We review the car rental companies that serve Sea-Tac Airport from the rental car facility in SeaTac, WA. Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, National and more.

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Car rental companies are located in the rental-car facility two miles north of Sea-Tac. Catch a free shuttle bus at either end of baggage claim.

Save money

Make a reservation

You can show up without a reservation, but you’ll get the best price by booking in advance with one of the rental-car companies listed below.

Get discounts

Ask for a discount based on your AAA, Costco, or frequent flier membership, or search for discount codes on the Internet. Some companies will add an additional discount if you prepay.

Rent smart

  • Ask your insurance company if you already have rental-car coverage. It’s an expensive option.
  • It’s normally cheaper to fill the gas tank before returning the car, not to buy a tank in advance.
  • Check the car carefully for any damage, and report it before you leave the parking garage.
  • Review the contract for mistakes or extra charges before you sign it.

Wait to rent

Consider delaying your car rental to save.
  • Take link light rail downtown for only $2.75.
  • Save a day of rental and parking fees by walking or taking the bus the first day.
  • Most car rental companies have offices downtown where rates may be lower. Office hours vary.
  • Some companies allow you to return a car to the airport when you leave at no extra charge.
When you arrive

First pick up your luggage. Then go to either end of the baggage area (carousel 1 or 16). Walk outside to catch the free shuttle bus. Look for the signs.

In five minutes, you’ll arrive at the top floor of the rental car facility where the rental car offices are located. Cars are parked on the four floors below.

Car rental companies

There are 13 car rental companies at the SeaTac rental-car facility and one offsite (Rent-a-Wreck). We list them alphabetically in two groups:

  1. Full-service - Large and reliable chains.
  2. Economy - Lower cost with less service.
1. Full-service
Alamo
Reservations:877-222-9075
SeaTac office:206-433-0182 extension 4
Car location:Floor 4
Hours:24 hours

Review: Below average. Poor customer service and heavy pressure to upgrade, Yelp reviewers say. Same company owns Enterprise and National.

Avis
Reservations:800-230-4898
SeaTac office:206-433-5231
Car location:Floor 2
Hours:24 hours

Review: Average. Spacious lounge at SeaTac, but mediocre customer service at this location and low national ranking. Same company owns Budget.

Budget
Reservations:800-527-0700
SeaTac office:206-444-7510
Car location:Floor 2
Hours:24 hours

Review: Average. Spacious lounge at SeaTac, but mediocre customer service at this location. Same company owns Avis.

✭ Enterprise
Reservations:800-261-7331
SeaTac office:206-246-1953 extension 3
Car location:Floor 4
Hours:4 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day

Review: Excellent. SeaTac location is rated highly at Yelp and has a good lounge. Enterprise is rated highly by J.D. Power & Associates. Same company owns Alamo and National. (Go to Alamo at night.)

Facts
Address
Rental Car Facility
3150 S. 160th Street
SeaTac, WA 98188-2698
Telephone
206-787-3000​Port of Seattle
Details
Hours:24 hours
Opened:May 17, 2012
Size:5 floors that hold 5,400 cars
Map
SeaTac rental car facility map copyright
Hertz
Reservations:800-654-3131
SeaTac office:206-277-2300
Car location:Floor 3
Hours:24 hours

Review: Very good. Excellent facilities and best lounge at SeaTac. Average customer service. Largest car rental company worldwide. Hertz plans to buy Dollar and Thrifty.

✭ National
Reservations:888-826-6890
SeaTac office:206-433-5501 extension 5
Car location:Floor 4
Hours:24 hours

Review: Excellent. Customer service at SeaTac is rated highly at Yelp. Good lounge. National is rated highly by J.D. Power & Associates. Same company owns Alamo and Enterprise.

2. Economy
Advantage
Reservations:800-777-5500
SeaTac office:206-277-2375
Car location:Floor 3
Hours:6 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day

Review: Average lounge and customer service. Low national ranking. Hertz owns Advantage but plans to sell it.

Dollar
Reservations:800-800-4000
SeaTac office:206-433-5825
Car location:Floor 1
Hours:24 hours

Review: Average lounge and customer service. Average national ranking. Hertz plans to buy Dollar.

E-Z Rent-a-Car
Reservations:800-277-5171
SeaTac office:206-444-4974
Car location:Floor 1
Hours:24 hours

Review: Shares a counter at SeaTac with Payless and has no lounge area. Friendly but slow service.

Directions to rental cars

The rental car facility is located a short drive from the airport, as shown on this map.

From Bellevue (via Interstate 405)

  • Take I-405 south.
  • Continue as it becomes SR 518 west to Burien.
  • Take the Sea-Tac Airport exit and follow the signs for Rental Car Return to International Blvd / SR 99 south.
  • Follow the Rental Car Return signs to the right-hand entrance into the rental car facility.

From Seattle (via Interstate 5)

  • Take I-5 south to exit 154B/SR 518 west.
  • Take the Sea-Tac Airport exit and follow the signs for Rental Car Return to International Blvd / SR 99 south.
  • Follow the Rental Car Return signs to the right-hand entrance into the rental car facility.

From Seattle (via State Route 99)

  • From Seattle, take SR 99 south to the First Avenue South Bridge (which becomes SR 509).
  • Follow SR 509 south to the SR 518 exit (Burien/Sea-Tac Airport).
  • Take the Sea-Tac Airport exit and follow the signs for Air Cargo Rd.
  • Take the Air Cargo Rd exit.
  • Turn right on S 170th St, then right on Air Cargo Rd, then right on S 160th St.
  • Follow the Rental Car Return signs to the left-hand entrance into the rental car facility.

From Tacoma (via Interstate 5)

  • Take I-5 north to exit 154A/SR 518 west.
  • Take the Sea-Tac Airport exit and follow the signs for Rental Car Return to International Blvd / SR 99 south.
  • Follow the Rental Car Return signs to the right-hand entrance into the rental car facility.
Fox
Reservations:800-225-4369
SeaTac office:855-849-4208
Car location:Floor 1
Hours:24 hours

Review: Lounge is below average. Customer service is average. Sometimes has a line at the counter. Low national ranking.

Payless
Reservations:800-729-5377
SeaTac office:206-496-1174
Car location:Floor 1
Hours:24 hours

Review: Very poor reviews on the Internet. Shares a counter with E-Z Rent-a-Car. No lounge.

Rent-a-Wreck
Reservations:877-877-0700
SeaTac office:206-922-3713
Car location:Offsite. Call for pick up.
Hours:9am-6pm (9-4 Sat., 10-1 Sun.)

Review: Worst. Requires second shuttle ride to offsite location. Poor facilities and old cars.

Sixt
Reservations:888-749-8227
SeaTac office:206-454-8255
Car location:Onsite.
Hours:24 hours

Review: This European company, which began serving Seattle on January 14, 2013, promises no car is older than six months.

Thrifty
Reservations:877-283-0898
SeaTac office:206-244-6868
Car location:Floor 1
Hours:24 hours (floor 1 after midnight)

Review: Very poor reviews at Yelp. Average lounge at SeaTac. Low national ranking. Hertz plans to buy Thrifty.