Back to Blog

Pike Place Market Blog

Blog Search: Plan Your Visit

You'll still be able to get to Pike Place Market as we say goodbye to the Alaskan Way Viaduct. 

The permanent closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct will change the way many people get to downtown Seattle. But fear not, you'll still be able to get to Pike Place Market for all your favorite eating, drinking, shopping and exploring.

Whether you are coming from the North, South, East or West, you may need to take a different route to get to the Market. Below are driving directions that take you to the Market's parking garages at 1531 Western Avenue and 1901 Western Avenue. Rates begin at $4 an hour. Don't have a car? Don't worry, we have public transportation options below for you.   

(Get travel times before you head out with WSDOT's live travel times page)

 

Coming from the North:

 

Via I-5 North:

Driving: Take the Madison Street exit, #164 and turn left. Follow Madison Street to Western Avenue. Turn right onto Western Avenue. Follow Western Avenue for five blocks. The entrance to the Market Parking Garage is on the left side of the street. 

 

Via SR 99:

Driving: State Route 99 will be closed at the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel to avoid traffic drivers might want to get off SR 99 before Mercer Street in South Lake Union. Both directions of Aurora Avenue N will be reduced to one lane at Roy Street through Thomas Street, as WSDOT contractors work to connect SR 99 to the new tunnel.

Drivers can then use city streets and work their way to 15th Avenue W.

15th Avenue W turns into Elliott Avenue W. Once in downtown Seattle, Elliott Avenue turns into Western Avenue. The entrance to the Market Parking Garage is on the right side of the street. 

Option 2: If drivers choose to stay on SR 99 southbound the last exit before the closure is Western Avenue at the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel. That is detailed in the image below. (Click to enlarge)

Upon exiting drivers will contiune on to Battery Street. Make a left on to Elliott Avenue. Elliott Avenue turns into Western Avenue. The entrance to the Market Parking Garage is on the right side of the street. 

(Photo via WSDOT)

 

Via Public Transportation:

Public transportation including the Sound Transit Light Rail, Sounder Trains or Amtrak may provide a more efficient route. Many Metro bus routes will drop riders off near the Market on First Avenue or Pine Street. And the Westlake Sound Transit Link Light Rail station is located only four blocks from the Market.

New to public transportation? Take advantage of King County Metro's new Trip Planner.

 


 

Coming from the South:

 

Via I-5 South:

Driving: Take the Denny Way/Stewart Street exit, #166. Follow Stewart Street to First Avenue. Turn right onto First Avenue. Two blocks north, turn left onto Lenora Street. Turn left onto Western Avenue. Follow Western Avenue for three blocks (passing Victor Steinbrueck Park on your right). The entrance to the Public Market Parking Garage is on the right side of the street.

 

Via SR 99:

Driving: Beginning Friday, January 11 at 10 p.m., State Route 99 will be closed at South Spokane Street. Drivers coming from the south will be diverted on to 4th Avenue. Continue on to 4th Avenue until Madison Street. Take a left on to Madison Street. Travel 4 blocks. Take a right at Western Avenue. The entrance to the Market Parking Garage is on the left side of the street.

 

Via Public Transportation:

Public transportation including the Sound Transit Light Rail, Sounder Trains or Amtrak may provide a more efficient route. Many Metro bus routes will drop riders off near the Market on First Avenue or Pine Street. And the Westlake Sound Transit Link Light Rail station is located only four blocks from the Market.

New to public transportation? Take advantage of King County Metro's new Trip Planner.

 


 

Coming from the East:

 

Via I-90:

Driving: Use the right two lanes to take exit 2C from I-5 N toward Vancouver B.C. Keep right, follow signs for Madison St/Convention Pl and merge onto 7th Avenue. Take a left on to Madison Street. In seven blocks take a right on to Western Avenue. The entrance to the Market Parking Garage is on the left side of the street. 

 

Via Public Transportation:

Public transportation including the Sound Transit Light Rail, Sounder Trains or Amtrak may provide a more efficient route. Many Metro bus routes will drop riders off near the Market on First Avenue or Pine Street. And the Westlake Sound Transit Link Light Rail station is located only four blocks from the Market.

New to public transportation? Take advantage of King County Metro's new Trip Planner.

