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Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport Guide

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

There are practically no benches apart from a few of the oddly curved metal benches. – a guest reviewer

BHM Airport Overview

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

What to Expect

Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport (code: BHM) consists of a single terminal building with three new concourses (A, B and C) with 19 departure gates. The two-level landside terminal entrance features ticketing and check-in facilities on the upper level, with baggage claim and airport offices on the lower level. There are more than a dozen eateries and shops in the airport, almost all of which are airside near the gates. WiFi is available. There are no private lounges at this airport.

Sleeping in Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport

While staff are described as friendly, they apparently frown upon people sleeping on the floor. Seating options are described as all around uncomfortable for sleeping, though one traveller found a hidden nook of comfortable seating on the landside near the ticketing counters across from a door labeled “event room.” If you are stuck here due to a flight cancellation/delay, it is likely that you may be offered a hotel voucher. Check with your airline. For uninterrupted sleep, there are some hotels within a quick shuttle ride of the airport. See Airport Hotels below for more information or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Good to Know

There are hourly express shuttle buses to and from downtown Birmingham.

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. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

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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 Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Ramada Birmingham Airport– (3 minutes from the airport) Reviews are mixed, but this hotel is one of the closest to the airport. Free airport shuttle is available. Hotel can be reached on foot in 10 minutes if you’re traveling light. » Check Rates
  • Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport – (3 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • Quality Inn Airport – Southeast – (8 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Birmingham-Shuttlesworth 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 the airport, connect to “TheAuthorityLan” network and start surfing.

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

Art in the Airport

There are a number of art exhibits located throughout the airport, check out “Earth Wind and Water: The Landscape of Alabama” a living plant wall located in Concourse B.

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: Lower level of the terminal near baggage claim • Upper level in the rotundas for concourses A and B • Near the food courts for concourses B and C.

Baby Care Facilities

Nurse or feed your baby in privacy and comfort inside one of the airport’s Nursing Rooms. Each room is equipped with gliding chairs, electrical outlets, soft lights, and more. All airside restrooms have changing tables and children’s toilets.

Baggage Carts

Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available free of charge in the baggage claim area and curbside near terminal entrance. Rate: $5.00 per cart.

Children’s Area

There are 3 Kid Zones in the airport, 2nd Level near Gates, AA2, B2 and C5.

Duty Free and Shopping

Duty Free is not available at the airport. You will find a convenience/souvenir shop in each Concourse Area and Landside you can shop at Barber Motorsports (gifts, travel accessories and motorsport merchandise)

Food & Drinks

Food concessions throughout the airport operate on varying schedules. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options, so if you are stuck in the airport overnight you should purchase water and snacks early. Food options include:

  • Landside: Starbucks • The Local Rustic Market
  • Conourse A: Birmingham Brewhouse • Starbucks
  • Concourse B: Jim’N Nick’s Bar-B-Q
  • Concourse C: Talladega Grille
  • Food Courts: Chick-Fil-A • The Great American Bagel • Starbucks • Grounded in Birmingham

Information Desk

Yes, located on the 1st Level beside Carousel 1 and 2.

Luggage Storage & Lockers

Not available.

Mobile Charging

Charging stations are available throughout the concourses in most of the airline gate areas.

Observation Deck

Relax and watch planes taking off and landing from the vantage point of the airport’s observation deck. Location: beside Gate B4 on the 2nd Level.

Pet Relief Area

Travelling with a 4 legged companion? The Airport has an area for pets to stretch their legs, drink water and take their potty breaks. Location: Lower Level, exit through door 4L.

Prayer Room

A Meditation Room is open on the Upper Level, close to Gate C1.

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 airport is open 24 hours; however, the TSA security checkpoints are only open from 4:30AM until the last flight departure of the day. You are not permitted to stay inside the airside section of the airport when the TSA checkpoints are closed.


Birmingham airport is served by the following airlines: Delta Air Lines • Frontier Airlines • Southwest Airlines • United Airlines • Via Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies offer service onsite in the BHM Rental Car facility, located in Section 1B on the ground level of the parking deck: Alamo • Avis • Budget • Dollar • Enterprise • Hertz • National • Payless • Thrifty.

Hotel Shuttles

See Airport Hotels above.

Limousine and Shuttle Service

Several companies offer scheduled or on-demand shuttle service to and from BHM airport. Reservations are required in advance. Contact your service provider of choice for details or visit the Birmingham Airport website for a list of providers.


Shared-ride shuttles offer service to and from BHM, but usually need to be booked in advance. Contact your service provider of choice for details.


Metered taxis are readily available 24 hours a day on the ground level outside of the baggage claim area.

Last updated: 2021-10-20

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.