Getting To & Around
The business and culture hub of the Inland Northwest, Spokane County is well-connected within the state and the rest of the United States. Major roadways include Interstate 90; U.S. routes 2, 195 and 395; and state routes 27, 206, 290, 291, 902 and 904. The new North Spokane Corridor connects U.S. highways 2 and 395 and, once complete, will be a major corridor for freight transport between Spokane and Canada.
Area businesses are also supported with rail service by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe, which has its main office in Spokane, and the Union Pacific/Southern Pacific. Both rail services ship nationally out of a switching yard in Spokane Valley.
For those arriving by air, Spokane International Airport is one of Washington’s major airports, located 10 miles east of Fairchild Air Force Base. From the airport, there are a number of options (shuttle, car rental or public transportation) to get you around Spokane County.
Spokane International Airport
9000 W. Airport Drive
Spokane, WA 99224 509-455-6455
Spokane International Airport is a 4,800-acre commercial service airport and is the second-largest airport in the state. Serving more than 3 million passengers each year, Spokane International Airport has five passenger airlines, including Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and American Airlines.
Eight car-rental agencies are available at the Ground Transportation Center at the airport. Taxi, shuttle and bus services are also available. The Spokane Transit Authority provides bus service from the airport to the transportation plaza in downtown Spokane.
Spokane Transit Authority
1230 W. Boone Ave.
Spokane, WA 99201 509-325-6000
Spokane Transit Authority’s mass transit system covers 371 square miles with more than 35 bus routes. The mass transit system serves Airway Heights, Cheney, Medical Lake, Millwood, Liberty Lake, Spokane, Spokane Valley and unincorporated areas of the county. Paratransit services are available.
Spokane Transit Authority also operates Vanpool, a service that helps people who live and work in the same area commute together. The service uses seven-, 12- or 15-passenger vans and is available even in the areas outside fixed bus route service. Visit www.commutefindernw.com/van-pool for more information.
Visit the Spokane Transit Authority website for more information on bus routes, fares and park and ride locations.
Washington State Department of Transportation’s Travel Washington program provides statewide travel options, connecting towns and rural communities with major transportation hubs. The Gold Line of Travel Washington serves Spokane and offers two round trips daily between Spokane and Kettle Falls, Washington. Boarding spots include a location in Deer Park, the Hastings Road Park & Ride in North Spokane, the Spokane Intermodal Center, the Spokane Transit Authority Plaza and the airport.
For more information on bus schedules and fares, visit Gold Line’s website.
Driving and Commuting
Spokane County is traversed by one interstate highway, three U.S. highways and six state routes.
Interstate 90, the northernmost east-to-west, coast-to-coast interstate, connects two of the largest cities in the state: Spokane and Seattle. The four-lane interstate runs through the heart of Spokane County, connecting Liberty Lake, Spokane Valley and the city of Spokane. It is a major commuter route for the county and North Idaho, with traffic volumes exceeding 100,000 vehicles per day. The Washington State Department of Transportation has completed widening of the interstate from Sprague Avenue to Sullivan Road, and remaining projects will add two more lanes between the Sullivan Road Interchange and the Idaho state line.
U.S. Route 2 runs east to west through the county. The route begins in Everett and travels through Spokane to Newport. Within the county, it connects Fairchild Air Force Base and Airway Heights.
U.S. Route 195 has nearly all of its 95 miles within Washington. The north-south highway crosses the Idaho-Washington state line and continues into Spokane County, where it ends at the interchange with Interstate 90.
U.S. Route 395 is a north-south route that travels from the Canadian border to Spokane. The route, which eventually terminates in the south in the Mojave Desert, connects Deer Park to Clayton.
State Route 27 travels north to south, serving Whitman and Spokane counties. It terminates in Spokane Valley at state Route 290, north of Interstate 90.
State Route 206 is a 15-mile-long highway that serves Mount Spokane State Park. The route begins at U.S. Route 2 and travels east through the county and northeast into the Selkirk Mountains. The highway ends at the entrance to the state park.
Named Hamilton Street and Trent Avenue, state Route 290 is east-west route 18 miles long. It travels through the county parallel to the Union Pacific railroad from Interstate 90 in Spokane, then through Millwood toward Spokane Valley, where it intersects state Route 27.
State Route 291 begins in Spokane County at an intersection with U.S. Route 2 and U.S. Route 395. The route travels northwest to Nine Mile Falls, eventually intersecting with state Route 231 outside of the county.
State Route 902 is a 12-mile highway located entirely within Spokane County. The road travels through Medical Lake, beginning and ending at interchanges on Interstate 90/U.S. Route 395.
Like state Route 902, state Route 904 is located entirely within Spokane County. The route also beings and ends at interchanges on Interstate 90/U.S. Route 395, and travels through Cheney.
The new North Spokane Corridor was preliminarily opened in 2009. More than half of the corridor is complete and open to traffic. Once completed, the corridor will connect Interstate 90 on the southern end to the existing U.S. Highway 2 and U.S. Highway 395 on the northern end. The corridor will decrease travel time, fuel usage and traffic congestion, moving traffic away from local arterials. For updates on the North Spokane Corridor, visit the Washington State Department of Transportation at www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/us395/northspokanecorridor.
The Washington State Department of Transportation provides travel advisories, traffic cams, ferry information and other commuter tips at www.wsdot.wa.gov or call 360-705-7438.
Washington State Department of Licensing
P.O. Box 9030
Olympia, WA 98507 360-902-3900
Spokane Driver Licensing Office
9107 N. Country Homes Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99218 509-482-3882
Spokane Valley Driver Licensing Office
12801 E. Sprague Ave.
Spokane, WA 99216 509-921-2357
The Washington State Department of Licensing issues driver’s licenses, identification cards and vehicle registration and provides other driving-related services. Find many of the required forms and general information at www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/gettingalicense.html.
Military personnel and their spouses who are stationed in Washington may continue to drive with a valid driver’s license from their home state, but in general, all Washington residents who want to drive must apply for a driver’s license within 30 days of establishing residency. License applicants must be at least 18 years old. Applicants 16 to 17 years old have additional requirements. Visit www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/steps.html for more information.
The state spells out what is required for licensing and insurance under various scenarios in its Washington State Drivers Guide, which can be downloaded at www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/guide.html.
Military personnel temporarily stationed in Washington are presumed to be nonresidents unless they were residents of Washington when inducted. Find out more information about registration, license plates and more at www.dol.wa.gov/vehicleregistration/militaryvr.html.
Military members and veterans may be entitled to certain DMV exemptions and allowances. For more information on military and veteran exceptions and requirements, visit the website.
The state of Washington prohibits drivers from making calls on handheld wireless telephones while operating a motor vehicle. Texting while driving is also prohibited.
Washington State Department of Transportation
Visit the Washington State Department of Transportation website for interactive maps, information about road closures and travel advisories, and to view live traffic cameras.