General Information

Congress Location

The 10th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences will be held at the Washington State Convention Center, which is conveniently located in downtown Seattle with its main entrance on Eighth Avenue between Pike and Seneca.

Washington State Convention Center

800 Convention Place
Seattle, WA 98101-2350

   

From SEATAC International airport, you can take the light rail all the way to the last stop at Westlake Center. WSCC is just a couple blocks away. Click here to view the light rail schedule from Sea-Tac Airport to Downtown Seattle/Westlake. Click here for detailed directions to the Washington State Convention Center.

Visitor's Information

Visit Seattle’s Information Center is located at 800 Convention Pl, Seattle, WA 98118.  For more information, click here to visit their website.

Banking and Foreign Exchange

In the United States, the US Dollar ($) is the unit of currency and is divided into 100 cents. Notes are in denomination of $100, 50, 20, 10, 5, and 1. Banking hours are typically Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, with a few banks also being open on Saturday. 

Two Automated Teller Machines (ATM) are conveniently located inside WSCC for cash withdrawals. You’ll find an ATM on Level 1 at the base of the South Galleria escalators, next to the Massage Bar, and on Level 4 near Tougo’s Coffee. Please check with your local financial institution to make sure that your card will function properly abroad.

Climate

August is a moderately warm month with relatively little rain in Seattle. Seattle's average daily high temperature is between 68 and 73 degrees Fahrenheit (20 to 23 degrees Celsius) in August with low temperatures between 52 and 54 °F (11 to 12 °C).

Dialing Codes

The USA country code is +001, while Seattle landlines start with a 206 area code, followed by a 7 digit number.

Eating Out

Seattle offers one of America's true regional cuisines, rooted in fresh seafood, an abundance of small-scale producers and purveyors, great local wines and an ever-growing pool of talented chefs. The diversity of Seattle's dining scene sets it apart, too. There are Northwestern-style seafood restaurants and steakhouses, but also restaurants that draw on influences from Asia, Latin America, France, Italy and beyond. For a list of great places to dine and to make reservations, please go to Visit Seattle's website by clicking here.

Electricity

Electric power is standardized in all states across the USA. It is set at 110 Volts and 60 cycles. If you bring any electrical appliance to the USA, you may need an adaptor to fit the US electrical receptacles. You may also need a converter to change the voltage from 110 volts to 220 volts.

Emergency Services

In case of an emergency, police, ambulance and rescue services can be contacted by dialing 911.

Language

The official language of the Congress is English. Translation service will not be provided.

Name Badge

The Congress badge must be worn at all times for admission to the scientific sessions, exhibits, and social events.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is banned in all public places including all enclosed or partly enclosed public areas.

Time Zone

Seattle and the Pacific Northwest are in the Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) Zone. This means that Seattle time is two hours ahead of Hawaii time (Hawaii-Aleutian Daylight Time), one hour ahead of Alaska time (Alaska Daylight Time), one hour behind Colorado (Mountain Daylight Time), two hours behind Alabama (Central Daylight Time), and three hours behind New York (Eastern Daylight Time).

Tipping

While tipping is not mandatory in most of the United States, it is customary in many circumstances for service, especially at almost all sit-down restaurants which offer table service and many food servers depend on tips as an essential part of their wage. Generally, the average tip is 15% to 20% of the total meal cost.

Transportation

By Air

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, or "Sea-Tac," is located in the city's southern suburbs. Domestically it's a major hub for Northwest and West Coast destinations; internationally, it handles heavily traveled trans-Pacific routes as well as direct flights to the major European airports and to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Sea-Tac is less than 15 miles from downtown Seattle. Visit the airport's official website here for information on passenger services, flight status, and news for travelers.

By Rail

Amtrak operates daily train service into Seattle from various cities all over the United States. The King Street Station is located between South King and South Jackson Streets and Second and Fourth Avenues South in the Pioneer Square neighborhood of Seattle, the station is just south of downtown.  It is served by Amtrak Cascades, Empire Builder and Coast Starlight trains, and by Sound Transit's Sounder commuter train. King Street Station is also the Seattle terminus for the Rocky Mountaineer's luxury excursion train, the Coastal Passage.

By Road

Seattle is easily accessible via extensive road and highway network.

Traffic Seattle - Washington State Department of Transportation provides up to date traffic and road work information.

Getting Around in Seattle

Seattle is easy to navigate with a wide variety of smart transportation options.

Link Light Rail

Link Light Rail makes trips from the airport station to downtown Seattle between 5:00 am and 1:00 am, Monday through Saturday (the last train departs the airport at 12:10 am), and from 5:00 am to midnight on Sunday (the last train departs the airport at 11:05 pm). Trains arrive every 7 to 15 minutes, depending on the time of day, and take about 40 minutes to travel between Sea-Tac International Airport and Westlake Station in downtown Seattle. One-way fare for adults ranges from $2 to $3. Schedules and station maps are available on the Sound Transit website.

King County Metro Transit

King County Metro Transit provides bus service in downtown Seattle and outlying neighborhoods in King county. Metro buses no longer serve Sea-Tac Airport. Time-tables and route maps are available at the ground transportation information booth on the third floor of the airport parking garage, near Island 2 at the airport, at the Transit Information Center in the tunnel under Westlake Center at 4th Avenue & Pine Street, or can be found on the King County Metro Transit website.

South Lake Union Streetcar

The South Lake Union Streetcar makes 11 stops through the South Lake Union area. Streetcars arrive every 10-15 minutes and run from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm (Monday-Thursday), 6:00 am to 11:00 pm (Friday & Saturday), and 10:00 am to 7:00 pm (Sunday & holidays). Adult fare is about $2.50. Schedules and maps are available on their website.

Seattle Center Monorail

The iconic Seattle Center Monorail travels between Westlake Center in downtown and Seattle Center at the base of Queen Anne hill. Regular operating hours are between 7:30 am and 11:00 pm, Monday-Friday, and from 8:30 am to 11:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday. Trains depart every 10 minutes and the trip takes only 2 minutes each way. One-way fare for adults is about $2.25; tickets are cash-only. Schedules, information and FAQs are on the Seattle Center Monorail website.

Taxis, Limos and Ride Sharing

At Sea-Tac Airport, taxis are available on the third floor of the parking garage. One-way rides between the airport and downtown range from $40-$55. To arrange for a limo, town car or taxi ride in advance, use any of the travelers’ information boards in baggage claim or visit the ground transportation information booth on the third floor of the parking garage. In downtown Seattle, ride-sharing companies, such as Uber, Lyft & Sidecar, offer in-city transportation from local drivers. All rides can be scheduled using smartphone apps.

Seattle Travel and Tourism

Seattle is anything but ordinary. It's a place where bike messengers share elevators with world-renowned researchers. Where fishermen have lunch alongside top surgeons. It's a city where the extraordinary is commonplace and commonplace is anything but. And if you look closely, you just might discover that in Seattle there are amazing things happening all around you.

From a jet engine to an espresso machine to grunge rock, Seattle's world-changing events have all had a distinct sound. But the symphony doesn't end there. Your visit to Seattle may bring you the sound of an orca blowing as it surfaces, the roar of the crowd at Safeco Field or the near silence of the Olympic rainforest. Come to Seattle and hear for yourself.

Click Here to see must-do items while in Seattle according to the New York Times.

Seattle tourism information can be found at Visit Seattle.