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Seattle Airport Shuttles: Some of the Seattle airport shuttle companies that serve SeaTac are:

Shuttle Express: looking at shuttleexpress.com, they have been providing airport transfer services to Seatac for over 25 years. The company is in the process of converting all their vans to propane-fuel green vehicles. For rides from Seatac reservations are recommended although walk-ins can still be accomodated. They have a booth in the Ground Transportation Center on the 3rd floor of the parking garage. After you pick up your luggage just follow the black and red ground transportation signs. You can also self-reserve at one of their touch screen kiosks. For rides to Seatac, they ask for a 20 minutes window from pick-up time. Reservations to the airportshould be made at least a day before. hey have a zip code based pricing system. A bonus is that a child under 12 rides free with a paying adult. Gratuity to the driver of around 15 to 20 percent is optional and encouraged. Shuttle Express also offers shared ride service to the cruise terminals.

Airporter Shuttle: looking at airporter.com, they offer regularly scheduled airport shuttle trips to Seatac distributed throughout 3 regions including five round trips daily from Central Washington to Seatac, 11 round trips from San Juan Islands and Anacortes, and 11 round trips from I-5 corridor. Most of their scheduled stops have paid parking available in the vicinity. Some of their scheduled stops are stay-park-and ride hotels that offer discounted or free parking during your trip included with your hotel night-stay package. Airporter Shuttle also offers a frequent rider program that can be used for discounts on future airport rides, such as a coupon for a free airport shuttle ride after 5 trips.

SeaTac Shuttle: looking at seatacshuttle.com, they are a family-owned airport shuttle company that serves the residents of Whidbey Island with transportation to Seattle Tacoma airport. Stops are located at pick-up points such as downtown Oak Harbor and all along Highways 252 and 20. Trips to Seatac can take as much as 2 hours. Fares can reach up to $37 one-way depending on your location. All airport shuttle trips require a reservation, and there are discounts offered for seniors over 60 and children under 15. Keep in mind that there is a fuel-surcharge for each trip.

Kitsap-SeaTac Airporter: looking at kitsapairporter.com, they provide 21 scheduled airport shuttle daily trips to Seattle airport from 10 stops on the Kitsap Peninsula. There is a maximum of 21 to 24 passengers per trip. Reservations can be made online or by phone. There is a processing fee on your credit card for cancelled reservations that have been booked with a credit card. Charter or group trips to the airport are also available.



Seattle International Airport(SEA): Seattle-Tacoma International Airport commonly known as Sea-Tac Airport is located between its two namesake cities in Washington’s Puget Sound region. The airport is a hub for Alaska Airlines and is served by over 25 other domestic and international airlines. There are nonstop flights to 50 destinations in the U.S. and 15 international destinations including Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia.

Airport consists of a main terminal with four concourses and two satellite terminals. The satellite terminals are linked to the main terminal by an underground train system. The airport is in the midst of a multi-year capital improvement project that’s scheduled for completion in 2010 to accommodate the growing demand. As part of this project, a completely renovated Concourse A was opened in the summer of 2004. The formerly old and cramped concourse was expanded from seven to fourteen gates and features an arrivals hall with a stunning 70-foot high wall of glass. Art features prominently in the new concourse and throughout the airport. You can get current exhibit locations from the directional signs on the esplanade behind the ticket counters in the main terminal

SEA Airport History: It was in 1942 when Port of Seattle Commission voted to build and operate an airport and two years later a United Airlines plane made the first official landing at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. American Airlines established the first regular scheduled jet service to the airport in 1959.

Seattle's position as a leading seaport became another factor in the growth of Washington State’s premier airport. In 1983 the two joined forces to initiate a Sea-Air cargo service, with cargo brought in from Asia by ship then being flown on to Europe. Cargo continues to play a vital part in the airport's success.

The de-regulation of air travel in the US gave the airport its biggest single boost when the number of airlines using Sea-Tac more than doubled - from 12 to 26.

Location and Driving Directions:

From the north : Take Interstate 5 to Exit 154 B and drive west on State Route 518 to the Sea-Tac Airport Exit.

