Getting Around Spokane

Whether you are traveling from Seattle or Missoula, I-90 is the main interstate to Spokane. Running east-west, US 2 is another common route to Spokane. Originating 110 miles away at the Canadian border, US 395 travels south through Spokane. If driving in the city, it is helpful to know that, with a few exceptions, Spokane city roads are designated as avenues if they run east-west. Generally they are designated as streets if they run north-south.

Public Transportation
The STA Plaza is the downtown hub of the Spokane Transit Authority. More than 156 buses serve the Spokane area, and many pass through STA Plaza. This allows passengers to transfer buses easily. Spokane does not have a light rail system. The Spokane Intermodal Center is a long distance transit hub. Visitors can reach Spokane via the Empire Builder, Amtrak's east-west train. The Empire Builder connects many passengers to Spokane as it travels daily from Seattle to Chicago. Greyhound buses bring passengers from other Washington cities and from other states.

Spokane International Airport is only five miles from downtown. Alaska Airlines, Frontier, Southwest, Horizon, Delta and US Air serve Spokane. Direct flights to Spokane are limited. Generally these include Seattle, Denver, Salt Lake City, Portland, Boise, Oakland, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Las Vegas. Alamo, Avis, Budget, Hertz, Enterprise, National, Thrifty and Dollar car rental companies have counters in the airport's ground transportation center. For shuttle bus service, Northwestern Stage Lines and Travel Washington Gold Line offer scheduled trips to downtown Spokane. The Spokane Transit Authority offers regular bus service as well. Other shuttles offer transportation to nearby communities. Cab service is available, but visitors may need to call Spokane Cab's 24-hour taxi dispatch service. A number of hotels offer free shuttle service, but be careful to pick a Spokane destination. Idaho hotels, a nearby casino, ski resorts and others often run shuttles to the airport as well.

General aviation arrivals use Felts Field in east Spokane. If arriving at Felts Field, it is a good idea to call ahead for ground transportation options.

Spokane is not highly ranked among walkable cities, but it does offer 37 miles of paved trails. The Spokane River Centennial Trail actually connects Spokane's Sontag Park to the eastern shore of Lake Coeur d'Alene, making it possible to walk from Spokane to Idaho.