Sleeping in Airports

Bakersfield Airport Guide

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

BFL Airport Overview

bakersfield airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Meadows Field Airport Bakersfield.

What to Expect

Bakersfield Airport (code: BFL) has a small, modern two-level terminal with four gates, a sub shop restaurant and a gift shop. WiFi is available to help pass the time. There are no private lounges at this airport.

Sleeping in Bakersfield Airport

While the airport lists its operating hours as from 3:00AM to 1:30AM daily, travellers do spend the night on the landside. There are several padded, armrest-free benches that are described as “quite comfortable”, and travellers reportedly felt safe there. 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 Bakersfield 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

It is not possible to sleep in the airport overnight, so here are some hotels near Meadows Field Airport:

  • Hampton Inn & Suites Bakersfield North-Airport – No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • La Quinta Inn & Suites Bakersfield North – No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Bakersfield Airport – No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Meadows Field Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

There are no pay-per-use lounges in Meadows Field Airport.

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Meadows Field Airport.

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

Currency Exchange – Not available.

Duty Free & Shopping – A variety of newspapers, magazines, souvenirs, snacks, and travel goods are for sale at Omni-Goods. Hours: 4:00AM – 4:00PM.

Food & Drinks – Blimpie is a full service restaurant. Location: Airside. Hours: 5:00AM – 8:00PM.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

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.

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.

Airport Hours

The airport is open daily from 3:00AM – 1:30AM.


Bakersfield airport is served by the following airlines: Aha • American Airlines • United Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

Several companies offer car rental services, located in the terminal: Avis • Budget • Enterprise • Hertz • National.

Hotel Shuttles

Several nearby hotels offer shuttle service to guests: Four Points by Sheraton BakersfieldDoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bakersfield.


Taxis are available 24-hours, though you may need to pre-book them or call for a pick-up.

Last updated: 2022-01-25

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.