Also From the north : Take 99 south. At the First Avenue Bridge stay right and follow State Route 509 south to the State Route 518 Exit (Burien, Sea-Tac Airport). Turn left onto 518 and take the Sea-Tac Airport Exit.

From the South: Take Interstate 5 to Exit 154 and drive west on State Route 518 to the Sea-Tac Airport Exit.

From the East: Take Interstate 405, which turns into State Route 518, to the Sea-Tac Airport Exit.



Seattle Airport Parking:

Terminal Parking: Parking garages on the fourth floor can be directly accessed by passengers via the skybridges provided in the Main Terminal. This is the shortest way one could reach plane from the car parking area. Both short term and long term parking is available for this parking area. The rates at this parking garage are shown below:

- 0 to 1 hour $4
- 1 to 2 hours $8
- 2 to 3 hours $12
- 3 to 4 hours $16
- 4 to 5 hours $20
- 5 to 6 hours $24
- 6 to 7 hours $28
- 7 to 8 hours $32
- 8 to 24 hours $35

General Parking: One can use the general parking that’s available on the fifth floor of Airport Garage 3, 5 and 8. The rates are less compared to the terminal parking rates. They have facility for both short and long term parking.

SEA Airport also offers special weekly rates for travelers traveling for more than a week. They just have to pay $ 136 without any extra charges. There is no requirement for any special coupon; you just need to pay at the payment machine. If the passenger is traveling more than 30 days, then they have to make special arrangement with Public Parking Office, (206) 787-5308 or else the vehicle could be considered abandoned and could be towed at the owner's expense. Parking rates are shown below:

- 0 to 1 hour $3
- 1 to 2 hours $6
- 2 to 3 hours $9
- 3 to 4 hours $12
- 4 to 5 hours $15
- 5 to 6 hours $18
- 6 to 7 hours $21
- 7 to 8 hours $24
- 8 to 24 hours $26
- Special weekly rate $130

Disabled Accessible Parking :

Parking spaces for disabled are designated in both General Parking and in Terminal Direct Parking. Vehicles that have proper valid disabled permit identification may use these spaces. Parking rates are the same for the respective garages.

Disabled passengers who need assistance from parking area or the Airport Link Light Rail Station to terminal can arrange for wheelchair service directly with Huntleigh, the contractor for this service. You can contact Huntleigh four to six hours prior at (206) 433-5287. If you have an early morning flight it would be better to arrange the night before. You could also let the dispatcher know what time to meet you, your flight and luggage details. Its a free service but don’t forget to show your gratitude.

Off-Airport Parking Lots : Off airport parking lots are available for travelers at different private parking facilities near Sea-Tac Airport and also at Doug Fox at 2626 South 170th Street.

Airport Employee and Tenant Parking: The Port of Seattle provides parking for employees of airlines and tenants working at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Be sure to check first with your employer regarding Employee Parking requirements.



Seattle Hotels serving SeaTac Airport:

- Alexis Hotel
- Courtyard
- Crowne Plaza
- Executive Hotel Pacific
- Inn At The Market
- Marriot Waterfront
- Renaissance Seattle
- Residence Inn
- Sheraton
- Sorrento Hotel
- The Edgewater
- W Seattle
- Downtown Seattle Hotels
- Safeco Field Hotels


SeaTac Airport Terminal Information: Main Terminal:

Main Terminal Airlines: Airlines that operate from Terminal 1:
- AeroMexico
- Air France
- Asiana Airlines
- British Airways
- EVA Air
- Hainan Airlines
- Korean Air
- Lufthansa Airlines
- Air Tran Airways
- American Airlines
- Frontier Airlines
- Icelandair
- Midwest Airlines
- Charter airline flights
- Delta Airlines
- JetBlue
- Sun Country Airlines
- US Airways
- Virgin Airways
- Southwest Airlines
- Continental Airlines
- Alaska Airlines
- Horizon Air
- Air Canada
- SkyWest Airlines
- United Airlines
- United Express

Main Terminal Shops and Restaurants:
- Travelex Currency Exchange
- Seattle best Coffee
- Hudson news
- The pilot House
- Dish D’Lish
- Alki Bakery Express

