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Seattle-Tacoma International Airport [SEA] – Ultimate Terminal Guide

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Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), or Sea-Tac, as it’s locally referred to, is the 11th busiest airport in the U.S. based on 2022 passenger numbers.

Serving an average of 22 million passengers per year, it’s a busy airport considering it’s not that big at just 4 square miles.

The airport’s international network is growing, with 22 international airlines operating out of SEA. This growth has influenced the current redevelopment project to modernize and expand the airport.

Quick Information

Airport: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
Terminals: 1 main terminal with 6 concourses — A, B, C, D, and north (N gates) and south (S gates) satellite terminals
Airport Address: 17801 International Blvd., Seattle, WA 98158
Distance from Seattle: 13 miles (21 km)
Website: portseattle.org
Phone Number: 800-544-1965​
Destinations Served: 91 non-stop domestic and 28 non-stop international
Flight Information: Departures and arrival information can be viewed online

SEA Terminal Map

SEA Terminal Map
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport layout. Image Credit: Port of Seattle

Airlines Operating from SEA

Concourse A
Aer Lingus, Air Canada, Delta Air Lines, Japan Airlines, JetBlue, United Airlines

Concourse B
Aer Lingus, Frontier, Southwest Airlines

Concourse C
Alaska Airlines (also operates from other concourses)

Concourse D
American Airlines

North Satellite
Alaska Airlines

South Satellite
Aeromexico, Air France, ANA (All Nippon Airways), Asiana Airlines, British Airways, Condor, Emirates, Eva Air, Hawaiian Airlines, Icelandair, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Volaris

The airport advises passengers to check boarding passes for the correct departure concourse for Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Spirit Airlines, and Sun Country Airlines.

SEA Airport Terminals

Seattle Airport’s layout is an “X” shape, with the Central Terminal in the center of the X and the departure concourses along each of the 4 legs.

Between the concourses are 2 satellite terminals. The airport road system and parking lots are located on the east side of the Central Terminal. Only once passengers have cleared a security checkpoint in the Central Terminal can they access the departure concourses and Satellite Transit System (STS).

Central Terminal

SEA Central Terminal
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport main terminal. Image Credit: Port of Seattle

The Central Terminal is located in the center of the airport and consists of multiple levels:

  • Level 2: Satellite Transit System (STS) stations
  • Level 3: Baggage claim
  • Level 4: Skybridge to ground transportation and car parking
  • Level 5: Check-in and access to concourses
  • Level 6: Mezzanine with conference facilities

There are a few shops and restaurants in the Central Terminal outside of the secure area, with the majority located inside the concourses once you’ve passed through security.

The map above shows the airport layout clearly, but for accurate geographical positioning, the map above would be rotated 90 degrees counterclockwise. This is the positioning this article refers to when discussing the locations of the concourses.

Central Terminal Ticketing Area

SEA Central Terminal Ticketing Area
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Central Terminal ticketing area. Image Credit: Port of Seattle

Ticketing is on level 5 of the Central Terminal, a large semi-circle shape with international airlines located at the south end.

There are 5 security checkpoints positioned on the ticketing level. Although each checkpoint provides convenient access to a particular concourse or departure area, passengers can pass through any security checkpoint with a valid boarding pass.

Central Terminal Baggage

SEA Central Terminal Baggage
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Central Terminal baggage level. Image Credit: Port of Seattle

Baggage claim is located on level 3 of the Central Terminal, and multiple bridges are available for passengers to access ground transportation services and the parking garage.

Concourse A

SEA Concourse A
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Concourse A. Image Credit: Port of Seattle

Concourse A is located in the southeast corner of the airport and is the longest of the 4 concourses. Security checkpoints 1 and 2 provide the quickest access to the 16 departure gates, A1 to A14, A20, and A21.

Concourse A has a good selection of shops and restaurants, a United Club, Delta Sky Club, and The Club at SEA Lounge.

Terminal Connections From Concourse A to:

  • Concourse B: Walk between the concourses or ride the blue line south train loop near gate A4.
  • Concourse C: Walk between the concourses or ride the yellow line to Concourse D and pick up the green line to Concourse C.
  • Concourse D: Ride the yellow line train between the concourses from level 2.
  • South Satellite Terminal: Ride the blue line south train loop near gate A4.
  • North Satellite Terminal: Ride the yellow line to Concourse D and pick up the green line to the North Satellite Terminal.

