The Seattle Center Monorail is the nation’s first full-scale commercial monorail system which provides a fun, quick and convenient link from downtown Seattle to Seattle Center. Most locals joke about the effectiveness of the monorail but for tourist, especially those in wheelchairs, the monorail provides easy and cheap transportation to a center hub of Seattle where many attractions can be found, like the Space Needle and the Experience the Music Project.
The Seattle Monorail is currently open Monday through Friday: 7:30 AM to 11:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday: 8:30 AM to 11:00 PM.
The Seattle Monorail departures every 10 minutes from two stations:
- Seattle Center station, across from the Space Needle
- Westlake Center Mall station, at Fifth and Pine Street
To get to the Westlake Center Mall station, from a number of hotels in the downtown area, is a fun downhill cruise from a manual wheelchair perspective. The station is actually inside the mall, not visible from the street. At the Seattle Center station there is a small gate that does not open automatically but could be pushed open, relatively easy, with an electric wheelchair or scooter.
Each trip takes two minutes to travel the 1 mile route. For adults the fee is $2.00 one-way but for this disabled it’s $1.00 Adjacent to the ticket counter is an area before boarding the monorail designated for wheelchair users. When boarding watch the gap between the platform and the car because it’s not entirely flush. Inside, pick an open space where you feel comfortable.