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Lambert-St. Louis Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our St. Louis 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!

Gate C17 - This airport was the best sleeping experience at an airport ever. I should stay at airports like this instead of hotels. - Craig Apple Pie

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by a traveller
January 2015 - First time on this site after being stranded by a connecting flight cancellation. Based on the information in a previous post about a good place to sleep in terminal C, I went looking. It was around gate C16 that I found a small nick back against the Windows. There were actually several smaller chairs back there that allowed for you to somewhat stretch out on. It was darker than the rest of the airport and there was an outlet on the floor for cell charging.

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St. Louis 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 St. Louis 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):

USO Lounge - The USO offers a lounge to members of the military and their families. Locations: Terminal 1, Landside, lower level, across from baggage carrousel M6 (Hours: open 24 hours) • Terminal 2, lower level, across from Entrance ET11 (Hours: 7:00AM - 6:00PM).

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Airport WiFi / Internet

WiFi is available at Lambert-St. Louis airport for a fee. Connect to the Boingo network. Rates: from US$ 7.95 per day.

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Airport Hotels

If sleeping in St. Louis Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

To find a cheap room, there is a list of hotels near St. Louis Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price.

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

  • ATMs / Cash Machines - ATMs are located in Terminals 1 and 2.
  • Chapel - Location: Terminal 1, Lower Level, near exit door 11. Hours: open 24 hours
  • Currency Exchange - US Bank has a branch. They may sell some currency.
  • Food & Drinks - At the time of this update there were no 24-hour food or beverage concessions at the airport.
    » Landside: Starbucks • Great American Bagel • Pasta House
    » Airside: Starbucks • Dunkin Donuts • Brioche Doree • Wolfgang Puck • Chili's Too • and more
    » Vending Machines can be found at Gate A10, A16, E10, E20, E29, ET12, ET 14 and in the Ticketing Zone.
  • Information Desk - Location: Terminal 1, between baggage claim carousels 4 and 5.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - not available
  • Showers - not available

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Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Keep in mind that TSA, airline check-in and baggage drop hours vary according the flight schedule. Check these hours with your airline. If you are in the public area of the terminal (landside) you will not be able to get through to the secure area of the terminal (airside) until the morning.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


All bus traffic for the airport is directed through BusPort, a designated facility on airport property on Lambert International Boulevard, just south of Terminal 1. Passengers can travel between BusPort and the airport terminals using the airport’s free inter-terminal shuttle service. MetroBus routes 34 (Earth City), 49 (North Lindbergh) and 66 (Clayton-Airport) serve the airport, picking up and dropping off passengers at the BusPort. A 2-hour unlimited MetroLink and MetroBus pass costs $4, and can be purchased at the airport. For route maps, schedules and fares, visit the Metro Transit St. Louis website.

Car Rentals

Car rental desks are located on the lower level of the airport terminal, between doors 12 and 17. Onsite car rental agencies include Alamo, Avis, Budget and Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. Some of these hotels can be contacted by using the direct-dial courtesy phones at the Hotel/Motel Phone Centers located on the lower level of each terminal. Hotel shuttles pick up passengers at Exit Door 18 (Terminal 1, lower level) and Exit Door 12 (Terminal 2, lower level). Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Airport Plaza Inn & Conference Center   •   Crowne Plaza St Louis Airport   •   Drury Inn St. Louis Airport   •   Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Louis Airport   •   Hampton Inn St. Louis/Westport   •   Hampton Inn St. Louis-Airport   •   Hilton Garden Inn St Louis Airport   •   Hilton St. Louis Airport   •   Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites St Louis Airport   •   La Quinta Inn & Suites St. Louis Westport   •   Marriott St. Louis Airport   •   Quality Inn Airport St. Louis   •   Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel   •   Residence Inn St. Louis Airport/Earth City   •   SpringHill Suites St. Louis Airport Earth City.

Inter-Terminal Shuttles

St. Louis-Lambert Airport operates a free shuttle service that runs a circuit between the two terminal, stopping at the BusPort in between terminal stops. Shuttles pick up at Exit Door 12 of either terminal.

Light Rail

MetroLink light rail RED line links the airport to downtown St. Louis. To access MetroLink from Terminal 1, go to Exit Door 1 on the upper level, east of the American Airlines Credit Union. From Terminal 2, access is through any of the levels of the parking garage, located south of the terminal. A 2-hour unlimited MetroLink and MetroBus pass costs $4, and can be purchased at the airport. For route maps, schedules and fares, visit the Metro Transit St. Louis website.


GO BEST Express offers shared-ride, door-to-door airport shuttle service between the airport and airport hotels, downtown St. Louis, Central West End, downtown Clayton, St. Louis University, Washington University and St. Charles (zip codes 63301 and 63303). Departures from the airport are available every 15 - 30 minutes from 6:00AM - 10:00PM, and service to the airport starts as early as 4:00AM. Reservations are required for trips to the airport, and highly recommended, but not required, for trips from the airport. GO BEST Express customer service is available 24 hours a day.


Taxis are available outside of Terminal 1, near Exit Door 14, and Terminal 2, near Exit Door 12. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required.

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Last Updated: 12 May 2015

The information in this Airport Guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airport's 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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