Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Yes. Below is our Pet Policy (applies to all pets, not just dogs).
SMALL PETS (ride w/passenger) - Pets and dogs are permitted to ride on the bus, only if they are in a small, carrier (9" x 12" x 17") that fits under the seat. Animals must be kept in carrier. Animals can be refused if disruptive/noisy. Cost: $5 fee for each direction.
MEDIUM-SIZED PETS (ride in luggage bay) - Pets must be in a hard-sided, medium-sized kennel and ride in the luggage compartment. Kennels larger than 32” x 22” x 23”, or animals weighing over 50 lbs are not accepted. Cost: $10 for each direction.
**Passengers can pay for pet at the time they make their reservation, or cash to the driver.
Our passengers with certified service animals are always welcome onboard. (Emotional support pets are not currently defined by law as service animals and follow the guidelines above for pets) The certified service animal is the responsibility of the owner and must be under control of the owner at all times. Please use a leash or harness on your service animal while on the bus. The service animal rides on the floor at your feet, not in a seat, the aisle or your lap. There is no charge for service animals.
Bicycles are not considered standard luggage but are accepted with a fee of $10 each direction and must be in a box (approx. 8”W x 30”H x 57”L max.). We need to know this at the time the reservation is made so the driver is aware and in the correct size bus.
Skis, snowboards, golf clubs, surfboards (under 6’) and gun cases are accepted as 1 of the 2 pieces of luggage you are allowed in the luggage compartment. Items weighing more than 50 lbs or over 6’ long cannot be accepted.
We highly recommend that carseats be used for all children under the age of 8 yrs old. Although not all of our buses are equipped with seat belts, for the ones that are it is required by law that everyone be buckled. Even on our buses that do not have seat belts, it would be safer for the child to be buckled into a carseat than not at all.
We do allow children between the ages of 12 yrs and 15 yrs to travel unaccompanied as long as we have a Minor Release form. This must be filled out, signed and on file in our office before a prepaid reservation will be made. You may pay cash to the driver as long as a parent or guardian is there with the child to fill out the Minor Release form before putting the child on the bus. Children under the age of 12 yrs cannot travel without a parent or guardian. A copy of our Minor Release form can be obtained here on our website or at our Ferndale or Burlington offices or you may get one from any of our drivers.
A few of our stops are reservation only but generally reservations are not required. It is, however, a good idea to make a reservation so you are guaranteed a seat on the shuttle at the time you would like to ride. Reservations are prepaid with a credit/debit card over the phone, or online or you may pay by cash or check at our locations in Burlington and Ferndale or at certain Travel Agencies that have accounts with us.
This is a fee that is regulated by the state. It fluctuates monthly and helps to compensate for high fuel prices.
A minimum of 24 hours notice is needed to insure that we have the proper vehicle assigned to the time you want to ride. We also need to know the combined weight of the chair and passenger along with the width and length of the wheelchair/scooter to make sure it is compatible with our equipment. The maximum combined weight our equipment can handle is 500 lbs. The maximum width is 28” and a maximum length of 45”.
10. I will be traveling between Yakima and Seattle in January. What is your policy if the pass closes?
As long as the pass remains open our buses will run. We may experience delays due to road conditions and having to chain up the buses so please allow plenty of time before your flight. In the event that the pass closes we will hold at Ellensburg or Cle Elum until notified that the pass has reopened. If the pass remains closed for more than a few hours we will consider canceling the run and if so will return the passengers to their pick-up points. If the run is canceled the passengers may receive a full refund or they can leave the reservation open and use it at a later time.
11. My flight just landed at Sea-Tac and my shuttle is scheduled to leave in a few minutes. Can you hold the bus for me?
In an effort to give our customers the best on-time service we can only hold the bus for up to 5 minutes past the scheduled departure time from Sea-Tac airport. We do depart from Sea-Tac 11 times a day on our I-5 corridor runs and 5 times a day for our Central Washington route and we would be happy to change your reservation to the next available shuttle at no charge.
