Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Guide (SEA)

Airport info
Code: SEA
United States

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is located 19km (12 miles) south of Seattle, in Washington State.

No. of terminals: 1 Dialling code: +1
+1 206 787 5388
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport map

Often shortened to Sea-Tac Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is the main access point for western Washington State. Our Seattle-Tacoma International Airport guide features useful information on transport links, accommodation options and terminal facilities.

Airport news

Plans are in place to expand the capacity of the South Satellite Terminal.


An airport information booth is located in the baggage claim area, across from carousel 12.

Transfer between terminals

A shuttle train service connects the Main Terminal to the nearby North and South Satellites.

Driving directions

From the north (Seattle) or south (Tacoma), take Interstate 5 to exit 154 and drive west on SR518 to the airport exit. From the east, take Interstate 405 (which turns into SR518), and then take the Airport Expressway to the terminal.

Public Transport

Public transport rail

Light rail:The Central Link light rail service (tel: +1 888 889 6368; operates from a station on the fourth floor of the airport. The journey time to downtown Seattle is about 40 minutes, and the one-way fare is US$2.25-$3.25, depending on the destination.

Public transport road

Bus:Metro Transit (tel: +1 206 553 3000; runs a 24-hour bus service to Seattle and various regional destinations. The fare is US$3.25 at peak times, and US$2.50 off-peak.

Shuttle:A number of shuttle operators run door-to-door services to Seattle and other Washington destinations from the Ground Transportation Center. Downtown Airporter (tel: +1 425 981 7000; operates shuttle buses between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and hotels in the city centre – fares start at US$18.

Taxi:Taxis (tel: +1 206 622 6500; and limousines are available from the Ground Transportation Center. Regular cars and 8-10 person passenger vans are available.

Terminal facilities


Bureaux de change, ATMs and change machines are available throughout the main terminal building. Currency exchange facilities can also be found on concourse A and in the South Satellite Terminal.


Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, as are internet enabled payphones. There are several post boxes in the terminal, while stamps can be purchased at ATMs. Mobile phone chargers are also available.


There are numerous coffee shops, bars and a variety of self-service, full-service and fast-food restaurants at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport – these are spread between the concourses, satellites and within the main terminal areas. The largest concentration is in the Central Terminal where options include a seafood bar, Mexican eatery and Japanese restaurant.


Shopping facilities include bookshops, gift shops and duty-free outlets for international passengers; the majority of which are located in the Central Terminal.


Luggage facilities at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport include a baggage and storage service in the reclaim area of the terminal building. There is a lost property office (tel: +1 206 787 6201) on the mezzanine level of the Main Terminal. Luggage trolleys are available for a US$4 fee.


Other facilities at the airport include massage services, shoeshine booths, a pet relief area and a meditation room. Those travelling with children will appreciate the kids play area, family toilets and mother and baby rooms.

Airport facilities

Conference and business

The Conference Center at Seattle-Tacoma Airport (tel: +1 206 787 6602) boasts a range of conference and meeting facilities on-site. Further conference facilities are also available at the Hilton Seattle Airport and Conference Center (tel: +1 206 244 4800;, a short walk from the airport.

The Regus Business Center Express on concourse C sells a range of business accessories.

Disabled facilities

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is equipped with disabled toilets, lowered drinking fountains, ramps, amplified phones for the hearing impaired and adapted lifts with Braille signage. Airline staff can provide wheelchairs on request. Dedicated disabled reserved parking spaces are available in the multistorey car park. Any passengers who may require additional assistance are advised to contact their airline in advance of travel.

Car parking

The multistorey airport car park is connected to the Main Terminal via sky bridges and offers short- and long-term parking. Special rate ‘general parking’ is available on four floors of the car park and serves as the airport's long-term parking area. Valet parking is also available, and there is a ‘cell phone lot’ for those awaiting arriving passengers. Call the Parking Office (tel: +1 206 787 5308) for more information and details of rates.

Car rental

Car hire companies at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport include: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, EZ Rent-a-Car, Firefly, Fox, Hertz, National, Payless, Thrifty and Sixt. Offices for these operators can be found at the hire car centre at 3150 South 160th Street – shuttles to this location are available from outside the baggage claim areas.


There are no on-site hotels at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport; however, several options are located within a short distance. Most nearby hotels operate courtesy shuttles to and from the terminals.

Hilton Seattle Airport and Conference Center

+1 206 244 4800

Very close to the airport, the Hilton operates a 24-hour courtesy shuttle service both to the terminal and the light rail station. The property has extensive meeting space, an on-site business centre, fitness area, outdoor pool and restaurant.

17620 International Boulevard, 98188, Seattle, United States

Crowne Plaza Seattle Airport

+1 206 248 1000

This 259-room hotel is near the light rail station, less than 3km (2 miles) from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport; to which it is connected via a free shuttle service. The hotel offers meeting facilities, a business centre, fitness area and spa.

17338 International Boulevard, 98188, Seattle, United States

Seattle Airport Marriott

+1 206 241 2000

Among the more luxurious hotels in the area, the Seattle Airport Marriott features a full-service business centre, small meeting rooms and a choice of three dining options. There is a pool in the building's atrium and a fully-equipped fitness centre for those who like to keep trim. The hotel is 1.6km (1 mile) from the terminal.

3201 South 176th Street, 98188, Seattle, United States

Radisson Hotel Seattle Airport

+1 206 244 6666

Close to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, this 204-room hotel is also within walking distance of the light rail link and operates free shuttles to various points in the local area. This mid-range option has eight meeting rooms, a grill restaurant, free internet access, a modern gym and an indoor pool.

18118 International Boulevard, 98188, Seattle, United States

Holiday Inn Express

+1 206 824 3200

Offering a business centre, gym and two meeting rooms, this is among the more affordable options near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The room rate includes breakfast, and a free shuttle runs to and from the airport.

19621 International Boulevard, Sea-Tac, 98188, Seattle, United States

Best Western Seattle Airport

+1 206 878 3300

Located less than 2.5km (1.5 miles) from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, the Best Western Seattle Airport offers a complimentary shuttle bus service to the terminals. Other facilities at this budget hotel include a meeting room, indoor swimming pool and a cocktail bar.

20717 International Boulevard, 98198, Seattle, United States
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