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.

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 in Albuquerque Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport with free airport shuttles:

  • Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel – Located opposite the airport terminal. Free 24-hour airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • Hilton Garden Inn Albuquerque Airport – (2 minutes from the airport) Located just 2 blocks from the airport terminal. Free airport shuttle service. » Check Rates
  • Best Western Airport Albuquerque InnSuites – (3 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle service runs from 4:30AM to 11:30PM. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Albuquerque Airport on Tripadvisor 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

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.

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.

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 • Keva Juice • La Trattoria • Panda Express • Route 66 Lounge • Tia Juanita’s New Mexican Food • 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.

Rest Zones

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


Not available.


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.


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 • Volaris.

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: Advantage •  Alamo •  Avis •  Budget •  Dollar •  Enterprise •  Hertz •   National •  Payless •  Thrifty.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Best Western Airport Albuquerque InnSuites Hotel & Suites   •   Comfort Inn Albuquerque Airport   •   Days Inn and Suites Airport Albuquerque   •   Hilton Garden Inn Albuquerque Airport   •   Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Albuquerque Airport   •   Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Albuquerque Airport – Univ Area   •   Homewood Suites by Hilton Albuquerque Airport   •   Hyatt Place Albuquerque Airport   •   La Quinta Inn Albuquerque Airport   •   Ramada Albuquerque Airport   •   Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel   •   Sleep Inn Airport Albuquerque   •   Staybridge Suites Albuquerque Airport   •   Super 8 Albuquerque Airport   •   TownePlace Suites Albuquerque Airport


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: 2020-10-21

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.