Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, or Sea-Tac, is a large airport bustling with activity. With so many passengers entering and exiting the terminals on a daily basis, you may get quite intimidated at first when navigating through Sea-Tac. Here are a few tips on getting around Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
Getting to Sea-Tac is quite easy. Simply take State Route 518 and the airport should be roughly sixteen miles from the southern area of Seattle. If you won't be driving there yourself, there are other options in getting to Sea-Tac. Metro and Sound Transit buses, which are easily accessible around Seattle, will drop you off right in front of the baggage claim level, at door number six. Van and shuttle bus services are available as well, such as Shuttle Express and GrayLine, which provide transportation to and from the airport itself. If you are staying at a hotel, inquire at the front desk as to whether or not they can provide a courtesy vehicle service to the airport. And, within 2009, Sound Transit Light Rail will begin offering transportation linkages to the airport.
If you plan to park your car at the airport's parking garage for an extended period of time, be prepared for high parking fees. Slots are easy to come by, but be prepared to pay quite a hefty price for parking your car. An alternative would be t find a remote parking garage service not inside the airport, but still within the immediate vicinity. Their rates will definitely be lower than the airport's.
All of Sea-Tac's passenger terminals can be reached from one large central ticketing area, so don't worry about getting lost. The Central terminal itself as four major wings and the other gates are accessible via the North and South satellite terminals. These satellite terminals are quite far, so if you will be using these terminals, it would be a good idea to add an extra 15 minutes to your trip schedule. You can get to the satellite terminals by using the underground trains, which branch out from the central terminal and run continuously throughout the day. There is also a train station located a Concourse B, which allows passengers to directly move to either the South satellite terminal or Concourse B, which dramatically reduces passenger's transit time.
Getting from the North to South ends of the airport can be quite tiring, so the alternative would be taking the shuttle from the Man Terminal Transit stations at both North and South ends. Take note that these areas are only accessible to ticketed passengers.
There are a number of maps that can be found online that can show you exactly where everything is located within Sea-Tac, so it would also be a good idea to check those out. Within the airport, a number of location maps are posted as well, so you should have no problem finding the key areas. There are ample dining choices within the airport, so you will have a variety of foods to choose from while waiting for your flight. For any other additional information, make sure you visit Sea-Tac's airport information booth, which can be found near the Baggage claim area, across Carousel number twelve.