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Bellingham has many regional transportation connections.

Whether you're traveling the I-5 corridor, flying, or taking a ferry, you can get there from Bellingham on affordable transportation.

I-5 Corridor 

Boltbus: travels between Vancouver B.C. and Portland OR.  Nonstop between Bellingham and Seattle.  Fares fluctuate as the bus fills up, but can be less expensive than Greyhound and Amtrak.  Boltbus departs from the WTA Cordata Station, about 5 miles north of the university, with easy connections to/from Western's campus via WTA buses. 

Greyhound: travels between Vancouver B.C. and points south and east.  It makes more stops and is more frequently behind schedule than Boltbus.  Greyhound departs from the Fairhaven Transportation Center, 401 Harris Ave, Bellingham.  This station is about 2 miles southwest of the university and is served by WTA.  It shares lobby space with Amtrak.

Amtrak: travels between Vancouver B.C. and points south and east.  It travels less frequently than Boltbus or Greyhound but provides some nice scenery, with views of Bellingham Bay and the South Puget Sound.  Amtrak departs from the Fairhaven Transportation Center, 401 Harris Ave., Bellingham, about 2 miles southwest of the university, and is served by WTA

Public TransitWTA connects with other transit agencies at the Skagit Station in Mt. Vernon, allowing inexpensive travel down the I-5 corridor between Bellingham and the Seattle area.  With a student bus pass to use on the 80X to Mt Vernon, the cost is about $5.75 one way to Seattle, using the 90X County Connector from Mt Vernon to Everett Station ($2) and the 512 from Everett Station to Seattle ($3.75). 

WTA buses serve Western's campus every 15 minutes weekdays, with less frequency evenings and weekends.

 

Airport

Bellingham International Airport

Bellingham Airport is 6 miles from Western's campus and served by any Taxi/Uber/Lyft.

WTA Route 3 serves the Airport Monday - Saturday.

Everett Airport (Paine Field):

Paine Field carriers include Alaska Airlines and United, serving limited destinations.  The Airporter Shuttle and public transit service this airport. 

Sea-Tac Airport

Airporter Shuttle: serves Sea-Tac 7 days a week, multiple times per day, with service right to the door of the baggage claim area.  They will pick up or drop off on Western's campus Fri - Sun, with some extended service over holidays and breaks.  Their other Bellingham location is only 1 mile from Western's campus and is available for any pick up or drop off, Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, 714 Lakeway Drive.  This location is served by WTA daily, and the Late Night Shuttle during the academic year.

A less expensive, but less convenient option is Boltbus or Public Transit as suggested above for "I-5 Corridor" with an added leg from Seattle's Int'l District to Sea-Tac on Link Light Rail.

Vancouver B.C. Airport

Quick Shuttle travels between the Bellingham Airport and Vancouver B.C. airport.  Proper Customs documentation required.

 

Central and Eastern Washington 

GreyhoundAmtrak and Airporter Shuttle are options for central and eastern Washington, with connections to other Washington State Intercity lines.

 

Anacortes/Whidbey/San Juan Islands

Skagit Transit and Airporter Shuttle serve Anacortes and the San Juan Island Ferries.  From Western's campus, connections to these services can be made using the WTA bus service.  

Island Transit serves Whidbey Island. From Western's campus, connections can be made using WTA.