Regional Transportation Options

Driving Directions

From Interstate 5, take Exit #252 (Samish Way and WWU). Turn west onto Samish Way and follow the signs for Bill McDonald Parkway and the University Campus.

Amtrak Cascades Train

The Amtrak Station is located at the Fairhaven Transportation Center, 401 Harris Avenue, about 2 miles from campus. Amtrak Cascades provides daily service between Bellingham, Vancouver BC and points south to Eugene, Oregon.

Amtrak tickets are available online or at the station.

Check out Amtrak for deals and promotions, as well as Amtrak Cascades.

Greyhound Bus

The Greyhound bus station is located at the Fairhaven Transportation Center, 401 Harris Avenue, Bellingham, about 2 miles from campus.

Transportation between the Amtrak/Greyhound station and WWU campus

  • Taxi, Uber or Lyft - 7 days a week
  • WTA bus service - 7 days a week
  • Route 14 - Evenings and Sunday via campus, 21st and Harris
  • Route 105 - Evenings and Sundays via campus, 21st and Harris
  • During the day routes 14 and 105 stop in Fairhaven at 14th and Fairhaven Parkway. From there it is a 15 minute walk to the Greyhound and Amtrak Station 
  • Route 1 - Travels daily from the Downtown WTA Station to the Greyhound and Amtrak Station. During the day buses travel between campus and the Downtown Station every 15 minutes.

www.ridewta.com or call 360-676-7433 for details

Public Transit

Express public transit buses are an efficient and inexpensive way to travel on the I-5 corridor. Check out these trip plans for details.

Trip Plans

County Connector

The County Connector is a series of buses that are timed for travel between counties and transit agencies. These include:

Bellingham International Airport

Bellingham Airport is 7.5 miles from Western's campus.

WTA Route 3 travels from the Downtown Bellingham Station or the Cordata Station to the Airport.

If your flight is very early in the morning or late at night, we recommend reserving a ride to the airport in a taxi in advance.

Seattle Tacoma International Airport

Sea-Tac Airport can be reached from Bellingham using a variety of transit options:

Airporter Shuttle provides direct service.

BoltbusGreyhound and Amtrak can be used with a transfer to Link Light Rail in Seattle.

The Port of Seattle operates Sea-Tac Airport. Information regarding the airport can be found on their website, www.portseattle.org/Sea-Tac.

Bellair Charters /Airporter

The Bellair Airporter Shuttle provides service multiple times daily between Bellingham and SeaTac airport, plus many other destinations.

The Airporter Shuttle can be boarded any day at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel, 714 Lakeway Drive (next to Fred Meyer), with convenient connections to WWU via WTA bus, and Taxi/Uber/Lyft.

Please note that due to the coronavirus pandemic the Airporter Shuttle is not stopping on campus. Airporter picks up on the WWU Campus! at the Performing Arts Center, Friday/Saturday/Sunday with extended service on holidays and breaks.

Washington State Ferries

Ferries provide service to/from multiple points around the Puget Sound, San Juan Islands, and Vancouver Island.

www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries