Attending the Opera

Traffic & Transportation

Don Giovanni

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.

  • Mercer, Roy Street, and Queen Anne Ave N have opened to two-way traffic. Please pay attention to directional signage.
  • Broad Street is now permanently closed.
  • Taylor Ave. N will be closed to northbound traffic.
  • Sidewalk and bike lane work continues on Mercer Street and may cause intermittent lane closures or delays.
  • Access routes to SR 99 have changed. Please watch directional signage.

Heavy traffic and congestion are expected at Seattle Center and Key Arena on October 18, October 25, and November 1. A home Sounders game may cause traffic in and around downtown Seattle on October 25.

Please allow extra travel time.

Aurora Ave N. will be closed between Valley St. and the Battery Street Tunnel October 18 and 19.

SR 99 will be closed between S. Spokane St. and the Battery Street Tunnel October 18 and 19.

SR 520 Floating Bridge will be closed October 18 and 19.

Arrive Early

Plan on arriving at least 45 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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Photo Credit

Die Fledermaus, 2003 © Bill Mohn photo