Getting there: Planes, Trains and Automobiles


I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to get excited about the IAJGS 36th Annual International Conference on Jewish Genealogy!

  • hotel reservation – check
  • plane ticket – check
  • care-taker for the Rex-the-dog and Wally-the-turtle – check
  • completed prep for my new presentation (ugh…working on it)

I am also starting to think about how I will get from the airport to the hotel. The answer is at my fingertips in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) part of the IAJGS conference website. Check out the section on Transportation for more detailed information and web addresses.

The Sheraton Seattle Downtown Hotel is about 16 miles from the Seattle SeaTac International Airport. There are several methods for getting from the airport to the hotel:


DownTown Airporter (Shuttle Express) direct to the hotel. Travelers may access this in the airport’s parking garage. It leaves about every 30 minutes and runs 24-hours each day. Fees are $18 per person, one-way ($31, roundtrip). Reservations are recommended and they may be completed online.

Preferred Shuttle Express Town Car Service starts at $59 one-way to/from the airport.

Light Rail. If walking a couple of blocks is no issue for you (and your entourage), Light Rail is likely the best option available to get from the airport to the hotel. For $3.00 each way the train covers the 16 miles in about 35 minutes. Disembark at Westlake Station (near the  Nordstrom’s sign) and walk to 6th.


Private Car Service can be arranged with the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, using a limo, sedan, or van service.

I believe the transportation services in Seattle should be a bit more modern than depicted here(!).