12. I would like to pay cash for a ticket when I arrive at Sea-Tac. Is someone there that can help me with this?
On most days we have an agent at Sea-Tac just to the right of door “00” from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm that would be happy to sell you a ticket. You may also purchase a ticket from your driver if the agent is not available. The drivers and our agent cannot accept any bills larger than a $50 and they cannot accept checks. We also have a phone just behind the agents kiosk that you can use to reach us directly if you would like to pay by credit card.
We do offer a 10% discount for groups of 4 or more with a prepaid reservation (paying passengers – free infant does not count). All passengers must travel together on the same ticket in order to receive the discount. The group discount applies to both the I-5 corridor and CWA. Cash tickets sold by drivers or our agent at Sea-Tac do not qualify for discounts.
14. I will be traveling back and forth to Sea-Tac quite often. Do you have any type of frequent traveler program?
We do offer a Commuter ticket for frequent travelers on our I-5 corridor routes. The commuter ticket gives you 6 roundtrip tickets for the price of 5 roundtrips. Commuter tickets are paid in advance, are non-refundable and never expire.
Portable oxygen and respirators may travel with you. You may carry up to 2 oxygen canisters – 1 on board the bus and 1 in the luggage compartment. Canisters stored in the luggage compartment must be in a protective case with a safety cap on the valve. The maximum size for the canister may not exceed 4.5” in diameter and 26” in length.
16. I live just around the corner from one of the stops in Anacortes. Can the driver take me to my house?
Unfortunately we are not licensed for door-to-door service. State regulations only allow us to load/unload at our pre-approved, designated stops. At the same time we must consider the safety of the area and where we take our buses. Tree branches alone have caused thousands of dollars in damage.
Neither of our Airporter divisions, the I-5 corridor or I-90 corridor, stop at the cruise ship piers in Seattle. We do stop at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle on both our I-5 corridor and I-90 corridor runs. You may catch a taxi from this location to the piers. There is also a service available that runs from Sea-Tac to the Seattle piers. A reservation agent can give you this information.
Yes, we can take baggage to / from the airport for you. If this is being paid for by the airlines they will set this up by calling our dispatcher. If you are paying for this you will need to make a prepaid reservation. Baggage cannot be over 50 lbs or measure more than 70” overall (LxWxH). Someone must take the bag to the driver and someone must meet the bus at the destination to retrieve it from the driver.
19. I’m handicapped and am unable to walk long distances. Is the driver able to drop me off at my airline?
Port of Seattle regulations state that we can only unload passengers in designated “Bus Unloading Zones”. There are two of these zones on departure level at Sea-Tac. If you need further assistance to reach your airlines you may call Sea-Tac airport or your airlines and arrange for a representative to meet you on departure level with a wheelchair, or the driver may be able to flag down a skycap for you. Our driver cannot leave the bus or go inside while on departures level.
Most of our stops allow you to park your vehicle there while you are gone. They vary in price and some are by reservation or on a space available basis. You may call and speak with a reservation agent and they will be able to give you the information for the stop you are departing from.
We do offer a discount for travel agents that presently have an account with us, and provide at least $500 of business for us in a calendar year. If the travel agent would like to make a reservation for themselves they pay youth rate and at the time they board must present a business card to the driver along with their valid IATA card. If they want to go “stand-by” they ride free as long as a seat is available and again they must present a business card to the driver along with their valid IATA card. At this time we are not accepting any new Travel Agent accounts.
Yes, we offer a discount, on certain trips, for passengers 60 yrs old and older and for US military personnel/dependents with a valid military ID (Merchant Marines is not a branch of the US military). Please present your military ID to the driver upon boarding the bus. This discount is not currently available for our Central Washington Airporter.
Our I-5 corridor and I-90 corridor Airporter runs make several stops a day at the Washington State Convention Center. Prepaid reservations are required for this stop.
