Tacoma travel guide

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You're Going to Love Tacoma

With a population of 198,397, Tacoma is a must-see destination in Washington, United States. It is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country. We recommend you stay at least 3 days in order to fully appreciate everything Tacoma has to offer.

Where to Eat in Tacoma

If you’re looking for affordable options, Lobster Shop (4015 Ruston Way) and Asado (2810 6th Avenue) are great picks.

When to visit Tacoma

Tacoma in February
Estimated hotel price
$114
1 night at 3-star hotel
Tacoma in February
Estimated hotel price
$114
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Tacoma in July, when the average temperature is 66.2 °F, and the highest can go up to 77 °F. The coldest month, on the other hand, is December, when it can get as cold as 35.6 °F, with an average temperature of 41 °F. You’re likely to see more rain in November, when precipitation is around 6.7″. In contrast, July is usually the driest month of the year in Tacoma, with an average rainfall of 0.7″.

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How to Get to Tacoma

Plane

When flying to Tacoma, you’ll arrive at Seattle/Tacoma Airport (SEA), which is located 15 miles from the city center. Airlines that fly from the United States to Tacoma include American Airlines, Air France and Aeromexico. The shortest domestic flight to Tacoma departs from Ontario and takes around 2h 35m.

Train

Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to Tacoma. The train journey from Tacoma to Bellingham takes 2h 26m and costs around $20 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Vancouver, expect to pay about $29 for a 3h 07m trip. The train station in Tacoma is called Tacoma, and is located 1.2 miles from the city center.

Car

Another option to get to Tacoma is to pick up a car rental from Seattle, which is about 25 miles from Tacoma. You’ll find branches of Sixt and Kyte, among others, in Seattle.

Bus

You can travel by bus to Tacoma using Quick Shuttle or Amtrak. From Bellingham, the bus ride to Tacoma takes 135 miles and will cost you around $42. From Richmond, the ticket costs about $32 for a journey of 210 miles.

Plane

When flying to Tacoma, you’ll arrive at Seattle/Tacoma Airport (SEA), which is located 15 miles from the city center. Airlines that fly from the United States to Tacoma include American Airlines, Air France and Aeromexico. The shortest domestic flight to Tacoma departs from Ontario and takes around 2h 35m.

Train

Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to Tacoma. The train journey from Tacoma to Bellingham takes 2h 26m and costs around $20 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Vancouver, expect to pay about $29 for a 3h 07m trip. The train station in Tacoma is called Tacoma, and is located 1.2 miles from the city center.

Car

Another option to get to Tacoma is to pick up a car rental from Seattle, which is about 25 miles from Tacoma. You’ll find branches of Sixt and Kyte, among others, in Seattle.

Bus

You can travel by bus to Tacoma using Quick Shuttle or Amtrak. From Bellingham, the bus ride to Tacoma takes 135 miles and will cost you around $42. From Richmond, the ticket costs about $32 for a journey of 210 miles.

Airlines serving Tacoma

Lufthansa
Good (4,704 reviews)
KLM
Good (832 reviews)
SWISS
Good (964 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,681 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,546 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,230 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (482 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,611 reviews)
Air France
Good (985 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,109 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,978 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,405 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (6,075 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (228 reviews)
Finnair
Good (843 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (932 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,178 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,823 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (839 reviews)
Ethiopian Air
Good (413 reviews)
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Where to stay in Tacoma

Average rates range from around $236 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $576 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Tacoma

Most booked hotels in Tacoma

Silver Cloud Hotel Tacoma at Point Ruston Waterfront
4 stars
Excellent (9.2, 1097 reviews)
$283+
Silver Cloud Hotel Tacoma Waterfront
3 stars
Excellent (8.5, 830 reviews)
$255+
Country Inn & Suites Seattle-Tacoma Airport
3 stars
Excellent (8.3, 3043 reviews)
$195+
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tacoma Downtown
2 stars
Excellent (8.1, 655 reviews)
$156+
Hotel Murano
4 stars
Good (7.9, 1504 reviews)
$197+
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Tacoma - Seattle
3 stars
Good (7.3, 794 reviews)
$122+

Renting a car in Tacoma

Renting a car in Tacoma costs $61 per day, on average, or $184 if you want to rent if for 3 days. Budget, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Hertz are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to rent a car in Tacoma is the Hertz branch at 4802 S Tacoma Way, which is 3 miles from the city center.

It’s generally cheaper to rent your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 22% cheaper than airport locations in Tacoma.

Expect to pay $3.75 per gallon in Tacoma (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $44.97 and $59.96. The most frequently booked car type in Tacoma is Full-size (Ford Transit or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact rental cars (Nissan Leaf or similar) are, on average, 72% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.

Renting a car in Tacoma costs $61 per day, on average, or $184 if you want to rent if for 3 days. Budget, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Hertz are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to rent a car in Tacoma is the Hertz branch at 4802 S Tacoma Way, which is 3 miles from the city center.

It’s generally cheaper to rent your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 22% cheaper than airport locations in Tacoma.

Expect to pay $3.75 per gallon in Tacoma (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $44.97 and $59.96. The most frequently booked car type in Tacoma is Full-size (Ford Transit or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact rental cars (Nissan Leaf or similar) are, on average, 72% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.