Sleeping in Airports

Albuquerque Airport Guide

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

Around midnight, the TSA made me leave the secure area, although they were polite and apologetic about it. -a traveller

ABQ 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 Albuquerque International Sunport Airport.

What to Expect

Albuquerque Airport (code: ABQ) is a midsize, three-level international airport with two concourses (Concourse A and Concourse B). There is a small variety of eateries and shops on the airside, with limited options on the landside. The airport offers free WiFi, though its service has been described as spotty, and charging areas can be found in both concourses. The airport does not host any private lounges.

Sleeping in Albuquerque Airport

albuquerque 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. While most seating includes armrests, there are some armrest-free seats throughout the landside portion of the airport, so grab one while you can. The baggage claim and ticketing/check-in areas were both named as decent sleeping spots, though travellers recommended a travel blanket or sweater to ward of the cold air conditioning, and suggested a travel mat in case armrest-free seating was taken. 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.

Covid-19 Update

Some airport reviews and tips in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos.

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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 in the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Albuquerque Airport that provide free airport shuttles:

With Covid restrictions constantly changing, we recommend that you confirm shuttle availability prior to booking and/or prior to your arrival.

  • Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel – Located opposite the airport terminal. » Check Rates
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton Albuquerque Airport » Check Rates
  • Hyatt  Place Albuquerque Airport » Check Rates
  • Staybridge Suites Albuquerque Airport » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Albuquerque Airport that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

There are no pay-per-use lounges at this time.

Airport WiFi

Free WiFi is available at Albuquerque Sunport airport. Connect to the “sunport” network.

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

Airport Tours – Learn about the airport’s history and get an up close view of the activity at the airport.  Group tours are available.

Art in the Airport – The airport’s 113-piece permanent art collection is on display throughout the terminal and airport grounds.

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs 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 Levels 2 and 3.

Baby Care Facilities – A mother’s nursing room is located Airside.

Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available for a fee. Smarte Cartes can be found on Level 1/ Baggage Claim and Level 2 / Ticketing area. Rate: unknown.

Currency Exchange – Not available

Duty Free & Shopping – Although duty-free shopping is not available, a small variety of retail shops are located throughout the airport.

Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. Some of the food options include: Black Mesa Coffee / Bakery • Comida Buena • Keva Juice • Panda Express • Rio Grande Brew Pub •Route 66 Lounge • Schlotzky’s • Tia’s Pronto • Watch! Sports Lounge & Grill.

Information Booth – The airport’s Tourist Booth is staff by volunteers who also provide general airport information. Location: Arrivals, opposite Baggage Claim 4. Hours: unknown.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Meditation Room – A quiet place to de-stress, pray or meditate on padded benches. Location: 1st Level, across from Baggage Claim 8.

Mobile Charging – Workstations (14 locations) with built-in power outlets are available on the 3rd floor, both landside and airside.

Observation Deck – Watch the action on the tarmac from the airport’s 2500 sq. ft. observation deck.  Location: Airside, between Gates A1 and B1.

Pet Relief Area – A full-service indoor pet relief room is available.  The room has a wall with an image of the Albuquerque Bosque, artificial grass and a fire hydrant to make your pet comfortable while they do their business.  Location: Airside, Gate A7.

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

Showers – Not available.

SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Smoking – Smoking is permitted in designated areas outside of the terminal.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours. The TSA security checkpoint hours are approx. 4:30AM – 11:30PM.

Keep in mind that 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.

Airlines

Albuquerque airport is served by the following airlines: Advanced Air • Alaska Airlines • Allegiant Airlines • American Airlines • Boutique Air • Delta Air Lines • Frontier Airlines • JetBlue Airways • Southwest Airlines • United Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Buses and Shuttles

Local bus routes 250 (weekdays only) and 50 (weekdays and Saturday only) link ABQ airport to downtown Albuquerque, where connections can be made to New Mexico Rail Runner Express trains. For timetables and fares, visit the City of Albuquerque/ABQ Ride website.

Shuttle service is available with a number of companies providing connections to everything from Albuquerque hotels, museums and restaurants to Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Espanola and surrounding areas. Head to the Baggage Claim (near Carousel 6) area to check-in with your shuttle service or book last minute tickets, when possible.

Car Rentals

Car rentals are handled at the Sunport Car Center, a separate facility on airport property. Free shuttles connect the airport terminal to the rental car facility, departing every 5 minutes from the commercial lane outside of the 1st level of the airport terminal. The following car rental agencies are located onsite: ACE •  Alamo •  Avis •  Budget •  Dollar •  Enterprise •  Hertz •   National •  Payless •  Thrifty • Sixt.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport shuttle service:  Baymont by Wyndham Albuquerque Airport  • Best Western Airport Albuquerque Inn Suites Hotel & Suites   •   Comfort Inn Albuquerque Airport   •  Courtyard by Marriott Albuquerque Airport  •  Days Inn and Suites Airport Albuquerque   •  Fairfield by Marriott – Albuquerque Airport  •  Hilton Garden Inn Albuquerque Airport   •   Homewood Suites by Hilton Albuquerque Airport   •   Hyatt Place Albuquerque Airport   •   La Quinta Inn Albuquerque Airport   •   Ramada Albuquerque Airport   •  Residence Inn by Marriott Albuquerque Airport  • Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel   •   Sleep Inn Airport Albuquerque   •   Staybridge Suites Albuquerque Airport   •   Super 8 Albuquerque Airport.

See also Airport Hotels above.

Taxi

Taxis are available in the ground transportation area of the terminal on a 24-hour basis. All taxis are metered and reservations are not required.

Last updated: 2022-10-31

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.