If you are coming to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center for an appointment we recommend that you check traffic conditions a few hours before your scheduled appointment and plan accordingly for potential travel delays.

Online resources like Google Maps or Waze can help provide you with an estimate of travel time and suggested routes to get around the worst congestion. We also recommend checking out resources like to help with your planning.

Free Shuttle Service

To help you get around, we have a free shuttle between our South Lake Union Clinic and UW Medical Center - Montlake as well as shuttles to Pete Gross House and South Lake Union House (formerly SCCA House). Shuttle hours are limited and do not serve Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center - Proton Therapy or UW Medical Center - Northwest. Please check the shuttle schedule for the hours of operation. In addition we have volunteer drivers to help get to and from the airport.

We’ve also gathered information about local transit and transportation assistance for cancer patients.

Transportation Details

Shuttle Schedule

Shuttle schedule between our South Lake Union Clinic and UW Medical Center - Montlake, Pete Gross House and the South Lake Union House (formerly SCCA House).

View the Shuttle Schedule

Transportation Help

Transportation help for patients, both for long-distance travel and transportation to medical appointments.

More About Travel Assistance

Parking at South Lake Union

For parking at our South Lake Union Clinic, patients and their caregivers may park in the South Lake Union Clinic underground parking garage.

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Valet Parking

Fred Hutch partners with Red Carpet Valet, an experienced, contracted valet company, to offer an optional valet program at our South Lake Union Clinic.

More About Valet Parking

Getting To and From the Airport

Options for getting to and from the airport include Fred Hutch volunteer drivers, public transit, and private services.

Fred Hutch Volunteer Services Transportation Program

Volunteer drivers can provide transportation to and from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) and Boeing Field for our patients and their primary caregivers who come from outside of Western Washington. To request transportation, please contact Fred Hutch Volunteer Services at 206.606.1075 or at least three business days prior to your travel date, and provide the following information:

  • Patient name
  • Passenger name
  • Date of travel
  • Amount of luggage per person
  • Pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Home and cell phone numbers
  • Airline and flight number that arrives or departs from Seattle
  • The exact time of your flight’s scheduled arrival to Seattle or departure from Seattle
Fred Hutch Volunteer Services will contact you to confirm your transportation arrangements.

Downtown Airporter

Bus transportation between Sea-Tac airport and downtown Seattle. At the airport, the bus departs from Level 3 of the Parking Garage, Island 2. The bus stop closest to our South Lake Union Clinic is at the Westin Seattle Hotel at 1900 5th Ave. At the Westin, meet the bus at the Westlake Avenue entrance near the flagpole.

Shuttle Express

Shuttle Express provides transportation to and from SeaTac airport, 24 hours a day. At the airport parking garage, go to the third floor (in the center of the garage behind the ground-transportation desk). Inside the airport terminal, look for the red and black signs. Call one day in advance to make a reservation for transportation to the airport. (Call three days in advance before holidays.)

Sound Transit Central Link Light Rail

The Central Link light rail runs between Westlake Center and Sea-Tac Airport from 5 a.m. to 12 a.m. daily.

Getting Around Seattle

In addition to Fred Hutch's free shuttle service between the South Lake Union Clinic, UW Medical Center - Montlake and Seattle Children's, the area is also served by taxis and public transit options including buses, light rail, streetcars and ferries. 

Taxi Cabs

King County Metro Transit

Phone: 206.553.3000

Routes near the South Lake Union Clinic are 70, 71, 72, and 73. These buses all stop on Fairview Avenue North and run between downtown Seattle and the University District. Metro also offers taxi scrip and runs an Access Bus for people who can’t use regular bus service.

South Lake Union Streetcar

Phone: 206.553.3000

The South Lake Union Streetcar makes 11 stops along a 2.6-mile line that runs from the Westlake Center area in downtown Seattle to Fairview Ave N and Campus Drive, just west of the South Lake Union Clinic. The Streetcar runs at 15-minute intervals from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays and holidays.

Washington State Ferries

Phone: 206.464.6400

Ferries run between Seattle and Bainbridge Island, Whidbey Island, the San Juan Islands, Bremerton, and Kingston. You can take your car or walk on.

Disclaimer: The above information is solely for the purpose of assisting Fred Hutch patients and their families and caregivers with acclimating to Seattle. We do not endorse these services or products.

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