Seattle on a Budget

Seattle, Washington, is known for its coffee lovers and for being the hometown of musical legends like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Jimi Hendrix. With a relaxed atmosphere, a friendly attitude, a great bar scene, and world-class seafood, it’s no question that Seattle is a popular vacation destination for all ages. Unfortunately, it’s not always the cheapest place to plan your next trip. Check out all of the tips below for visiting Seattle without breaking the bank.


The closer you are to downtown, the more you’ll pay per night. If you’re open to staying outside of the city center, you can save a good chunk of change while still being in close proximity to all Seattle has to offer. Take a look at hotels in Bellevue, Washington. The city’s name is derived from the French phrase for “beautiful view” and is the third-largest city in the Seattle metropolitan area, with plenty to offer visitors.


Luckily, getting around downtown Seattle is pretty easy. You can purchase an ORCA card online or through a local transit agency for $5 or less, and you can add any amount you feel you’ll need to cover your transportation during your trip. You can use the ORCA card for the bus, ferry, rail, or train.

If you want to travel outside of the downtown area and you aren’t looking to splurge on a rental car, calling an Uber or Lyft in the area is cheap and easy. Plus, you won’t have to worry about navigating through an unfamiliar area. Hop in, relax, and arrive at your destination.

Things to Do

You’d be surprised at how many things you can do in Seattle without spending a single penny. Some of the top free attractions include exploring Pike Place Market, relaxing at Waterfall Garden Park, and strolling through Olympic Sculpture Park.

Pike Place Market is one of Seattle’s top destinations where visitors can peruse the stalls full of fresh seafood, flowers, food, and much more. Waterfall Garden Park is a pocket park in the Pioneer Square neighborhood. It’s home to a 22-foot tall waterfall and is the perfect place to take a break during a busy day. Olympic Sculpture Park is managed by the Seattle Art Museum and has dozens of large pieces of art to stroll by and snap photos of. The park is open daily, from dusk until dawn.

Cheap Eats

Eating out for every meal when you’re on vacation can really start to add up. Luckily, Seattle has some great restaurants that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

If you’re looking for Mexican food that lives up to the hype, El Camión is the place to go. This spot also serves breakfast all day long! If burgers are more your speed, stop by Rain City Burgers for a classic burger, a cheap beer, and Seahawk-inspired dishes.

Seattle is a beautiful city full of culture and unforgettable experiences. But you don’t have to empty out your savings account to make the most of your next vacation to the Emerald City. Keep these tips and attractions in mind for a budget-friendly Seattle trip.