Should visitors rent a car in Seattle?

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Charyn Pfeuffer

If you’re staying in downtown Seattle and don’t have plans for any day trips, I don’t think a car rental is necessary. Many of the outlying neighborhoods (well-worth putting on your itinerary) are easily accessible via public transportation. Since the launch of Central Link Light Rail in 2009, getting to/from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and the heart of the city has been simplified. One-way trips cost just $2.75 (one-way) and takes roughly 35 minutes. For inner city travel, I frequently take Uber. Download the app, which is linked to your credit card, and you can get from bars to boutiques to your hotel door step in private sedan style with a few quick taps on your smartphone. Also, if you’re not afraid to strap on some sneakers and brave a few hills, Seattle is a very walkable city.

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