Main Terminal Other Facilities:
- ATMs
- Restrooms
- Mailbox
- Information desk
- Airport conference Center
- Airport jobs office
- ID access office
- Large auditorium
- Lost and found

Central Terminal:

Central Terminal Shops and Restaurants:
- Borders Bookstore
- Ivar’s Seafood
- Dish D’Lish
- Pallino Pastaria
- Qdoba
- Maki of Japan
- Wendy’s
- Dilettante Chocolates & Mocha Café
- The Body Shop
- InMotion DVD Rentals
- Club jet Duty Free
- Made in Washington
- Hudson News
- Ex Officio
- Discover Puget Sound
- Fireworks

Central Terminal Other Facilities:
- Children’s Play Area
- Restrooms
- ATMs

Concourse A:

Concourse A Shops and Restaurants:
- Hudson News
- Tully’s Coffee
- Food Court
- The Great American Bagel Bakery
- Manchu Work
- La Pisa Café
- Hudson Bookseller
- Travelex Currency Exchange

Concourse A Other Facilities:
- ATMs
- Restrooms
- Mailbox
- Shoeshine
- Vending Machines

Concourse B:

Concourse B Shops and Restaurants:
- Pizza Hut
- West Encounter Gifts and books
- China Fast Express
- Hudson News
- Glacier River Café
- Sbarro

Concourse B Other Facilities:
- ATMs
- Children Play Area
- Pet Relief Area
- Restrooms
- Mailbox
- Personal Service

Concourse C:

Concourse C Shops and Restaurants:
- Pretzelmania
- Emerald City Lounge
- Hudson Bookseller
- Duty Free Shop
- Northwest Rising news and Gifts
- Pacific Update Gifts and News
- TCBY
- Taco Bell
- Alaska Lodge
- Horizon Air Special Service
- Butter London
- Regus Business Center
- Crocs
- Freshens
- Waji’s
- Hudson News
- Radio Shack
- InMotion DVD Rentals
- Wolfgang Puck Express

Concourse C Other Facilities:
- ATMs
- Restrooms
- Airline customer service
- Mailbox

Concourse D:

Concourse D Shops and Restaurants:
- Hudson News
- Sports Page Hub
- The Great American Bagel bakery
- Runway Grill
- Chili’s Too
- Seattle Best Coffee

Concourse D Other Facilities:
- Alaska Airlines Service center
- ATMs
- Restrooms
- Mailbox
- Shoeshine

North Sattelite:

North Sattelite Shops and Restaurants:
- Hudson news
- Bigfoot
- Food Court
- Burger King
- The Great American Bagel Bakery
- World Passage Gifts
- Duty Free

North Sattelite Other Facilities:
- ATMs
- United Airlines Customer Service
- Restrooms
- Shoe Shine
- Personal Service
- Computer services
- Visitor information

South Sattelite:

South Sattelite Shops and Restaurants:
- Hudson news
- Food Court
- Runway Grill
- Seattle’s Best Coffee
- Duty Free
- World Passage Gifts

South Sattelite Other Facilities:
- ATMs
- Currency exchange
- Restrooms

Stamps and ATMs: U.S. first-class stamps are available at all ATMs in the Airport. These could be found in the following concourses at designated places listed below:

- Main Terminal (Ticketing): behind the Northwest Airlines ticket counter and behind the Alaska Airlines ticket counter
- Main Terminal (Baggage Claim): at the far south end (next to scheduled bus check in desk) across from Carousel 4, by the escalators at Carousels 8 & 13
- Concourse A: across from Gates A4, A9, & A11
- Concourse B: across from Gate B4
- Concourse C: across from Gate C10
- Concourse D: next to Hudson News, near Gate D12
- North Satellite: in the corridor between Gates N2 & N8
- South Satellite: in the corridor between Gates S3 & S8
- Central Terminal: next to each of the restrooms

Cellular or Cell Phone Service and MP3 Player Chargers : Cellular voice service is available throughout the airport, including the subway system and the airport garage. Cell phone charger kiosks are available on Concourses A, B, C and D, and in the Main Terminal on both the ticketing and baggage claim levels. A minimal charge of 3$ have to be paid to use the facility. They can be used from designated places as listed below:

