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Calgary Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Calgary Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

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Airport Overview

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To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down of what travellers have reported to us during their time at Calgary Airport.

What to Expect

  • The single terminal connects three concourses, A, B, and C.
  • Airport staff and security are generally tolerant of travellers who need to stay overnight.
  • Travellers report feeling safe.
  • One recent reviewer experienced inefficient check-in procedures.
  • Dining options are said to be lackluster and uninspired, even in the new terminal. Expect ordinary airport food court fare.
  • WiFi is free and unlimited. See WiFi information in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

  • Overall there’s plenty of chair and bench seating to spread out.
  • Find the Starbucks on the 2nd floor - cushioned seats and benches in a secluded area (Jwjessup, September 2012).
  • Look for Banff Hall for comfortable leather chairs (Iner211, September 2012).
  • Bring an eye mask and earplugs.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, several hotels are located at or near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

  • Showers are available; see our guide for locations.
  • Economy class travellers can buy entry to three airport lounges. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.

For more information about the services and facilities available, scroll down to continue exploring our Calgary Airport Guide. Send us your airport tips to help us keep this information up to date.


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Calgary Airport Information

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

If you are an economy class traveller, you can enter these lounges at Calgary airport either by purchasing a lounge pass or through a membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):

  • Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge - Location: Airside, Domestic/International, Concourse C. Lounge Access: Maple Leaf Club Membership.
  • Servisair Chinook Lounge - Location: Domestic Terminal, Airside. Hours: 6:00AM - 9:00PM (Daily). Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Book Online (£27.00 - minimum 24 hour advance purchase is required)
  • Aspire Lounge International Departures - Location: International Terminal, Airside. Showers are available. Hours: 7:00AM - 10:00PM (Daily). Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Book Online (£27.00 - minimum 24 hour advance purchase is required)
  • Aspire Lounge Transborder Departures - Location: International Terminal, Airside, Concourse E. Transborder departures only. Showers are available. Hours: 4:30AM - 7:00PM. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Book Online (£24.00 - minimum 24 hour advance purchase is required)
  • Rocky Mountain Lounge - Location: US Transborder Terminal, Airside, Concourse B. Hours: 4:30AM - 7:00PM (Daily). Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Book Online (£27.00 - minimum 24 hour advance purchase is required)

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Calgary Airport. Connect to the "YYC-Free-WiFi" network.

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Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Calgary Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels at and near the airport with a free airport shuttle:

  • Marriott In-Terminal Hotel Calgary Airport - The only hotel located on-site in the airport, connected to the terminal via indoor walkway. Day use rooms available from 8:00AM to 6:00PM. Rates start at $99 for 3-hr block, $129 for 5-hr block, and $179 for 8-hr block maximum.
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton Calgary Airport - (5 min from the airport) Free airport shuttle runs every 9 minutes, and picks up at Pillar 24 at the airport.
  • Acclaim Hotel - (5 min from the airport) Free 24-hr airport shuttle service available. Shuttle runs to the airport every 30 minutes on the hour (seat reservation suggested). For airport pick-up, claim your luggage and use the courtesy phone by Pillar 17 to call the hotel. Airport pick-up is available every 30 minutes at quarter past and quarter to the hour.
  • Best Western Premier Freeport Inn & Suites - (7 min from the airport) Free airport shuttle service available every hour on the ½ hour from 4:00AM to Noon and on demand from Noon to 4:00AM. For airport pick-up, use the courtesy phone to call the hotel directly.

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Calgary Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

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More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

