Stuck on a Seattle layover at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport? Located 13 miles from downtown Seattle (20-30 minutes travel time) allows passengers to venture into Seattle to catch the sights on a long layover. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Seattle layover, click here for useful tips.
If you’re stuck in the airport on a Seattle layover, the airport offers a lot to do. From shopping and dining to dozens of services, there’s plenty to do to stay busy. Internet phones are available throughout the airport. For a list of services, including handling pets to currency exchange, and everything in between, click here.
There are no luggage lockers at the Sea-Tac airport, however, Ken’s Baggage Storage & Rentals offers luggage storage. It is located on the Baggage Claim Level between Carousels 12 & 13. There are also “Send It Home” kiosks where you can ship any luggage you either don’t want to store or carry on.
If you have a long layover and are looking to get out and see the sights of Seattle, there are plenty of transportation options in this eco-friendly city. You can travel via taxi and limo, shuttle buses, shared ride vans, and public transit. Private transfers can also be arranged.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Seattle Layover:
There are many tours available in Seattle, based on your interest. There are bus and walking tours, segway tours, boat rides, day trips, air tours, biking tours, kayak tours, cultural, food, wine, and nightlife tours and tons more!
Pike Place Market
Distance from airport: 14 miles, 20 minutes (no traffic)
Pike Place Market is an outdoor market along the water that is a must-see for anyone spending time in Seattle (even just a layover). Best known for the fisherman who quite impressively throw fish to each other, there are also cute gift shops, fruits and nuts stands, and like anywhere else in Seattle, lots of coffee!
Address: 400 Broad St, Seattle, WA 98109
Distance from airport: 15 miles, 23 minutes (no traffic)
Not only does the Space Needle make Seattle’s skyline unlike any city in the world, but it also is a great way to get some terrific views of the gorgeous Northwest. Check out the observation deck at 520 feet tall and for a bite of food, there’s SkyCity, the Space Needle’s rotating restaurant. To book tickets to the observation deck in advance, click here.
Address: 5500 Phinney Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98103
Distance from airport: 20 miles, 29 minutes (no traffic)
Just minutes north of downtown Seattle, you can find award-winning Woodland Park Zoo, a 92-acre zoological garden home to over 1,000 animals and 300 species from around the world. For kids there’s an indoor play room called the Zoomazium, and there’s also a new Humboldt penguin exhibit.
Distance from airport: 34 miles, 40 minutes (no traffic)
If you have a long layover, you can venture the 25 miles outside of Seattle to see the spectacular Snoqualmie Falls. At 268 feet tall, the waterfall is a major source of hydroelectric energy for the area. Check out the Salish Lodge for a snack at the top of Snoqualmie Falls, and if you have time, take a hike around the area.
Pacific Science Center
Address: 200 2nd Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109
Distance from airport: 15 miles, 24 minutes (no traffic)
The Pacific Science Center has something for everyone. Here at this educational non-profit foundation there is a Volcano Watch exhibit, a Starlab Planetarium with many terrific shows, and an IMAX theater. For a schedule of IMAX shows, click here.
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