Sleeping in Airports

Seattle Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Seattle Sea-Tac Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

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

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us about their time at Seattle Airport.

What to Expect

Seattle Airport is spread over four terminals. The Main and Central Terminals are next to each other, easily reachable on foot. The satellite North and South Terminals are connected by train. Do anticipate some walking to reach your gate and other amenities.

Most areas pre-Security are sparse, with the majority of food and shopping outlets located airside. A few eateries stay open 24 hours. WiFi is free, and power outlets are abundant – just look under the seats at most gates. Pass a long layover by strolling the half-mile Art Walk or checking out the daily live music performances. For more creature comforts, economy class passengers can check into several airport lounges (one even has shower facilities!). See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and access information.

Where to Sleep

As a major transit hub, travellers are looking for sleep spots at all hours. The good news is that you can stay airside overnight, where more comfortable sleep spots can be found. Most seats have armrests, but certain gates and concourses have padded, armrest-free benches.  There are long, padded benches that are nice for sleeping near the end of Concourse C (Gate 10). One reviewer suggests you avoid C9 and C17, as there are a lot of TVs in the area. The S concourse has padded benches near the center of the terminal. Landside, a meditation room offers peace and quiet. Bring earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones to combat loud TVs and frequent announcements. For uninterrupted sleep, hop on a free shuttle to several nearby hotels. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

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.

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Alaska Lounge – Location: multiple locations. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of Alaska ticket. [ more lounge info ]

Centurion Lounge – Location: Central Terminal, Airside, Concourse B, opposite Gate B3. Lounge Access: American Express® Card Members. [ more lounge info ]

Delta Sky Club – Location: South Satellite, Airside, between Gate S8 and S9. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of Delta ticket • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Passes  The Club at SEA (South Satellite) – Location: South Satellite, Airside, next to Gate S9. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Passes  The Club at SEA (Central Terminal) – Location: Central Terminal, Airside, Concourse A, across from Gate A11. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

United Club – Location: Central Terminal, Airside, Concourse A, Airside, gate A9. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of United ticket • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Military Lounge

USO Lounge – The USO offers a lounge that is free of charge to active members of the US military and their families. Location: Main terminal, Landside, Mezzanine Level, 2nd Floor.  [ more info ]

Related Pages: Seattle Airport Lounges

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

  • Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center – (3 minute drive from the airport) Free 24-hour airport shuttle service. » Check Rates
  • Red Roof Inn Seattle Airport SEATAC – (4 minute drive from the airport) Free 24-hour airport shuttle runs every 20 minutes from 4:00AM to 12:00PM (noon). Outside of those hours, call the hotel for times and pick-up/drop-off locations. » Check Rates
  • Red Lion Hotel Seattle Airport – (4 minutes from the airport) Free 24-hour airport shuttle service. » Check Rates
  • La Quinta Inn & Suites Seattle SeaTac Airport – (4 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available from 4:00AM to 1:00AM. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Seattle Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Free WiFi is available at Seattle SeaTac Airport. Connect to the “SEATAC-FREE-WIFI” network.

Communications

Family Services

  • Baby Care Facilities – The Mother’s Room offers a quiet, private place with adjustable lighting, rocking chairs, power outlets and more. There’s one located inside of the Kid’s Play Area, but military families can also use the Mother’s Room inside the USO. Car and stroller rentals are available at the Smarte Carte Storage in Baggage Claim.
  • Children’s Play Areas – Location: Across from Seattle Taproom (between Central Terminal and A Gates).

Food & Drinks

  • Drinking Water – Thirsty? Water bottle refill stations are available free of charge. Empty your water bottles before going through security, and then refill them at one of these locations: Gates A-2 • A-5 • C-2 • D-1 • S Gates • Central Terminal (in the food court and one near the B exit/pet potty.
  • Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. These options are open 24 hours:
    • Central Terminal Food Court (airside): Dilettante Chocolates & Mocha Cafe ▪ Starbucks.
    • B Gates: McDonald’s ▪ Qdoba Mexican Grill.
    • Vending machines are also available throughout the airport.

Information

  • Information Desk – Airport Volunteers offer general information about airport services. Their blue jackets are easy to spot around the airport. Red-vested “Pathfinder” customer service reps are also available, with iPad in hand, to direct passengers to where they wish to go.

Luggage

  • Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts (Smarte Carte) are available. Location: Central Terminal, landside and all gated areas. Important: Carts cannot be taken through security. If you rented one landside, you will have to leave it and rent another one airside after going through security.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers – There are no lockers. Baggage can be stored at the Smarte Carte Baggage Storage. Storage includes baggage, frozen and refrigerated items. They also provide rental services for wheelchairs, strollers, and more. Business services, like notary and fax, are also available. Location: Baggage Claim level ,between Carousels 12 & 13. Hours: 5:30AM – 12:30AM. Rates: range from $8 – $22/item/24 hours.

Mobile Charging

  • Mobile Charging – Under-seat power outlets are available at all A, B, D and S gates, with additional outlets being added to C, D and N gates. Alaska Airlines provides under-seat power outlets at their C and N gates. Pay-per-use charging kiosks offer charger connections that fit most cell phones and mp3 players. Location: Main Terminal (Ticketing and Baggage Claim) and Concourses A, B, C and D.

Money

  • ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Central Terminal, Landside • Airside, all gated areas.
  • Banking Services – A full-service US Bank branch is available. Location: Main Terminal, landside, between Checkpoints 3 and 4 (next to Starbucks).
  • Currency Exchange – Travelex has offices in the Main Terminal (ticketing level. Hours: 5:15AM – 10:00PM) • Main Terminal (baggage claim. Hours 9:45AM – 9:45PM) • A Gates (Hours: 5:15AM – 5:45PM) • S Gates (Hours: 8:00AM – 8:00PM).

