(Part 1 of a two-part article. Please see the link at bottom of page for part 2)
Whether you live in Seattle or are just visiting, it's tempting to make a run for the border and visit our Canadian neighbors to the north. With a drive time of typically 3-5 hours (depending on traffic and border wait time), Vancouver, British Columbia makes for a tempting weekend getaway. Vancouver offers fine dining, world-class museums, beautiful Stanley Park and one of the largest Chinatowns in North America. When you consider the cost of gas and parking, though, and the wear-and-tear on your car, driving becomes much less appealing for some.
Which is where Quick Coach Lines Ltd. comes in. The Quick Shuttle service offers regularly scheduled departures throughout the day, year-round. The winter schedule runs from late September to early May; the summer schedule runs from early May to late September. One-way Adult fares are only $43 per person from downtown Seattle and will drop you at any major downtown hotel or at the Cruise Ship Terminal. If you are leaving from downtown Seattle the pick-up is at the Best Western Executive Inn, just blocks from the Space Needle. Fares are also available from Seatac Airport and Bellingham Airport. If you are traveling round-trip, be sure to book a round-trip fare at a discounted cost. Quick Shuttle also offers Senior/Military, Student and Child rates. If you are debarking a cruise in Seattle during the summer, Quick Shuttle even has departures leaving from Cruise Terminals 66 and 91, but only on ship days.
What You Need To Know
Before booking your motor coach to Vancouver there are a few things you need to know. First, some details about the ride itself. Quick Shuttle is strictly efficient transportation meant to get you across the border. There is no narration, there are no stops except at the border, and the tiny washroom on board is difficult to navigate while the coach is moving. Eat before you leave, use the bathroom beforehand, and bring a book or I-Pod to keep you occupied. If you have a laptop, enjoy the use of complimentary Wi-Fi while on board. While the coach does stop occasionally to pick people up or drop people off, you are strongly discouraged from getting off before your final destination. The coaches seat either 47 or 56 passengers, depending on the coach model. If your luggage weighs more than 50 pounds you are required to load and unload yourself.
(For part 2 of this article please see Quick Shuttle from Seattle to Vancouver: relax and enjoy the ride, part 2)
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