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 help combat loud TVs and frequent announcements, but a reader tells us the effort may be lost as crying babies and nearby conversations prevent decent sleep. Explore our guide to sleeping in Seattle Airport or read some traveller reviews for more tips.  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 • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

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

Airline Lounges

If you are a First or Business Class traveller you may have access to the lounges listed below. For more information, check the airline’s website.

British Airways First Lounge (Location: South Satellite, Airside) • British Airways Terraces Lounge (Location: South Satellite, Airside) • Delta Sky Club (Location: South Satellite, Airside, between Gate S8 and S9)

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.


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. In addition, 7 nursing suites are available. Locations: S Gate Mezzanine Level • Gate A9 • Gate C10 • Gate N2 • Gate D10 • Gate D23 • North, Main Terminal at Train Station. Car seat 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). Hours: 24 hours.

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.
    • Landside: Alki Bakery (inside the 24 hour Hudson News).
    • Vending machines are also available throughout the airport.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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. A meditation/quiet room can be found on Landside, Level 6, Mezzanine.


  • 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 • Gate D6 • Gate D22.

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). Massage chairs can be found in the Baggage Claim area, N Gates area and in the S Gates area.
  • Showers – Available in the Delta Airlines SkyClub. [ see Airport Lounges above ]
  • Spa – The Terminal Gateway Spa offers a full array of spa services. Location: Airside, Level 5, near Gate A5. Hours: 7:00AM – 10:00PM.


  • 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 to 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): 4:00AM – 4:00PM (or according to daily flight schedule)
  • Checkpoint #2: 4:00AM – 11:00PM
  • Checkpoint #3 (Central): open 24 hours
  • Checkpoint #4: 4:00AM – 11:00PM
  • Checkpoint #5 (North): 4:00AM – 11:00PM (or according to daily flight schedule)

As of June 2019, Seattle airport is served by the following airlines: Aer Lingus • Aeromexico • Air Canada • Air France • Alaska Airlines • American Airlines • ANA • Asiana Airlines • British Airways • Cathay Pacific • Condor • Delta • Emirates • Eurowings • EVA Air • Frontier Airlines • Hainan Airlines • Hawaiian Airlines • Icelandair • Japan Airlines • JetBlue • Korean Air • Lufthansa • Norwegian • Southwest Airlines • Spirit Airlines • Sun Country • United Airlines • Virgin Atlantic • Volaris • Xiamen Airlines.

Last updated: 2019-07-16

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: update the airport guide or  write a review.