Concourse B

SEA Concourse B
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Concourse B. Image Credit: Port of Seattle

Concourse B is the southwest leg of the “X” shape and has 17 gates numbered B1, B3 to B5, B5A, B6, B7, B7A, B8 to B12, B14, B15, B20, and B21.

Security checkpoint 3 is the closest to Concourse B. The Centurion Lounge is on the left as you enter the concourse.

Terminal Connections From Concourse B to:

  • Concourse A: Walk between the concourses or ride the blue line south train loop near gate B10.
  • Concourse C: Come out of Concourse B and turn left to walk to Concourse C.
  • Concourse D: Walk between the concourses or ride the blue line train to Concourse A and pick up the yellow line to Concourse D.
  • South Satellite Terminal: Ride the blue line south train loop near gate B10.
  • North Satellite Terminal: Walk to Concourse C or D and ride the green line train to the North Satellite Terminal.

Concourse C

SEA Concourse C
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Concourse C. Image Credit: Port of Seattle

Concourse C is located on the airport’s northwest side and operates mostly Alaska Airlines flights. The concourse comprises 10 gates numbered C2, C3, C9 to C11, C15 to C18, and C20.

Security checkpoints 3 and 4 are the closest to Concourse C, and just outside of the concourse entrance is an Alaska Lounge and another located at the top end of the concourse.

Terminal Connections From Concourse C to:

  • Concourse A: Take the green line train to Concourse D and pick up the yellow line train to Concourse A.
  • Concourse B: Come out of Concourse C and turn right to walk to Concourse B.
  • Concourse D: Walk between the concourses or ride the green line train to Concourse D.
  • South Satellite Terminal: Walk to Concourse A or B and ride the blue line train to the South Satellite Terminal.
  • North Satellite Terminal: Ride the green line train from level 2 to the North Satellite Terminal.

Concourse D

SEA Concourse D
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Concourse D. Image Credit: Port of Seattle

Concourse D is situated in the northeast area of the airport, with 19 gates numbered D1 to D11 and D20 to D26 (accessible from a connector bridge opposite gate D7.) Security checkpoints 4 and 5 are the most convenient for accessing the D gates.

An Alaska Lounge is opposite security checkpoint 4, and the concourse has a range of shops and a few food outlets.

Terminal Connections From Concourse D to:

  • Concourse A: Ride the yellow line train between the concourses from level 2.
  • Concourse B: Walk between the concourses or ride the yellow line to Concourse A and then the blue line to Concourse B.
  • Concourse C: Walk between the concourses or ride the green line train between the concourses.
  • South Satellite Terminal: Ride the yellow line train to Concourse A and pick up the blue line to the South Satellite Terminal.
  • North Satellite Terminal: Ride the green line train from level 2 to the North Satellite Terminal.

North Satellite Terminal (N Gates)

SEA North Satellite Terminal N Gates
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport North Terminal. Image Credit: Port of Seattle

This terminal has gates N1 to N20, and on the second floor is the largest Alaska Lounge in the system.

Terminal Connections From the North Satellite Terminal to:

  • Concourse A: Ride the green line to Concourse D and pick up the yellow line to Concourse A.
  • Concourse B: Ride the green line train to Concourse C or D and then walk to Concourse B.
  • Concourse C: Ride the green line train from level 2 to Concourse C.
  • Concourse D: Ride the green line train from level 2 to Concourse D.
  • South Satellite Terminal: Ride the green line to Concourse D, the yellow line to Concourse A, and then the blue line to the South Satellite Terminal.

South Satellite Terminal (S Gates)

SEA North Satellite Terminal S Gates
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport South Terminal. Image Credit: Port of Seattle

As the name suggests, the South Satellite Terminal is situated south of the Central Terminal, between Concourses A and B. There are 14 gates numbered S1 to S12, S15, and S16.

The South Terminal is where most international flights operate from, and it has duty-free shopping, The Club at SEA, and a British Airways Terraces Lounge.

