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Pasco is a city in the Columbia River Plateau in Washington State. Pasco together with Kennewick and Richland are known as the "Tri-Cities" of Washington.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

1 Tri-Cities Airport (PSC IATA) is the major airport for the Tri-Cities (Pasco, Kennewick, and Richland), Walla Walla and the Columbia River Basin area located 3.5 mi (5.6km) northwest of downtown Pasco. The airport is accessed from I-182/US Hwy 12 at Exit #12B (along N 20th Ave). Major airlines serving the Tri-Cities are:

The Grape Line Bus operates regularly scheduled (bus) service to Walla Walla from the airport via Amtrak/Greyhound station in Pasco (see below under By bus) while Ben Franklin Transit (local public transportation company) operates a taxi feeder (on contract with Tri City Taxi) to the 22nd Ave Transit Center in Pasco for connections to their fixed route buses. See this link for a list of car rental companies at the airport (recommended) and local taxi companies for door to door service.

By train[edit]

  • 2 Pasco Intermodal Train Station, 535 North 1st Avenue (N 1st Ave & Sylvester on the east side of Pasco by the railroad yard.), toll-free: +1-800-872-7245. The Empire Builder makes a once-daily trip in each direction between Portland and Spokane via Vancouver, WA; Bingen, Wishram and Pasco. The train joins (or splits going westbound) with the other branch coming from (or going to) Seattle in Spokane. Eastbound trains continue to Chicago from Spokane. Pasco Intermodal Train Station on Wikipedia

By bus[edit]

The bus station for long distance buses for the greater Tri-Cities area (Kennewick, Pasco & Richland) is also at the Pasco Intermodal Train Station at 531 N 1st Ave:

  • Kayak Public Transportation (operated by Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation (CTUIR)), (bus stops) 22nd Ave Transit Center (Pasco), Three Rivers Transit Center (Kennewick), Huntington Transfer (Kennewick) and 27th St P&R (Kennewick). They make an extra flag stop to the Amtrak/Greyhound station on request for drop off only., +1 541 429-7519. Goes down to Hermiston and Irrigon, Oregon on the "Tri Cities Trolley" route. Transfer to the "Hermiston Hopper" in Hermiston to continue to Pendleton, OR.
  • Greyhound, (depot) Intermodal Station @ 535 N 1st Ave, +1 509 547-3151, toll-free: +1-800-231-2222. Travels on Interstate 90/82 (Seattle, Ellensburg, Sunnyside, Pasco and Stanford OR at I-84) and I-84/US 395/I-90 (Portland, Hood River, The Dalles, Pasco and Spokane). NOTE: Greyhound no longer go to Walla Walla but they do sell ownward tickets on the Grapeline bus to Walla Walla (See below).
  • Travel Washington Grape Line & Amtrak Thruway (operated by Bellaire Charters), (bus stops) Intermodal Station @ 535 N 1st Ave; Tri-Cities Airport; Pasco Transit Center on N 22nd, +1 509 529-7442, toll-free: +1-877-433-4775. goes east along US Hwy 12 to Walla Walla

Get around[edit]

Map of Pasco

By bus[edit]

  • 3 Ben Franklin Transit, 22nd Ave Transit Center (N 22nd Ave between W Sylvester & Park Ave, behind Supermex), +1 509 735-5100. Mon-Fri 6AM-6PM; Sat 8AM-6PM. Operates fixed route buses within the Tri Cities area and to Benton City, West Richland and Prosser. They also offer a taxi feeder service to/through areas not served by regular buses from designated bus stops. $1.50 cash fare.
  • Trans+Plus, (door to door shuttle, evenings and Sundays), +1 509 545-0684 (to arrange a ride). Mon-Sat 6:30PM-2AM; Sun7:30AM-6PM. Trans+Plus provides a unique, demand response, curb-to-curb service within Ben Franklin Transit’s boundary area, except for the Hanford area north of Battelle Blvd and the Prosser and Benton City areas. $3 per trip.



  • Take a walk down the Sacajawea Heritage Trail along the Columbia River, winding for 23 miles through the tri-cities.
  • The annual chile pepper festival brings an open weekend market of chiles and pepper products.



  • 1 Chinese Gardens, 1520 N. 4th (N 4th & W Ruby), +1 509 545-6324. Monday - Saturday 11AM to 10PM. Sunday noon to 10PM.
  • 2 Lee's Tahitian, 2724 W. Lewis (W Lewis & N 28th, first exit from US-395 going north after crossing the Columbia River from Kennewick.), +1 509 380-0398.



Go next[edit]

  • Yakima is a quick drive northwest on I-82.
  • The Columbia River Gorge is half an hour south, drivable on the north side along SR-14, and the south (Oregon) side along I-84.
Routes through Pasco
PortlandVancouver  W Amtrak Empire Builder icon.png E  SpokaneMinot
YakimaRichland  W US 12.svg E  → Wallula → Walla Walla
SpokaneRitzville  N US 395.svg S  KennewickBurns

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