The FREE Waterfront Shuttle has ended for 2023.
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In 2019, the FREE Waterfront Shuttle provided nearly 500,000 free rides to visitors and residents in order to make Seattle’s waterfront more accessible to them.  The response from riders was overwhelming – they loved it!  In 2020, 2021, and 2022, the shuttle was scuttled while we all came to grips with a global pandemic.  The Seattle Historic Waterfront Association and its partners are thrilled to bring this service back to life in 2023.  It is for YOU!

The FREE Waterfront Shuttle is Back!

Runs DAILY from July 17 until October 1, 2023.

Hours: 10 AM - 8 PM

Frequency

Every 25 Minutes*

The FREE Waterfront Shuttle is scheduled to pass by each of its stops every 25 minutes. On some days, this frequency may be more aspirational than practical. If Taylor Swift is in town and the Mariners are playing and APEC is meeting at the same time on a Friday evening, then don't blame the awesome shuttle drivers, please. Nobody on the streets will be moving people from the Space Needle to the ferry terminal in 25 minutes during those peak traffic hours.

*Give yourself enough time for delays and come prepared to walk. The young and brave may be able to rent a scooter.

Capacity

Shuttles 20+ Seats

The FREE Waterfront Shuttle can accommodate more than 20 people. It is ADA Accessible. Shuttle drivers are friendly and knowleable, but they are not magicians. They follow the rules, including those about maximum capacity. There may be times when the shuttle is full due to high demand.

Be prepared for delays and wear good walking shoes just in case. The nimble and courageous may be able to rent an electric bike.

Stops

Look for the signs

Every stop is marked with a prominent blue and orange sign indicating FREE Waterfront Shuttle. Each shuttle drives one of two designated loops. The routes and exact stop locations may change occasionally based on traffic, construction, and safety considerations. See map for places to hop on and off the shuttle.

The FREE Waterfront Shuttle is a Community Collaboration

Special Thanks to

King County

Friends of Waterfront Seattle

Alliance for Pioneer Square

Downtown Seattle Association

The Seattle Department of Transportation and Office of the Waterfront worked hard to make this happen this summer.  Council Member Jeanne Kohl-Welles sponsored the funding package with King County.

Join the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Press Conference on July 17, 2023.

With tourism starting to reach pre-pandemic levels, everyone visiting Seattle will have a new transportation option to get across the city; the FREE waterfront shuttle.  A press conference will be held to mark the first free shuttle run of the season.  Details are below:

WHEN: Monday, July 17th at 1pm
WHERE: The Promenade at Pier 56, 1201 Alaskan Way

The shuttle will operate July 17th through September 24th, Sunday, October 1st, with more than 20 seats, ADA accessible, PAX busses.  The two loops will connect the Waterfront to the Space Needle, Pioneer Square, King Street Station, the Chinatown International District, and more.

The shuttles will run 10am–8pm daily.

The free service is funded by a grant from King County, as well as support from the Alliance for Pioneer Square, the Downtown Seattle Association, the Seattle Historic Waterfront Association, and Friends of the Waterfront Seattle. The Seattle Dept of Transportation and Office of the Waterfront worked hard to make this happen this summer.

Council Member Jeanne Kohl-Welles sponsored the funding package with King County and will christen the first bus in front of Pier 56 on the Central Waterfront.

Shuttle Peak Hour Updates

Saturday, August 26, 2023.  1:30 PM.  The shuttles will run today until 8PM.  Ed Sheeran is playing at 8pm at Lumen Field.  Congestion may slow down shuttle service.

As part of our commitment to reliable service, we monitor shuttle operations closely and adjust daily.  One rider suggested a map to track the shuttles in real time.  We welcome all feedback – your comments go straight to the top.  

Please be aware that heavy traffic does impact shuttle travel times, resulting in slower journeys. We recommend planning your commute accordingly during peak traffic hours.  If you see that the shuttle is late or full, please give priority to passengers with children, the elderly, and less mobile.  Thank you for your team spirit!

Sunday, August 21, 2023.  1:30 PM.  The shuttles will run today until 8PM.  

Sunday, August 13, 2023.  9:30 AM.  The shuttles will run today until 8PM.  It’s going to be a bustling summer day in Seattle with the Mariners and the Storm playing this afternoon.

Tuesday, August 8, 2023.  2:45 PM.  This is the third week of the 2023 FREE Waterfront Shuttle.  Ridership is rising week over week.  Please be aware that some riders have reported waiting more than 30 minutes for the shuttle.  A couple of unfortunate people did not find one of the shuttle stop signs.  