Terminal Connections From the South Satellite Terminal to:

  • Concourse A: Ride the blue line to Concourse A.
  • Concourse B: Ride the blue line to Concourse B.
  • Concourse C: Ride the blue line to Concourse A and walk to Concourse C.
  • Concourse D: Ride the blue line to Concourse A and then the yellow line to Concourse D.
  • North Satellite Terminal: Ride the blue line to Concourse A, the yellow line to Concourse D, and then the green line to the North Satellite Terminal.

Inter-Terminal Transport

Satellite Transit System (STS) — Inside Security

The STS is an automated people mover that transports passengers between the concourses and North and South Satellite Terminals. 3 different lines run inside the secure area, depending on where you need to travel to/from:

  • Blue Line: Runs in a circular loop between Concourse A, Concourse B, and the South Satellite Terminal.
  • Green Line: Runs in a circular loop between Concourse C, Concourse D, and the North Satellite Terminal.
  • Yellow Line: Runs between Concourse A and Concourse D.

Walking — Inside Security

Once inside the secure area, it’s possible to walk between Concourses A, B, C, and D. As the terminal is shaped like an “X,” it’s easy to navigate as you will always need to return to the Central Terminal area to walk to the next concourse.

To reach the satellite terminals, passengers must ride the Satellite Transit System.

Sea-Tac App

Sea-Tac App
Download the Sea-Tac app. Image Credit: Port of Seattle

The Sea-Tac App is free to download for iOS and Android, enabling passengers to check security wait times, use the interactive airport map, and browse shopping and dining facilities.

Security and Customs at SEA

The Central Terminal has 5 security checkpoints — 1 in the central area, 2 close to Concourses A and B (and the South Satellite Terminal), and 2 close to Concourses C and D (and the North Satellite Terminal).

Passengers can check estimated security wait times on the airport’s app.

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Security checkpointOpening hours
Checkpoint 1Daily 4 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Checkpoint 2Daily 4 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Checkpoint 3Daily: 24 hours
Checkpoint 4Daily: 4 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Checkpoint 5Daily: 4 a.m. to 6 p.m.

TSA PreCheck

SEA has TSA PreCheck lanes at checkpoints 1 and 4. There is also a TSA PreCheck Enrollment Center on the ticketing level of the Central Terminal, so you can arrange an interview for when you’re next at SEA.

Hot Tip:

TSA Precheck has also launched the ability to create a reservation for your screening time — thus further reducing your time spent in line. 

Global Entry

SEA participates in Global Entry clearance for inbound passengers on international flights. The airport also has a Global Entry Enrollment Center on the mezzanine level of the Central Terminal, between checkpoints 2 and 3, open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

SEA also participates in Enrollment on Arrival, available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the South Satellite Federal Inspection Area.

Mobile Passport

Mobile Passport Control is accepted at SEA. Passengers can input their details into the app on arrival at the airport and present the instant receipt to a CBP agent.

CLEAR

CLEAR lanes are situated at every security checkpoint for expedited security clearance, and these are available daily from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. Checkpoints 2, 3, and 5 also have CLEAR enrollment.

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SEA Airport Lounges

There are 10 lounges at SEA, with a few offering day pass access (for a fee), including United Club, The Club at SEA, and all Alaska Lounges. Other lounges are exclusively for premium cabin passengers or elite-tier frequent flyer members.

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LoungeLocationOpening Hours*Day Pass Fee Per Person**
Alaska LoungeConcourse C, near gate C16ADaily: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.N/A
Concourse D, near gate D1Daily: 4.30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
North Satellite Terminal, near gate N2Daily: 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
British Airways Terraces LoungeSouth Satellite Terminal, near gate S9Daily: First departure to the last departureN/A
Centurion LoungeConcourse B, near gate B3Daily: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.N/A
The Club at SEAConcourse A, near gate A11Temporarily closed$39
South Satellite Terminal, near gate S8Daily: 5:30 a.m. to 12:0 a.m.
Delta Sky ClubConcourse A, near gate A1Daily: 4:15 a.m. to 12:15 a.m.N/A
United Airlines United ClubConcourse A, near gate A9Daily: 4:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.$59
USO Lounge (Free for Active Military)Central Terminal (outside of the secure area)Open 24/7N/A

*Hours are subject to change without notice. Lounge access may be restricted at times due to capacity.
**Day Pass for any passenger. Lounges marked as N/A only allow entry for eligible passengers in their premium cabins, frequent flyer programs, or participating credit card programs.

