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All you need to know about Sea-Tac Airport

A guide to gates, parking, nonstop flights, and more.


Sea-Tac Airport has been rolling out more upgrades of late.

Photo via Port of Seattle

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Traveling via plane can be fun — jet-setting over beautiful blue waters or rolling hills, taking in cloud formations, and landing in a completely different location in a matter of hours is unlike anything else.

The whole navigating the airport part? Less exciting, and sometimes pretty stressful. To help make your time at Sea-Tac Airport as smooth as possible, we’ve created a guide that covers everything from gates and parking to details on the airport’s many nonstop flights.

What to know

  • TSA | Security line wait times can vary each day, but Sea-Tac recommends getting to the airport at least two hours before a domestic flight and three hours before an international flight. SEA Spot Saver app can help reserve your place in the security line. Pro tip: Since 80% of Seattle departures are scheduled in the morning, lines tend to lighten up after 11 a.m. — so book a midday flight, if you can.
  • Map it out | If you’re like us and need to completely visualize a place before you step foot inside, these maps of the entire airport will be your saving grace.
  • Food and drink | We’ve covered dining options before, but one big spot to know is Salty’s at the SEA at Central Terminal, which offers oysters, beer, and some nice views. The Order SEA app has certain food items delivered to your gate.
  • Reminder | Thanks to an extension, you will not need a REAL ID to board commercial flights in the US until May 7, 2025.
  • Flight status | While we recommend staying updated via your respective airline, you can also check the airport’s dashboard for your flight status in a pinch.

Current airport updates

Sea-Tac is currently undergoing a multi-year renovation project spread across one million sqft. That includes $400 million approved in 2023 for four new floors in the C Concourse that will add more dining + retail capacity, office space, and a premium lounge. Construction should be done by 2026.

This year, the airport opened its first multi-user, all-gender restroom near Gate D2 and Alaska Airlines unveiled its renovated D Concourse lounge with 50% more seating capacity, new art, and a barista station.

Also, do you hear what we hear? Live music is back.

Travelers at Sea-Tac Airport sit in wooden lounge chairs in front of a large window decorated with snowflake and tree sculptures.

Central Terminal upgrades include more seating.

Photo via the Port of Seattle

Parking, shuttles, and rideshare

Not everyone has a bestie who will drop everything to pick them up from their 3 a.m. landing.

For those that do, know that each lot and garage offers up to 20 minutes of free parking in the cell phone lot, $8 per hour in the general lot, and $10 per hour for terminal direct on the fourth floor of the lot. There’s also an automated guidance system that helps you find a spot more efficiently.

Beyond that, the prices for longer periods are as listed:

  • Daily parking | $27/day ($47 for terminal direct)
  • Weekly parking | $222/week ($329for terminal direct)
  • Pre-booked stays | Prices vary

Hate the thought of driving yourself? Try out a rideshare, shuttle, or the Light Rail that will take you to and from the terminal. These services are suggested by the airport:

  • Uber + Lyft | Rideshare | After you’ve confirmed your ride, go to the third floor of the parking garage to find it at one of the stalls.
  • Light Rail | Train | Sea-Tac/Airport stop
  • Premier | Shuttle | If you book online, you can save 10% on door-to-door fares.
Several colorful sculptures hang above empty baggage claims at Sea-Tac Airport's International Arrivals Facility.

The “Chalchiuhtlicue” sculptures in the baggage area are by artist Marela Zacarías. | Photo by Sea-Tac Airport

Nonstop flights

Sea-Tac offers 124 nonstop flights — 94 domestic ones to every US region, plus 30 international flights to 20 countries. Here are five popular, nonstop international flights.

Bonus: Get lower fares by signing up for Going. You’ll get emailed when flights are 40-90% cheaper than usual. Get a two-week free trial of the Premium plan, which lets you set custom destination flight alerts (score).

Pro tip: Remember that flight times and schedules will often change you should rely on your respective airline for exact timing and to stay updated on any changes.


Here are all the gates and their nearby popular amenities, shops, and lounges:

  • A Gates | Terminal getaway spa, United Club, duty free shop, children’s play area, Little Free Library
  • B Gates | Delta Assistance Center, Southwest Customer Service, charging stations
  • C Gates | Alaska Airlines Lounge, nursing room, auditory assistance
  • D Gates | Charging stations, The Good Traveler, Jabbrrbox work pods, nursing stations
  • N Gates | Alaska Customer Service and diaper changing stations
  • S Gates | Delta Assistance Center, currency exchange, massage chairs
  • Central Terminal | Ticketing, airport information, Delta Sky Lounge, Centurion Lounge
A view of Salty's at SEA and Brewtop Social's signs at Sea-Tac Airport with Christmas decor in the foreground.

Brewtop Social is a beer and wine garden near the new Salty’s at SEA restaurant.

Photo via Port of Seattle

Food and drink

Sea-Tac has dozens of restaurants, bars, and coffee shops for fliers wanting to grab bites and drinks before or between flights, like:

  • Floret | A Gates | Features comfort food like hand pies, egg sandwiches, and Stumptown coffee
  • Africa Lounge | A Gates | Indulge on spicy beef sambusas and wings
  • Lou Lou Market and Bar | B Gates | Don’t say ‘bon voyage’ before sampling the prime rib French dip, seafood bisque, and Nutella crepes
  • Poke to the Max | S Gates | Chow down on poke salad with Ahi tuna, loco moco rice plate, and Spam musubi
  • Lowrider Cookie Company | A Gates | Your sweet tooth is begging for cookie flavors like brown butter triple chocolate chunk, salted toffee pecan, S’mores, and birthday cake
  • Neighborhood Cafe | D Gates | Sip delights like leche flan boba tea, Fulcrum coffee, and okazu pan from Umami Kushi.
  • Bad Egg | N Gates | Enjoy breakfast all day with BBQ-inspired biscuit sandwiches and doughnuts.
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