Saturday, August 5, 2023.  4:35 PM.  Please be aware that one rider today reported waiting more than 30 minutes for the shuttle and another reported that a shuttle stop sign was missing.  The route map below is updated daily, as needed.

Thursday, August 3, 2023.  7:10 PM.  Construction has created a bottleneck in front of the Aquarium and impacted the shuttle stop.  See the route map below for current stop locations.  

Wednesday, August 2, 2023.  10:20 AM.  We received one report yesterday of a passenger who had to wait more than 20 minutes for the shuttle.  This feedback is very helpful and goes straight to the top.  Remember that the Mariners play today at 1:10 PM, and construction has created a bottleneck in front of the Aquarium.

Tuesday, August 1, 2023.  11:10 AM.  We received several reports of delays yesterday, with wait times up to 30 minutes for a family of riders who just missed the previous shuttle.  With Elliott Way reduced to one lane in each direction, traffic was slower than usual.  One person suggested an online map for tracking the shuttles.  This feedback is very helpful and goes straight to the top.  As part of our commitment to reliable service, we closely monitor shuttle operations and adjust daily.  We also received reports that the location of certain stops were not clear, so a new interactive map was created below to help find the shuttle stops.  Fleet Week starts today with a parade ships expected to begin at 1PM.

Monday, July 31, 2023.  10:05 AM.  We received two reports of delays this past weekend, with wait times exceeding 20 minutes. 

Saturday, July 29, 2023.  1:05 PM.  We received one report of delays yesterday.  This feedback is very helpful and goes straight to the top.  This is the second weekend the shuttle has been operating.  The first weekend was Taylor Swift and the Blue Jays.  This weekend is the Seattle Art Festival and APEC.  There are also three cruise ships in port today!

Thursday, July 27, 2023.  4:45 PM.  We received reports of some delays yesterday. This feedback is very helpful and goes straight to the top.  Today is Day 10 of the shuttle’s return since 2019 – we are learning.

Wednesday, July 26, 2023.  9:30 AM.  Shuttles will begin running at 10 AM and continue until 8 PM today.  We received no complaints or reports of full or late shuttles yesterday. 

Monday, July 24, 2023.  7:40 PM.   We received one passenger complaint today about waiting more than 20 minutes for one of the shuttles.   Thank you for your feedback!  It helps greatly.  

Monday, July 24, 2023.  7:40 AM.  The shuttles will run today from 10 AM to 8 PM.  No significant peak-hour congestion or major events are expected to impact the shuttle schedule today.

Sunday, July 23, 2023.  1:10 PM.  The shuttles are running until 8 PM today.

Currently, the Mariners are playing the Blue Jays at T-Mobile Park.  The stadium will start emptying around 3:30, just as the doors prepare to open for Taylor Swift who will start at 6:30 PM at Lumen Field next door.  Capitol Hill Block Party and Bite of Seattle are also happening all day.   

Demand for the shuttle may exceed capacity at times today, especially during peak hours between 3PM and 7PM.  We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.   

Sunday, July 23, 2023.  7:15 AM.  The shuttles will start running their routes today at 10 AM.   Today, in Seattle, the Mariners play the Blue Jays at T-Mobile Park at 1:10 PM.    Taylor Swift’s second of two concerts this weekend will start at 6:30 PM at Lumen Field.  Capitol Hill Block Party and Bite of Seattle are also happening all day.  In short, it’s lining up to be a beautiful and busy summer day in Seattle.

Saturday, July 22, 2023.  3:15PM.  The shuttles are operating on their routes today.  We have not yet received any complaints or reports of problems today.  Please expect delays and full shuttles between now and 8PM when service will come to a close for the day.  Shuttles will operate tomorrow again from 10AM to 8PM.  Currently, in Seattle, the Mariners are playing the Blue Jays at T-Mobile Park.  The Storm will play at 6PM at Seattle Center.  Taylor Swift’s first of two concerts this weekend will start at 6:30PM at Lumen Field.

Saturday, July 22, 2023.  8:30AM.  The shuttles are scheduled to begin their routes again this morning at 10AM.  Taylor Swift and the Mariners are playing in town today.  There are also several other major events.  Traffic is expected to get tougher as the day progresses.  Demand for the shuttles could exceed capacity during peak hours.  

Friday, July 21, 2023.  7:00PM.  The shuttles are backed up and full due to heavy traffic and high demand.  The shuttles are operating.  At this point, they are at the mercy of the traffic’s flow.  Service stops at 8PM.