Hot Tip:

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Priority Pass Access

Priority Pass holders can use their membership to receive $28 off their bill at Brewtop Social, Ninth and Pike, and Bambuza.

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RestaurantLocationHours
BambuzaNorth SatelliteDaily: 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. 
Brewtop SocialCentral TerminalDaily: 5:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Ninth and PikeConcourse CDaily: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Hot Tip:

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Airport Dining and Drinks at SEA

There are about 50 restaurants, cafes, and grab-and-go food stations at SEA. The majority are located in the secure area, with few pre-security. This means you can check in, clear security, and grab a bite while you relax and wait for your flight.

If you want to plan where to eat, then you can check out the available restaurants at SEA.

SEA Airport Wi-Fi and Charging Stations

Free Wi-Fi is available within all public areas at SEA. To connect, select the network “SEATAC-FREE-WIFI.”

Charging Stations: Power outlets are under selected seats at almost every gate at all concourses.

SEA Airport Lost and Found

SEA has a lost and found office located above checkpoint 3 on the mezzanine level. It’s open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Passengers can visit the office or call 206-787-5312 if they have lost their property at the airport.

If an item is left at security, the lost and found office will receive this the next business day. If an item is left on an airplane, the passenger must contact the appropriate airline.

Additional Airport Information

Children’s Play Areas

SEA has a children’s play area between the Central Terminal and Concourse A, across from Seattle Tap Room.

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Baby Facilities

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Nursing Stations
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport nursing stations. Image Credit: Port of Seattle

There are 8 nursing rooms throughout the airport, located near gates A9, C10, N2, D10, D23, on the mezzanine level of the South Terminal, and near the Concourse D station.

Pet Relief Areas

There are 3 pet relief areas at SEA located:

  • Near the entrance/exit to Concourse B
  • On the STS level (level 2) in the South Satellite Terminal
  • On the STS level (level 2) in the North Satellite Terminal

Duty Free

Duty-free shopping is available in the Central Terminal and South Satellite Terminal.

Smoking Areas

SEA is a smoke-free zone, apart from 2 designated areas:

  • On the arrivals level north of door 26
  • On the departure level at the south end of the upper drive

Interesting Features

SEA has live music performances 7 days a week throughout the airport.

Money

ATMs are located in all terminal and concourse areas.

Luggage

Bag storage is available in the baggage claim area of the Central Terminal. For more information, call 206-433-5333.

Important SEA Phone Numbers

General Inquiries: 800-544-1965​

Parking: 206-787-5308

SEA Lost and Found: 206-787-5312

Ground Transportation Booth: 206-787-5906

Travel To and From SEA

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Light Rail Station
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport light rail station. Image Credit: Port of Seattle

SEA has a light rail station connected to the fourth floor of the parking garage, adjacent to the Central Terminal. The light rail service connects Sea-Tac to the University of Washington (via downtown), departing every 6 to 15 minutes. Train fares are $2.25 to $3.25, depending on your journey.

Bus

  • King County Metro Bus: Bus services operate from International Boulevard by the light rail station, and passengers can walk to the bus station via Skybridge 6. Buses that serve the airport are Route 180 (Burien/Auburn), Route 156 (Southcenter/Des Moines), and Rapid Ride A line (Federal Way).
  • Sound Transit Bus: Express buses operate from the lower drive of the Central Terminal at the south end. Route 574 heads south to Lakewood, connecting passengers to Federal Way and Tacoma en route, while route 560 serves Bellevue, Burien, and Renton.

Shuttle

Private ride and shared-ride shuttles are available to book in advance or arrange on arrival into SEA. The airport recommends these shuttle operators. Some hotels offer courtesy shuttle services, so be sure you check when booking.

Taxi

You can pick-up a metered or flat rate taxi from level 3 of the parking garage at the north and south curb. A flat rate from SEA to downtown is around $40.

