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Anchorage Airport Guide

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

Avoid C concourse on Wednesday nights as it is full of oilfield workers travelling to Prudhoe Bay on Thursday. You are safe there, but the snoring is truly world class! – Kris

ANC 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 Anchorage Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

What to Expect

Anchorage Airport (code: ANC) consists of two terminals: North and South. The South Terminal serves domestic airlines and has three concourses (A, B and C). The North Terminal has one concourse (N) and caters to international airlines and cargo/charter operations. A landside shuttle bus connects the two terminals.

The airport is smaller, so amenities are limited.  You will find free WiFi, an art gallery, and a few good restaurants including sushi and a microbrewery. For added comfort, economy-class passengers can pay to use one of the first-class lounges. See our Airport Lounges section for locations and rates.

Anchorage Airport Guide
(Photo courtesy of a Guest Traveller 01Jan2018)

Sleeping in Anchorage Airport

Regarding specific sleep-friendly spots, a 2022 reviewer mentioned he found several armless benches throughout the airside area, specifically at Gate B1. Another great option is the Delta Sky Lounge located upstairs. If you’re staying in a landslide, the hall leading to the car rentals is quite dark. Otherwise, the entries by Raven Airways tend to be popular among night sleepers. Here, you will also find an armless bench at the end of the hall. A pair of earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones will help block out frequent overhead announcements that play well into the night. Explore our guide to sleeping in Anchorage Airport or read traveller airport reviews for more tips. If you’re looking for uninterrupted sleep, it’s worth checking out nearby hotels with free airport shuttles. See Airport Hotels in the guide below.

To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can write a review to submit airport tips and photos. You can also visit the airport’s website for current information. For more airport information, continue scrolling down to explore more in our Anchorage 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 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 (landside), you will not be able to get through to the secure area (airside) until the morning.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Anchorage Airport:

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

Airport Lounges

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

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

  • Alaska Lounge – Location: Concourse C, Airside, near Gate C1. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs. Hours 5:00 AM – 1:00AM
  • Delta Sky Club Pop-Up – Location: South Terminal entrance. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs. Hours 4:45 AM – 12:15AM

Military Lounge

  • Atwood Military Lounge – Open to military personnel and their families only. Snacks, beverages and a playroom are available. Location: South Terminal, Level 1, behind the escalators. Hours: open 24 hours.

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Drinking Water

Information is unavailable. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Food & Drink

Many food concessions in the South Terminal operate with varying schedules, but no 24-hour food or drink concessions exist. In the past, McDonalds and Starbucks were open 24 hours, but this seems to have changed. If this information is incorrect, click here to update this guide.

Luggage Storage & Lockers

Huntleigh USA can store luggage for you. You will need to present an airline ticket or boarding pass. Location: Level 1, next to Bag Claim # 4.

Mobile Charging

A 2022 review mentioned power outlets in the hall leading to the car rentals.

Rest & Relaxation Zones

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

Showers

Showers are unavailable. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Anchorage Airport. Connect to the “ANC Free WIFI” network.

More Airport Information

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

Airport Art – Explore one of the finest collections of Alaska Native Art at the “Art in Public Places” art gallery. Locations: Mezzanine Level, Concourse C, above the passenger exit lane and the “Northern Lights Corridor,” which connects the train and car rental facilities.

Alaska Sports Hall of Fame – Location: South Terminal, adjacent to the parking garage, access from Level 1 across from Baggage Claim # 5.

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so check your bank’s fee schedule and daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: in the North and South Terminals.

Baby Care Facilities – Baby changing facilities are located throughout the terminal. A nursery can be found across from the restrooms at the start of Concourse B. Nursing and pumping areas are equipped with power outlets, changing tables, and sinks. Location: Concourse C and Level 1, behind the escalators.

Barber Shop – Time for a trim? Head to the Bush Pilot’s Barber Shop. Location: Landside.

