Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Guide

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    How to Get to SeaTac Airport

    Planes at Seattle Tacoma International Airport
    ••• Planes at Seattle Tacoma International Airport. Courtesy of Port of Seattle

    Large international airports can be busy, noisy, and intimidating. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, also known as SeaTac Airport, falls into that category. Here's some information to help you find your way in and around SeaTac, whether you're picking someone up or flying yourself.

    Where is SeaTac Airport:
    Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is located about 13 miles south of downtown Seattle. It can be accessed by taking the SeaTac Airport exit from State Route 518.
    Main Terminal Building
    17801 International Blvd.
    Seattle, WA 98158
    Phone: (206) 433-5388

    How to Get to SeaTac Airport
    If you choose not to drive to Seattle's airport, there are several public and private transportation options.

    • By Central Link Light Rail
      Link Light Rail service is available between the SeaTac/Airport station to destinations north as far as Westlake Center in downtown Seattle.
    • By Bus
      King County Metro Transit and Sound Transit buses both have routes with stops at SeaTac airport.
    • By Shuttle
      There are...MORE several shuttle bus and van services that provide airport transportation for the Seattle metro area and beyond.
      · Gray Line Downtown Airporter 206-626-6088
      · Shuttle Express 425-981-7000
      · More Seattle Ground Transportation
    • By Courtesy Vehicle
      Some hotels offers courtesy transportation to and from the airport. Consult your individual hotel for details.

    Construction at SeaTac Airport
    SeaTac Airport is in a constant state of construction, whether adding new terminal facilities, runways, or roads. Things change from day to day, so it's always a good idea to check the official airport web site for the latest construction status.

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    Parking and Terminal Information for SeaTac Airport

    Parking at SeaTac Airport
    Except on the very busiest travel days of the year, there is usually ample parking at SeaTac's parking garage. Ample, but expensive. Paying for parking is conducted through automated machines that take cash, debit, or credit cards. For multi-day parking, you can save money by parking at a remote airport parking lot. I have found the Doug Fox parking lot (206-248-2956) to be reasonable and convenient.

    Terminals at SeaTac Airport
    Fortunately, all of the terminals at Sea-Tac Airport can be accessed from one central parking and ticketing area. In addition to the four wings of the central terminal, airline gates are also located at the North and South Satellite terminals. These satellite terminals are connected to the central terminal by continuously-running underground loop trains. If you know that your flight will be departing from one of SeaTac's satellite terminals, it's a good idea to add 10-15 minutes to your boarding schedule.

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    Food and Restaurants at SeaTac Airport

    You won't lack for opportunities to buy a great meal or a delicious snack at SeaTac Airport. Many of the sit-down restaurants and fast food counters are local businesses featuring local foods, and prices are consistent with what you'll find outside of the airport. Most of the airport eateries are located after security and thus are only available to ticketed passengers.

    Sit-down Dining at SeaTac Airport
    I would recommend Anthony's Restaurant in the post-security area of the central terminal for full-service dining; they serve fresh seafood and yummy desserts.

    Coffee, Tea, and Beverages at SeaTac Airport
    You won't be surprised to learn that there are a variety of espresso stands throughout SeaTac Airport, from Starbucks and Seattle's Best Coffee to Dilletante and Diva.

    Pre-Security Food Options at SeaTac Airport
    If you want to enjoy a glass of wine, an espresso drink, or a light meal with a non-flying companion, you will find a few options. These also make great places to...MORE meet with Seattle friends during a long layover. Here are my recommendations:

    • Vintage Washington Wine Bar - this centrally-located wine bar also serves snacks and light meals
    • Dish D'Lish - market-fresh salads, sandwiches, and treats
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    Things to Do at SeaTac Airport

    Spending Time at SeaTac Airport
    If you find yourself with time on your hands at SeaTac Airport, there is plenty to keep yourself entertained.

    • Art at SeaTac Airport
      You'll find original art of all kinds throughout SeaTac Airport. It's everywhere - hanging from the ceiling, on the windows, even in the bathroom.
    • Shopping
      For magazines and snacks, you'll find Hudson News shops throughout the airport, both pre- and post-security. Several specialty shops are located in the central terminal, including Ex Officio, The Body Shop, Fireworks and Made in Washington.
    • Spa Treatments
      Get a neck or foot massage at The Massage Bar, which has locations in Concourse C and the North Satellite. Manicures and pedicures are available at butter LONDON.