Seattle Tacoma International Airport

Seattle, US


Getting around the airport


Seattle Tacoma Airport (known as SeaTac) lies around 20km south of downtown Seattle. 

It has one Central Terminal bulding (containing Concourses A-D), and two smaller external buildings: South Satellite Terminal (Concourse S) and North Satellite Terminal (Concourse N). Most facilities are in the main building. The Light Link Rail station taking you into Seattle is located to the east of the main terminal building.

Travelling between terminals

The airport's people mover train, the Satellite Transit System (STS) has three lines, all operating airside:

  • Loop going from the Central Terminal to North Satellite Terminal
  • Line going from Central Terminal North to South
  • Loop going from the Central Terminal to the South Satellite Terminal

The Rental Car Facility is a five-minute shuttle bus journey from the main terminal (bus stops in the north and south) north-east of the terminals. 

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Getting into Seattle

Link Light Rail is best

For an easy, affordable route into the city, take the train.


The Link Light Rail, operated by Sound Transit, runs every 6-15 minutes from 05:00-01:00 on weekdays, and every 10-15 minutes on weekends and holidays. The trip to downtown Seattle takes around 40 minutes. Note that Seattle's Metro is a separate system, and you'll need to buy another ticket if you transfer.

Cost: USD 2.25-3, depending on your destination
Buying tickets: Vending machines at the station or buy an ORCA top-up card for USD 5, covering all public transport in Seattle
Location: SeaTac/Airport Station, airport parking garage, Level 4 (take the covered walkway from the mezzanine level of the Central Terminal)


There are plenty of local 'Yellow Cabs' waiting for you at the airport, but you may be able to get a cheaper fare if you pre-book a 'flat-rate' car company like (currently quoting USD 29). Traffic in Seattle can be heavy, so your journey may take you longer than the train.

Cost: USD 42.50 flat-rate to Downtown Seattle (plus 15-20% tip and USD 1 airport fee) 
Parking garage attached to Central Terminal, Level 3

Note: Ride-sharing networks, Uber and Lyft, are currently prohibited from using this airport. 

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Avoid the pick-up and drop-off congestion

Go to the opposite airport drive

The busiest times for departures are mornings and evenings are busiest for arrivals, so if you’re being picked up from the airport, avoid the congestion by having your ride meet you at the Departures drive. For drop-off, head to the Arrivals drive where you need only go up one level to check in.

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How to take an Uber

Even though they're prohibited from the airport

UberX is not available at the airport but you can get one from the Hilton Hotel near the Link Light Rail station.

Walk over to the station and take the lift to street level, which will land you outside the hotel. Alternatively, you can set your location outside the airport boundary and contact your driver to let them know that you are at the airport. They will pick you up outside the arrivals terminal.

A taxi from the city can cost USD 50, whereas an UberX will cost approximately USD 35.

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The Club at SEA for all passengers

The Club at SEA

There are two independent airside lounges offered by the airport open to all passengers and Priorty Pass holders. They offer free Wi-Fi, free snacks and drinks and great views and cost USD 35 for a day pass:

  • Concourse A, airside, across from Gate A11. Hours: 09:00-17:30.
  • South Satellite, airside, next to Gate S9. Hours: 09:30-17:30.

Other lounges

  • Alaska Airlines Board Room
    Cost: USD 40, free to members.
    Concourse D, airside, near Gate D1, just after the security check point 
    Hours: 05:00-0:00 daily 

    North Satellite, airside, between gate N1 and N2
    Hours: 05:00-0:00 daily 
  • Delta Sky Club
    Showers available. Cost: USD 50, free to members. 
    Airside, between Gates S8 and S9
  • United Club
    Cost: USD 50, free to members.
    Airside, Concourse A, Gate A9
  • United Services Organization (USO) Lounge
    Available to members of the military and their families. Showers available.
    Main terminal, Mezzanine, Level 2
    Hours: 24 hrs
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South Satellite Terminal

Eat and shop beforehand

The South Satellite Terminal is older, with few shops and restaurants. For a good meal and shops with local products, spend some time in one of the main terminals before making your way over there. With that said, you will have great views of Mount Rainier from this terminal!

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Power outlets

Look under your seat

You'll find free electrical outlets under the seats at most gates in Concourses A and B and the South Satellite. In Concourse C and D, outlets can be found next to the Emerald City Lounge and in the shoeshine alcove by Gates D8-12, respectively.

Alaska Airlines provides under-seat power outlets and N and C gates.

There's an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)-compliant charging station at Gate D.

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DoubleTree Hotel

With airport shuttle

There are no airport hotels at the Seattle-Tacoma Airport but the DoubleTree Hotel offers a complimentary airport shuttle 24-hours a day. With meeting rooms, a pool, two fitness centres, and easy access to downtown Seattle, it’s from USD 149 per night. 

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Contemporary art and music

Seattle culture

If you have some time to spare, be sure to walk around the terminals. The Seattle-Tacoma airport offers a diverse art collection, including glass, sculpture, photography, and painting pieces. Local music is also highlighted in the airport’s Experience the City of Music program, which streams music on airport speakers and provides live performances in a different location every day.

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Delta Airlines SkyClub Lounge

If you fancy a shower after a long flight, there are facilities available at the Delta Airlines SkyClub Lounge. Day access can be purchased at the door for USD50.

South Satellite building, airside, between Gate S8 and S9
Hours: 05:00-00:30

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Get through Passport Control faster

US and Canadian citizens

If you’re arriving on an international flight and hold a U.S. or Canadian passport, you have the option of using a Self-Service Automated Passport Control Kiosk. Once you fill in your information, the kiosk will print a receipt for you to show to a Customs and Border Protection officer who will finalise the processing.

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Save on Your Car Rental

Lowest Price Guaranteed

To rent a car, you'll need to go to the dedicated Rental Car Facility by shuttle bus. These buses run 24 hours and leave from stops outside baggage claim at the north and south ends (near carousels 1 and 15) of the main terminal.  

If you're returning a car, take SR518 and follow signs for the Rental Car Facility

You can rent from these companies:

  • Alamo: +1 800 462 5266 
  • Avis: +1 800 331 1212
  • Budget: +1 800 527 7000 (local reservations), (800) 527 0700 (out-of-town reservations)
  • Dollar: +1 (206) 433 5825
  • Enterprise: +1 (206) 246 1953 
  • E-Z: +1 (206) 444 4974
  • Firefly: +1 888 296 9135
  • Fox: +1 800 225 4369 
  • Hertz: +1 800 654 3131
  • National: +1 800 328 4567
  • Payless: +1 800 PAYLESS
  • Sixt Rent A Car: +1-888-SIXTCAR (888 749 8227)  
  • Thrifty: +1 877 283 0898

Rent-a-Wreck also provides a courtesy shuttle bus from the Rental Car Facility. 

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Smoking areas

Outside only

There's no smoking allowed anywhere in the terminals. To smoke, you can go to one of two outdoor locations:

  • North end of the Lower Drive (baggage claim level): north of door 26, across the small car park, next to the stairs leading to the cruise tent lot
  • South end of the Lower Drive (baggage claim level)
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