We have 11 runs a day leaving Bellingham headed south to Sea-Tac airport. All of our buses stop at our transfer station in Burlington before continuing on. This is where our north/south buses meet up with our east/west buses and hand over transfers going to/from Anacortes. Sometimes, depending on the time schedule, there is a delay of an hour before the next bus arrives headed to Anacortes / Bellingham. For this type of reservation please call in to our reservations department and they will be happy to help you.
We no longer stop at the Seattle Amtrak station, but we do make several stops a day (on both our 1-5 and 1-90 corridor services) at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle. A taxi can easily take you from the Convention Center to the Amtrak station.
26. I will be arriving on the San Juan Ferry and need to go to Sea-Tac. What is your policy if the ferry is late? Can the driver wait for me?
We depart from the San Juan Ferry terminal in Anacortes 11 times daily on a set schedule. Our departure times do not change quarterly as do the ferry schedules. We depart from the ferry terminal at 5 minutes past the hour on each of the scheduled runs. If there are prepaid reservations that have not shown the driver will check the building and wait until 10 minutes past the hour before departing. In an effort to give our customers the best on-time service we will not be able to wait any longer than this. We can, however, change your reservation to the next available shuttle for you at no charge.
27. If, due to bad weather, you are unable to pick-up/drop-off at the north county stops do I get a partial refund on my ticket?
Yes, we will refund the difference in price with no fee.
28. If I cancel my reservation and request a refund how long does it take until the money is back on my credit card? If I paid cash how long does it take?
Credit card refunds can take up to 10 days before showing on your account. We will process a “same day” cancel when the tickets for that day are reconciled. Other cancels can be processed immediately, but we have no control over how long it takes your bank to post it to your account. If you paid by cash/check we need a current mailing address and refunds are paid by company check within 10 days.
No. Your Confirmation Number is your boarding pass. Please keep this number with you for boarding the bus or for making any changes to your reservation.
There is no charge to change to another shuttle although you will be riding space-available.
31. What happens if I pay for a reservation and then my plans change and I don't need to use the reservation, do I lose my money?
No, there is no charge to change it to an "Open" ticket to use at another time within a year from the date of purchase OR you may cancel the reservation (I-5 corridor & Anacortes runs) for just a $4 processing fee. For our Central Washington Airporter (Yakima to Sea-Tac) runs, a $5 processing fee will be charged for canceling prepaid reservations prior to scheduled time of departure. No refunds after scheduled time of departure. Changes to day/time allowed with no fee before scheduled time of departure.
Yes, however, we must charge the card when the reservation is made, so one passenger is not able to make a reservation and then have another person call in later with the credit card information.
Prepaid reservations at least 12 hours in advance will guarantee seating. Prepaid reservations may be made up until departure time as long as there is seating available. A passenger may pay cash to the driver and board space available at any of our stops not indicated by a "*" as prepaid-only stops.
A prepaid reservation can be made a) online via our reservations page; b) over the phone with a credit or debit card; c) through a contracted travel agent with cash or credit cards; d) by check sent to our office 2 weeks prior to departure; e) by cash or credit card at our Ferndale, WA office.
Sea-Tac Airport recommends passengers arrive 2 hours prior to departure for domestic flights, 3 hours prior to departure for international flights.
36. Do you offer drop off service to the Alaska Ferry in Bellingham on Ferry Days & what are those days?
Yes, we offer service between the Bellingham Cruise Terminal (Alaska Ferry stop) and our Airporter stops (outside of Whatcom County) on Ferry arrival/departure days. Our service is available to Ferry passengers only. Normally Ferry arrival/departure days are Fridays, but passengers should check with the Alaska Marine Highway System website at http://dot.alaska.gov/amhs/
Upon request, bus drivers/operators shall ask - but not require - passengers to yield priority seating at the front of the bus to seniors and persons with disabilities. Drivers are not required to enforce the priority seating designation beyond making such a request.