county seat of Franklin County, Washington, United States

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 inEdit

By planeEdit

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 3½ mi (5.6 km) 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 [dead link] (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[dead link] for a list of car rental companies at the airport (recommended) and local taxi companies for door to door service.

By trainEdit

  • 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. Tri-Cities is served once daily by Amtrak on its Empire Builder train, running between Chicago, Spokane and Portland. Westbound trains are split in Spokane with half going towards Portland and the other going towards Seattle. Both halves, going towards Chicago, are joined in Spokane. Therefore, Tri-Cities is served by the Portland to Spokane branch of the Empire Builder.  

By busEdit

Except for Fronteras del Norte which has its own bus station, the bus station for the other long distance buses is at the Pasco Intermodal Train Station at 531 N 1st Ave. See below:

  • Fronteras del Norte, (bus station) 202 S 4th St (W Columbia and S 4th St), +1 509 545-6161. Connects Pasco, Sunnyside & Yakima WA in eastern Washington (state) to Los Angeles and the Mexican border in San Ysidro in Southern California via Portland, 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 Stanfield/Hermiston OR at I-84) and I-84/US 395/I-90 (Portland, Hood River, The Dalles, Pasco and Spokane). Greyhound no longer goes to Walla Walla but does 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. It goes east along US Hwy 12 to Walla Walla.

Get aroundEdit

Map of Pasco

By busEdit

  • 3 Ben Franklin Transit, 22nd Ave Transit Center (N 22nd Ave between W Sylvester & Park Ave, behind Supermex), +1 509 735-5100. M-F 6AM-6PM; Sa 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 [dead link] to/through areas not served by regular buses from designated bus stops. $1.50 cash fare.
  • [dead link] Trans+Plus, (door to door shuttle, evenings and Sundays), +1 509 545-0684 (to arrange a ride). M-Sa 6:30PM-2AM; Su 7:30AM-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[dead link] 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. M - Sa 11AM to 10PM, Su 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 nextEdit

  • 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   E  SpokaneMinot
YakimaRichland  W   E  → Wallula → Walla Walla
SpokaneRitzville  N   S  KennewickBurns

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