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    Car hire at Seattle-Tacoma Airport at the best price

    Exploring Washington State is easier with a car hire from Seattle-Tacoma Airport. The airport is perfectly located should you plan to explore neighbouring Seattle and Tacoma. Discover what Seattle has to offer, from a guided tour of the locks, to savouring some mouthwatering cuisine in one of its many restaurants. Head to the Seattle Space Needle and catch some amazing views over the city and beyond. The Museum of Flight should also be high on your itinerary, especially if you love everything aviation.

    Having over 60 years international experience in the car hire industry, means that Auto Europe has developed long lasting relationships with national, regional and international car hire suppliers. This allows us to provide quality customer service, a competitive quotation and a large selection of vehicles to choose from - all at great locations worldwide. Along with this we also provide luxury car hire and motorhome rentals. For more information or to book, simply call one of our reservation agents or utilise our secure online booking engine. To find out what other customers thought of their recent Auto Europe car rental in Seattle, why not read the comments they posted on our Seattle car hire reviews page.

    Airport Information

    Serving the Seattle Metropolitan area, Seattle-Tacoma Airport is situated in the City of SeaTac, Washington State. The airport is located around 14 miles south of central Seattle and 18 miles from central Tacoma. Being the largest airport in northwest USA, it has flights to domestic destinations as well as international long-haul. Alaska Airlines has its main hub here. The airport serves just over 47 million passengers per year.

    Seattle Airport (SEA)
    Official Name: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
    Address: 17801 International Boulevard, Seattle, WA 98158, USA
    Location: Seattle Airport is located in the city of SeaTac, around 14 miles from the center of Seattle City.
    Airlines operating at Seattle-Tacoma Airport: Aer Lingus, Aeromexico, Air Canada, Air France, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, American Eagle, Asiana Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Condor, Delta Airlines, Emirates, EVA Air, Hainan Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Xiamen Air, Thomas Cook and Volaris.

    Where to pick up my car hire at Seattle-Tacoma Airport

    Currently there are no on location car hire desks within the airport. Therefore, to collect your car rental at Seattle-Tacoma Airport, you will need to catch a free shuttle bus to the car hire suppliers. The shuttle bus operates 24-hours, with stops located outside arrivals.

    Check your car hire voucher to ascertain which supplier is providing your car. Then follow airport signs to the relevant shuttle bus stop. We recommend you study the voucher carefully, noting what documentation you need beforehand. To collect your car you will need your voucher, identification and a valid credit card for a deposit to be held on. Following are the major car hire suppliers at Seattle-Tacoma Airport.

    Alamo Car Hire at Seattle Tacoma Airport Alamo at Seattle Tacoma Airport
    3150 South 160th St Suite 509,
    Seattle, USA 98188

    +1 206 824 2327
    Opening Hours:
    24 hours Sun-Sat
    Avis Car Hire at Seattle Tacoma Airport Avis at Seattle Tacoma Airport
    3150 South 160th Street,
    Seattle, USA 98188

    +1 206 431 1612
    Opening Hours:
    24 hours Sun-Sat
    Enterprise Car Hire at Seattle Tacoma Airport Enterprise at Seattle Tacoma Airport
    3150 S 160th St Suite 508
    Seattle, USA 98188

    +1 206 246 1953
    Opening Hours:
    24 hours Sun-Sat
    Hertz Car Hire at Seattle Tacoma Airport Hertz at Seattle Tacoma Airport
    3150 South 160th Street
    Seattle, USA 98158

    +1 206 835 4718
    Opening Hours:
    24 hours Sun-Sat
    Thrifty Car Hire at Seattle Tacoma Airport Thrifty at Seattle Tacoma Airport
    3150 S. 160th Street
    Seattle, USA 98188

    +1 206 224 9806
    Opening Hours:
    24 hours Sun-Sat


    Seattle-Tacoma Airport has one main terminal which houses all the arrival and departure facilities, including security checks, restaurants, bars and services. The mains terminal is in the shape of an “X” shape, with only the central part, where the four sections cross over, hosting the airport services. The four sections are numbered, A to D and only house the departure and arrival gates.

    You also have a further two smaller satellite terminals – North and South Satellite Terminal. These terminals handle international arrivals, except those pre-cleared. The main terminal and the other two terminals are connected by an underground passenger transit system, that allows passengers to move easily to all the gates.

    Airport Facilities

    Along with all the major facilities you’d expect from a major international airport, such as check-in desks, security checks, baggage reclaim belts, information and ticket counters, ATMs, currency exchange bureau, departure lounges and an arrivals hall, the airport also has ample bars, coffee houses, restaurants and shops to choose from.

    A good selection of dining options can be found at each gate, such as McDonalds, The Coffee Bean, Starbucks, La Pisa Café and so forth. Shop wise, you can expect bookshops, gift shops, news agents, top fashion retail shops and local speciality stores. Throughout the airport you will also be pleasantly surprised to find live music played along many key locations.

    How to get to and from Seattle-Tacoma Airport

    When you rent a car from Seattle-Tacoma Airport you can easily reach the airport from central Seattle in just 21 minutes along the WA-99 S and the WA-509 S motorways. The distance is 12.8 miles. Alternative routes are via the I-5 S, but confirm that there are no current road works in progress – as this is often the case. The distance is 13.8 miles. For more information on driving in the USA consult our guide.

    The airport is well connected to the local public transport infrastructure. Outside the terminal metered and fixed rate taxis exist. The taxi rank is located on the 3rd floor of each garage. A light rail exists and is particularly useful if you are travelling to South Seattle, The University of Washington or SeaTac City. With many stops along the way you can easily go from the airport to central Seattle, International District and Chinatown.

    Another alternative to using a car hire at Seattle-Tacoma Airport is catching a bus. The airport has good connections via a bus service to different parts of the city and neighbouring towns. The King County Metro Transit bus service can be accessed via a short walk from the north end of the fourth floor car park garage. Routes are Rapid Ride A line, Route 180 and Route 156.

    The Sound Transit bus service also exists and operates two express buses. The 574 heads south to Tacoma whilst the 560 heads towards Bellevue. All bus services accept cash and a touch card. Payment is on-board but be aware that bus drivers do not have any change.

    Parking tips

    The airport has over 13,000 parking spaces on offer for short and long-term parking, all catering to different budgets. The closest car park to the terminal is Terminal Direct. Here on the fourth floor you can access the terminal building easily and is the shortest walk of all available car parks.

    The General Parking garage is located on floors 1 to 3 and 5 to 8. These along with charged hourly parking also provide up to 7 days long-term parking. The Monthly Parking garage doesn’t allow for short stay parking but only long-term.

    A further two car parks exist, the Corporate Parking, with a minimum daily rate, and an Over-Height Parking, catering for vehicles over 6´10”. The car park provides hourly, daily and long-term parking.

    Useful links

    Seattle-Tacoma Airport Website