You know, I have used this train station quite a few times in my life but I still do not know where the heck is the actual entrace to the !@#$ thing -- I mean, you can take a long walk to King Street and go around but given the amount of buses, light rail, and even a streetcar on the corner on S Jackson between 4th Av and 5th Av, surely there's a proper entrance tucked away somewhere...? Here's the little plaza:

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I discovered there's an elevator inside this building which does take you into the station but it certainly doesn't look like that's intended for the general public. I never have the time to explore this corner properly ... would anyone local where they have hidden the entrance -- if there's one.

Union Station is easier to access and find which I find... pretty characteristic of public transit in USA. (It hasn't been an actual station for like sixty years, obviously it is easier to find than the actual thing!)

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There are two solutions, neither of which are immediately obvious on Google Maps or ... on anything at all. If you continue walking on South Jackson almost immediately after the little plaza there is a modern office building and you actually can turn left and kind of sneak next to the building on a walkway and then walk down the stairs to the station entrance. https://goo.gl/maps/hFmzyqG3qnZBiyos7 the clock tower is the station. That's your goal. Especially in the dark (when the train leaves for Vancouver...) finding this without prior knowledge is impossible, it really looks like it only leads to the side entrance to the office building. But no, there are stairs...

There is another way, close to the south end of the Link station, this I discovered from several Tripadvisor posts: there is a walk path called Weller Street Walk continuing on Weller Street Bridge and at the end of the bridge you have an elevator down to the station entrance. At least the Weller Street Bridge has a glaring big King Street Station sign on it -- it's a whole another question of how on earth would anyone end up there unless they already knew where it leads. Here's how to find Weller Street Walk from the Link Station:

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Although this little map was published on the occassion of a temporary closing of a Sounder only entrance, it is actually a walking map to King Street Station:

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    Both routes have full coverage on Street View as well, which is also how I learned there's Street View on pedestrian-only routes too.
    – JonathanReez
    Commented Apr 17, 2019 at 7:08
  • If you already know where to look! The route planner draws a dotted line, essentially wishing you best of luck finding anything.
    – user4188
    Commented Apr 17, 2019 at 7:17

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