it had made a long pause (15 minutes) to match a meeting point with the other train from Vancouver. It took about 5 hours to arrive the PAC. Then, we have to wait for luggage to be manually loaded on the platform before we were allowed to get off the train by each car. We picked up our luggage and lined up for the Canada Immigration counter. No security check for luggage nor individuals at all. Waiting time to get through the Immigration was about 20 minutes. At the PAC, there’s ATM and currency exchange counter. Walking distance to Skytrain, and taxi booth. Overall, the train ride was good, more comfortable than the flight, but slow and expect delays.
Written July 23, 2018
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Seattle, WA29 contributions
Mar 2015 • Family
We traveled from the Mt Vernon area to visit the Seattle Convention Center for ComicCon this March, and decided to try the train instead of our vehicle, to avoid the parking and traffic hassles. Our first impression of the King Street Station was spectacular -- on our sunny day the light streamed into the high windows and lit the pillars, ceiling embossing, and raised carvings. We felt like we had moved into another century! Even the kids were impressed. The last time I had visited they were still renovating, and after seeing the final product, I was delighted. The whole feel of the station was changed.

Sadly, Amtrak ran 30 minutes late to Seattle, and almost 1 hour late on the return trip - which is probably not entirely their fault as they had to wait for freight trains, but was disappointing. For them to be a real transportation resource, they really have to work on their schedule so it is accurate.

PROS: The station is very clean, beautiful, and safe. Bathrooms are easily located and decent in size. The personnel are helpful and try their best to work with your needs. The trains are fun to ride on, especially the newer ones, and not driving was wonderful! Easy walk to local bus stations - directions via Google Maps or other mapping program should give you options about where to go to catch the right bus. Also is in walking distance to many attractions, but most will involve walking up or down hills. Taxis were available outside the train station. Don't forget to factor in bus fares to your trip -- easily found online -- they were $2.50 for adults and $1.25 for youths 18 and younger at the time I was here - payable in exact change.

CONS: No food in station, although this wasn't really something that mattered. The train doesn't stop long enough to allow through passengers to get off to eat, and there are plenty of restaurants within an easy walk of the station. The high ceilings and marble floor make it very difficult to understand announcements made by the train personnel at times. Lots of echoes! Trains run consistently late so make sure you have something to read or do while waiting at the station.

BOTTOM LINE: As far as visiting the station - if you were near it but not riding the train, I think you could see it in 15 minutes or less. It is beautiful, but unless you are interested in architecture or historical buildings I probably wouldn't make a point of including it on a Seattle tour. However, it is a impressive place to see before / after a train trip, and is located very nicely to provide a jumping off point to explore Seattle . . .
Written March 28, 2015
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Alec D
Seattle, WA2,743 contributions
Apr 2019 • Solo
Other then taking the train and loving old, restored building I wouldn't make a special trip. But if you do like old buildings then it is worth a visit.
Written April 14, 2019
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Raquel A
Arizona154 contributions
Jun 2014 • Family
We recently took the Amtrak from Seattle to Vancouver and back again. It was fairly convenient going out, as we were staying nearby. But coming back, we were rather disappointed. Our train arrived in after 10pm at night. This is a regularly scheduled train. We, along with a few other people, including a single mother with a young child who was barely awake, were planning to take the Light Rail from King Street area to the airport as we all had hotels near SeaTac. It was advertised as being convenient, but when we arrived, we were told that the elevators were shut down at 8pm because the building is owned by the city an they shut them down at 8pm. This was in no way convenient as we then all had to drag our suitcases up the stairs to the street level where the Light Rail station is located. I'm also not sure how this is allowed with ADA laws. What if there was a handicapped person trying to reach that street level? They would have been stuck because the elevators were shut down. I was also very disappointed that the baggage handlers did not offer any assistance to the mother who had 2 large suitcases and a small child to deal with at that late hour. I'm just glad that my husband and I were there so we could offer some assistance. I think the city of Seattle really needs to rethink shutting the elevators down when they know more trains will be arriving after 8pm.
Written June 16, 2014
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St. Augustine, FL145 contributions
Jun 2019
Nice old/classic train station - like the ones you don't find anymore!! Intricate ceiling moldings that are well preserved. Not much in the way of amenities - only food/refreshments was a food truck parked outside the terminal. Very efficient operation. Got there about 1 hour prior to departure, Checked luggage and waited for our on time departure. Conductors were all friendly and funny as they talked about the area the train was passing through. Food on the train was ok - basic coffee shop type fare. Arrived about 30 minutes early and luggage was offloaded and waiting. Scenery on the trip was nice as we relaxed and watched the world go by. Overall a very pleasant experience.
Written June 29, 2019
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Rancho Cordova, CA173 contributions
Aug 2018
We took the Amtrak train from the King Street Station to Leavenworth, WA. Pleasant ride along Puget Sound and as we got into the Cascades, the sun was setting. We rode through several dark tunnels and at one point had to give the right of way to a freight train. The trip was really nice.
Written August 12, 2018
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Matthew F
Seattle, Washington32 contributions
Nov 2017 • Friends
Whether you're picking somebody up at King Street or dropping them off, King Street Station is breathtakingly beautiful inside and I'd recommend finding a parking spot so that you can experience it for yourself. The original Terrazzo floors were restored, carved plaster moldings and stunning brass chandeliers grace the cathedral-like ceilings and the tilework throughout is timeless. Back in the 1960s, somebody had the horrid idea that they should install drop ceilings and sheetrock to cover up the carved plaster, balconies and brass chandeliers. Thankfully in the early 2000s, the City of Seattle decided to renovate the deteriorating building and bring it back to as near its original glory as possible and for that, the passengers and citizens of Seattle are eternally grateful!
Written July 9, 2018
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Saint Peters, MO62 contributions
Jul 2016 • Family
We took the train from Seattle to Vancouver and boarded here. This station is well kept and the staff was so helpful. We were traveling with a family member in a wheel chair and they took great care of us, getting us to the front of line and helping make sure we were on board and comfortable.
Written August 5, 2016
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