Local and Regional Travel

Western Washington University is located in Bellingham, WA, 90 miles north of Seattle and 50 miles south of Vancouver, B.C.

 

Local Travel

WTA Bus

Whatcom Transit Authority (WTA) is a county-wide transit system that provides frequent daily service to Western's Campus.

WTA travels as far north as Blaine, and south to Mt. Vernon, connecting with other transit agencies and transportation modes.

Visit www.ridewta.com or call 360-676-7433 for full details.

You may also Contact our office for assistance.

For more information about routes through campus or tips on how to ride the bus, click here.

 

Bellingham International Airport

Bellingham Airport is 7.5 miles from Western's campus.

There is no direct bus or shuttle service between the Western campus and the Airport.

Taxis are numerous.

WTA bus Route 3 travels from the downtown bus station, or Cordata bus station, on Airport Way to W. Bakerview, .5 mile from the Airport Lobby.

WTA bus Route 50 travels from the downtown bus station to Airport Drive, about .8 mile from the Airport Lobby.

 

Taxi

Bellingham has many taxi companies to choose from, and Uber, to meet a wide variety of needs.

 

Walk

WWU campus is located within a mile of the Bellingham Central Business District, surrounded by residential neighborhoods, with access to an urban trail network.

For trips of less than a mile, walking from door to door is usually just as fast as driving, parking and walking.

Click here for more information related to walking.

Cycle

Please click here for cycling information.

Lincoln Creek Park and Ride

The Lincoln Creek Transportation Center (LCTC) is a university owned Park & Ride lot on Lincoln St., east of I-5, just north of exit 252. Map

A permit is required to park at LCPR.

The WTA bus provides daily service from LCTC to WWU.

The WWU Student Late Night shuttle also serves LCTC when WWU is in session (the shuttle does not operate summer quarter).

Car

When approaching Bellingham from the north or south on Interstate 5, take Exit #252, marked Samish Way and WWU. Turn west onto Samish Way and follow the signs to Bill McDonald Parkway and the University campus.

Parking on campus is limited especially on weekdays, and permits are required for parking in all lots at all times. Accessible parking for persons with disabilities is always available.

For parking information, call (360) 650-2945 or visit the Parking Services website or Visitor Page.

Baker Bus (Mt. Baker)

The Baker Bus is a private company that can help students get to the Mt. Baker ski area without the use of their own car.

 

 

 

Regional Travel

Trip Plans

County Connector

The County Connector is a series of buses that are timed for travel between counties and transit agencies. These include:

80x (Bellingham - Mount Vernon)

90X (Mount Vernon - Everett)

411W (Mount Vernon - Whidbey Island)

411C (Mount Vernon - Camano Island)

412 (Camano Island - Everett)

Everett to Seattle connection is available by using the 510 Sound Transit express bus.

Puget Sound Trip Planner

Learn your options for travel in the I-5 Corridor with this trip planner:

http://northsoundconnections.com/

Regional Bus Websites

Our region is connected by several bus systems. Make a connection from one system to the next to travel between counties.

Island transit

Skagit Transit

King County Metro

Sound Transit

Community Transit

 

Rideshare

Click here for rideshare information.

Amtrak Train

The Amtrak Station is located at the Fairhaven Transportation Center, 401 Harris Avenue, Bellingham, about 2 miles from campus. Amtrak Cascades provides daily service between Bellingham, Vancouver BC and points south to Eugene, Oregon. Tickets are available online or at the station.

Transportation between the Amtrak/Greyhound station and WWU campus:

Taxi, 7 days a week

WTA bus service, 7 days a week www.ridewta.com or call 360-575-7433 for details.

  • Route 401, daily, from downtown via State St.
  • Route 14, evenings and Sunday, from downtown via Billy Frank Jr., Campus, 21st St. and Harris.
  • Route 5, Sunday, from downtown via York, Lincoln St., 32nd and Old Fairhaen Parkway

 

Greyhound Bus

The Greyhound station is located at the Fairhaven Transportation Center, 401 Harris Avenue, Bellingham, about 2 miles from campus.

Transportation between the Amtrak/Greyhound station and WWU campus:

Taxi, 7 days a week

WTA bus service, 7 days a week, www.ridewta.com or call 360-575-7433 for details:

  • Route 401, daily, from downtown via State St.
  • Route 14, evenings and Sunday, from downtown via Billy Frank Jr., Campus, 21st St. and Harris.
  • Route 5, Sunday, from downtown via York, Lincoln St., 32nd and Old Fairhaen Parkway

 

Boltbus

Boltbus travels non-stop between Bellingham and Seattle, Portland and Vancouver B.C.

Boltbus uses the WTA Cordata Station to load and unload passengers. Use WTA routes 4,15 or 232 from the Bellingham Downtown Station to Cordata Station. For complete WTA route information and schedules, www.ridewta.com 

Bellair Charters /Airporter

The Bellair Airporter Shuttle provides service multiple times daily between Bellingham and SeaTac airport, and many other destinations.

Airporter will pick up on the WWU campus at the Performing Arts Center (PAC). Check their webpage for current information regarding on-campus pickup.

At SeaTac, the shuttle parks outside the baggage area, Door #00.

In Bellingham, the pickup and drop-off location is 1204 Iowa St, between Wilson Toyota and Windsor Plywood. Visit Airporter for more information.

Seattle Tacoma International Airport

SEATAC Airport can be reached from Bellingham using a variety of transit options:

Airporter Shuttle provides direct service.

Boltbus, Greyhound and Amtrak can be used with a transfer to Link Light Rail.

The Port of Seattle operates SEATAC Airport. Information regarding the airport can be found on their website, www.portseattle.org/Sea-Tac

 

Washington State Ferries

Ferries provide service to/from multiple points around the Puget Sound, San Juan Islands and Vancouver Island.

www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries

 

 

Page Updated 02.24.2017