Currency Exchange – Currency exchange counters are not available.

Drinking Water – see “Drinking Water” above.

Duty-Free & Shopping – Duty Free shopping and a small variety of shops are available. There are seven Hudson News & Gift shops available.

Food & Drinks – see “Food & Drinks” above.

Hotels – see “Airport Hotels” above.

Information Desk – 3 Locations: North Terminal, Landside, Lobby. Hours: Open for all flight arrivals • South Terminal, landside, Level 1 baggage claim level, in C Concourse, behind the escalators. Hours: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM • South Terminal, in A Concourse, Level 1. Hours: Staffed as necessary.

Lounges – see “Airport Lounges” above

Luggage Carts – Available for free in the South Terminal.

Luggage Storage & Lockers –  see “Luggage Storage & Lockers” above.

Mobile Charging – see “Mobile Charging” above.

Pet Relief Areas – Anchorage Airport has three outdoor and one indoor pet relief areas. Locations: (2) South Terminal, Baggage Claim, curbside • South Terminal, Level 2, across from Gate C1 • North Terminal, outside door 4.

Rest Zones – see “Rest & Relaxation Zones” above.

Showers – see “Showers” above.

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 smoking areas outside the terminals.

WiFi / Internet – see “WiFi / Internet” above.

Airlines
Anchorage Airport is served by the following airlines: Air Canada • Alaska Airlines • Aleutian Airways • American Airlines • Condor • Delta Airlines • Eurowings Discover • Grant Aviation • Omni Air International • Ravn Alaska • Sun Country Airlines • United Airlines.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

The People Mover Bus provides a connection between Dimond Transit Center and downtown Anchorage. Route 40 stops at various points at the airport (every 30 minutes) between 6:00AM and 11:00PM. For more information, visit the Municipality of Anchorage website.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies operate onsite at the airport Rental Car Center: Alaska 4×4 Rentals •Alamo • Avis • Budget • Dollar • Enterprise • Hertz • Thrifty. The Rental Car Center is located across from the South Terminal. Free shuttles run between both terminals and the Rental Car Center every 15 minutes. You can request the airport free shuttle by calling 907.677.1074, or by using the wall-mounted courtesy phone adjacent to the terminal connector.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport shuttle service: Alex Hotel & Suites   •   Coast Inn at Lake Hood  •   Comfort Suites Anchorage International Airport   •   Crowne Plaza Anchorage-Midtown, an IHG Hotel  •  Fairfield Inn & Suites Anchorage Midtown   •   Hampton Inn Anchorage   •   Hilton Garden Inn Anchorage   •   Holiday Inn Express Anchorage   •   Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites  • The Lakefront Anchorage  •  Lakeshore Inn & Suites   •  La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Anchorage Airport  •  Motel 6 Anchorage Midtown   •  Puffin Inn Of Anchorage  •  SpringHill Suites Anchorage Midtown.

Shuttles depart from outside the Baggage Claim. Courtesy phones are available to contact your hotel for shuttle service.

See also Airport Hotels above.

Inter-Terminal Shuttle

The airport provides free shuttle service, which runs between the South Terminal, Employee Parking Lot and Rental Car Center every 15 minutes. Service from the North Terminal and the Park & Fly Lot (extended parking) is available on demand only, and can be requested by using the designated phone on the wall curbside near the southeast end exit door or by calling 907-677-1074.

Ride Share

Rideshare services, such as Uber and Lyft, are available from both terminals. Pick-up Locations: Level 2, outside Ticketing. A ride to downtown Anchorage will cost you from $18 to $25.

Taxi

Taxis are readily available.  Pick-up locations: South Terminal (Level 1, Baggage Claim, across from Door 3) and North Terminal (across from Door 2). The ride to downtown Anchorage takes approx. 15 – 20 minutes depending on traffic.

Anchorage Airport Photo Gallery

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Last updated: 2024-02-08

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