Ride Services

Lyft, Uber, and Wingz are all approved to operate to/from SEA with drop-offs on the departure; arrivals drives and pick-ups are dependent on the type of vehicle you order with instructions presented in the app.

Hot Tip:

If you’re planning on using public transport quite a bit in Seattle, it’s worth getting an ORCA card that you can preload with cash or purchase $8 unlimited travel day passes. These are valid on public buses, trains, some ferries, and water taxis. ORCA cards can be purchased at the airport and are useful for buses where exact change is otherwise required for payment. 

Directions by Car to SEA

Arriving From the North on I-5

From I-5, use the right 2 lanes to take exit 154B and merge onto WA-518 west towards Burien/Sea-Tac/Airport.

Arriving From the South on I-5

From I-5, use the second from the right lane to take exit 154 for WA-518 west towards Sea-Tac. Merge onto I-405 south and keep left to continue on WA-518 west. Use the right 2 lanes to take the exit towards Sea-Tac Airport and continue onto the Airport Expressway.

SEA Airport Parking Information

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Parking Garage
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport parking garage. Image Credit: Port of Seattle

Official Airport Parking

There are over 12,000 parking spaces at SEA, and unlike many other airports where long-term parking lots are a shuttle/train ride from the terminal, SEA’s parking is housed in 1 large garage that is adjacent to the Central Terminal.

Short-Term Parking

Short-term or “Terminal Direct” parking is on level 4 with the quickest walk to the terminal through 1 of the 6 connector bridges. Fees are:

  • Hourly: $10
  • Daily: $47
  • Weekly: $329

Long-Term Parking

General parking is available in the same parking lot on levels 1 to 3 and 5 to 8. Fees are:

  • Hourly: $8
  • Daily: $37
  • Weekly: $222

Over-Height Parking

The airport parking garage has a maximum height clearance of 6 feet 10 inches so any vehicles exceeding this will need to use an alternative parking lot. Follow signs from the Airport Expressway for “Over-Height Parking” which is also walking distance from the terminal. Rates are the same as general parking above.

Electric Vehicle Parking

SEA has 48 electric vehicle charging spaces that are available on levels 4 and 5.

Cell Phone Waiting Lot

SEA has a cell phone waiting lot that friends/family can use when picking up passengers. The lot is located across from the S. 170th Street exit of the Airport Expressway, and visitors can wait for free for up to 20 minutes until passengers are ready for collection from the baggage claim curbside.

Off-Site and Hotel Parking

Without an economy parking lot, a daily rate of $37 is the cheapest option available, which is quite expensive for an airport. If you’re looking for more affordable parking, remote parking lots or hotels will offer better rates. These lots tend to be only a few miles from the airport and provide shuttle services to/from the terminal.

Airportparkingreservations.com is a good place to check prices and lot locations, with daily rates starting from $10.

Parking for Passengers With Disabilities

Accessible parking is available on level 5 of general parking and level 4 of terminal direct parking. Passengers can arrange wheelchair assistance by calling 206-246-1550.

Parking Contact Numbers

General parking inquiries: 206-787-5308

Extended stay parking (over 30 days): 310-646-2911

Car Rental at SEA Airport

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Car Rental Center
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Car Rental Center. Image Credit: Google Maps

Car rental companies operate from an off-site facility northeast of the airport. Courtesy shuttle buses operate 24 hours a day transporting passengers between the airport and rental center. These pick-up from the north and south ends of the arrival area outside baggage claim. The following rental car companies operate at SEA:

  • Alamo: 833-329-8466
  • Avis: 206-433-5231
  • Budget: 206-444-7510
  • Dollar: 206-433-5825
  • Enterprise: 206-246-1953
  • EZ Rent-a-Car: 206-444-4974
  • Firefly Car Rental: 888-296-9135
Hot Tip:

There are a number of credit cards with rental car insurance provided as a benefit (and even elite status). You can then use these cards to avoid paying for expensive insurance through the rental provider. 

SEA Airport Hotels

Crowne Plaza Seattle Airport
Crowne Plaza Seattle Airport. Image Credit: IHG

There’s a good selection of hotels located 2 miles or less from Seattle Airport. Hotels range from 2 to 4 stars, and many offer courtesy shuttle services to and from the airport.

