Sleeping in Airports

Boise Airport Guide

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

BOI 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 Boise Airport.

What to Expect

Boise Airport (code: BOI) consists of a modern, three-level single terminal with two concourses (B and C), more than a dozen eateries and shops, and a full-service restaurant and fast food court on the Landside. WiFi is available, and charging stations are in each concourse. There are no private lounges at this airport.

Boise Airport Guide
(photo courtesy of a guest reviewer / July 2020)

Sleeping in Boise Airport

Boise Airport is open 24 hours a day, but passengers are not allowed to sleep Airside after the last flight for the night arrives and must move to the Landslide until security opens the following day.
This airport is described as being quite comfortable for overnight sleepers, with one of our readers describing his experience here as ‘THE BEST airport sleep I have ever had!’

Locations & Seating

Past travellers spotted a few spots where, with a bit of luck, you may get some rest. Several readers mentioned a quiet corner on the Landside, at the end of the ticket counter. Here, travellers found two 20-feet-long benches without armrests and equipped with power outlets. Another reader mentioned some red-purple benches in the Landside area which could also be a good fit.
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For uninterrupted sleep, some hotels are within a short shuttle ride of the airport. See Airport Hotels in the guide below or read traveller airport reviews for more tips.

To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos. You can also visit the airport’s website for current information. For more airport information, scroll down to explore our Boise 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, although food concessions and car rentals have varied hours of operation. The TSA security checkpoints open one hour before the first flight and close 25 minutes before the scheduled departure time of the last flight.

Keep in mind that 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 Boise Airport that provide free airport shuttles:

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

Airport Lounges

At the time of our February 2024 update, pay-per-use lounges were not available.  If this information is not correct, click here to update this airport guide.

Drinking Water

A reader tells us there are water bottle refill stations throughout the terminal. (May 2024)

Food & Drinks

Food concessions throughout the terminal operate on varying schedules. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. Dining options include:

  • Landside: Parrilla Grill • 13th Street Pub & Grill
  • Airside: Bardenay • Einstein Bros. Bagels • Smashburger • River City Coffee & Cafe • Cross Grain Brewhouse • Harvest & Grounds

Luggage Storage & Lockers

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Mobile Charging

Our readers have spotted a few power outlets near the ticket counters in the Landside area. Free power ports also used to be located in the lobby, business centres and concourse restaurants.

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

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WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Boise Airport. Open your browser and a University of Idaho page will appear. Check the box to accept the terms and conditions.

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

Art in the Airport – Rotating art exhibits are on display throughout the terminal.

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: 2nd Floor, between the Ticket Counters and washrooms • 2nd Floor, Food Court area.

Cots – see “Cots” above.

Drinking Water – see “Drinking Water” above.

Duty-Free & Shopping – The following shops are available: CNBC SmartShop • Idaho Statesman Shop • CNBC Kiosk • Art Source Gallery • Greenbelt Magazine Shop.

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

Hotels – see “Airport Hotels” above.

Lounges – see “Airport Lounges” above.

Luggage Carts – The airport has Smarte Carte luggage carts, which means there is probably a fee to use them. You can find them at various locations.

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

Massage Chairs – Locations: 2nd Floor, Meeter/Greeter Lobby • Food Court • Across from Gates 10 and 17

Mobile Charging – see “Mobile Charging” above.

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.

WiFi – see “WiFi / Internet” above.

Airlines
Boise airport is served by the following airlines: Alaska Airlines • Allegiant Airlines • American Airlines • Avelo Airlines • Delta Air Lines • Southwest Airlines • Spirit Airlines • Sun Country Airlines • United Airlines.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

Valley Ride and Greyhound offer regular service to BOI airport. Buses pick-up and drop-off at the purple curb. Valley Ride schedules and maps can be found near the 1st Floor Rotunda elevator.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies are available onsite (1st floor): Alamo • Avis • Budget • Enterprise • Hertz • National.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport shuttle service: Airport Inn •  Best Western Vista Inn At The Airport •   Comfort Inn & Suites Airport   •   Courtyard Boise Downtown   •  Hampton Inn Boise Airport   •  Hilton Garden Inn Boise Spectrum   •  Holiday Inn Boise Airport  •  Holiday Inn Express & Suites Boise Airport  • Holiday Inn Express Boise University Area   •   Inn America Boise  •  La Quinta Inn & Suites Boise Airport   •  Oxford Suites Boise  •   Quality Inn Airport   •   Red Lion Inn & Suites Boise Airport  • Rodeway Inn Boise Airport   •   Super 8 by Wyndham Boise.

Hotel shuttles pick-up at the green curb on the lower level roadway median, across from the outside of the baggage claim area. There is a Hotel Phone Board on the 1st floor rotunda. Contact your hotel of choice for shuttle service availability and information.

See also Airport Hotels above.

Ride Sharing

Lyft and Uber pick-up and drop-off passengers at designated areas on the upper curb, east end. The pick-up location is at the “Rideshare Pick-Up Area” shelter on the east end, and drop-off is at the passenger’s specified airline location.

Shared Ride Shuttle

Boise Shuttle Service also offers transportation to and from Boise-area hotels, picking up and dropping off passengers at the green curb.

Sun Valley Express and Salt Lake Express offer scheduled or on-demand shared-ride shuttle service. These shuttles pick-up at the blue curb on the lower level roadway median, across from the outside of the baggage claim area.

Taxi

Metered taxis are readily available at the black curb on the lower level roadway median, across from the outside of the baggage claim area.

Airport Conditions

If you plan to spend the night at the airport, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Temperature – Arrive prepared, just in case. Having a blanket or even a hoodie provides extra warmth if the terminal gets colder.
  • Lighting – A few travellers have reported that airport lights stay on all night. Come prepared with eyeshades or something else to cover your eyes, such as a shirt or towel.
  • Noise – Some travellers have reported: “House music that constantly plays”. Earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones will help if you’re trying to sleep overnight.

Safety & Security

We have had no reports from travellers commenting on safety issues at Boise Airport. Sleeping in any airport can include a certain level of risk, especially when travelling alone. It’s important to take certain precautions to ensure your safety and the security of your valuables. Here are a few tips:

  • Safety First. It’s a good idea to know where the security office is located and look for video cameras where you plan to sleep. You can also ask the security personnel for advice on the safest places to spend the night.
  • Don’t Seclude Yourself. If you’re travelling alone, we recommend you stay near other travellers or close to security. This will help you feel more secure and deter potential thieves.
  • Hide Your Valuables. It’s also important to hide your valuables. Don’t leave them out in plain view, as this could make you a target for theft. Additionally, if you are a deep sleeper, you may want to padlock your bag to something or sleep with your bag up against a wall to make it harder for someone to access zippers and pockets. We have received reports of sleepers who woke up without their phones and laptop bags. The travellers were left with just their headphones and laptop bag strap.
  • Stay Alert. It’s best to stay alert and awake if you feel unsafe or uncomfortable. Drink coffee or other caffeinated beverages to help you stay awake, and remember that you can always catch up on sleep during your flight. These simple precautions can help you enjoy a safe night at the airport.

Boise Airport Photos

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Last updated: 2024-02-16

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, is 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 websites. 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.