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Seattle Center Monorail

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Address: 400 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101-3625
Phone Number: +1 206-905-2620
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

The Monorail travels directly between Westlake Center (5th and Pine Street)...

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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A dream that failed

The idea of the monorail wasn't a bad idea at that time. But society evolved and unfortunately the monorail dream disappeared. But even though, it's a funny trip from the Space... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Vlad V
Bucharest, Romania

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The idea of the monorail wasn't a bad idea at that time. But society evolved and unfortunately the monorail dream disappeared. But even though, it's a funny trip from the Space Needle to the Westlake Center.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A train above street level. A smart idea implemented 50 years ago and iconic. Move people from downtown to Needle and back in 3 minutes. 2.25 USD for one way ticket. Waiting lines but train leaves many times per hour. It is like a subway train but it comes with a view.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The monorail. Its a tourist trap. You could walk but the monorail is something you don't see everyday. Discovery Park to Pike's place. But you do miss the grit of the city below. My kids did get to honk the horn of the monorail...but you have to sit in the front seat for that privilege.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Parking is always one of the worst parts of visiting a busy city. And using public transit is not always very intuitive. The Seattle Center Monorail creates a nice link between some of the downtown attractions (Pike Place, Seattle Aquarium, Seattle Art Museum) and the Seattle Center area (Space Needle, Chihuly Garden, EMP Museum) and only costs about $4.50 for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Only a short walk from our hotel, the Seattle Center Monorail was a quick & convenient way to get downtown and to the Pike Place Public Market. We caught the monorail at the Space Needle station end, and alit at the other end at the station across from Macy's in the heart of Seattle's downtown, only a short walk to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great way to get from the Space Needle at the Seattle Centre to Pike Place Markets giving you a good view travelling above the city streets. It's a fun ride and easy to use and inexpensive, our Australian senior/pension cards were accepted and gave us $1 each way rides. Very generous.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I wanted to get from the Pike Place area over to the EMP when someone suggested I get the monorail. $4.50 return, it was a quick way to get from the nearby Westlake Centre over to the EMP/Space Needle area. Maybe the us would be cheaper but I'd take this option again over other public transport. Very clean, quick, and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

We took Monorail to reach the end closer to Pike's Place Market. Very is easy to use, with only a single stop at each. It saved us from walking or having to catch a taxi or Uber. Nice city views as it travels along above the crowded streets.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

$4.50 for a round trip to the Westlake Center, it's a nice way to get to the Seattle Center and the Space Needle. It must have seemed utterly modern back in 1962 and even futuristic but they never expanded this concept of the monorail either in Seattle or elsewhere.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

We got caught in heavy rain after lunch at Sky City restaurant and there was the Monorail. Swoosh we were at Westlake and the Link light rail station. $2.25 for adults. $1.00 for seniors. A short ride, but more convenient and cleaner than the buses along Third. There is elevator access.

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