Seattle Airport (SEA)
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Customer questions about Seattle Airport car hire

I was wondering if there is any problem with us crossing the Canadian Border with the vehicle and also, if I select the Nissan pathfinder it says or 'similar' vehicle. Will this definitely be the same size and luggage area as we have ski gear

Hi, you can check cross border terms under 'T&Cs' and 'Extra Services / Cross Border and Boundary fees' for any given rental, these usually no issue, however a fee will be incurred (payable directly to rental agent on arrival to cover extra insurances. With regards 'or similar' in the unlikely event that the chosen vehicle is not available, you are correct, the replacement vehicle will be of the same size / spec or bigger so luggage / passengers etc will be fine.

Seattle Airport Car Hire - Did You Know?

  • Seattle Airport was not very popular with local residents in the 1970s who filed a lot of complaints about noise and pollution.
  • There have twice been attempts to remove the name Tacoma from Seattle Tacoma Airport which Tacoma residents found offensive.
  • Seattle Airport had a fancy new terminal constructed for it in 2001 though it didn’t come into use until three years later.
  • Southwest Airlines once threatened to move from the airport over landing fees but did not carry out the threat.
  • In 2006 an airport plan to put up Christmas trees was met with criticism from local Jewish groups.

Seattle Airport Mini Guide

What can you Tell me about Seattle?
It’s renowned in the US as a very damp city with innumerable days of rain and when it’s not raining, days of fog! Still, there must be something to recommend it otherwise its inhabitants wouldn’t have made it the biggest city on the North West coast. For those visiting the city, it’s on the coast of Washington State which interestingly also holds the record for the most snow in a season coming in at 31 metres! At least winter sports enthusiasts will be happy. From the port you can take boat cruises up the coast towards Canada and Vancouver Island or closer to home, travel on a World War II amphibious craft on land and in the water on a tour of the city.

How Would you Recommend I get to this gem?
Last year over 31m passengers flew into Tacoma Airport on the outskirts of the city and nearly directly abutting Interstate 5. It is a truly international airport with flights from across the Pacific as well as many from Europe including BA’s flight from London Heathrow. Getting into the city is easy with the best options being a rental car which will allow you to explore during your stay, or the train link that goes straight to Seattle’s main railway station with stops along the way.

What is Seattle Tacoma Airport Like?
The airport is looking a little dated but the facilities are good and on the whole the airport operates efficiently. Where it falls down is on the major complications over the processing of international passengers who have to disembark, collect their luggage to pass through security, redeposit their luggage to travel to the main terminal building before having to collect it again from another reclaim belt. This adds up to an hour to the processing time and is the cause of much consternation at the airport.

Seattle Airport

What Should I do When we Land at Seattle Tacoma?
First, take a deep breath to ready yourself for the security/baggage reclaim fiasco. As long as you realise that this futile operation is going to happen, you’ll be less stressed about it. Eventually, you’ll make it into the main arrivals hall and collect your luggage for the second time. If you have had any problems, you should visit the information desk who are used to sorting out difficulties. There is a bank and a currency exchange facility there too together with several ATMs. Depending on your company, car hire could be as quick as just finishing off documentation in the baggage reclaim area or taking a shuttle to the offsite collection point. Public transport is a lot easier with access to the facilities on the lower level. Just follow the easy signs.

What can I Expect When I Depart for Home?
Thankfully, checking in isn’t as mid-bogglingly complicated. Once that’s out of the way you’ll have plenty of time to look through the hundred or more shops and eateries around the airport. Every angle to shopping is covered and you certainly won’t be bored if you’re a shopaholic. For airport food, you have such a great choice. Fine dining vies with bistro food, snacks, sandwiches, pizza and take away food for your taste buds’ attention and when you’re fully satisfied, spend the last few minutes there, surrounded by your shopping prizes, browsing the free internet on your laptop.
 

Driving in Seattle Airport

  • R

    Road Driving Side

  • 40-120kph

    Urban speed Limit

  • 72-120kph

    Rural Speed Limit

  • 97-129kph

    Motorway Speed Limit

  • 0-50mg

    Drink Drive Limit

  • USD $

    Currency

  • 25

    Min Rental Age

  • YES

    Tolls

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Seattle Airport is known as Seattle Tacoma Airport because it serves these two cities in the north western state of Washington. Because of that it is also known as Sea-Tac. Seattle is an extremely trendy and forward thinking city which was built around a Sound. It is also close to some of the most incredible nature in America.

Seattle Airport (airport code SEA) is the hub for Alaska Airlines and has more than 31 and a half million annual passengers which makes it among the 20 busiest airports in the USA. It is also a big transporter of cargo traffic with 12 cargo operations working from the airport. North America, Europe and Asia are the main destinations accessible from Seattle Airport.

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