- Concourse A: Next to Tully's
- Concourse B: Gate B2
- Concourse C: Next to the Emerald City Lounge
- Concourse D: By gates D8 - D12
- Main Terminal Ticketing Level: In the seating area
- Main Terminal Baggage Claim: Between Carousels 12 & 13

E-mail Phones: Internet-enabled phones that give airport customers high-speed access to e-mail are available throughout the Airport. The cost is 35 cents a minute with a $5 minimum. Locations are listed below:

- Concourse B: Gate B7
- Concourse C: Gate C12
- Concourse D: Gate D8
- South Satellite: Gate S-2 and Gate S10
- North Satellite: Gate N8
- Main Terminal Ticketing Level: Near EVA airlines ticket counter, and also Northwest Airlines ticket counter
- Main Terminal Baggage Claim: Carousel 9

Other Facilities: Rent-a-car, ATMs, Disabled Restrooms, Currency Exhange, Restaurants, and Shops.



City of Seattle: Seattle the Emerald City is surrounded by water and mountains and offer its spectators the beautiful sight viewed through many of its neighborhood viewpoints. This city is one of the three ‘gateway’ cities to the Pacific Northwest and is the seat of King County. It is the largest city in Washington State and is a major port city for trans-Pacific and European trade. It is not only fifth largest container port in the United States but also ranked as 25th largest in the world.

Seattle in recent years has proved to be one of the best US cities for settling for business. Many famous companies like Microsoft, Boeing, and Amazon.com have their headquarters in Seattle. Starbucks is another chain of business that has flourished here in past years. Cost of living is considered to be high in this city when compared to other U.S cities. This can be clearly noticed when tourists go for hotel accommodation and restaurants.

City of Seattle History: It was in 1851 when the Denny Party reached Seattle area and named it New York Alki. Soon in 1852, the settlement relocated to Elliot Bay and renamed it Duwamps. It was included as a city in 1869 and named Seattle after the chief of the Duwamish and Suquamish tribe, Chief Seattle.

Year 1870 went fairly well with the discovery of coal near Lake Washington. In the early 1870s the Northern Pacific Railway Company announced that its transcontinental railroad western terminus would be at Tacoma, some forty miles south of Seattle. Despite local leaders' disappointment, Seattle managed to force a connection with Northern Pacific shortly after its completion in 1883, and the town's population soared in the late 1880s. Lumber and coal were the primary industries, but the growth of fishing, wholesale trade, shipbuilding, and shipping also contributed to the town's economic expansion and population growth.

The explosive growth was slowed but not stopped by a devastating fire.The central business district was destroyed by the Great Seattle Fire of June 6, 1889. The fire which started in a cabinet makers shop burned 29 city blocks, almost all railroad terminals and most of the wharves. Amazingly no causalities were reported.

The 1962 World's Fair was held in Seattle, Washington. The world famous Space Needle and Alweg monorail are part of the legacy left by the fair. The site of the fair was expanded and is now called the Seattle Center which houses an amusement park and the Pacific Science Center.

On February 28, 2001 a magnitude 6.8 earthquake, the Nisqually Earthquake rocked the region and a state of emergency was declared. The damage was only moderate, but served as a warning that the area around the Seattle Fault is under a constant threat of natural disaster.

City of Seattle Geography: Seattle is the largest city in United States and is located on an isthmus connecting the water bodies of Puget Sound and Lake Washington. It is sandwiched between the Olympic Mountain in the west and the Cascade Range in the east. Seattle lies in the geographical co-ordinates of 47.37 North latitude and 122.20 West longitudes. The topography of Seattle is hilly and is a combination of lush green hills surrounded by snowcapped mountains and blue waters. Seattle lies on seven hills including Capitol Hill, First Hill, West Seattle, Beacon Hill, Denny Hill and Queen Anne.

