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Seattle Center Monorail

#21 of 141 Tours in Seattle
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Address: 400 Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98101
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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Cheap, quick and fun!

This is great for families and anyone who wants to head down to the mall and shop a bit after seeing the sites or head to Seattle Center! For just a couple bucks, you get a round... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The folks that executed this dream into reality were way ahead of everyone else. This is a lower tech, easy peasy, comfortable, anti-frill experience. No flashing lights, no digital displays, just a fun trip between the heart of downtown and the Seattle Center. Among the list of MUST SEE, MUST DO items is the Monorail. Put it on your list.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Monorail is just part of the Seattle Center. They also use as a normal public transportation... We used many times to go back to our friends apartment near downtown. It was a great ride. Pietro loved it and he was able to even use the horn. kkkk He really enjoyed and we enjoyed the short ride with a great... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is great for families and anyone who wants to head down to the mall and shop a bit after seeing the sites or head to Seattle Center! For just a couple bucks, you get a round trip ticket and 10 minutes of entertainment! Keep in mind, that this is short ride but it's definitely fun for kids!

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Willemstad, Curacao
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2016

Kinda a tourist trap, although it beats sitting in a cab trying to get from downtown up to the Space Needle. Best part is that they let Patton on.

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New Hope, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2016

Since I stayed downtown the monorail was the easiest way to Seattle Center - it was a quick and easy ride, a blast from the past with its pride in the retro style. And with big windows it offers a nice view as you travel over the streets of Seattle.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016

We decided to take the monorail from the EMP Museuem. It was a short little 5 minute walk. If you walk across from the entry to the monorail you have about 10 or so restaurants. We didn't eat here but it was nice to see a bunch of different places for food. We walked back to the platform and waited... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016

I rode the monorail for maybe the fourth time in the last ten years and it's exactly the same, but it's a fast, fun and cheap way to get around and see some of the major attractions of the city. You're basically going from Westlake Center to Seattle Center or the other way round. Still lots of fun and worth... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016

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 November 27, 2016 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 November 26, 2016

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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