If you’re not up on the latest technology, you still have likely heard of ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft. What you may not know if how exactly they work and that they can make it extremely easy to get to the Seattle cruise port.
Uber and Lyft (along with other ride-sharing services) allow anyone to turn their own personal vehicle into a taxicab. Through an app that you download on your smartphone, riders can request a ride.
The app then matches passengers with drivers, and provides details such as how long until the driver arrives, the driver’s name and details and their phone number. All payments are taken care of through your credit card linked to the app. No cash is involved.
These ride-sharing services have soared in popularity because they make catching a ride quick and easy. You no longer have to call a cab company and wait for a ride. Instead, since there are so many Uber/Lyft drivers, someone is usually always within a few minutes of you.
In addition, drivers are rated and reviewed by riders. If a driver fails to get a good score, then they can no longer be eligible to drive for the company.
But the most enticing part is that your ride can be considerably less than a typical cab (at times up to 20% less!).
While Uber and Lyft aren’t legal in some cities due to rules and regulations around licensing, Seattle allows them to operate freely,
except for at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Right now they aren’t technically allowed to pick up there, but many still do. Lyft drivers seem to have the ability to pick up from the airport. Uber drivers aren’t allowed to, but the company has a workaround until the rules on its drivers change:
Previously, it was impossible to hail an uberX ride from Sea-Tac with the geo-fence. Now, though, when you drop a pin at the airport, a notification pops up that reads, “Welcome to Sea-Tac, request when you are ready, and your driver will meet you at the Arrivals level.”
From there, you can designate which door you are at and your “uberX” driver — in this case, someone working for a for-hire company — will show up.
Uber first partnered with Seattle for-hire companies this past October, allowing customers to request a for-hire driver from the Uber app. For-hire vehicles in Seattle differ from taxicabs because they charge a flat fee per trip versus a metered fare.
Update: As of March 30, 2016, Uber and Lyft are now approved to operate freely at Sea-Tac. For more details, visit this page.
Cost of Uber/Lyft to the Port of Seattle
So how much does it cost? We’ve put together some estimates for popular places to the cruise ports. Keep in mind these are just estimates. As well, these rates are not per person as the company’s most popular services offer rides for up to four people for the same rate. (There are some services if you have more riders, or you can request two drivers.)
The prices shown below are for the most basic offerings and are estimates. (Note: Both Uber and Lyft show service areas that exclude Tacoma, but Uber provides and estimated fare from the city.)
(First-time rider with Lyft? Use this link to sign up and receive a $15 free ride credits.)
Have you used a ride-share service to get to the port? Tell us about it in the comments below.
More on Cruising From Seattle
Getting to the Port of Seattle — Transportation options from airports and the Seattle area to the cruise port. Everything you need to know to get to the port and start your vacation.
Seattle Cruise Parking — Parking at the port? We’ve got you covered with all your parking options, including costs and discounts.
Dropping Off at the Port — Dropping off passengers? Not sure where to go once you get to the port? We have turn-by-turn directions to find your cruise terminal.
Seattle Cruise Hotels — Getting in late? Leaving early? Simply need a place to rest your head? We’ve rounded up the options for places to stay near the port.