Car hire in Seattle
On this page you’ll get tips and advice on hiring a car in Seattle, and the cheapest rental cars at guaranteed lowest price. If this is your first time renting a car in the U.S., please read our general tips on car hire in the country via the link below.
Car hire at Seattle Airport
The international airport in Seattle is called Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (airport code: SEA). It is more commonly known as Sea-Tac. Sea-Tac is the largest airport in the state of Washington, and the 18th busiest airport in the U.S.
Car rental at the airport is very smooth. However, we do recommended that you book the car in advance as this will guarantee that the car is available for pick up.
There are no less than 13 car rental firms at Sea-Tac. Their offices are collected in a rental car centre located outside the main airport building. There is a free shuttle bus that takes you from the airport to the centre. Buses leaves regularly 24 hours a day. It is therefore both simple and easy to geth to the rental car centre, and you won’t have to worry about finding your way.
To find the shuttle buses, exit the airport after reclaiming your baggage. The bus stop is well marked out right outside the exit.
Where to go around Seattle
Seattle is the biggest city in Washington State, and there is no shortage of things to do in the city’s surrounding area. Washington State is known for its incredible scenery. With a rental car, you can easily get around the state and discover several places. Below we’ll mention a few of our favourite spots.
Deception Pass State Park
The stunning Deception Pass State Park is just over a one-and-a-half-hour drive north of Seattle, between the two islands Fidalgo and Whidbey. The area has been inhabited for thousands of years and there is a lot of history to discover in the Park. Here you can explore countless beautiful footpaths and camping sites. If you feel like going for a swim you can do so at one of the beaches.
Bellingham is one of the northernmost towns in the U.S. It is located about an hour and a half north of Seattle. The city has a very nice town centre, but it is known for its proximity to nature and outdoor activites. From Bellingham, you can take the ferry to the amazing San Juan Islands, where you can go whale watching and see orcas in their natural habitat.
If you long for gorgeous beaches and swimming, a trip to Long Beach is the perfect choice. The drive from Seattle takes about three hours. The city is located on a peninsula, and there are sandy beaches around the entire coastal strip. In the summer, many people from Seattle visit Long Beach to get a sunny break from the stress and noise of the big city. Long Beach also has many beautiful buildings and nice shops and restaurants.