Sleeping in Airports

Albany Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Albany 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.

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ALB Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Albany International Airport.

What to Expect

The facilities at Albany Airport (code: ALB) consist of a two-level terminal with three interconnected concourses (A, B and C). A small variety of eateries and shops can be found in all three concourses, but landside options are limited. After shops and eateries close for the night vending machines are the only option. The airport offers free WiFi. While the airport does not host any private lounges, there is a military lounge.

Sleeping in Albany Airport

albany airport guideAfter security checkpoints close for the night, passengers are restricted to the landside, and will have to re-clear security upon concourse gate area re-opening. Travellers report that comfortable seating is easy to find and that there are private nooks suitable for reasonable sleep. While there are comfortable chairs in the ticketing area, it remains brightly lit during the night and some reviewers found the classical background music annoying. The third-level observation room is carpeted and contains benches, and is described as a viable option. There is also an adjacent conference room that contains comfortable seating, benches, and is described as being dimly lit. Whatever option you choose, consider earplugs/noise-cancelling headphones to account for noise, which is deemed the biggest sleep hindrance. For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the guide below or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Coronavirus Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. If you have some time to spare please write a review, send a tip or share photos to help future travellers.

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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.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping at the Albany Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport with free airport shuttles:

  • Hilton Garden Inn Albany Airport – Located across the street from the terminal. Free airport shuttle is available on request. » Check Rates
  • Days Inn Albany Airport – (2 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • Hotel Indigo Albany Latham – (4 minutes from the airport) Located at the airport entrance. Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates

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

Airport Lounges

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

There are no pay-per use airport lounges. See information on the Business Center below.

Military Lounges

Capt. John J. McKenna IV Military Courtesy Room – Location: 3rd Level, to the left of the Observation View. Amenities: A 10’x20’ room featuring comfortable seating, large-screen TV, computer, free WIFI, refrigerator, food & beverages, books, and DVDs. Lounge Access: open to enlisted military and their families.

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Albany airport. Connect to the AirportWiFiFree network.

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

Airport Tours

If you are travelling in a group, you can arrange for a tour of the airport to see how it works. During the 60-90 minute tour, you will go through Albany airport’s ticketing area, baggage claim and then up to the observation deck to see and hear the aircraft take off and land. You may also have the opportunity to visit the Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting headquarters to meet with airport rescue workers. Fun Times! Gifts are provided for children! The airport tours are available Monday-Saturday.

Arts & Culture Program

Check out the exhibitions throughout the airport. There is an Art Gallery on Observation Level 3 open 7:00AM – 11:00PM daily.

ATMs / Cash Machines

Need cash? ATMs are available. Machines are operated by Key Bank and Bank of America. 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:

  • Landside: 1st Floor near Information Desk
  • Airside: Concourse A • Concourse C

Baby Care Facilities

Baby changing tables are available at various locations throughout the airport.

Baggage Trolleys

Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage trolleys are available in the Baggage Claim area. Rate: US$ 4 with a $.25 refund upon return.

Business Center

Internet workstations, TV lounge, and limited business services are available. Entry into the center is free, but conference room facilities and some services incur a fee. Location: 2nd Level, Concourse C. Hours: Unknown.

Currency Exchange

Travelex provides currency exchange services. Location: Main Terminal, Baggage Claim Area, Landside. Hours: 7:00AM – 8:00PM (Daily).

Duty Free & Shopping

Along with the standard airport newsstands and bookstores (Locations: Concourse A, B and C), there is the DEPARTURE Museum Shop (Location: 1st Floor, Baggage Claim Area. Hours: 9:00AM – 6:00PM), featuring fine art and gifts.

Food & Drinks

Restaurants can be found in each Concourse as well as in the food court with varying opening times. Dunkin Donuts (Landside) is open 24 hours. Vending machines are available on the first floor in the baggage claim area. Other dining options include:
  • Food Court: McDonald’s • Silks Saratoga Bistro • Starbucks • The Market • Chick-Fil-A • Wolfgang Puck Pizza • Greenleafs
  • Concourse A: Adirondack Lodge
  • Concourse B: Hudson Valley Wine Bar
  • Concourse C: ALB Local

Information Desk

Need help?  Talk to an agent at the Information Desk.  Location: first floor, between the ticket counters and the baggage claim. Hours: 6:00AM -11:00PM (Mon-Fri) • 7:00AM – 11:00PM (Sat-Sun). Airport Ambassadors can be found throughout the airport, look for the red blazers.

Luggage Storage & Lockers


Mobile Charging

At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Observation Deck

Relax and watch planes taking off and landing from the vantage point of the airport’s observation deck. Location: 3rd Level.

Postal Services

Drop off your last minute postcards to friends and family from airport’s mailbox. Stamps can be purchased at the information desk. Location: 1st Level, near Information Desk.

Prayer Room

An interfaith prayer room can be found Airside, Concourse C.

Rest Zones

There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.




There are no smoking areas inside the airport. Smoking is permitted in designated areas outside the airport.

Travel Agencies

Information not available.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Keep in mind that TSA, airline check-in and baggage drop hours vary according to 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.


Albany airport is served by the following airlines: Allegiant Airlines • American Airlines • Cape Air • Delta Air Lines • Elite Airways • Frontier Airlines • JetBlue Airways • Southwest Airlines • United Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus and Coach

The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) bus network connects Albany Airport to most areas in the city. For information about fares and schedules visit the CDTA website.

Adirondack Trailways offers service to the entire Adirondack region and the New York City corridor all the way up to Montreal, Canada. Tickets are sold online or at the Information Desk in the airport. For information on fares and schedules, visit the Adirondack Trailways website.

Premiere Transportation offers service to the three major NYC metropolitan airports: JFK, Newark-Liberty and LaGuardia. For information on fares and schedules, visit the Premiere Transportation website.

Vermont Translines offers daily service between the airport and popular Vermont destinations, including Bennington, Manchester, Rutland and Burlington. Visit the Translines website.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies are located onsite in the Baggage Claim area: Avis • Budget • Enterprise • Hertz • National/Alamo.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. These hotels can be contacted from the airport via direct-line courtesy phone at the Lodging and Transportation Center located in Baggage Claim. The hotel shuttle stop is in the Commercial Lane directly across from the terminal. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Albany Marriott   •   Albany Airport Courtyard   •   Best Western Albany Airport Inn   •   Days Inn Airport & Conference Center   •   Hampton Inn Albany – Wolf Road (Airport)   •   Hampton Inn & Suites Albany Airport   •   Hilton Garden Inn Albany Airport   •   Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Latham   •   Homewood Suites by Hilton Albany   •   Hotel Indigo Albany-Latham   •   La Quinta Inn & Suites Latham Albany Airport   •   Quality Inn Central   •   Quality Inn & Suites Albany Airport   •   Radisson Hotel Albany   •   Red Roof Inn Albany Airport   •   Residence Inn Albany Airport   •   Staybridge Suites Albany Wolf Rd-Colonie Center   •   The Desmond Albany   •   Travelodge Inn and Suites, Latham Circle.


Metered taxis are readily available at the taxi stand, located in the Commercial Lane across from the terminal. Only Capitaland Taxis are authorized to operate from this taxi stand, but with prior arrangements made, passengers may be picked up or dropped off by any taxi service provider of their choice. Capitaland taxis accept cash and credit card.

Last updated: 2020-10-23

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: update the airport guide or  write a review.