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Could Albert Einstein have been referring to driving to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) when he said “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results”? Old habits die hard. But there comes a point when it’s time to switch it up, try something new, and put business as usual in the rearview mirror.
The population of our region has grown significantly and so has the demand for air travel. In July 2023, SEA Airport recorded the biggest day in the history of the airport. To put this into context, SEA Airport on any given day in the summer of 2023 was equivalent to the fourth-largest city in the state with 198,000 travelers each day arriving, connecting, or departing through the airport.
This increased travel puts pressure on the capacity of the airport expressway coming into SEA Airport, which is one of the most space constrained airports in the country. That road was built to accommodate 25 million passengers per year, but SEA is currently on track to get more than 50 million passengers every year, with continuing growth.
Did you know that individuals driving to SEA Airport is the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions for ground transportation?
Help is on the way with major construction Upgrade SEA initiatives already in progress; but in the meantime, it’s good to have a backup plan. Your tried and true transportation habits may still work during slower travel periods. But, perhaps try a new strategy during peak periods like spring break, summer vacation, and the winter holidays. Save your sanity and the planet with these tips on new ways to get to the airport during the busy season.
One of the cheapest and most relaxing ways to avoid peak time backups on the airport drive is to use Link Light Rail. Consider taking the train the whole way from home to the airport. Or if that’s not feasible, get dropped off or picked up at a light rail stop right before SEA Airport.
• Light Rail schedule
Seattle Link light rail is available from 5:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday and from 6:00 a.m. to midnight on Sunday and holidays. Transit time from the airport to Seattle is around 45 minutes.
• Try Rainier Beach
• Or Tukwila International Boulevard
• Drop off or pick up at the Angle Lake station
Bonus tip: The walk from the airport station to the terminal will help you get your steps in before sitting on your flight. The distance from the station to the terminal is 950 feet or 316 yards. It’s about a seven-to nine-minute walk from the North end of the baggage claim level, the equivalent of:
Take the Light Rail shuttle to the terminal — it’s FREE and easy for everyone to use. With only a five to 10-minute wait between shuttle carts, you don’t have to between the station and the terminal unless you want to.
Ever wondered why the light rail terminal wasn’t built closer to the terminal? Or why there’s no moving walkway? Here are the answers!
The shuttle operates between 5:00 a.m. and 12:00 a.m. at the entrance to the walkway at the station or just south of the blue elevators next to the terminal. Tell the driver which airline you are flying with, and they will drop you off at the appropriate location.
Avoid the hassles of driving and parking with shared shuttles from many destinations in Washington state. Drivers keep on top of the traffic so you can eat your breakfast, take a snooze, read a book, or chat up your fellow passengers.
Nothing beats the convenience of a pickup or drop off right at your door. There are several ways to arrange transportation directly from your front door to the airport.
Most app-based rideshare pick-up areas are in the middle of the third floor of the airport parking garage in the marked stall numbers 1 – 34. Follow the signs to the orange and purple sections of the garage.
Both flat rate and metered taxis are available from SEA Airport. The taxi station is on the third floor of the parking garage.
Premier Airport Shuttle provides shared and private door to door van service to any home, hotel, or business address with convenient luggage assistance. Service is available between the airport and any destination in the Greater Puget Sound area, including Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue, Kent, Everett, Federal Way, Kirkland, Redmond, Lakewood, JBLM, Olympia, Edmonds, Bremerton, and more. Also, it operates seasonal scheduled Seattle Cruise Ship and Downtown Seattle Airport Transfers.
Need accessible transportation to and from the airport? You’re covered with curbside pickup and drop off!
Travelers who have limited mobility or use a wheelchair or other assistive devices may request curbside pick-up on the Baggage Claim level by Skybridge 2 near Door 10 and Skybridge 5 near Door 22. Please tell your taxi service provider that you require mobility assistance to ensure they meet you at these locations.
Rideshare providers are allowed to pick up passengers who need extra assistance on the drives. When requesting pick up from Uber or Lyft, request accessible transportation and tell them you need to be picked up on the drive. Then call (206) 787-5906 to authorize drive access and provide the driver's name and license plate number.
If you’re driving to pick up a traveler, a little homework before you go (and these resources) can make all the difference:
Gone are the days of arriving 60 minutes before your flight and finding a parking spot. If you need to drive to the airport and park, expect the unexpected and prepare in advance by:
You’ve arrived relaxed so why break the zen by standing in security lines? Don’t arrive at peak times without a plan:
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