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Driving From Vancouver To Seattle

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How long of a drive is it from Vancouver to the Seatlle airport? Is it taking much longer these days to get accross the border? Any difference timewise on the drive back?

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    The answer to your question depends totally on timing. It is important to remember that Seattle Airport is on the South side of Seattle so that it's necessary to drive through Seattle, (or around it on I405), and rush hours could add an hour or more to the time.

    The border waits are longer since 9/11 but again it's a matter of timing. Weekends are usually busier than weekdays but even then sometimes the waits can be minimal - other times over two hours. But the latter usually occurs on holiday weekends or when there's some major event in Seattle like an NFL game or something so normally you can factor in an average of about a half hour wait during daytime hours. Usually the tuck crossing - around 1 mile east of the Peace Arch crossing is faster for cars but not always. Because the Americans are tougher than the Canadians the northbound waits are usually shorter than vice versa.

    So, if you choose to drive down on a weekday evening, (leaving Vancouver after 6PM), you could be at Seattle Airport by 8:45-9:30 PM. Driving time alone, obeying speed limits is 2 1/2 hours. Of course since it sounds like you're going to meet and drive back someone arriving at SeaTac you probably aern't going to have the flexibility of choosing the optimum time of day.

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