Check out the nearest hotels below, arranged by distance from the airport.

SEA Airport Hotels

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HotelAddress and Phone NumberStar Rating
Distance From the Airport (Miles)
SureStay By Best Western Seatac Airport North3000 S. 176th St., Seattle, WA 98188
206-242-0200
20.4
Crowne Plaza Seattle Airport17338 International Blvd., Seattle, WA 98188
206-248-1000
40.4
Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center17620 International Blvd., Seattle, WA 98188
206-244-4800
30.4
Radisson Hotel Seattle Airport18118 International Blvd., Seattle, WA 98188
206-244-6666
30.4
Rodeway Inn Seatac2930 S. 176th St., SeaTac, WA 98188
206-246-9300
20.4
Coast Gateway Hotel18415 International Blvd., Seattle, WA 98188
206-248-8200
30.5
Red Lion Hotel Seattle Airport18220 International Blvd., Seattle, WA 98188
206-246-5535
30.5
Seatac Inn17108 International Blvd., SeaTac, WA 98188
206-244-1230
20.5
Seattle Airport Marriott3201 S. 176th St., Seattle, WA 98188
206-241-2000
30.5
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Seattle Sea-Tac Airport2824 S. 188th St., Seattle, WA 98188
206-241-5211
30.6
Red Roof Inn Seattle Airport – Sea-Tac16838 International Blvd, Seattle, WA 98188
206-248-0901
20.6
DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport18740 International Blvd., Seattle, WA 98188
206-246-8600
41
Seatac Crest Inn18845 Pacific Coast Highway South, SeaTac, WA 98188
206-433-0999
20.7
Aloft Seattle Sea-Tac Airport19030 28th Ave S., SeaTac, WA 98188
206-241-0260
30.8
Cedarbrook Lodge18525 36th Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98188
206-901-9268
40.8
Days Inn by Wyndham Seatac Airport19015 International Blvd., SeaTac, WA 98188
206-244-3600
20.8
Hampton Inn and Suites Seattle – Airport / 28th Avenue18850 28th Ave. S., SeaTac, WA 98188
206-244-5044
30.8
Hilton Garden Inn Seattle Airport3056 S. 188th St., SeaTac, Washington, 98188
206-734-4500
30.8
Ramada by Wyndham SeaTac Airport16720 International Blvd., SeaTac, WA 98188
866-338-6732
30.8
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport3100 S. 192nd St., Seattle, WA 98188
206-433-8188
20.9
Motel 6 Seattle Airport16500 Pacific Highway South, SeaTac, WA 98188
206-204-0874
20.9
Quality Inn Sea-Tac Airport2900 S. 192nd St., Seattle, WA 98188
206-241-9292
20.9
Comfort Inn & Suites SeaTac19333 International Blvd., SeaTac, WA 98188
206-878-1100
31
Hampton Inn Seattle-Airport19445 International Blvd., Seattle, WA 98188
206-878-1700
31.1
Fairfield Inn Seattle Sea-Tac Airport19631 International Blvd., Seattle, WA 98188
206-824-9909
31.2
Holiday Inn Express Seattle – Sea-Tac Airport19621 International Blvd., SeaTac, WA 98188
206-824-3200
31.2
Residence Inn by Marriott Seattle Sea-Tac Airport19608 International Blvd., SeaTac, WA 98188
206-878-6188
31.3
Skyway Inn – Seatac20045 International Blvd., SeaTac, WA 98198
206-878-3310
21.5
Sutton Suites Hotel3423 S. 160th St., SeaTac, WA 98188
206-905-4903
21.3
Motel 6 Seattle Sea-Tac Airport South18900 47th Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98188
206-204-0874
21.5
Best Western Seattle Airport Hotel20717 International Blvd., Seattle, WA 98198
206-878-3300
31.6
Sleep Inn SeaTac20406 International Blvd., SeaTac, WA 98198
206-347-3309
31.8
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Seattle Airport/Southcenter16500 Southcenter Pkwy., Seattle, WA 98188
206-575-8220
32
Motel 6 Seattle South20651 Military Rd., SeaTac, WA 98198
206-824-9902
22