Rest & Relaxation

  • Hotels – see “Airport Hotels” above.
  • Lounges – see “Airport Lounges” above.
  • Rest Zone – A quiet zone has been set up with plenty of seating and power outlets. Location: Airside, Gate B4

Shopping

  • Duty Free & Shopping – Dufry Duty-free is available Central Terminal, A Gates and S Gates. The S Gates location is open 24 hours. The following locations of Hudson News are open 24 hours: Central Terminal ▪ Baggage Claim.

Showers, Salon & Spa

  • Massages – Feel your stress melt away with a foot or chair massage at the Massage Bar. A 15 minute massage costs $23.00, half-hour for $43.00 and a foot massage is only $18.00. Location: airside in the N gates, open 6:00AM – 7:00PM (Mon – Fri) and 7:00AM – 8:00PM (Sat and Sun).
  • Showers – Available in the Delta Airlines SkyClub. [ see Airport Lounges above ]

Smoking

  • 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).

Things to do & see

  • Airport Art – Enjoy SeaTac’s diverse and breathtaking collection of contemporary work in glass, sculpture, photography, painting and sound. For more details, check out the SeaTac Art in the Airport brochure. For a little exercise amidst beauty, stroll the Art Walk, a ½ mile path from Starbucks (Central Terminal) to Gate A-14.
  • Live music – Scheduled live music performances happen daily throughout the airport from 9:00AM – 3:00PM, under a program called Experience the City of Music.
  • Movie/TV Show Rentals – Download your must-see movies and TV shows on your portable devices for your trip at the bright orange Digiboo self-service kiosks. Located: airside at B, C, D, N and S gates.

The airport is open 24 hours.

Keep in mind that TSA, airline check-in and baggage drop hours vary according the flight schedule. Check these hours with your airline. If you are in the public area of the terminal (landside) you will not be able to get through to the secure area of the terminal (airside) until the morning. The TSA security screening checkpoint hours vary according to location:

Checkpoint #1 (South): 9:00AM – 1:00PM (cruise passengers only)

Checkpoint #2: 4:00AM – 8:00PM

Checkpoint #3 (Central): open 24 hours

Checkpoint #4: 4:00AM – 8:00PM

Checkpoint #5 (North): 4:00AM – 1:30PM

As of March 2018, Seattle airport is served by the following airlines: Air Canada • Alaska Airlines • American Airlines • ANA • Asiana Airlines • British Airways • Condor • Delta • Emirates • Eurowings • EVA Air • Frontier Airlines • Hainan Airlines • Hawaiian Airlines • Icelandair • JetBlue • Korean Air • Lufthansa • Norwegian • Southwest Airlines • Spirit Airlines • Sun Country • United Airlines • Virgin America • Virgin Atlantic • Volaris • Xiamen Airlines.

Light Rail is a good option for transportation from the airport to the Amtrak Station located at King Street Station. Take the Link Local towards Link to Seattle. Exit at International District/Chinatown. Then walk 3 minutes to King Street Station. Allow 45 minutes of travel time.

Alternatively, you can take a taxi which should take approximately 20-25 minutes.

King County Metro Buses stop on the street adjacent to the Sea-Tac Airport LINK Light Rail station. Departure times are available on posted bus stop signs, printed timetables at the Information Booth on the baggage claim level near Door 16 (opposite carousel 12), or at the King County Metro Transit website.

Bus stops for Sound Transit Express Routes 560 and 574 are located on the lower drive of the main terminal. Schedules and fare information is available on the Sound Transit website.

Sea-Tac Airport has a dedicated Rental Car Facility, accessible by free 24-hour shuttle service from the north and south ends of the main terminal, outside of baggage claim. Many major car rental companies operate from within the Rental Car Facility, but Rent-A-Wreck provides a courtesy shuttle to its off-site location from the Sea-Tac Airport Rental Car Facility.

Many local hotels and private parking lots provide airport shuttle service as a courtesy to their patrons. Shuttle stops are located on the 3rd floor of the parking garage at Islands 1 and 3. Ask your hotel or parking lot operator directly for shuttle service availability.

The following hotels offer airport shuttle service: Cedarbrook Lodge   •   Clarion Hotel Seattle Airport   •   Coast Gateway Hotel   •   Crowne Plaza Seattle Airport   •   Days Inn Seattle/Sea-Tac International Airport   •   Doubletree by Hilton Seattle Airport   •   Hampton Inn and Suites Seattle-Airport/28th Ave   •   Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center   •   La Quinta Inn & Suites Seattle Sea-Tac Airport  •   Radisson Hotel Seattle Airport   •   Ramada Suites SeaTac Airport   •   Red Lion Hotel Seattle Airport   •   Red Roof Inn Seattle Airport – SEATAC   •   Rodeway Inn SeaTac   •   Country Inn & Suites Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Several companies provide door-to-door shared ride or exclusive ride transfer service between the airport and destinations throughout the Seattle metropolitan area up to Vancouver, BC. Contact your service provider for rates, service areas and airport pick-up locations, or inquire at the Information Booth located on the 3rd floor of the airport parking garage.

Taxi stands are located on the 3rd floor of the parking garage. Both sedans and 8 – 10 passenger taxis are available.

Sea-Tac Airport is connected to the city by the LINK Light Rail system. There is a LINK station on the 4th floor of the airport parking garage, and connected to the airport terminal via covered skybridge one level down on the mezzanine. Trains run every 6 – 15 minutes from 5:00AM – 1:00AM Monday – Saturday (6:00AM – 12:00AM on Sunday). For further information, go to the Sound Transit website.

Last updated: 2018-10-29

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide, write a review or send an email to [email protected] and we will update this guide.