Attending the Opera

Traffic & Transportation


The Mercer Corridor Reconstruction Project:
Please note this construction schedule changes frequently. For the most up to date information please visit the project website before your trip to McCaw Hall.

  • Eastbound Mercer Street between 5th Ave. N. and 9th Ave N. has been opened to three lanes with two new left turn lanes from westbound Mercer Street to southbound 5th Ave. N. Please use caution as drivers adjust to new traffic patterns.
  • Right turns from southbound Dexter Ave. N. to westbound Mercer Street are restricted.
  • Northbound Taylor Ave. N. will be closed at Mercer Street. Southbound access to Mercer St. will be maintained via Roy St.

Patrons with Mercer Street Garage parking passes, please plan to enter the garage through the 4th Ave. entrance. All garage entrances will open at 5 P.M.

Very heavy traffic is expected Jan. 10 through Downtown Seattle due to an evening Seahawks playoff game.

Events at Seattle Center on Jan. 10 and 17 may also cause traffic and/or congestion when arriving at the hall.

Arrive Early

Plan on arriving at least 60 minutes before the performance. There will be no late seating until an appropriate break occurs, usually intermission.

Traffic Tip & Parking Information

Use Hwy 99 (Aurora), and alternative routes whenever possible to avoid congestion on I-5.

To avoid congestion on the north side of Seattle Center near McCaw Hall, we strongly encourage you to park at the Gates Foundation Garage (also known as 5th Avenue Garage). Located at the corner of 5th Avenue and Harrison St., it is just a short 3 blocks from McCaw Hall.

There are several parking garages nearby, the most immediate being Mercer Street Garage and Gates Foundation 5th Avenue Garage. For more information on nearby lots, visit our Parking page.

Directions & Map

For directions to Marion Oliver McCaw Hall visit our Directions page.

Additional Resources for Travel Planning:

Mercer Street construction and I-5/Mercer St. exit information
Seattle Center parking, traffic, and transportation information
City of Seattle Traffic Cameras
Highway Information


Bus routes which run through Downtown, Seattle Center and/or the Queen Anne/Uptown neighborhood may also serve your area. For bus routes, schedules, and trip planning, visit King County Metro Online or call 206.553.3000 or 1.800.542.7876.


Coming from Downtown Seattle? A ride on the monorail can bring you within walking distance of McCaw Hall. Visit the Seattle Center Monorail Site for more information.

Taxis and Car Services

There are numerous car options in the region, including:

Yellow Taxi (206.622.6500)
Seattle Black Car Service (206.280.9296)
Über (app downloads to your mobile phone for convenient ordering and payment)

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