Sleeping in Airports

Alice Springs Airport Guide

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

ASP Airport Overview

alice springs airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Alice Springs Airport.

What to Expect

Alice Springs Airport (code: ASP) has a single terminal servicing 10 gates. Other than a couple of shops and two small eateries, there are few services a the airport, though there is free WiFi. Showers are available in the airside departures area. Economy class passengers may be able to pay to use one of the private airport lounges. See Airport Lounges in the guide below.

Sleeping in Alice Springs Airport

The airport closes at night, so there is no overnight sleeping allowed. 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

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.  To help us keep this guide up-to-date as the airport reopens, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Alice Springs Airport Guide.

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

Sleeping inside Alice Springs Airport is not possible.  To see a list of hotels in Alice Springs  visit our hotel partner at Tripadvisor.

Airport Lounges

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

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter through a lounge membership program. 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!

  • Qantas Club – Location: Airside, beside Gate 9. Lounge Access: Qantas Club Membership.
  • Virgin Australia Lounge – Location: Airside, adjacent to Gates 2, 3 and 4. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of Virgin Australia Airlines ticket • Virgin Australia Membership.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Alice Springs Airport.

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

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: Landside and Airside.

Baby Care Facilities – Location: Airside, accessible to departing and arriving passengers.

Baggage Trolleys – Trolleys are available free of charge. You can find them in the car parks, baggage collection area and throughout the terminal.

Disabled Services – Wheelchairs available on request, and the full airport accommodates people with reduced mobility.

Drinking Water – Thirsty? Drinking water fountains with chilled water are available free of charge.

Duty Free & Shopping – A newsstand and souvenir shop are available. Location: Departure Hall.

Food & Drink – At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. Food concessions throughout the airport operate on varying schedules. Locations:

  • Landside: Steve’s Kitchen
  • Airside: Cafe Terra Rosa

Information Desk – Location: Baggage Claim area, landside, eastern side of the terminal, near the vending machines, tables and baggage carousel.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Left luggage service is offered at the Oversize Baggage Room. Location: Opposite the Airport Management Centre, next to the First Aid Room. The storage fee is $10 per day.

Medical Services – A First Aid room is available. Location: Opposite the Management Centre. Hours: unknown.

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.

Post Office – A post box is available Airside, near the restaurant entrance.

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 – Location: Airside, accessible to departing and arriving passengers.

Smoking Area – Smoking is permitted in the airside restaurant’s outdoor patio area. Designated smoking areas can also be found at the front of the terminal.

Travel Agencies – Information unavailable.

Airport Hours

According to the airport website, the airport opens 90 minutes before the first scheduled aircraft arrives, and closes 20 minutes after last scheduled aircraft departs.


Alice Springs airport is served by the following airlines: Alliance • AirNorth • Qantas • Virgin Australia.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Airport Shuttle

The Alice Springs shuttle bus connects ASP airport and city center regularly. The adult rate as of this update is AU$18.00.  Tickets can be purchased at the airport or online at the Emu Run website.

Car Rentals

Car rental companies located at the airport are: Avis • Budget • Europcar • Hertz • Thrifty.


Metered taxis can be found outside of the arrivals area. The approximate fare for a ride from the airport to Alice Springs is $45.00.

Last updated: 2021-10-25

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.