Comparing the options for getting to Sea-Tac for holiday travel

By: Graham Johnson

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On this big week for holiday travel, here's a comparison of your options for getting to Sea-Tac Airport, including some that are new this year.

Besides getting a friend or relative to take you for free, the cheapest way is to take a bus or light rail.

Sound Transit's Link Light Rail costs $3 per adult from downtown.

The trip takes 38 minutes, and you'll have to manage your bags.

Taxis have a flat $40 rate from downtown.

The Shuttle Express website quoted a ride on Wednesday from downtown to the airport for $33.

Uber prices vary based on demand.

Late Tuesday morning, Uber-X estimates from downtown began just under $26.

New this holiday season, car-share members with three companies can now drop off vehicles at the WallyPark garage near the airport and catch a shuttle.

Prices vary with travel time.

"We have a great option for getting to the airport," said Holly Hauser of BMW's ReachNow.

She estimated a trip costing about $16.

Car2Go is a little cheaper -- about $13 dollars for a very small car.

"It's a very convenient, fast and easy way to get to the airport," said Michael Hoitink of Car2Go.

Zipcar says a drive to the airport that takes 30 minutes or less will cost $5.

But sometimes, you just want to drive your own car.

The most convienent parking is the airport garage, which is running a special -- $130 for seven days.

"Look to the off-site lots and you'll probably save a lot of money," said analyst Bob Pishue, of the traffic data company INRIX. 

"Travelers could save around $80 or $85 by parking at an off-site facility versus at the airport," Pishue said.

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