Tell us how your ride's going, right now!

Please use this space to file reports on your shuttle’s current location and status. 
To report a late or full shuttle, click here.

2023 FREE Waterfront Shuttle: Interactive Route Map

Click on the glowing circles for details about each stop.  Shuttle Lost & Found: Click here

List of Shuttle Route Stops and Locations

Stop A – Seattle Center / Space Needle: South side of John Street between Broad and 5th Ave in front of the KOMO Plaza Parking Garage entrance.

Stop B – Victoria Clipper / Sculpture Park / P66 Cruise Terminal:  The shuttle heading south toward Pioneer Square stops on the west side of Alaskan Way between Vine St. and Clay St.  The shuttle heading north toward Seattle Center stops across the street from Pier 69 (Port of Seattle and Clipper) on the east side of Alaskan Way.

Stop C – Pier 56 (51 Copperworks Distilling): East side of Alaskan Way in front of Copperworks for shuttle heading north toward Seattle Center.  West side of Alaskan Way across from Copperworks for shuttle heading south toward Pioneer Square and King Street Station.

Stop D –  Pioneer Square: South side of Yesler Way between Western Ave. and Post St.

Stop E – Stadiums / King Street Station: In front of Embassy Suites.

Stop F (NOT IN USE TODAY DUE TO CONSTRUCTION) – Pike Place Market / Seattle Aquarium:  East side of Alaskan Way across from the Seattle Aquarium. 

Modern Dining Room on Historic waterfront pier, circa 2023

Clam Chowder on Alaskan Way

How do we love clam chowder?  Let us count the ways.  Seattle’s waterfront is your clam chowder crossing place.  You can get it at Ivar’s (Pier 54), Anthony’s (Pier 66), Elliott’s Oyster House (pier 56), The Crab Pot (pier 57), Fisherman’s Bar & Restaurant (pier 57), World Trade Center Seattle Executive Dining Room (Port of Seattle), Hook & Plow (Marriott), Six Seven, PUB 70 (pier 70), and AQUA (pier 70). 

Lunch on Alaskan Way

Ivar’s Fish Bar (Pier 54); Ivar’s Acres of Clams (Pier 54); Premier Meat Pies & Brews (Pier 54); Great State Burger (Pier 54); Skalka (Pier 54); Elliott’s Oyster House (Pier 56); The Wing Dome (Pier 56); The Crab Pot at Miner’s Landing (Pier 57); The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar at Miner’s Landing (Pier 57); Alaskan Sourdough Bakery at Miner’s Landing (Pier 57); Anthony’s Fish Bar (Pier 66 – open seasonally); Anthony’s Bell Street Diner (Pier 66); Six Seven at the Edgewater (Pier 67); Pub 70 (Pier 70).

Indoor Dining on Alaskan Way

Ivar’s Acres of Clams (Pier 54); Premier Meat Pies & Brews (Pier 54); Great State Burger (Pier 54); Skalka across from (Pier 54); Elliott’s Oyster House (Pier 56); The Wing Dome (Pier 56); Alaskan Sourdough Bakery at Miner’s Landing (Pier 57); The Crab Pot at Miner’s Landing (Pier 57); The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar at Miner’s Landing (Pier 57); Anthony’s Bell Street Diner (Pier 66); Anthony’s Pier 66 – upstairs dining room (Pier 66); Anthony’s Fish Bar on Pier 66 – open seasonally (Pier 66); Six Seven at the Edgewater (Pier 67); AQUA by El Gaucho (Pier 70); Pub 70 (Pier 70).

Outdoor Dining on Alaskan Way

Ivar’s Fish Bar on Pier 54 year-round (Pier 54); Ivar’s Acres of Clams (Pier 54); Premier Meat Pies & Brews (Pier 54); Great State Burger (Pier 54); Elliott’s Oyster House (Pier 56); The Wing Dome (Pier 56); The Crab Pot at Miner’s Landing (Pier 57); The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar at Miner’s Landing (Pier 57); Anthony’s Bell Street Diner (Pier 66); Anthony’s Fish Bar on Pier 66 – open seasonally (Pier 66); Anthony’s Pier 66 – upstairs dining room (Pier 66); Six Seven at the Edgewater (Pier 67); AQUA by El Gaucho (Pier 70); Pub 70 (Pier 70).

