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Seattle SeaTac Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Seattle Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

There are some full length couches where you can lay flat on at Gate A14. They are so comfortable! - a guest reviewer

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by Hollion
My sister and I had an 8 hour layover in the wee hours of the morning at this airport. Being here for the first time, I searched on this website and read a review about there being a bench in one of the D gates. We found no bench and ended up sleeping on the floor behind some seats. In the morning we decided to walk to our gate, and discovered that the C gates have cushioned armrest-less seats. The C16 area.. The C12 area... My back is sad but hopefully someone else gets to sleep here!"

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Seattle Airport Information

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

If you are an economy class traveller, you can enter these lounges at Seattle airport either by purchasing a day pass or through a membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):

  • Alaska Airlines Board Room - Location: Airside, Concourse D, near Gate D1. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$ 45.00) • Priority Pass • Alaska Airlines Board Room Membership.
  • Delta Sky Club - Location: Airside, between Gate S8 and S9. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$50.00) • Delta Sky Club Membership.
  • The Club at SEA - Location: Airside, Concourse A, across from Gate A11. Hours: 9:00AM - 5:30PM. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$ 35) • Book Online (£22) • Priority Pass.
  • The Club at SEA - Location: Airside, South Satellite, next to Gate S9. Hours: 9:30AM - 5:30PM. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$ 35) • Book Online (£22) • Priority Pass.
  • United Club - Location: Airside, Concourse A, Airside, gate A9.Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$ 50.00) • United Club Membership.

USO Lounge - The USO offers a lounge to members of the military and their families. Amenities include: WiFi, video games, TV lounge, snacks, sleeping area, showers, computers, library, and a child care area. Location: Main terminal, Mezzanine, 2nd Floor (landside). Hours: open 24 hours.

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Seattle SeaTac Airport.

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Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Seattle Airport does not appeal to you, there are many hotels near the airport:

To find a cheap room, there is a list of hotels near Seattle Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price.

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More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

  • Airport Art - Enjoy SEA-TAC's diverse art collection, which features contemporary work in glass, sculpture, photography, painting and sound. [ brochure ]
  • ATMs / Cash Machines - ATMs are located throughout the airport (landside and airside).
  • Baggage Carts - SmarteCartes are available for a fee. Rate: unknown.
  • Children's Play Areas - Locations: Central Terminal • Concourse A
  • Currency Exchange - Travelex has offices in the Main Terminal (ticketing level) • Main Terminal (baggage claim) • Concourse A • South Satellite.
  • E-mail Phones: I have no idea what these are....but apparently you can find them here at SEA-TAC. Internet-enabled phones that give you high-speed access to e-mail and the internet are available throughout the Airport.
  • Food & Drinks - Food: There are several 24 hour food concessions available at the Seattle airport.
    »Landside: Starbucks (Main Terminal, Ticketing) • McDonald's (near B1)
    »Airside: Dilettante Chocolates & Mocha Cafe (Central Terminal) • Dilettante Chocolates & Mocha Cafe (N Gates) • Qdoba Restaurant (Central Terminal) • Starbucks (Central Terminal Kiosk)
    » Vending machines are also available throughout the airport.
  • Information Desk - Airport Volunteers can be seen providing assistance throughout the airport, look for the blue jackets.
  • Live music - Live music is performed Mon-Fri throughout the airport under a program called Experience the City of Music.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - There are no lockers. Baggage can be stored at the Ken's Baggage Storage & Rentals office. Located landside on the Baggage Claim level between Carousels 12 & 13. Rates from $2.50-12.00 per 24 hour period. Hours: 5:30AM - 12:30AM.
  • Massages - Available at the Massage Bar. Locations: Concourse C, and the North Satellite
  • Meditation Room - Location: Main Terminal, Mezzanine Level, landside
  • Mobile and MP3 Chargers - free electrical outlets are available under the seats at most gates in Concourses A, B and the South Satellite.
    Landside - Ticketing Level - In the seating area at the exit from Concourse B.
    Landside - Baggage Claim - Between Carousels 12 & 13, next to the ATM
    Airside - Concourse A - Next to Tully's
    Airside - Concourse B - Gate B2
    Airside - Concourse C - Next to the Emerald City Lounge
    Airside - Concourse D - In shoeshine alcove, end of Concourse by gates D8 – D12
    Cost: $3 per use.
  • Movie and Portable Entertainment rentals - InMotion Entertainment offers electronics, accessories, movie and game rentals for your trip or extended stay at the airport. Located airside Concourse C. Hours: 6am-10pm
  • Rest Zone - A quiet zone has been set up with plenty of seating and power outlets. Location: Airside, Gate B4
  • Showers - Available in the Delta Airlines SkyClub. [ see Airport Lounges above ]
  • Smoking - There are two areas on airport grounds where smoking is permitted but you are going to have a bit of a hike to reach them. (1) North end of the Lower Drive (Baggage Claim level), North of door 26, across the small parking lot, adjacent to the stairs that lead to the cruise tent lot (2) South end of the Lower Drive (Baggage Claim level)

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Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

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Quick Tips

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

King County Metro Transit: The bus stops that serve Sea-Tac Airport are on International Boulevard (State Highway-99) and South 176th Street by the Link Light Rail Station.

The most convenient route to the stops is to take the walkway through the north end of the fourth floor of the Airport Parking Garage to the Sound Transit Link Light Rail Station and exit to International Boulevard.

Departure times are shown on information signs at the bus stop. You also can pick up printed bus timetables at the Ground Transportation Information Booth on the Baggage Claim level near door number 16.

Sound Transit: Sound Transit Express Routes 560 and 574 does pick-ups and drop-offs from the main terminal bus stop on the lower drive. More details on times and schedules.

Light Link Rail

The SeaTac Airport Station is connected to the fourth floor of the airport parking garage. Trains arrive and depart on the platform level of the station.

The covered, level walkway to the airport terminal is one level down on the mezzanine. The service runs from 5am to 1am Monday through Saturday and 6am to midnight on Sundays. Trains arrive and depart every 7 to 15 minutes, depending on the time of day.

Taxis

There are taxi stands on the 3rd floor of the parking garage.

Car Rentals

All rental car companies currently operating at Sea-Tac Airport have moved their customer service counters, rental vehicles and related activities to the new rental car facility. Dedicated shuttle buses operate 24 hours a day with two passenger pick-up areas located outside baggage claim at the north and south ends of the main terminal. Exit the terminal at carousel # 1 or # 15. Car rental companies include Advantage • Alamo • Avis • Budget • Dollar • Enterprise • Hertz • National • Thrifty • and more Location: Rental Car Facility. You can compare car rental rates on the Auto Europe web site.

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Last Updated: 12 May 2015

The information in this Airport Guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airport's and their web sites. The information above is subject to change without notice. Use it for informational purposes only to help you during your stay. To report errors, or to add/change any items quoted in the guide, email me.

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