Seattle city centre is well serviced by public transport, with an excellent bus system, historic streetcars along the waterfront, and a high-speed elevated Monorail that links downtown to the Seattle Center and offers views over the harbour and beyond. The bus system is the most extensive and runs throughout the night, but less frequently after 8pm. Fares on buses and trams are slightly more expensive during peak hours. Taxis can be hailed from taxi ranks or ordered by telephone; ride-hailing apps such as Lyft and Uber are also available. Parking in Seattle is expensive and limited, but traffic isn't too bad outside of rush hour and the city is fairly easy to navigate. Renting a car for excursions outside the city is a good option.
The airport is situated 12 miles (19km) south of Seattle and 15 miles (24km) north of Tacoma.
Seattle-Tacoma Airport (SEA)
LocationThe airport is situated 12 miles (19km) south of Seattle and 15 miles (24km) north of Tacoma.
Getting to the city
The SeaTac/Airport Station provides passengers a direct connection between the airport and downtown Seattle. The station is on the fourth floor of the airport's main parking garage. Line Shuttle Express offer door-to-door shuttle services leaving regularly for the nearby towns and cities. Public King County Metro Transit buses run on schedule to destinations in and around Seattle. Sound Transit operates two express bus routes around the city.
TimeGMT –8 (GMT –7 from March to November).
Alamo, Avis, Budget, Hertz and National have facilities at the airport.
To arrange for a taxi, use one of the curbside phones or visit one of the Information Booths.
Transfer between terminals
The terminals are connected by an underground people mover.
Facilities at the airport are extensive, including a variety of fast-food and full-service restaurants, several bars and retail outlets. The airport has ATMs and currency exchange desks, and also offers a pet relief area, a massage bar, shoe shine services, smoking areas and a baggage storage service.
Parking rates at Sea-Tac Airport range from $4 per hour to daily rates of $39. Long term rates of $32 per day or $149 per week are also available.