Sleeping in Airports

Bellingham Airport Guide

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

you are kicked out of the gate area at about 1am, so you are forced to go back through security even though you didn’t leave the airport – a traveller (2016)

BLI Airport Overview

bellingham airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Bellingham International Airport.

What to Expect

Bellingham Airport (code: BLI) consists of a small four-gate terminal that’s separated by a departures and arrivals area. The airside contains a restaurant/lounge and gift shop, and there is a smaller gift shop on the landside, all of which reportedly close early in the evening, leaving only vending machine food during the overnight hours. Due to the airport’s close proximity to British Columbia, Canada, the airport is often used as a low-cost alternative to Vancouver International Airport. There is a shuttle available between Bellingham Airport and Vancouver International Airport and Sea-tac airport. WiFi is available to help pass the time. There are no private lounges at this airport.

Sleeping in Bellingham Airport

The airport is open 24 hours, but the security checkpoint closes at night. One traveller reported that you can remain in the gate area after security closes, but can re-enter should you leave. Another traveller reported that all passengers are restricted to the landside after security closes. Whatever the case, there is comfortable armrest-free seating conducive to sleeping. The airport gets cold at night, so consider bringing extra layers or a travel blanket. For uninterrupted sleep, there are several hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the guide below or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Good to Know

Alaska Airlines has been known to provide stranded passengers with travel kits with basic grooming supplies, such as toothpaste and toothbrush.

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 Bellingham 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 Bellingham Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Holiday Inn Bellingham – (5 minute walk from the airport) Airport shuttle is available ($). » Check Rates
  • Hampton Inn Bellingham Airport – (5 minutes from the airport) Free shuttle is available within a 5 mile radius of the hotel. » Check Rates
  • La Quinta Inn and Suites Bellingham – (6 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

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

Airport Lounges

There are no pay-per-use lounges in the airport.

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Bellingham Airport.

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

Food & Drinks

Halibut Henry’s offers coffee and takeaway food both landside and airside. Scotty Brown’s offers full-service dining with bar/lounge airside only. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options, but vending machines are available.

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.


There is a souvenir type shop located 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.

Airport Hours

The public area of the airport is open 24 hours a day and passengers are permitted to stay in the airport regardless of the hour. Security opens at 3:30AM and closes after last flight.

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.


Bellingham airport is served by the following airlines: Alaska Airlines • Allegiant • American AirlinesDelta Air Lines • Horizon • Southwest Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


The Number 3 provides a connection to BLI airport from the Cordata and Downtown stations. The bus does not stop directly at the airport. It may be better to take a taxi to the bus station. Ask for assistance at the airport or visit the Whatcom Transportation website to plan your route.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies offer service onsite: Avis • Budget • Enterprise / Alamo • Hertz.

Shared-Ride Shuttles

Several companies offer scheduled or on-demand door-to-door shuttle service to and from the airport. Contact your service provider of choice for details and availability.


Metered taxis are readily available in the ground transportation area.

Last updated: 2020-10-23

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.