Here is my guide to Seattle for a city break! Way back in April I visited Seattle for 2 nights and 3 days, so I wanted to break down my time spent there including how much things cost so it can give you an estimate of how much things cost. As I’ve personally come across guides myself and some people do not go into the knitty gritty of the cost, which isn’t help if you visit somewhere and become surprised at the actual cost. For the most part, I used the exchange rate from my Monzo card, so the prices may vary slightly, but you get the general idea. I will include mainly the prices in USD and GBP , but as I purchased the Transport & Hotel in CAD. Either way, this will give you a good overview as to prices to expect. We didn’t have a strict budget, but we weren’t exactly splurging either.
Prepare for all the photos, as this is a long one!
Getting here, I came from Vancouver, so we got the Bolt Bus over. In total that was $108 both two of us (CAD) so cost $54 for 2 nights and 3 days. To tell you more about crossing the border process, I highly recommend getting your ESTA for America before hand as this makes going through border control really quick. At the time we went, Danny had applied, but still had not heard back about his application, so you can pay there and then, which is what we did in the end – but you go through much faster if you have this sorted before hand. Depending on the size of your coach will determine how long it takes for you to get processed at the border – it’s usually no more than 40 mins.
The ride takes roughly under 4 hours from Vancouver to Seattle depending on traffic and how long you’re at the border. It’s a nice drive too, passing pretty mountains on the way with a few pitstops. There’s a toilet and free WiFi on the bus along with really spacious seats. Ooooo and BRING A PEN as you will need to sign a form to hand in at the border. I forgot one and managed to get my hands on one, but for ease, carry on with you!
As for getting around Seattle itself, we did a lot of walking and ubering to some of the attractions that were quite far away from downtown. In total spent $37.01 which is not bad considering most of the taxi were for 3 of us.
I already had the ESTA from previous trips to America but this cost $14 US which is roughly £10.44 and you can get this through this website, so I’ve not included in the amount below.
Total $78.35 CAD / $59.66 USD/ £45.34 (based on sharing taxi being 2) per person
I love when I say I’m visiting somewhere my friends always give me food recommendations over anything. Means we are on the same wavelength! A place that really blew my my mind was Biscuit Bitch. The environment was loud with the servers saying “Hey Bitch” which I was like these are my people!!!!! I forget in the US how the portion sizes are so large, so I struggled to eat most of it, but I gave it my all and that is all that matters. I finally understand what this biscuit business is all about now and I’m here for it!
Another place that would good for food was the Frankie and Jo’s place, we got some vegan ice cream which I was recommended to get by a friend and they were not wrong! I got the Salty Caramel Ash one and it delicioussssssss.
Crusing Coffee – Corda – $7.29 USD / £5.30
Red Robin – $40.06 USD / £28.82
Starbucks – $5.44 USD / £3.96
Molly Moons Queen – $15.19 USD / £10.93
Wann Japanese Izak – $33.28 USD / £24.21
Biscuit Bitch $36.85 USD/ £26.80
Top Pot – $12.82 USD / £9.32
Sprout – $38.16 USD / £27.75
Starbucks – $7.05 USD / £5.13
Pike Brewing Company $16.71 USD / £12.15
Pike Pine Diner $50.19 USD / £36.50
Frankie and Jo’s – $10.81 USD / £7.86
Uwajimaya Seattle – $9.08 USD / $6.60
Total $282.93 USD / £205.33 (this is based on 2 people’s meals)
I felt like beer deserved its own category considering I didn’t realise how many breweries we actually visited here during I stay! I’ve never been a huge beer drinker, but with all these breweries around, how can you say no? Fremont Brewing was cool as they had a nice garden area and free apples that you could eat as well. And a lot of people brought their dogs in – which if there are animals anyway, it is always a bonus.
