Sleeping in Airports

Adelaide Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Adelaide Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

The airport closes from 11 PM to 4 AM every night. Do not attempt to sleep here. – Zack

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us about their time at Adelaide Airport.

What to Expect

Adelaide Airport is a modern three-level, single terminal facility with a reasonable selection of shops and eateries. The airport closes every night from 11:00PM to 4:00AM, but those already inside the terminal before closing are allowed to remain on the landside. The airport offers free WiFi and there are plenty of outlets and charging stations for charging mobile devices. Economy class passengers can pay to use one of the airport lounges. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

Staff and security are described as friendly and accommodating to overnight sleepers. Quiet nooks can be found, but airport seating is described as uncomfortable and divided by armrests. The airport is closed every night from 11PM to 4AM. According to one reviewer (September 2017), if you are inside the terminal before it closes you are permitted to stay. Have a backup plan just in case! For uninterrupted sleep, there are several hotels within walking distance of the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

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.

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door or through a lounge membership program (ie. Qantas Club or Virgin Australia). Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

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

  • Adelaide Airport Motel – (3 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are available. for AUD $3.50 each way. » Check Rates
  • Aviators Lodge – (8 minutes from the airport) Airport shuttle runs daily, every hour from 6:00AM to 10:00AM and 6:00PM to 10:00PM, for $5.50 per person, one way. For airport pick-up, call the hotel at 8356 8388 after picking up your luggage. » Check Rates
  • Adelaide Shores Resort – (10 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers can be booked directly through the airport ($). » Check Rates
  • Lockleys Hotel – (10 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers can be booked directly through the airport ($). » Check Rates

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

Free WiFi is available at Adelaide Airport. Connect to the “Adelaide Airport” network.


  • Postal Services – Drop off your last minute postcards at the airport’s mailbox. Letters and postcards should already have postage, as there is currently nowhere to purchase postage inside the terminal. Location: Landside, Ground Floor, outside the Terminal, next to the Qantas valet.
  • WiFi – see “Airport WiFi/Internet” above.

Family Services

  • Baby Care Facilities – At the time of this update, the airport is upgrading all washrooms to include a parents room to provide baby change facilities. One room is now ready, located on the Ground Level, behind the staircase.
  • Children’s Play Area – When you want to ensure your kids burn off all their energy before their flight, take them to the gated children’s play area. Location: Airside, next to Hudson’s Coffee.

Food & Drinks

  • Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options.


  • Airport Ambassadors – If you need help navigating the terminal or have general questions, look for the Airport Ambassadors in the Baggage Claim Hall and Main Check-in Area. They will be wearing bright burgundy jackets.
  • Information Desk – There is a Visitor Information Booth located on the Ground Floor. The staff can assist you with tourist information, transport services, flight information and airport and terminal information. If the booth is unattended, look for one of the Airport Ambassadors, who will be wearing bright burgundy jackets.


  • Luggage Storage & Lockers – Luggage lockers are available at the following per 24-hour rates: $12 for a small locker • $14 for a medium locker • $16 for a large locker • $20 for a bike box. Location: Multi-level car park, ground floor, near the car rental offices.

Medical Services

  • Medical Services – Urgent and emergency medical care is available in the airport’s first aid facility. For access, seek the assistance of an airport staff member.
  • Pharmacy – Airport Pharmacy is located on Level 2. Hours 5:00AM – 9:00PM (Mon-Fri), 7:00AM – 7:00PM (Sat) and 7:00AM – 9:00PM (Sun).

Mobile Charging

  • Mobile Charging – Power outlets and charging stations are available.


  • ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Machines dispense AUD, but a few foreign currency machines are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: on the Ground Floor and Level 2.
  • Currency Exchange – Travelex offers currency exchange at three locations: International Departures (Airside, Level 2, 2 locations) • International Arrivals (Landside, Level 0).


  • Prayer Room – Location: Terminal 1, Airside, Level 2, between Rip Curl and News Links. Hours: during airport operational hours.

Rest & Relaxation


  • Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free shopping is available airside to passengers departing or arriving on international flights (Hours: open in accordance with incoming and departing flights). In addition, a wide variety of retail shops and newsstands are available throughout the airport.


  • Smoking Area – There is a dedicated smoking area on Level 2, outside the terminal. You will also find a smoking area in the Thomas Cooper Bar on the Ground Floor.

Things to do

  • Musical Performances – Choirs and musical groups perform in the airport throughout the year.

Terminal 1 is open from 4:00AM – 11:00PM. On their web site they state “Please note the terminal is not open overnight or outside these hours.”

As of March 2018, Adelaide airport is served by the following airlines: Air New Zealand • Cathay Pacific • China Southern • Emirates • Fiji Airways • Jetstar • Malaysia Airlines • Qatar Airways • Singapore Airlines • Pelican Airlines • Qantas • Tigerair • Virgin Australia • Air South • Alliance • Cobham • Regional Express • Sharp Airlines.

Adelaide Airport is served by JetExpress (J1X), a double-decker bus that runs between the airport and the city center, stopping at popular attractions and over 20 hotels along the way. Jetbus service (lines J1, JX, J3, J7 and J8) run between the airport and Glenelg, West Beach and the city center, with stops along the way. For information on the visitor pass (providing savings on public transport and more) routes, fares and timetables, visit the Adelaide Metro website.

Car rental agencies desks are located in the baggage claim area on the ground floor. The following agencies are available onsite: Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Redspot/Sixt and Thrifty.

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service to their guests for either as a courtesy or for a fee. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Aviators Lodge   •   Adelaide Airport Motel ($).

Metered taxis are readily available at the taxi rank, located to the left of the pedestrian plaza as you exit the terminal. Concierges are available onsite to ensure smooth pickup and assist passengers in hiring the taxi that best fits their needs (baby capsule, wheelchair access, larger vehicle, etc.). There is an AU$3 surcharge added to trips from the airport.

Last updated: 2018-10-23

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide, write a review or send an email to [email protected] and we will update this guide.