Directions to GeekGirlCon ‘13

GeekGirlCon ‘13 takes place at The Conference Center, located at 8th and Pike in downtown Seattle, WA, right across the street from the Washington State Convention Center.


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Whether you’re arriving by plane, train, or automobile, GeekGirlCon ‘13 is easy to find!

By Public Transportation

The Conference Center is located centrally in downtown Seattle and easily accessible to many different bus stops and all routes coming to and from Seattle.

The 8th and Pike location is also located near two Seattle Transit Tunnel stops, Westlake Station and Convention Place Station. From Convention Place Station (pdf station map), exit onto Pine Street and walk one block to 8th Avenue, take a left and walk one block to Pike Street. The Conference Center will be on your left. From Westlake Station (pdf station map): Exit to 5th Avenue and Pine. From Pine Street, walk to 5th Avenue. Walk one block South on 5th Avenue to Pike Street. Take a left and walk East for three blocks under the first skybridge. The Conference Center will be on your left at 8th and Pike.

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You can use the King County Metro Trip Planner or Sound Transit Trip Planner to plan your bus trip to GeekGirlCon ‘12. There are many bus options, and it’s best to check the trip planner for the optimal bus ride.

The One Bus Away website has a mobile version as well as apps for iPhone, Android, and W7. It provides route planning and real time transit information for the Puget Sound area. Metro bus fares range from $2.25 to $3.00 for adults, $1.25 for youth 6-18, $.75 for seniors, and free for kids under 6 (with adult), though you should check the fare schedule for full details. Sound Transit fares range from $2.50 to $3.50 on the ST Express and $2.00 to $2.75 for the Central Link light rail.

Ride Free Zone: Transit is free in downtown Seattle between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily.

By Train

If arriving by Amtrak, you will be at the King Street Station (303 South Jackson Street). From there, you can easily cross the tracks to the International District Station (pdf station map) in the Seattle Transit Tunnel.

You can also use the King County Metro Trip Planner or Sound Transit Trip Planner and plan your bus trip from the King Street Station to GeekGirlCon ‘12. There are many bus options, and it’s best to check the trip planner for the optimal bus ride. The One Bus Away website has a mobile version as well as apps for iPhone, Android, and W7. It provides route planning and real time transit information for the Puget Sound area. Metro bus fares range from $2.25 to $3.00 for adults, $1.25 for youth 6-18, $.75 for seniors, and free for kids under 6 (with adult), though you should check the fare schedule for full details. Sound Transit fares range from $2.50 to $3.50 on the ST Express, $2.00 to $2.75 for the Central Link light rail, and $1.50 to $4.75 for Sounder trains from Tacoma or Everett.

Ride Free Zone: Transit is free in downtown Seattle between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily.

By Car

The Conference Center can be found using the driving directions for the Washington State Convention Center, which includes two handy videos from I-5 South or I-5 North.

Parking lots are plentiful in the area, including the one in the Convention Center. However, they are expensive and can range from $10 to $40 for a day. See the bus or train options above for great and easy ways to get to GeekGirlCon ‘12

From I-5 Southbound
to Convention Center Garage (one parking option)
(Primary Entrance on 8th Avenue)


From I-5 Northbound
and I-90 Westbound
to Convention Center Garage (one parking option)
(Primary Entrance on 8th Avenue)


Printable PDF map from WSCTC.

From Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

While you can certainly opt to take a taxi, shuttle, or limo or rent a car from the airport to GeekGirlCon (direct them to the Washington State Convention Center downtown — we are right across the street — or 8th and Pike downtown Seattle), we suggest using Seattle’s public transportation, specifically the Link Light Rail.

The Link Light Rail is located on the fourth floor of the Airport Garage. Trains arrive and depart on the platform level of the station. The covered, level walkway to the Airport Terminal is one level down on the mezzanine. The trip from the airport to downtown seattle takes around 40 minutes.

The Link Light Rail service runs from 5 a.m. to 12 a.m. on Monday through Saturday and 6 a.m to 11 p.m. on Sundays. Trains arrive and depart every 7 1/2 to 15 minutes, depending on the time of day. The Link Light Rail fare from the airport to downtown will cost $2.75 for adults, $1.25 for youth.

Link for image: http://www.soundtransit.org/Rider-Guide/Popular-destinations/Airport-service.xml

Ride the Link Light Rail all the way to the end, the Westlake Station, one of the Seattle Transit Tunnel stations, located at 4th Avenue and Pine Street in Seattle. You can take a short 4-5 block walk from the Westlake Station or transfer to a bus for one stop closer to the Conference Center and take a 2 block walk from the Convention Place Station.

From Westlake Station (pdf station map): Exit to 5th Avenue and Pine. From Pine Street, walk to 5th Avenue. Walk one block South on 5th Avenue to Pike Street. Take a left and walk East for three blocks under the first skybridge. The Conference Center will be on your left at 8th and Pike.


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To continue to Convention Place Station, catch any bus from the same platform you stepped out on and get off at the very next (and last tunnel stop) station, Convention Place.

From Convention Place Station (pdf station map), exit onto Pine Street and walk one block to 8th Avenue, take a left and walk one block to Pike Street. The Conference Center will be on your left.


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Ride Free Zone: Transit is free in downtown Seattle between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily.

 

Questions?

If you have any questions about the best way for you and your party to arrive at GeekGirlCon ‘13, please contact info@geekgirlcon.com.

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