Experience Craft Beer – $8.80 USD / £6.40
Seattle Beer Co $17.82 USD / £12.82
Brouwers $22.46 USD / £16.34
Fremont Brewing – $23 USD / £16.55
Total $72.08 USD / £55.11 (this is based on 2 people together not individually)
Where to stay?
I booked a last minute-ish hotel via booking.com for Kings Inn which happened to be the one my friend was staying at, which was convenience – especially leaving our bags in his room until we could check in later. The hotel reminded me of My Name is Earl and also included free WiFi – WOOHOO! And we got two rooms within one, not that we used the other bed, but the option was there! This price is based on us staying there for two nights.
Total $388.53 CAD/ $295.29 USD / £214.77
Things to do?
My favourite places to visit out of the whole trip were the Museum of Pop Culture and Gas Work Park. The money spent on the Museum of Pop Culture was sooooo worth it. They had so many cool exhibitions. From horror movies such as Gremlins & Predator, and shows such as Buffy the vampire slayer & Star Trek, not to mention a huge marvel area. They covered pretty much every genre! There was so much to see, so queue lots of photos!
If you can, I would avoid the Sea Aquarium, it’s overpriced and super small in there. Although I did get some cool pictures, I still don’t think it was worth the money, so you might as well spend your money elsewhere. The Gum Wall is an interest place to visit too and one that we stumbled across on a whim!
We went on the wheel because we wanted to decide what to do next! Got some cool views of the city from there! Also the view from Kerry Place was lovely too! We even witnessed someone getting engaged up there, which is nice/awkward all at the same time.
Museum of Pop Culture – $72 USD / £52.37
The Great Wheel x 2 tickets – $32 USD / £23.44
Gum Wall – Free
Gas Work Parks – Free (just an uber ride away for us)
Sea Aquarium x 2 – $59.90 USD/ £43.57
Bruce and Brandon Lee’s Grave – Free (we walked there)
First ever Starbucks – Free unless you want to buy anything from there. The queue was always too long, but you can admire from afar!
Pike Public Market – Free (lots of food and souvenir that you can buy from there)
Kerry Park – Free (apart from the uber drive there).
Fremont Troll – Free (again ubered over here)
Total $163.9 USD / £119.38
We got some magnets and T-shirts from the souvenir shops for myself as well as postcards for my family.
Seattle Shirt Company $18.13 / £13.19
The Seattle Shop $6.60 / £4.80
Total $24.73 USD / £17.99
Total spend for 2 of us for everything comes to a grand total of……….
$898.59 USD ($449.29 each) / £653.92 (£326.96 each)
Things to note!
- I forgot to bring my 3 sim card (from the UK) in order to get access to 3G when I was out and about, but I did find it hard to actually find Free WiFi whilst wondering around. My provider Freedom wasn’t that great when I attempted to turn the roaming on. Now this is in comparison to Vancouver, where you can easily find yourself from a HotSpot pretty much anywhere without having to go into a place to buy something. If you are lazy like me and think you’ll need wanting to get Ubers around I would highly recommend buying a sim card that works in the US, so that you aren’t struggling for data, like I was.
- Download Google Maps so that you can access it when you are out and about. Also take advantage of Google Places and pin places you want to visit before hand. I did this on the Bolt Bus down and this helped me plan where to visit.
- I wanted to visit Capitol Hill more as there was a UNICORN BAR THERE, which I sadly didn’t get to explore as much as I want too. But I hope one day I can go back, as Seattle is known for having a great music scene, so hopefully can pop back for a gig or something.
- As a British person make sure to carry your passport on you, they do not like your British driving license and think it fake and can get quite arsey about it. They even thought my newer passport was fake (as they’ve never come across it before) or maybe they just hated me – haha!
- Bring good walking shoes as there are a lot of hills.
I hope this was well helpful and gave you a good insider as to what to get up to there. I felt like 3 days was a good enough time to get a good taster of the city! If you have any questions about anything, please feel free to message in the comments below.
Other than that, until next time!