Sleeping in Airports

Anchorage Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you 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 a bit limited, but you will fine free WiFi, an art gallery, and a handful of 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)

Where to Sleep

Reviewers have described ANC Airport clean, quiet and safe but they’ve also noted that it’s very cold, especially the floors, and that there are very few seats without armrests. Have a sleeping bag or travel mattress and blanket handy, as it is likely that you will be sleeping on the floor.

In terms of specific sleep-friendly spots, Concourse C has row upon row of armrest-free seating. A small observation area just before Gate C1 is quieter than the rest of the airport, and a reviewer strongly suggests the area at C9, under the hanging airplane, for a nice place to sleep. There is also an area near the Ravn Alaska ticketing/check-in desks that is supposed to be quiet and has armrest-free seating. Otherwise, a pair of earplugs or noise cancelling headphones will help block out overhead announcements that happen frequently and well into the night.  Explore our guide to sleeping in Anchorage Airport or read some 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.

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.

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 Hotels

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

  • Coast International Inn – (6 minutes from the airport) This is the closest hotel to the airport. Free 24-hour airport shuttle available. » Check Rates
  • Comfort Suites Anchorage International Airport – (7 minutes from the airport) Free 24-hour airport shuttle available. » Check Rates
  • Lakeshore Inn & Suites – (7 minutes from the airport) A budget hotel near the airport. Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Anchorage Airport on Tripadvisor 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 to also 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: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.

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: 8:00AM – 12:00AM.

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Anchorage Airport. Internet kiosks are located near Gate C4.

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

Alaska Native Art Displays – Located on the Mezzanine of Concourse C and the “Northern Lights Corridor”.

Alaska Sports Hall of Fame – Located in the South Terminal adjacent to the parking garage.

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: in the North and South Terminals.

Baby Care Facilities – Baby changing facilities are located throughout the airport.

Barber Shop – Time for a trim? Head to the Bush Pilot’s Barber Shop. Location: Landside. Hours: 9:00AM – 6:00PM.

Currency Exchange – Currency exchange counters are not available at this airport.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free shopping is available as well as a small variety of shops. There are six Hudson News & Gift shops available, open from 9:00AM – 12:00AM.

Food & Drinks – There are many food concessions in the South Terminal that operate with varying schedules. These options are open 24 hours: McDonald’s (Airside, Gate C1) • Starbucks (Airside, Concourse C, Exit Lane) • Starbucks (Landside, Level 2, across from Alaska Airlines Ticketing)

Information Desk – 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: 9:00AM – 4:00PM • South Terminal, in “A” Concourse, Level 1. Hours: staffed as necessary.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Huntleigh USA provides luggage storage. You will need to present an airline ticket or boarding pass. Location: Level 1, next to Bag Claim # 4. Alaska Baggage and Seafood Shipping provide storage on Level 2, across from Security. Hours: 5:00AM – 3:00AM.

Massage – Right Touch Massage (Concourse C, Exit Lane) 10:00AM – 2:30AM (or 12:00PM – 2:30AM from 9/16 – 5/14).

Mobile Charging – A reader tells us that mobile charging is available.  One station was spotted in 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.

Showers – Not available.

Smoking – Smoking is permitted in designated smoking areas on the commercial curb of the South Terminal and North Terminal.

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.


Anchorage airport is served by the following airlines: Air CanadaAlaska AirlinesAmerican AirlinesDelta Air Lines • Grant Aviation • JetBlue • North American Airlines • Omni Air International • Pen Air • Ravn Alaska • Sun Country Airlines • TransNorthern • United Airlines • World Airways.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


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, National and 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.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide free airport shuttle service. Some of these hotels can be reached using the Telephone Information Boards located in the baggage claim areas of either terminal. Contact your hotel for shuttle service availability and details. Here are some hotels that offer airport shuttle service: Alex Hotel & Suites   •   Coast International Inn   •   Comfort Suites Anchorage International Airport   •   Courtyard Anchorage Airport   •   Fairfield Inn & Suites Anchorage Midtown   •   Hampton Inn Anchorage   •   Hilton Garden Inn Anchorage   •   Homewood Suites by Hilton Anchorage   •   Holiday Inn Express Anchorage   •   Lakeshore Inn & Suites   •   Long House Alaskan Hotel   •   Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Anchorage Airport   •   Motel 6 Anchorage Midtown   •   Puffin Inn   •   SpringHill Suites Anchorage Midtown.

Inter-Airport 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.

Shared Ride Shuttle

Several local companies provide door-to-door shared ride or exclusive ride service between ANC airport and the Anchorage metropolitan area. Transportation must be pre-booked. Contact your service provider of choice for details.


Taxis are readily available on the Commercial Curbside of North Terminal and the ground transportation island outside of South Terminal baggage claim. The ride to downtown Anchorage takes from 15 – 20 minutes.

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.