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WATERFRONT DINING OPTIONS

Clam Chowder | Fine Dining | Seafood Specialists | Lunch | Breakfast | Casual Dining | Indoor Seating | Outdoor Seating | Counter Service | Private Dining & Groups | Olympic View Terraces & Patios | Kids Menus | Hot Dogs & Ice Cream | Baked Goods | Caffeine | TV Screens | Revolving | Brunch

– Clam Chowder –

Ivar’s Fish Bar on Pier 54 (menu)

Ivar’s Acres of Clams on Pier 54 (menu)

Elliott’s Oyster House on Pier 56 (menu)

The Crab Pot at Miner’s Landing on Pier 57 (menu)

The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar at Miner’s Landing on Pier 57 (menu)

Anthony’s Fish Bar on Pier 66 – open seasonally (menu)

Anthony’s Bell Street Diner on Pier 66 (menu)

Anthony’s Pier 66 – upstairs dining room (menu)

Six Seven at the Edgewater on Pier 67 (menu)

AQUA by El Gaucho on Pier 70 (menu)

– Fine Dining –

Ivar’s Acres of Clams on Pier 54 (menu)

Elliott’s Oyster House on Pier 56 (menu)

Anthony’s Pier 66 – upstairs dining room (menu)

Six Seven at the Edgewater on Pier 67 (menu)

AQUA by El Gaucho on Pier 70 (menu)

– Seafood Specialists –

Ivar’s Fish Bar on Pier 54 (menu)

Ivar’s Acres of Clams on Pier 54 (menu)

Elliott’s Oyster House on Pier 56 (menu)

The Crab Pot at Miner’s Landing on Pier 57 (menu)

The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar at Miner’s Landing on Pier 57 (menu)

Anthony’s Fish Bar on Pier 66 – open seasonally (menu)

Anthony’s Bell Street Diner on Pier 66 (menu)

Anthony’s Pier 66 – upstairs dining room (menu)

Six Seven at the Edgewater on Pier 67 (menu)

AQUA by El Gaucho on Pier 70 (menu)

– Lunch –

Ivar’s Fish Bar on Pier 54 (menu)

Ivar’s Acres of Clams on Pier 54 (menu)

Premier Meat Pies & Brews on Pier 54 (menu)

Great State Burger on Pier 54 (menu)

Skalka across from Pier 54 (menu)

Elliott’s Oyster House on Pier 56 (menu)

The Wing Dome on Pier 56 (menu)

The Crab Pot at Miner’s Landing on Pier 57 (menu)

The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar at Miner’s Landing on Pier 57 (menu)

Alaskan Sourdough Bakery at Miner’s Landing on Pier 57 (menu)

Anthony’s Fish Bar on Pier 66 – open seasonally (menu)

Anthony’s Bell Street Diner on Pier 66 (menu)

Six Seven at the Edgewater on Pier 67 (menu)

Pub 70 on Pier 70 (menu)

– Breakfast –

Great State Burger on Pier 54 (menu)

Skalka across from Pier 54 (menu)

Starbucks on Pier 55

Alaskan Sourdough Bakery at Miner’s Landing on Pier 57 (menu)

Hook & Plow at the Marriott across from Bell Harbor Marina

Cafe Opla across from Pier 66 (menu)

Six Seven at the Edgewater on Pier 67 (menu)

– Casual Dining –

Ivar’s Fish Bar on Pier 54 (menu)

Ivar’s Acres of Clams on Pier 54 (menu)

Premier Meat Pies & Brews on Pier 54 (menu)

Great State Burger on Pier 54 (menu)

Skalka across from Pier 54 (menu)

The Wing Dome on Pier 56 (menu)

Alaskan Sourdough Bakery at Miner’s Landing on Pier 57 (menu)

The Crab Pot at Miner’s Landing on Pier 57 (menu)

The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar at Miner’s Landing on Pier 57 (menu)

Anthony’s Fish Bar on Pier 66 – open seasonally (menu)

Anthony’s Bell Street Diner on Pier 66 (menu)

Pub 70 on Pier 70 (menu)

– Indoor Seating –

Ivar’s Acres of Clams on Pier 54 (menu)

Premier Meat Pies & Brews on Pier 54 (menu)

Great State Burger on Pier 54 (menu)

Skalka across from Pier 54 (menu)

Elliott’s Oyster House on Pier 56 (menu)

The Wing Dome on Pier 56 (menu)

Alaskan Sourdough Bakery at Miner’s Landing on Pier 57 (menu)

The Crab Pot at Miner’s Landing on Pier 57 (menu)

The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar at Miner’s Landing on Pier 57 (menu)