Top 3 Hotel Stays Using Points

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HotelAddress and Phone NumberStar RatingDistance From the Airport (Miles)Point Redemption Cost
Seattle Airport Marriott3201 S. 176th St., Seattle, WA 98188
206-241-2000
30.5From 40,000 Marriott Bonvoy points
Crowne Plaza Seattle Airport17338 International Blvd., Seattle, WA 98188
206-248-1000
40.4From 35,000 IHG One Rewards points
Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center17620 International Blvd., Seattle, WA 98188
206-244-4800
30.4From 50,000 Hilton Honors points

The Seattle Airport Marriott features modern guestrooms, meeting space, and an atrium, along with complimentary 24-hour shuttle service to and from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Guests can enjoy local fare and specialty drinks at Aqua Terra Restaurant and Bar or a cup of morning coffee at Consummate Grind café. The Seattle Airport Marriott has free nights from 40,000 points per night.

The Crowne Plaza Seattle Airport is located across the sky bridge from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and adjacent to the train station. Guests have access to 7 different meeting rooms, a fitness center, and on-site dining options. Free nights at the Crowne Plaza Seattle Airport are from 35,000 points or 1 free night certificate.

The Hilton Seattle Airport and Conference Center is a perfect business hotel that is just steps from the airport. Guests have access to a 24-hour airport shuttle, fitness center, whirlpool, and outdoor pool. Hilton Honors Gold/Diamond members can save money each morning by enjoying a free breakfast. Hilton no longer publishes an award chart, but a free night will cost from 50,000 points.

Final Thoughts

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Redevelopment
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport artist impression of a new International Arrivals area. Image Credit: Port of Seattle

Seattle Airport has experienced a substantial growth in passenger traffic over the last number of years and is planning for the future. Billions are being invested in over 100 different projects to modernize facilities, increase capacity, and create more sustainable operation.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get from Seattle Airport to the ferry terminal?

To reach the ferry terminal from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, you can ride the light rail to Pioneer Square Station and walk for about 10 minutes. Alternatively, you could take a taxi for around $40 or organize a shared ride shuttle.

Where do you fly into for Seattle?

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is the primary commercial airport in Seattle, located about 13 miles from downtown Seattle. It serves 90+ domestic and 20+ international flight routes.

How much is Uber from Seattle Airport to downtown?

Uber’s price estimator calculates a trip from Sea-Tac to downtown Seattle to cost around $40 for a private car. A shared Uber costs around $25.

How do I get from Seattle Airport to downtown?

There are several options to get from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to downtown Seattle including a public bus, taxi, or shuttle bus. However, the easiest and most cost-effective way is to ride the light rail from the airport’s station to Pioneer Square or University Street Station.

Can you sleep in the Seattle airport?

Passengers can remain airside overnight at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. It’s possible to find a padded bench to sleep on inside the airport. Come prepared with an eye mask and ear plugs as lighting remains on and other passengers may be moving around.

What airlines fly to Seattle?

The following airlines operate out of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport:

  • Aer Lingus
  • Aeromexico
  • Air Canada
  • Air France
  • Alaska Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • ANA (All Nippon Airways)
  • Asiana Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Condor
  • Emirates
  • Eva Air
  • Frontier
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Icelandair
  • Japan Airlines
  • JetBlue
  • Korean Air
  • Lufthansa
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Singapore Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Volaris

How many terminals does Seattle Airport have?

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has 1 main terminal referred to as the Central Terminal. Once you have cleared security the departure area is made up of Concourses A, B, C, D, and the North and South Satellite Terminals.

Which terminal is Spirit Airlines at Sea-Tac?

Spirit Airlines is based in the Central Terminal for check-in and advises passengers to check their boarding pass for the departure concourse.

How long does it take to go through customs at Seattle Airport?

The airport states that typically it takes passengers 30 to 60 minutes to clear customs on arrival at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

How long does it take to get through Seattle Airport?

There is no set time for how long it takes passengers to get through Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, as this is easily impacted by congestion at check-in or a security checkpoint. Getting to the airport 2 hours before a domestic flight and 3 hours before an international flight is recommended.

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