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Car Hire Seattle Airport Useful Information

Seattle Car Hire Guide: Everything You Need to Know

Introduction:

Nestled between the majestic waters of Puget Sound and the rugged peaks of the Cascade Range, Seattle offers travelers a gateway to the Pacific Northwest's unique blend of urban and natural experiences. Hiring a car from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (often referred to as Sea-Tac) can be the first step to embark on this adventure. Here's all you need to know:

1. Exiting Seattle-Tacoma International Airport:

Main Exit: The primary road out of Sea-Tac is the State Route 518 which connects to both I-5 (Interstate 5) and I-405, granting you access to Seattle's downtown or the surrounding regions.

Alternative Exits: S 188th St and S 170th St are other notable exits from the airport that can help you bypass some traffic during peak hours.

2. Tolls, Road Conditions, and Traffic:

Tolls: The State Route 520 bridge (connecting Seattle to Bellevue) and the SR 99 tunnel (under downtown Seattle) are tolled. Make sure to carry some change or consider getting a Good To Go! pass for convenience.

Road Conditions: Seattle roads are generally well-maintained, but they can be slick during the city's frequent rain showers. Be cautious and maintain a safe following distance.

Traffic: As with any major city, traffic can be dense, especially during rush hours (typically 7-9 AM and 4-6 PM). The I-5 corridor, in particular, sees significant congestion, so plan trips around it or allocate extra travel time.

3. Recommendations for Driving in Seattle:

Weather: Seattle's weather is unpredictable. Rain is frequent, so always keep an umbrella in the car and ensure your wipers are functional.

Parking: Street parking in downtown Seattle is metered. However, numerous garages and parking lots are also available. Consider using apps like Parkopedia to find and book spots.

Safety First: While Seattle is generally safe, always ensure your valuables are not visible in the parked car to deter any potential break-ins.

4. Essential Driving Tips for Seattle:

Hills: Seattle is known for its steep streets. If you're not accustomed to driving on inclines, take extra care, especially when parking. Always ensure your car is in gear (or "park" for automatics) and use the handbrake.

Pedestrian Zones: Seattle is pedestrian-friendly. Always yield to pedestrians at crosswalks.

Cyclists: The city has numerous bike lanes. Stay vigilant, especially when turning or opening car doors.

Conclusion:

Hiring a car from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport grants travelers the autonomy to explore the Emerald City and the vast, stunning landscapes of the Pacific Northwest at their own pace. With a bit of preparation and understanding of local road norms, you'll be set for an unforgettable journey in this corner of the U.S.

Current Rental Rates at Seattle Airport

Polestar 2

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 36.45 EUR/day
Polestar 2

7 Days rental at 255.17 EUR from 11/12/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan Versa

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 38.03 EUR/day
Nissan Versa

7 Days rental at 266.25 EUR from 11/12/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan Sentra

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 38.25 EUR/day
Nissan Sentra

7 Days rental at 267.76 EUR from 11/12/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mystery Electric Compact or Larger

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 43.82 EUR/day
Mystery Electric Compact or Larger

7 Days rental at 306.80 EUR from 11/12/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Chevrolet Bolt

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 42.37 EUR/day
Chevrolet Bolt

7 Days rental at 296.64 EUR from 11/12/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mystery Electric Compact or Larger

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 46.86 EUR/day
Mystery Electric Compact or Larger

7 Days rental at 328.08 EUR from 11/12/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Chevrolet Bolt

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 43.51 EUR/day
Chevrolet Bolt

7 Days rental at 304.62 EUR from 11/12/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Tesla Model Y

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 46.55 EUR/day
Tesla Model Y

7 Days rental at 325.85 EUR from 11/12/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Polestar 2

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 36.45 EUR/day
Polestar 2

7 Days rental at 255.17 EUR from 11/12/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Useful to know about Seattle Airport

  • 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.

 

Popular car hire destinations in Seattle Airport

Best car rental companies in Seattle Airport

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No.1: ENTERPRISE,
based on 2113 reviews
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No.4: ALAMO,
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Seattle Airport car hire information

  • 9.0/10
    Best Rated Agent:
    Enterprise US Corporate
  • € 255.15
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 36.45
    Best Price:
    Per Week
  • 33
    Most Popular Type:
    Fullsize
  • 12
    Most popular model:
    Volkswagen Jetta
  • 180
    Total Cars Available
     

Average prices per day for car hire at Seattle Airport

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January€ 80
February€ 77
March€ 77
April€ 69
May€ 82
June€ 93
July€ 93
August€ 85
September€ 75
October€ 73
November€ 79
December€ 82
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January€ 79
February€ 77
March€ 75
April€ 61
May€ 65
June€ 74
July€ 77
August€ 69
September€ 54
October€ 65
November€ 71
December€ 83
ItemPercent
January€ 130
February€ 112
March€ 108
April€ 83
May€ 99
June€ 125
July€ 123
August€ 116
September€ 110
October€ 105
November€ 108
December€ 123
ItemPercent
January€ 95
February€ 88
March€ 88
April€ 70
May€ 88
June€ 100
July€ 109
August€ 101
September€ 90
October€ 85
November€ 87
December€ 99
ItemPercent
January€ 114
February€ 101
March€ 95
April€ 81
May€ 100
June€ 117
July€ 126
August€ 120
September€ 102
October€ 95
November€ 105
December€ 113
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February
March
April€ 62
May€ 55
June€ 57
July€ 101
August€ 119
September€ 74
October€ 87
November€ 89
December€ 62
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January€ 100
February€ 93
March€ 89
April€ 73
May€ 87
June€ 104
July€ 117
August€ 106
September€ 92
October€ 89
November€ 94
December€ 103
ItemPercent
January€ 90
February€ 84
March€ 98
April€ 275
May€ 105
June€ 136
July€ 142
August€ 126
September€ 114
October€ 207
November€ 126
December€ 73

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