Update 10/7: The Mercer St. Exit (167) is OPEN for GeekGirlCon. SDOT changed their minds! Wacky SDOT.
GeekGirlCon 2011 takes place at the Seattle Center Northwest Rooms and the EMP Museum, which are housed at the Seattle Center (305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109) under the shadow of the Space Needle. Our hotels are the Inn at Queen Anne (505 First Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109) and MarQueen Hotel (600 Queen Anne Ave North, Seattle, WA 98109). All locations are walkable from each other, have easy access to and from I-5, and are right along Seattle’s public transportation routes. Whether you’re arriving by car, plane, or train, GeekGirlCon is easy to get to.
Whether you’re coming in from the North or the South via car down I-5, you’ll take exit 167 (for Mercer St.) toward the Seattle Center.
Merge right and turn right onto Fairview Ave N. Turn left at Valley St. Take a slight left onto Broad St. Turn right onto Denny Way. Take third right onto 1st Ave N. The Northwest Rooms (the back of them) are at 1st Ave N & Republican St.
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, 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 Link Light Rail service runs from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Monday through Saturday and 6 a.m to midnight on Sundays. Trains arrive and depart every 7 1/2 to 15 minutes, depending on the time of day. It will cost $2.75.
Ride the Link Light Rail all the way to the end, the Westlake Station, located at 4th Avenue and Pine Street in Seattle. Then head up to street-level to either catch the monorail or a bus to your final destination.
To catch the Seattle Center Monorail, go to the Westlake Center Mall Station inside Westlake Center at Fifth Avenue and Pine Street. The Monorail departs approximately every 10 minutes and costs $2 one-way for adults. It operates Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 11:00pm and Saturday and Sunday from 8:30am to 11:00pm.
To catch a Bus, use the King County Metro Trip Planner and plan your bus trip from 4th Ave and Pine St to GeekGirlCon. There are many bus options, and it’s best to check the trip planner for the optimum bus ride. If you have a smart phone, you can also download and use the One Bus Away app, which has route planning and real time transit information for the Puget Sound area. Buses cost $2.25-$2.50 for one adult.
If arriving by Amtrak, you will be at the King Street Station (303 South Jackson Street, Seattle). From there, you can catch a bus. Use the King County Metro Trip Planner and plan your bus trip from the King Street Station to GeekGirlCon. There are many bus options, and it’s best to check the trip planner for the optimum bus ride. If you have a smart phone, you can also download and use the One Bus Away app, which has route planning and real time transit information for the Puget Sound area. Buses cost $2.25-$2.50 for one adult.
If you have any questions about the best way for you and your party to arrive at GeekGirlCon, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.