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Distance from SEA to

Seattle – 3 miles (21 km)
Tacoma – 18 miles (39 km)
Everett – 25 miles (61.23 km)
Redmond – 13 miles (48 km)
Olympia – 52 miles (100 km)

Nearest Major Airports 

Vancouver Airport – 145 miles (235 km)
Boeing Field-King – 5.5 miles (8.85 km)
Portland International Airport – 137.5 miles (221.3 km)

Car Hire Seattle

Seattle Airport Guide

The Seattle-Tacoma Airport, or Sea-Tac Airport, is aptly named so because this facility serves the population of the cities of Seattle and Tacoma.  From downtown Seattle, one can commute to the airport in about 20 minutes to half an hour.  For those arriving at the airport from domestic flights, they will go to the North Terminal upon disembarking. Passengers from all international flights will go to the South Terminal for customs and immigration procedures.
The airport has plenty of facilities for shopping, dining, and relaxing.  There are books stores and newspaper stand such as Hudson News and Border Books.  For shopping, guests and passengers can try the ExOficio, Life is Good, Bose and Club Jet Duty Free.  There are a good selection of restaurants for casual and full-service dining.  Coffee shops also dot the terminals.  For travelers who want to check in at the nearest hotel, the Radisson is just by the airport’s gateway. 

Seattle Airport Directions

When using car hire in downtown Seattle, head east and get on to southbound Interstate 5. Head south and exit at Westbound Route 518. From there, follow signage to Sea-Tac International Airport.

Seattle Airport Parking

The Sea-Tac Airport has a huge parking system. The most convenient method of availing the parking garage is through its Terminal Direct, where hourly rates are paid.

Seattle Airport Flight Information

Being the hub for Alaska Airlines, the airport services numerous flights destined for Alaska.  It also serves international flights headed to Korea, China, Japan, Canada and Germany. There are also routes to most major U.S. cities as well.

Hotels Near Seattle Airport

There are more than 20 hotels within five miles of Seattle-Tacoma Airport.  Among the nearest are Hampton Inn Seattle/Airport (1.60 miles), Hilton Seattle Airport Conference Center (0.70 miles), Quality Inn Sea-Tac Airport (1.37 miles), and Radisson Hotel Gateway Sea-Tac Airport (0.90 miles).

Seattle Time Zone

8 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT –8:00), in the US Pacific Time Zone.

Seattle Info

Arriving in Seattle through the Seattle-Tacoma Airport is generally convenient as this facility is complete with the most modern amenities  for airline passengers. Traveling on to the beautiful surrounding destinations by land may need the service of a car hire, however. 

Unless you destination is just to a hotel within the airport vicinity, using a car hire may be the best solution when traveling to downtown Seattle or Tacoma.  While there are taxis and public transportation available, they will not combine both convenience and cost-effectiveness. It is best to contact a car hire or rental company even before landing in Seattle.

Facts about SEA

  • It is hub for Alaska Airlines
  • 31,227,512 passengers in 2009
  • 18th busiest airport in the US in 2009
  • 317,873 flights accommodated in 2009

Tourists and travelers who land in Sea-Tac Airport should see to it that they get to visit Seattle’s most famous landmark, the Space Needle.  Located in downtown Seattle, a 20-minute drive from the airport is enough to get to this famous postcard subject.  On top of the Space Needle, visitors can get a panoramic view of the entire city of Seattle.  There is a restaurant right on top of the Needle for hungry visitors.
Aside from the Space Needle, tourists and visitors can also drive rental cars to other top spots in the city.  They can go to the Seattle Center to watch live shows featuring the different cultures set in this Pacific city.  They can go to the Pike Place Market, which is famous for its fresh fruits, vegetables and seafood.  For those interested to learn about the Pacific Ocean’s unique, vast array of sea life, don't miss out on a visit the Seattle Aquarium.
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