 


 

Coming from the West:

 

Via West Seattle Bridge:

Driving: Using the West Seattle Bridge to get to downtown Seattle will be diverted to 4th Avenue S. Continue on to 4th Avenue until Madison Street. Take a right. Travel 4 blocks. Take a right at Western Avenue. The entrance to the Market Parking Garage is on the left side of the street.

 

Via Public Transportation:

Via King County Water Taxi:

Leave Colman Dock and walk toward Marion Street. Take a right on Marion Street. Left on 1st Avenue. Walk along 1st Avenue for six blocks until you reach Pike Street. Pike Place Market is on the left. See full schedule

The King County Water Taxi will add the 245-passenger San Juan Clipper on its West Seattle-to-downtown route, to join the 278-passenger Doc Maynard, from Jan. 14 to March 27.  It's expected to set sail every 15 or 20 minutes. Basic fare is $5 each way with an adult ORCA card.

Via bus or train:

Public transportation including the Sound Transit Light Rail, Sounder Trains or Amtrak may provide a more efficient route. Many Metro bus routes will drop riders off near the Market on First Avenue or Pine Street. And the Westlake Sound Transit Link Light Rail station is located only four blocks from the Market.

New to public transportation? Take advantage of King County Metro's new Trip Planner.

 

 

Public Transportation

 

Pike Place Market is easily accessible by public transport from Sea-Tac Airport and surrounding Seattle neighborhoods.

Many Metro bus routes will drop riders off near the Market on First Avenue or Pine Street. And the Westlake Sound Transit Link Light Rail station is located only four blocks away from the Market.

For detailed schedule information and round-trip planning from your home, call Metro Rider Information at 206.553.3000 or visit metro.kingcounty.gov. 

Happy Earth Day! Everyone knows Seattle is all about being green and to show our support we decided to let you in on a little secret. Pike Place Market has reserved parking just for electric vehicles (EVs)! Easily identified by green paint outlining the space, are nine parking spaces reserved for EVs, located in the MarketFront Parking Garage located at 1901 Western Ave. Need to charge your car? No problem. Each parking spot has access to a charging station that cost $1 per hour to use in addition to the hourly cost of parking. 

For those that don't have electric cars, there are more than 200 parking spaces available in the Market's parking garages. Park before 9 a.m. and get Early Bird parking for $15! For more information on parking at the Market visit pikeplacemarket.org/public-market-garage.

Incredible Instagram Photos from 2017

Posted December 15, 2017

Pike Place Market was recently crowned 2017's most-Instagrammed location in Washington state, and for good reason! There's no shortage of beautiful, vibrant, interesting things to capture throughout our 9-acre neighborhood. Here's a roundup of 17 of our favorite shots captured by locals and visitors throughout the year.

 

A post shared by Fabs (@sassyfabs) on

 

Read More

If we added up all the hours we have spent at Pike Place Market, it would probably amount to years of time. But what do you do if you don't have unlimited hours to explore this epic hub of shopping, dining, and entertainment? Well, the answer is you cram in as much stuff as possible – especially eating – because this is a place you don’t want to just skim through. It's the heart of Seattle, and it has a crazy amount to offer to tourists and locals. Here are our recommendations for absolutely slaying your way through 24 hours at Pike Place Market.

 

8 a.m. – Get going with Storyville Coffee

Storyville Coffee is located on the upper level of the Corner Market Building and has one of the best views of the iconic red “Public Market” sign hanging over the main entrance to Pike Place Market. Their coffee shop is comfy and inviting, full of great lighting and warm décor, a perfect place to ramp up for the day with one of their many delicious coffees.

Read More

Neon Signs at Pike Place Market

Posted February 9, 2017

Neon signage has contributed to the Market’s iconic look since the 1920s. In addition to the Public Market sign at Pike and Pine by architect Andrew Willatsen (1935), dozens of business signs keep this tradition alive today.

This short video montage of neon from around Pike Place Market will surely brighten your day!

The Market's maze-like Lower Levels are full of wonders around every corner—specialty shops with rare collectibles, secondhand curios, and handmade art from around the world—just waiting to be discovered by locals and visitors alike. Enter Sarah Miller and Kristina Knaus, the dynamic PNW blogger duo that makes up Rain or Shine Guides! These two curious Seattleites explored "down under" to share some of their favorite shops and discoveries.

Read More