The city lies in the earthquake zone and has experienced many earthquakes. One of the prime reasons of this tectonic disturbance is the Seattle Fault. This is a geological fault that cuts across Puget Sound into the city of Seattle. The approximate depth of Seattle Fault is 8 miles. This fault has played a key role in shaping the geography of Seattle

Seattle Climate: Seattle's mild winters and cool summers work together to make the city lush and green brought its nickname "The Emerald City".  Westerly air currents from the ocean and the shielding effects of the Cascade Range produce a mild and moderately moist climate, with warm winters and cool summers. Extremes in temperature are rare and of short duration. Though Seattle is known for its pronounced rainy season and frequent cloudy weather, the average annual rainfall is actually less than that of many other cities in the United States.

Seattle Attractions:

Ballard Locks: The Ballard Locks connect Puget Sound with the fresh water of Salmon Bay, Lake Washington, and Lake Union where you can watch vessels being raised and lowered.  The lock also features seven acres of botanical gardens and salmon fish ladders that can be seen from an underwater viewing window.

Museum of Flight: The Museum of Flight showcases the history of aviation technology from its inception to the present.   Exhibits are housed in the Red Barn, Boeing's first manufacturing plant, and in the glassed-in Great Gallery Complex located near Boeing field.

Pacific Science Center: Located under the arches near the Space Needle, the Pacific Science Center is a six-building complex offering hands-on science adventure.  It also contains a planetarium, a three and one-half story IMAX theater, and the Spacearium featuring laser light shows.

Pike Place Market: Since 1907, local farmers have been offering fresh produce at the Pike Place Market.  The market complex is home to several hundred businesses, ranging from fish markets to arts and crafts shops, bookstores, street musicians, and dozens of restaurants, delis, and take-outs.

Pioneer Square: Pioneer Square is a 30 block historic district that has sidewalk cafes, art galleries, antique shops, boutiques, nightclubs, restaurants, and parks.

Seattle Aquarium: The Seattle Aquarium, located at Pier 59 on the waterfront, features several species of birds, fish, invertebrates, and marine mammals.  Highlights include the 400,000-gallon Underwater Dome with a 360 degree view of Puget Sound's aquatic life, the Pacific Coral Reef Exhibit, the Tide Pool Exhibit, sea otters, seals, and a salmon ladder and hatchery.

Seattle Art Museum: The Seattle Art Museum, located in downtown Seattle, features more than 20,000 art objects, from African, Asian, ancient Mediterranean and Egyptian collections, to old master paintings and contemporary Northwest art.   The museum also houses a cafe and store.

Seattle Center: Site of the 1962 World's Fair. The 75-acre campus is home to numerous festivals, sports events, and concerts. On-site attractions include the Seattle Center House, Seattle Center Monorail, Fun Forest Amusement Park, Pacific Science Center, Space Needle, Experience Music Project, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Center Opera House, KeyArea, and more.

Seattle Waterfront: The Seattle Waterfront is a great place to stroll where a variety of shops, restaurants, and coffee shops can be found.  Waterfront Park offers a great view of the Seattle skyline and oceangoing vessels on the Puget Sound.

Space Needle: The Space Needle, Seattle's crowning landmark, offers a 360 degree view from the observation deck which includes both an indoor and outdoor viewing deck, a gift shop, and an espresso bar.  Above the observation deck is a revolving restaurant offering Northwest cuisine.

Washington Park Arboretum: The Washington Park Arboretum is a 200 acre living museum of trees, shrubs, and vines featuring more than 10,000 exotic plants.  The grounds also include a 3.5 acre Japanese Garden that features azaleas, Japanese maples, rhododendrons, camellias, evergreens, mosses, ferns, a pond, and a tea house.

Woodland Park Zoo : The Woodland Park Zoo, located near Green Lake in Seattle, provides naturalistic homes for more than 300 species of wildlife.

Museum of History and Industry: The Museum of History and Industry is dedicated to enriching lives by preserving, sharing and teaching the diverse history of Seattle, the Puget Sound region, and the nation.

City of Seattle Public Transportation:

- Community Transit (Snohomish County)
- Kitsap Transit (Bremerton area)
- Metro Online (Seattle/King County)
- Pierce Transit (Tacoma/Pierce County)
- RidershareOnline (Transportation Options)
- Sound Transit (Regional Transit Authority)
- Seattle Center Monorail
- Washington State Ferries
- Washington State Department of Transportation


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