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Boeing Plant Tours

Mon Feb 02, 2004 12:10 pm

Hi all,

Planning a trip to the US later on this year.
Would like to fly into SFO aboard Air NZ's new service, look around there for a couple of days and then fly north to Seattle, then down to LA.

Just a couple of questions though.
Can anyone tell me how far the Boeing plant (Everatt I think!) is from Seattle city centre and is there public transport (or even a shuttle service) available?

Any good hotel recommendations would be appreciated too.

Thanks in advance.

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RE: Boeing Plant Tours

Mon Feb 02, 2004 12:14 pm

Everett is about 30 miles north of Seattle. Don't think there is a an public transport up there. From the site: "There is limited public transportation from Seattle. Please call Metro at (206) 553-3000."

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As for hotels, how much are you willing to spend a night?
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RE: Boeing Plant Tours

Mon Feb 02, 2004 12:19 pm

I once went on the tour. We flew from ZBB (boundry bay) to Boeing Field. Just landing on that runway on my 172 was awesome. I loved it when I was taxing behind a 747. The tour is great. Sidenote if you are in a wheel-chair you can not do the tour. It is awesome just the size alone was suprising. You will have a good time, trust me.
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RE: Boeing Plant Tours

Mon Feb 02, 2004 12:23 pm

Gray Line ( does operate a tour that goes just does the Boeing plant. As far as I know, this is the only way to do the Boeing plant without a car. The tour leaves from downtown Seattle and takes you up to the plant. It's pricey, $39, but its cheaper than renting a car.

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RE: Boeing Plant Tours

Mon Feb 02, 2004 12:31 pm

Whatever you do DO NOT stay at the Seattle Inn. Avoid this place at all costs. When my family and I took a trip to Seattle several years ago, we planned to stay there. Their slogan is (was?) "The best kept secret in Seattle" and had very reasonable prices. After arriving at the hotel, checking in, and retiring to our room, we understood why this place is/was the best kept secret in Seattle. If everyone knew of this place, no one would ever visit Seattle again. It was the biggest and smelliest dump I've ever been in. Needless to say, only about ten minutes after checking in, we were checked out and searching for a new hotel. We ended up staying at a very nice but fairly pricey hotel. I don't remember the name of it, but we were all very pleased. What was the first order of business after checking in for the second time of the day you ask? Taking a nice long shower to rid ourselves of the god awful odor of the best kept secret in Seattle.
And oh yes, I did tour the boeing plant.

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RE: Boeing Plant Tours

Mon Feb 02, 2004 12:36 pm

Touring the Boeing plant is an aviation lovers tour of a life time! Its incredible, I LOVED it! Enjoy!
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RE: Boeing Plant Tours

Mon Feb 02, 2004 12:57 pm

The Boeing tour is good but somewhat short. You are only in the factory for about 15 minutes or so and only by the 744 assembly if I remember correctly. You are then driven across to the painting hagar on a bus by all the a/c lined up preapring for delivery. Everett is about 35 minutes north of SeaTac Airport. Most hotels in the downtown area have airporter shuttles and offer info to obtain tickets for the tour.
Hotels I'd reccomend. For a reasonable cost, you get a luxurious room at the WESTIN Seattle right across from Seattle Center with a monorail to the space needle (if its still operational) If you are on a more limited budget, the Hampton Inn downtown is also a very good value and includes a cooked to order breakfast. Enjoy the tour and be sure to check out the Fisherman's Wharf!
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RE: Boeing Plant Tours

Mon Feb 02, 2004 1:11 pm

Thanks guys for all your feedback.

I checked out the Boeing site soon after I posted.
For some reason, I always thought that Everett was south of Seattle......must take more notice when on my flightsim next time.

As far as hotel prices go, I'd look at mid-range. Not the Sheraton, but then not a dive either; after all, it's just somewhere to sleep.

That Grayline Tour seems just the deal because it would cover other attractions too.

Another attraction I didn't even think about was the Seattle Museum of Flight.
Must check that one out too.

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RE: Boeing Plant Tours

Mon Feb 02, 2004 1:15 pm

You can also get tours here at the Boeing factory in STL, I think, although it's not exactly the same as the main one in Seattle.
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RE: Boeing Plant Tours

Mon Feb 02, 2004 3:03 pm

Well worth the trip. Bring plenty off cash for the Boeing company store which is right next to the tour office. Lots of good stuff! Big thumbs up
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RE: Boeing Plant Tours

Mon Feb 02, 2004 3:25 pm

The Museum of flight is right next to the B-737/757 assembly line in Renton. Just south of Seattle very near to SeaTac airport. I actually enjoyed the Museum more than than the tour, except seeing all the jetliners on the ramp in Everett, that is spectacular.

I also forgot to mention the Embassy Suites. Great hotel, great location, great price.

Enjoy your trip! If you're so inclined, come to PDX and check out the Columbia River gorge or the OR coast, both beautiful places.

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RE: Boeing Plant Tours

Mon Feb 02, 2004 4:59 pm

Museum of flight is at Boeing Field not at Renton. By the way, the museum is great plan at least a half of a day, you can also watch the traffic at Boeing field while listing to Air Traffic Control. Boeing delivers a lot of aircraft at Boeing mostly the narrow bodies.
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RE: Boeing Plant Tours

Mon Feb 02, 2004 5:10 pm

Boeing field is in Renton, WA as is the Museum of flight. Paine field is in Everett, WA along with the assembly facility for 747, 767, 777 a/c
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RE: Boeing Plant Tours

Mon Feb 02, 2004 5:19 pm

Check out the Hilton Seattle AIrport Confrence Center. Usually you can get a room there for around 79.00 USD
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RE: Boeing Plant Tours

Mon Feb 02, 2004 5:24 pm


I live in Renton, just a mile away from the Renton Airport. I did most of my flight training at Boeing Field.

I can say for a fact, since I've been there over 20 years, that the museum of flight is NOT at the Renton Airport.

Renton Airport: At the south end of Lake Washington, next to Interstate 405. This is where Boeing builds the 737 & 757. No tours available in the plant, although there is a nice park and walking path along the Cedar River between the plant and the runway.

Boeing Field: Just south of downtown Seattle alongside Interstate 5. The museum of flight is here, along with the Boeing delivery center where the planes that are made in Renton get flight tested and delivered to the customer.

Take it from me, they are two different airports.

Paine Field: 30 miles north of Seattle in Everett Washington where the widebodies are built, and where the tour of the 747 line is. Yes, the tour is about 20-25 minutes long with about 15 minutes spent inside the assembly hangar. If you are an airline employee, bring your I.D., as you can get on the tour for free.

Also, we don't have a "Fishermans Wharf" in Seattle, but I suspect you mean either the Pike's Place Market, or Fishermans Terminal. Either is fun to visit, although the Market is more of a place for tourists, the Terminal being a working boat harbor.


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RE: Boeing Plant Tours

Tue Feb 03, 2004 1:38 am

I thought Museum of Flight was at Tacoma Narrows.  Big grin

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