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:
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.
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 www.flatrateforhire.com (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)
Location: Parking garage attached to Central Terminal, Level 3
Note: Ride-sharing networks, Uber and Lyft, are currently prohibited from using this 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.
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.
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:
Anthony’s Restaurant serves great seasonal Pacific seafood and shellfish, caught by the restaurant’s private fishermen.
Central Terminal, airside
Hours: 05:30-22:00 daily
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!
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese is a Seattle institution, which was established in Pike Place Market. Visit them in Concourse C for their award-winning Mac & Cheese dish.
Concourse C, airside
Hours: 05:00-21:00 daily
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
Rent-a-Wreck also provides a courtesy shuttle bus from the Rental Car Facility.
There's no smoking allowed anywhere in the terminals. To smoke, you can go to one of two outdoor locations:
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