Anthony’s Bell Street Diner on Pier 66 (menu)

Anthony’s Pier 66 – upstairs dining room (menu)

Anthony’s Fish Bar on Pier 66 – open seasonally (menu)

Six Seven at the Edgewater on Pier 67 (menu)

AQUA by El Gaucho on Pier 70 (menu)

Pub 70 on Pier 70 (menu)

– Outdoor Seating –

Ivar’s Fish Bar on Pier 54 year-round (menu)

Ivar’s Acres of Clams on Pier 54 (menu)

Premier Meat Pies & Brews on Pier 54 (menu)

Great State Burger on Pier 54 (menu)

Elliott’s Oyster House on Pier 56 (menu)

The Wing Dome on Pier 56 (menu)

The Crab Pot at Miner’s Landing on Pier 57 (menu)

The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar at Miner’s Landing on Pier 57 (menu)

Anthony’s Bell Street Diner on Pier 66 (menu)

Anthony’s Fish Bar on Pier 66 – open seasonally (menu)

Anthony’s Pier 66 – upstairs dining room (menu)

Six Seven at the Edgewater on Pier 67 (menu)

AQUA by El Gaucho on Pier 70 (menu)

Pub 70 on Pier 70 (menu)

– Counter Service –

Ivar’s Fish Bar on Pier 54 (menu)

Premier Meat Pies & Brews on Pier 54 (menu)

Great State Burger on Pier 54 (menu)

Skalka across from Pier 54 (menu)

Starbucks on Pier 55

The Wing Dome on Pier 56 (menu)

Alaskan Sourdough Bakery at Miner’s Landing on Pier 57 (menu)

The Salmon Cooker at Miner’s Landing on Pier 57

Anthony’s Fish Bar on Pier 66 – open seasonally (menu)

Anthony’s Bell Street Diner on Pier 66 (menu)

– Private Dining & Groups –

Ivar’s Acres of Clams on Pier 54 (menu)

Diane’s Market Kitchen across from Pier 54 (menu)

Elliott’s Oyster House on Pier 56 (menu)

The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar at Miner’s Landing on Pier 57 (menu)

Anthony’s Pier 66 – upstairs dining room (menu)

Six Seven at the Edgewater on Pier 67 (menu)

AQUA by El Gaucho on Pier 70 (menu)

– Olympic View Terraces & Patios –

Ivar’s Fish Bar on Pier 54 (menu)

Ivar’s Acres of Clams on Pier 54 (menu)

Premier Meat Pies & Brews on Pier 54 (menu)

Elliott’s Oyster House on Pier 56 (menu)

The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar at Miner’s Landing on Pier 57 (menu)

The Crab Pot at Miner’s Landing on Pier 57 (menu)

Anthony’s Pier 66 – upstairs dining room (menu)

Six Seven at the Edgewater on Pier 67 (menu)

AQUA by El Gaucho on Pier 70 (menu)

Pub 70 on Pier 70 (menu)

– Kid Menus –

Ivar’s Acres of Clams on Pier 54 (menu)

Great State Burger on Pier 54 (menu)

The Wing Dome on Pier 56 (menu)

Anthony’s Bell Street Diner on Pier 66 (menu)

– Hot Dogs & Ice Cream –

The Frankfurter on Pier 55

The Creamery Ice Cream Shop at Miner’s Landing on Pier 57

– Baked Goods –

Skalka across from Pier 54 (menu)

Premier Meat Pies & Brews on Pier 54 (menu)

Starbucks on Pier 55

Alaskan Sourdough Bakery at Miner’s Landing on Pier 57 (menu)

Aquarium Café at Pier 59 (Seattle Aquarium)

The Brim Coffee Shop at the Edgewater on Pier 67

– Caffeine –

Starbucks on Pier 55

Alaskan Sourdough Bakery at Miner’s Landing on Pier 57 (menu)

Aquarium Café at Pier 59 (Seattle Aquarium)

Cafe Opla across from Pier 66 (menu)

The Brim Coffee Shop at the Edgewater on Pier 67

Uptown Espresso on Pier 70

– TV Screens –

The lounge at Ivar’s Acres of Clams on Pier 54 (menu)

The Wing Dome on Pier 56 (menu)

Pub 70 on Pier 70 (menu)

– Revolving –

Enjoy a meal served in your own private gondola with up to three other people as you rise 200 feet above Elliott Bay on the Seattle Great Wheel at Pier 57.

– Brunch –

Please see Breakfast & Lunch options above.