The Monorail

The Seattle Center Monorail was built for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair to provide a crucial link between the fairgrounds and the amenities downtown.

The monorail opened to the public on March 24, 1962 nearly one month before the start of the World’s Fair. At a cost of $3.5 million, the trains carried more than eight million guests during the six months of the fair, easily paying for themselves. That is, the full initial capitol cost of the system was recovered and a profit was realized by ALWEG before the end of the fair.

Today, the trains carry approximately 2.5 million riders every year. The Monorail departs every 10 minutes and operates from 9am to 11pm.

Cost = $8.00 for two round trip fares