Terminal Guide: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Airport layovers are part of life as a business traveler. However, you can make the most of your time at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) with this useful guide. Read on to find out about the best restaurants at SEA and where you can access amenities like exclusive lounges and free WiFi.

The Basics

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SEA is 13 miles from downtown Seattle and is one of the biggest airports in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. There are three terminals -- Central Terminal and two satellite terminals: North Satellite Terminal and South Satellite Terminal -- and four concourses. A shuttle train connects all three terminals. SEA is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Note, however, that TSA security checkpoints open daily from 4 a.m.

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Where to Eat

If you are a business traveler with a layover in Seattle, you can enjoy a bite to eat in one of the airport's many food venues. Decorated with leopard prints and hand-painted murals, Africa Lounge serves nachos and chicken wings, making it a great place to grab a snack. The bar and restaurant is located in Concourse A in Central Terminal, just over from Gate A5. The nearby La Pisa Cafe combines pizza, sandwiches and salads with free WiFi. This place is also located in Concourse A, just a few footsteps from Gate A9. Other dining options at SEA include Chinese restaurant Manchu Wok, which is located in Concourse A, and a Burger King branch in the North Satellite Terminal.

Where to Buy

SEA boasts a wide range of retail options. These include bookstore Hudson Booksellers, where you can pick up something to read for your flight. This store is located in Concourse C in Central Terminal, close to Gate C1. If you are looking for a cheap souvenir for a friend or relative, head over to Affordable Luxuries, which is located in Concourse D, near Gate D1. Other stores include Planewear in Concourse B, which sells an assortment of aviation-related merchandise such as t-shirts, stationery and travel items.


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There are several exclusive lounges for business customers at SEA. These include the Alaska Lounge in the North Satellite Terminal, which is located between Gates N1 and N2. This lounge features complimentary WiFi, conference rooms and quiet workstations, so you can send a last-minute email to a client before you depart Seattle. Over in Concourse A in Central Terminal, the United Club boasts personalized travel assistance, WiFi, breakfast and afternoon snacks and beers, wines and spirits.

Hotels With Meeting Rooms

Hotels close to SEA include the Crowne Plaza Seattle Airport, which has a shuttle bus that will take you to Central Terminal. Facilities include a boardroom, fitness center and spacious guest rooms for business travelers. Seattle Airport Marriott is also nearby. This business-friendly hotel has a swimming pool and event space. The meeting rooms in both Crowne Plaza Seattle Airport and Seattle Airport Marriott come with the latest audio and visual equipment.


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There is free WiFi throughout SEA, so you can communicate with clients and customers from your smartphone or tablet.

Other Amenities

Other amenities at SEA include ATM machines, charging stations and live music locations. Restrooms are located in Central Terminal and the two satellite terminals.

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