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 the county transit system that also serves Western's Campus. The Western student and employee bus pass provides unlimited rides on all WTA buses.

To learn how to read a transit guide, please contact our office to set up an appointment.

For tips about how to ride the bus, click here.

General information about the WTA bus system:

  • Each bus ride costs $1.00, cash. Transfers and change are not provided, so carry exact change in dollar bills or coins.
  • For information about Western student bus passes, click here.
  • For information about Western employee bus passes, click here.
  • WTA serves WWU with multiple routes Monday-Saturday and limited Sunday service.
  • Routes serving Western connect with other routes at the Downtown Bellingham Transit Station.
  • Western is on the WTA BLUE Line, with buses stopping every 15 minutes during peak hours on weekdays between Bill McDonald/Samish Way and Downtown, via WWU.
  • The GREEN, GOLD, and RED Lines connect at the Downtown Transit Station. This makes it possible to travel from other parts of town to WWU with just one transfer.
  • Service from other parts of Whatcom county including Blaine and Ferndale make it possible to get to WWU by bus from some locations farther out of the city limits. Several of these buses have stops in the center of campus (or can be utilized by traveling via the BLUE Line to the Downtown Bellingham Transit Station, and transferring to the appropriate bus).
  • Some buses (90A, 90B) run only when WWU is in session, see the WTA website for more details.
  • For more information about how to ride the bus, contact our office, or visit this link.

 

Bellingham International Airport

There is no direct bus or shuttle service between the Western campus and the Bellingham International Airport. Taxis are numerous and are usually waiting at the airport for incoming flights.

If interested in reducing the length of taxi ride, a combination of taxi and public bus is possible depending on the day and time of travel. Cordata Station is served by WTA buses and is approximately 4 miles from the Bellingham International Airport. Schedule permitting, it is possible to take a taxi to this bus station, and ride the public buses (WTA) for the remaining distance to campus.

Contact The Sustainable Transportation Office for help creating a trip plan.

Taxi

Bellingham has several taxi services, including:

Blue Cab: 360-734-3787

NW Town Car Service: 360-220-0207

Yellow Cab: 360-733-TAXI / 800-281-5430 

Walk

WWU campus is located within a mile of the Bellingham Central Business District and is surrounded by residential neighborhoods. The campus is accessible via trails and extensive sidewalk network through the neighborhoods.

Walking is the cheapest way to go, and 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 Park & Ride connects with WWU via WTA buses, serving multiple stops on campus, including the academic core.

Directions: LCPR is located on Lincoln St., east of I-5, just north of exit 252. From southbound I-5, turn left onto Samish, left again onto Lincoln, and right into the LCTC parking area. Coming from northbound I-5, turn left onto Samish and proceed north to the parking area.

Details: Parking is free at LCPR, with WTA bus service to WWU year-round. Use your bus pass or pay the cash fare. Service runs every 10-12 minutes during peak hours on weekdays when WWU is in session, every 30 minutes during peak hours year-round. WTA routes 190, 90A&B, 196/197 and 80X serve LCPR. The WWU Student Late Night shuttle also serves LCPR when WWU is in session (not including summer quarter).

See a map of the Lincoln Creek Transportation Center

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.

For parking information, call (360) 650-2945 or stop at the Campus Services building on campus. Visitor Parking information can also be found on the Parking Services website or by clicking this link.

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. Contact Parking Services for details and assistance.

 

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 from the Amtrak/Greyhound station to WWU campus:
  • Taxi, 7 days a week
  • WTA bus service, 7 days a week www.ridewta.com or call 360-575-7433 for details:
    • Bus #401 travels between the Amtrak/Greyhound station and the Downtown Bellingham Station.
    • Several buses travel between the Downtown Bellingham Station and the WWU campus.
    • Bus #105 travels between the Amtrak/Greyhound station and the WWU Campus in the evenings Monday - Saturday, and all day Sunday.

Greyhound Bus

The Greyhound station is located at the Fairhaven Transportation Center, 401 Harris Avenue, Bellingham, about 2 miles from campus. Tickets purchased online are less expensive than those purchased at the station.

 

Transportation from the Amtrak/Greyhound station to WWU campus:
  • Taxi, 7 days a week
  • WTA bus service, 7 days a week, www.ridewta.com or call 360-575-7433 for details:
    • Bus #401 travels between the Amtrak/Greyhound station and the Downtown Bellingham Station.
    • Several buses travel between the Downtown Bellingham Station and the WWU campus.
    • Bus #105 travels between the Amtrak/Greyhound station and the WWU Campus in the evenings Monday - Saturday, and all day Sunday

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 4,15,232 or 331 to get from the Bellingham Downtown Station to Cordata Station. For additional WTA route information and schedules, www.ridewta.com 

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

 

Bellair Airporter

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

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. Airporter also serves the Bellingham International Airport by reservation. Visit Airporter for more information.

 

Washington State Ferries

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

For details go to www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries

 

 

Page Updated 10.08.2014