  • ATMs / Cash Machines - Yes, Bank of Montreal, Royal Bank, Toronto Dominion Bank, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. An USD currency ATM available in Concourse B - other ATM's available throughout the Airport.
  • Barber Shop - Upscale men’s barber offering haircuts, hot towel shaves and manscaping from 7:00AM - 9:00PM. Location: Landside on the Departures Level .
  • Car Rentals - Yes, see our Airport Transportation section below.
  • Chapel - There is a mulit-faith chapel located on the Mezzanine Level (landside). Hours: open 24 hours.
  • Currency Exchange - Travelex has 2 locations landside: Arrivals West (10:00AM - 00:30AM daily), Departures level East (4:30AM - 11:00PM daily), and 2 locations airside: Concourse A (Per Flight as required), Concourse B (4:30AM - 6:00PM daily).
  • Duty Free & Shopping - There are many shops in the airport that operate with varying schedules, but Mac’s Convenience Stores are open 24 hours. (Landside, Arrivals Level, Concourses A and C)
  • Food & Drinks - There are many food concessions in the airport that operate with varying schedules. These options are open 24 hours: Tim Horton’s (Landside, Arrivals Level)
  • Games - There are 7 Flippers Arcades locations equipped with video games, pinball machines, 18 holes golf on the Golden Tee golf machine. Locations: Concourse A (airside), Concourse B/C (airside), Concourse D (airside), and Departures Level East (landside). Hours: open 24 hours. Rate: fee to play the games.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - This service is available for passengers and staff only. Travellers will need to present a boarding pass or travel itinerary with photo ID. Location: Arrivals Level, Information Booth. Hours: 6:00AM - 11:00PM. Rate: CA$ 2-15 depending on the size of the bag. Payment by Credit/Debit only.
  • Parking - If you need to pick-up a friend or family member, you can park 30 minutes for free in the short term parking, located on the ground level of each parking structure.
  • Pharmacy - IDA is located on Departures Level East, Concourse D. Hours: 8:00AM - 8:00PM.
  • Showers - Showers are available at a few of the lounges [ see Airport Lounges above ] and the OraOxygen Wellness Spa. Rate: $10 for 15 minutes. Location: Departures Level East.(landside). Hours: 9:00AM - 8:00PM (Mon - Fri) and 9:00AM - 6:00PM (Sat - Sun).
  • Spa - The OraOxygen Wellness Spa offers oxygen therapy & spa treatments. Locations: Departures Level East (landside) and Departures Level West (landside). Hours: 8:00AM - 9:00AM.
  • Spaceport - Experience space, flight and high-tech communications at the Calgary airport. This imaginative retreat is a wonderful destination to learn and have fun. NASA has leant the airport a 1/4 size exact prototype of the Space Shuttle orbiter. Also on long-term loan from NASA is a moon rock brought back by an Apollo mission. This facility gives everyone plenty to do while you're waiting to board. Location: Landside, 3rd Floor, Mezzanine & Destinations Food Court. Hours: 9:00AM - 9:00PM (Mon-Fri) and 9:00AM - 5:00PM (Sat-Sun). Rate: admission is free, but there is a fee of $3-10 for the flight or motion simulators.
  • White Hat Welcome - Throughout the airport you will see people wearing white cowboy hats and red vests. These are the White Hat Volunteers. They can help you or direct you to the right place. One of the services offered at the airport is the White Hat Ceremony. It is a tradition that originated in the 1950’s when Alderman Don MacKay welcomed visiting dignitaries with white hats. Today the White Hat Ceremony has come to symbolize Calgary's warmth of western hospitality. You can order this service for arriving friends and family or maybe even just yourself if no one else can meet you at the airport.

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Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Airport - Downtown Shuttle

Allied Downtown Shuttle Service provides scheduled, on-demand shuttle service between the airport and designated stops within Calgary city limits. Buses depart from the airport Bay 19 for the city every 30 minutes. Passengers can pick up the shuttle from one of thirty designated pick-up points, but must reserve service ahead of time, as the shuttle will only stop at the points where pick-up has been requested. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Allied Shuttle counter from 8:00AM - 12:00AM, located on the airport’s Arrivals Level near Gate C.

Car Rentals

Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty operate onsite at the airport’s Rental Car Centre, located across the street from the main terminal on the Departures Level. Discount and Routes Car & Truck Rentals are located offsite, but reachable via courtesy shuttle from Bay 6 outside of the terminal on the Arrivals Level.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide free airport shuttle service. Some of these hotels can be reached using the phones in the airport Bus Bay. Hotel shuttle airport pick up is available at Bus Bays 16 and 17, located outside of the terminal on the Arrivals Level. Contact your hotel for shuttle service availability and details. Here are some hotels that offer airport shuttle service: Best Western Plus Port O’ Call Hotel   •   Best Western Premier Freeport Inn & Suites   •   Comfort Inn & Suites Airport   •   Comfort Inn & Suites Calgary Airport North   •   Country Inn & Suites by Carlson Calgary Airport AB   •   Courtyard Calgary Airport   •   Days Inn Calgary Airport   •   Hampton Inn by Hilton Calgary Airport North   •   Hilton Garden Inn Calgary Airport   •   Holiday Inn Express & Suites Airport Calgary   •   Homewood Suites by Hilton Calgary Airport   •   Lakeview Signature Inn Calgary Airport   •   Ramada Plaza Calgary Airport Hotel and Conference Centre   •   Sandman Hotel & Suites Calgary Airport   •   Staybridge Suites Calgary Airport.

Public Bus

The following public bus routes operate from Bus Bays 7 and 8 at the airport:

  • Route 300 BRT Airport/City Centre - An express, limited stop service to downtown Calgary via Centre Street.
  • Route 100 Airport/McKnight-Westwinds LRT station - Service to the McKnight - Westwinds LRT station (LRT Blue Line)
  • Route 430 North Crosstown - Service to Northpointe and Sandstone bus terminals.

Red Arrow Motorcoach

Red Arrow provides a daily luxury motorcoach service between Calgary Airport and Edmond, Red Deer, Lethbridge, Fort McMurray and several smaller communities within Alberta. The Red Arrow airport counter is located in Meeting Place B, across from International Arrivals. Buses drop off passengers at the Departures Level of the airport, and pick up new passengers from the airport at Bay 11.

Taxi and Executive Sedan

Taxis are available 24 hours a day at taxi stands located outside on the Arrivals Level. Rates are charged according to the meter, with fares to downtown Calgary in the $40 - $45 range. Wheelchair-accessible taxis are available on-demand at the airport through Associated Cab. Executive sedans provide a premium transportation service, which costs about 25% more than a regular taxi. Executive sedans are available on demand, and are found near the taxi stands.

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Last Updated: 13 June 2016

The information in this Airport Guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports and their web sites. The information above is subject to change without notice. Use it for informational purposes only to help you during your stay. To report errors, or to add/change any items mentioned in the guide, please email us at guides@sleepinginairports.com.

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