Seattle is served by Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA).
Each terminal features ADA compliant restroom facilities. Some terminals can only be accessed via an automated tram/train, which is fully accessible.
The A, B and C terminals are quite large, which may cause difficulty for those who have trouble walking long distances.
Most restrooms have larger stalls, grab bars and lower accessories, such as sinks, paper towel dispensers and mirrors.
Large, private restrooms are available to anyone who require assistance. These restrooms are located on both the Ticketing and Baggage Claim levels of the Main Terminal as well as on concourses A, B, C, and D, and in the North and South Satellite.
Drinking fountains have been lowered.
All elevators in the main terminal, satellites and parking garage have braille and raised numerals inside. Additionally, all elevators have lowered control panels, floor-passing gongs, raised call buttons, braille on the doorjambs and directional arrows in the elevator lobbies.
There are two “pet potty” areas outside the Main Terminal. They are located outside baggage claim. The north area is outside of door #26, just past Carousel 16. It is a small sandy area to the left under the stairs. There is a large grassy area at the end of the parking lot on the south end (outside door #00) that is also equipped with bags for cleanup.
There is a pet relief area after security in Concourse B of the Main Terminal for assistance dogs.
Ken's Baggage and Storage on the Baggage Claim level offers wheelchair rentals.
Find out more here.
Seattle Yellow Cab operates to and from SEA. Download the App for easy booking.
Seattle's public transportation system is accessible.
The Link Light Rail trains run from Seattle/Tacoma International Airport to the University of Washington, making 13 stops along the way. There are spaces for wheelchairs and designated priority seating.
All Link stations are accessible, with elevators providing access from the street to underground.
The city bus service is also fully accessible. Buses are equipped with kneeling capabilities, as well as wheelchair ramps or a wheelchair lift. Once on-board the bus, there are wheelchair securement areas with tie downs/straps.
The lift/ramp cannot be used at all stops. Use the trip planner to determine if the stop is accessible in advance.
The Streetcar is fully accessible with low floors and high platforms for a minimal gap between platform and streetcar. It also has ramps that automatically deploy once a button is pressed inside or outside the car. It also features audio and digital display stop announcements.
The streetcar runs every 10-15 minutes.
If you want to travel further afield, the public and private water taxis and ferries that operate to and from Seattle and the nearby islands in Puget Sound are wheelchair accessible.
Seattle is very hilly, but many of the worst offenders can be avoided with forward planning. Travel in all directions is fairly easy north of University Street, however, south of University Street, the streets and sidewalks become steep and hilly.
While most of the downtown sidewalks have curb ramps at the corners, they are less common in Pioneer Square. Navigating this historic district can be more challenging due to a variety of paving materials.
Download the city’s accessibility map here.
There is also an interactive accessibility map for Seattle, which is designed to “enable safe, accessible trip planning on pedestrian ways for people with limited mobility.” It includes street grade inclines, curb ramps, construction information, curb cuts and more. AccessMap can be found here.