Airport Guide to Seattle – Tacoma International (SEA)

Airport Name
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Airport Location
The airport is located 12 miles south of Seattle.

1 (plus 2 satellites)


(206) 787-5388

Airport Overview

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), also affectionately known as Sea-Tac Airport, is located in the southern King County of Washington, 12 miles south of Seattle. Serving more than 31.5 million passengers in 2010, it is the United States’ 18th busiest airport.

Sea-Tac Airport has a Main (central) Terminal and ticketing arena surrounded by concourses A-D, as well as a two satellite terminals, called the North and South Satellites. An automatic people-mover transports passengers between the satellite terminals and the Main Terminal. Running alongside the ticketing concourse is the airport garage, which houses five parking areas and a ground transportation center. All gates may be accessed once past security.

With an extensive selection of art on display throughout the airport, in addition to a host of shops, restaurants, bars, bistros and fast-food outlets, Sea-Tac is both attractive and inviting. Moreover, its combination of efficient facilities and helpful staff make pesky tasks such as checking-in a breeze.

Flights to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport comes from a number of cities worldwide, including Toronto, Paris, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seoul, London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Tokyo, New York, Honolulu and Beijing.

Terminal Transfer

An automatic people mover transports passengers between the Main Terminal and satellite buildings.

Getting into Town

Train: Sound Transit’s Link Light Rail connects Sea-Tac with downtown Seattle.  The station is located on the fourth floor of the Airport Garage.

Taxi: Taxis are available on the third floor of the Airport Garage. A trip to central Seattle takes approximately 25 minutes.

Bus: Buses stop on International Boulevard, just outside the exit of the Sound Transit Light Link Rail Station.

Shuttle: Although not necessarily faster than metro buses, commercial shuttle buses offer more room for luggage. They are located on the third floor of the Airport Garage.

Car Parking

The Terminal Direct Airport parking lot, as the title implies, provides direct access to the fourth floor of the Main Terminal. General Airport parking is available on floors 3 and 5-8 of the Airport Garage.

Information Desks

Help desks are situated in the main terminal and a Washington State Visitor Information counter is located on the baggage claim level. Staff members dressed in either red or blue uniforms holding signs marked “Airport Information” provide roaming assistance.

Airport Facilities

Money and communications: The airport has ATMs, currency exchange, change machines and a post office.

Luggage: There are left luggage (Ken’s Baggage Storage & Rentals, on the Baggage Claim Level) and lost-and-found facilities. Lost luggage queries are handled by individual airlines.

Conference and business: The Laptop Lane business center in the North Satellite offers access to fax, Internet and copying facilities. Conference venues are available at the Hilton Airport and Conference Center.

Other facilities: Facilities include cell phone and mp3 charger kiosks, Internet phones, smoking areas, family restrooms and disabled facilities.

Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the airport.

Shopping: A reasonable selection of stores sells fashion, jewelry, cosmetics, electronics, toys, gifts and books. Shops include Bose, Borders, Hudson News, Hudson Booksellers, InMotion Entertainment, Rosetta Stone, The Body Shop, ExOfficio, Life is good, Fireworks, Discover Puget Sound, and Made in Washington

Food and drink: Cuisine ranges from typical American and European-style dishes, snacks and fast foods, to the exotic flavors of the Orient. Popular venues include Casa del Agave, Kobo, Qdoba, Wendy’s, the Runway Grill, Burger King, La Pisa Cafe, Chili’s Too, Maki of Japan, Anthony’s Restaurant, Manchu Wok, Ivar’s Seafood Bar, Dish D’Lish and Pallino Pastaria. There are also a number of coffee bistros and pubs, including Mountain Room Bar, The Pilot House, Diva Espresso, Africa Lounge, Seattle Tap Room, Seattle’s Best Coffee, Sports Page Pub, Vino Volo, Starbucks, Vintage Washington Wine Bar and Tully’s Coffee.


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