How to get to Pioneer Square from Ballard

Let's be real, getting from Point A to Point B in Seattle is no easy feat. That's why we've decided to start a series of blog posts about transportation options to Pioneer Square and our spot in particular. With parking rates around $3/hr at best, it's logical to explore all transit options. In this post we'll outline the best options to get to Pioneer Square from Ballard.

By car:

  1. 15th Ave NW to Elliott Ave W to Alaskan Way
    • Time: 17-25 minutes
    • Distance: 6.7 miles
    • Beginning heading south on 15th Ave NW,  continue onto Elliott Ave W. Take a slight right to stay on Elliott Ave W. Turn right onto Wall St before turning left onto Alaskan Way. Take a slight left onto Alaskan Way S. Turn left onto South King Street and and Westland Buildling will be on your left at the corner of 1st & King.
  2. Highway 99 South
    • Time: 19-27 minutes
    • Distance: 8.5 miles
    • Beginning heading east NW 65th St, turn right onto 8th Ave NW. Turn left onto NW Market St and continue onto N 46th Street. Take a slight right onto N Phinney Way and follow WA-99 S five miles to S Atlantic Street exit. Continue onto S Atlantic St and turn left onto 1st Ave South/Dave Niehaus Way S. Turn right onto S King Street and Westland Buildling will be on your left at the corner of 1st & King.

By Bus:

  1. Take the route 15, 17, or 18 express
    • Time: 25-30 minutes on bus plus 10 minute walk off bus to 1st & King
    • Frequency: During peak times every 15 minutes
    • Starting at  Ballard Ave NW & NW Market St hop aboard bus #17 or 18. Stay on until 3rd Ave S & S Main St, approximately 25-30 minutes. After disembarking at 3rd Ave S & S Main St, continue south on 3rd until taking a right onto S Jackson St. Turn left ontoOccidental Ave S following by a right onto S King Street. The Westland Building will be on your right at the corner of 1st & King.  *Note: the bus number may change to #40 once past Madison street downtown.
  2. Take the Rapid Ride D Line
    • Time: About 30 minutes on the bus plus a 10 minute walk after disembarking
    • Frequency: During peak times every 15 minutes
    • Starting at 15th Ave NW & NW 65th St or 15th Ave NW & NW Market St, hop aboard the D Line. Disembark at Columbia St & 2nd Ave and continue walking south on Columbia until 1st Ave where you will turn right. Walk five blocks to the corner of 1st & King St. The Westland Building will be on your left.

By Bicycle:

  1. Take the Elliott Bay Trail/ Terminal #91 Bike Path
    • Time: roughly 45 minutes
    • Distance: 7.5 miles
    • Frequency: As often as you can recharge your internal engine
    • Beginning at NW 65th St and 22nd Ave NW, head south on 22nd Ave NW. Turn left onto Ballard Ave NW and follow the route as it curves East before turning right onto 15th Ave NW/Ballard Bridge. Take a slight right onto W Emerson St followed by a left onto Gilman Ave W. Continue onto 20th Ave W. Turn left onto the Elliott Bay Trail/Terminal #91 Bike Path. Keep right to stay on the trail until it ends at Broad St. Turn right onto Broad St and continue onto Alaskan Way.  Turn left onto Elliott Bay Trail for .7 miles before taking a slight right back onto Alaskan Way S. Turn left onto S King St where you will find The Pioneer Collective in the SW corner of the Westland Building on your left.