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How to Get Around Seattle Without Driving

Being such a large city well populated with people, it is imperative to find transportation services to make it around the Seattle area. Taxis, buses, senior transportation services and more exist to provide all residents of Seattle with a way to get around when needed. Utilize one or all of these services when you do not have a vehicle yourself and need to make your way from one end of town to the other.

Metro Transit

King County’s Metro Transit provides various transportation options. You can use the standard bus services or explore rail travel, bike travel, rideshare, and water taxi service. Most bus services connect to these other options so you can start out riding one and end up on another before you make your final destination. Over 200 routes make their way through the Seattle area.


Metro's Demand Area Response Transit operates on a fixed schedule, although buses will go off-route to pick up or drop off in a particular area. These buses come wheelchair-accessible and also have bicycle racks available. West Seattle Routes 773 and 775 are some of the most common, but other route options exist anywhere between Federal Way, North Auburn, Kent East Hill and Redmond.

Taxi Service

Taxis sometimes prove more costly than bus systems, but they are still an available option in Seattle if you need them. OnCabs Seattle is one of the primary options, allowing you to book a cab right at the time you require services. Call (206) 866-2300 to book a taxi or use their website to make your specifications about service, including the pick-up location, final destination, and whether you need it now or later. The Orange Cab Company is another option. Call the Seattle office at (206)522-8800 to schedule a ride.

Senior Transportation

Seniors, in particular, can get transportation from home health aides and other services when they need to make it to medical appointments or run necessary errands. Vets-go is a service especially for senior veterans to find transportation options in the city of Seattle. Use their website to select your trip’s origin, indicate any accessibility needs, such as a wheelchair walker, and select if it is for a medical trip or otherwise. Various options show up once you click, “Find a Ride.”

Getting Help Finding a Ride

King County 211 helps you find any information you need pertaining to the city, including rides. Dial 2-1-1 and ask the operator about ride share programs available, senior transportation options, or any other drivers who may be able to help you get from point A to point B. You can even perform a search online to get results faster. Select your city and zip code and enter your search term, "transportation." The site provides you with more than 100 matching results.

You may also contact your local Aging and Disability Services. Contact the Seattle and King County Area Agency on Aging at 206-684-0660 to discuss transportation assistance. They will get you set up with the appropriate services.

Learn more about Seattle Senior Services here:

Seattle Concierge Services

Seattle Rehab Centers

Seattle Senior Centers

Seattle Volunteer Opportunities for Seniors

Seattle Hospitals

Things to Do in Seattle

Senior-Friendly Workplaces in Seattle

Seattle Veterans Support Groups

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