Sleeping in Airports

Boston Logan Airport Guide

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

the lights glared all night, and they kept up with the security announcements despite the fact that nobody but me and the cleaners was in the airport. -a traveller

BOS Airport Overview

Boston Logan Airport Guide
Terminal A, 3rd floor (Photo courtesy of a Guest Traveller / 02 May 2019)

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Boston Logan International Airport.

What to Expect

Boston Logan Airport (Code: BOS) has four terminals (A, B, C and E), three of which are connected by walkways and all serviced by regular shuttle transit. The airport is quite large and there always seems to be ongoing renovation work at one terminal or another. You will find plenty of shops, restaurants, cafes and services on both airside and landside. The free WiFi helps pass the time. The airport reports that it has installed mobile charging areas in many of its seating areas, but some travellers report that they are difficult to find landside. There are several lounges at Boston Logan, many of which offer passes to economy class passengers willing to pay the entry fee. However, they are not accessible for overnight use due to security checkpoint closure. For lounge locations and rates, see our Airport Lounges section in the guide below.

Sleeping in Boston Airport

While Logan Airport is open 24 hours per day, travellers are not allowed to wait or sleep airside after security checkpoints have closed for the night. Those passengers already airside are required to go landslide until security reopens, and then need to clear security again to re-enter. Travellers report that the airport is not conducive to sleeping due to limited landside seating (most with armrests), bright lights, constant noise and carpetless floors. During major flight cancellations and weather events the airport provides cots for stranded passengers, but usage is restricted to these events and finding them may prove difficult. Explore our guide to sleeping in Boston Airport or read some traveller reviews for more tips.    There is one hotel at the airport connected to Terminals A and E, and many nearby hotels within quick shuttle distance. See Airport Hotels below for locations.

Covid-19 Update

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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 the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Logan Airport:

With Covid restrictions constantly changing, we recommend that you confirm shuttle availability prior to booking and/or prior to your arrival.

At Airport Hilton Boston Logan Airport – Connected to Terminals A and E via climate-controlled sky bridge.   » Check Rates

Hotels near the airport with free airport shuttles

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Boston Airport 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 are lounges 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!

Passes  Air France Lounge – Location: Terminal E, Airside, Gate 4. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge pass.

American Airlines Admirals Club – Location: Terminal B, Airside, Gate B4. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge Membership.

Passes  The Lounge – Location: Terminal C, Airside, near Gate C19. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge pass.

Passes  The Club – Location: Terminal E, Airside. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge pass .

United Club – Location: Terminal B, Airside, Level 3, near Gate 24. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of United Airlines ticket • United Club Membership.

Airline Lounges (members only)

These lounges are open to flyers holding a Business/First ticket/elite status frequent flyers.

  • Air France Lounge – Location: Terminal E, Airside, Level 2.
  • British Airways Lounge – Location: Terminal E, Airside, Level 3.
  • Delta Sky Club – Locations: Multiple locations in the Main Terminal and Terminal A.
  • Emirates Lounge – Location: Terminal E, Airside, Level 3.
  • Lufthansa Business Lounge – Location: Terminal E, Airside, across from Gate E11.
  • Virgin Atlantic Lounge – Location: Terminal E, Airside, Level 3.

Military Lounges

USO Lounge – The USO offers a lounge that is free of charge to active members of the US military and their families. Location: Terminal C, lower level near the American Airlines Credit Union and towards the hallway to Terminal E.

Related Pages: Boston Logan Airport Lounges

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Boston Logan airport. Connect to the “BOSWifi” network.

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

Art Exhibits – Permanent and rotating art exhibits are on display throughout the airport. Visit a Public Services Information Booth for a list of artwork locations.

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available from a large variety of providers. 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: Landside and Airside in each Terminal.

Cots – In the event of bad weather or massive flight cancellations, this airport has a limited supply of cots for stranded travellers. Availability may have been affected by Covid.  If you are stranded during a weather delay, contact an airport employee to find out when the cots are located.

Currency Exchange – ICE Currency Services has exchange counters in Terminal E. Locations: Terminal E, Level 1, Arrivals (8:30AM – 9:30PM) • Terminal E, Level 3, Departures (11:30AM – 9:30PM) • Terminal E, Level 3, Departures (1:30PM – 9:30PM).

Drinking Water – Thirsty? Water bottle refill/Hydration stations are available free of charge. You can refill your reusable water bottle after passing through the security checkpoints. Locations: landside and airside in Terminals B, C and E.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available, along with a wide variety of retail shops and newsstands. There are 20+ Hudson News Stores available for any last minute items.

Family Services

  • Baby Care Facilities – Nursing suites offer changing tables, power outlets, and fold-down chairs (and sometimes sinks) are available in the following locations: Terminal A (both Landside and Airside) • Terminal B (near Gate B37 • near Gate B7 – Mamava Suites • near Gate B18 – Mamava Suites) • Terminal C (near C8 – Mamava Suites) • Terminal E (near Gate E1 • near Gate E9 – Mamava Suites).
  • Children’s Play Areas – When you want to ensure your kids burn off all their energy before their flight, take them to the “KidPort” playgrounds. Location: Terminal A, Airside, near Gate 18 • Terminal B, near Gate 15-16 • Terminal B, near Gate 30-36 • Terminal C, near Gate 25.
  • Rest Area – If you need to soothe a fussy baby, have a seat in one of the rocking chairs located throughout the terminal.

Food & Drinks – The airport offers a large variety of restaurants and coffee shops both Landside and Airside. 24 hour food options are limited to a Dunkin Donuts in Terminal B (Landside).

Information Desk – Public Services Information Booth are located near Baggage Claim, on the Arrivals Level of every terminal.

Luggage Carts – SmarteCartes are available on the Departures and Arrivals Levels.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Storage is not available inside the airport. However, a reader tells us there is a luggage storage service called Package Express located in the South Station. Take the Silver Line Rapid Transit from Logan to South Station. See Transportation section below.

Mobile Charging – Many of the seating areas have charging stations.

Pet Relief Area – Travelling with a 4 legged companion? Pet relief areas are available in a designated area on the Arrivals level curb of every terminal. Once Airside, Terminal E offers a pet relief area across from Gate E7.

Prayer Room – Our Lady of the Airways Chapel. Location: Terminal C, landside, Arrivals Level, past Baggage Claim 8.

Rest & Relaxation Zones – The airport offers areas with rocking chairs for relaxation in between flights.  Location: Airside.

Take precaution even when sleeping in the rest zones.  In December 2019, a traveller at another airport reported that money and credit cards had been stolen from their bag even though the bag was right beside them.  Protect and lock your bags as you would sleeping elsewhere in public.

Shoe Shine – Shoe shine services are available in all terminals.

Showers – Need to feel fresh before or after a long flight? Showers are available in the The Club Lounge and the American Airlines Admirals Club. See the Airport Lounges section for more information.

SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Spa & Salon Services – Not available.

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.  The Terminal Security checkpoints open at the following times: Terminals A, B and C: 4:00AM • Terminal E: 4:30AM.

Airlines

Boston airport is served by the following airlines: Aer Lingus • Air Canada • Air France • Alaska Airlines • Allegiant Air  • American Airlines • Azores Airlines • Boutique Air • British Airways • Cape Air • Condor •  Copa Airlines • Delta Air Lines • El Al Israel Airlines • Emirates • Frontier • Hawaiian Airlines • Iberia • Icelandair • ITA • Japan Airlines • JetBlue • KLM • Korean Air • LATAM • Level • Lufthansa • Play •  Porter • Qatar Airways • SAS • Southwest Airlines • Spirit Airlines • Sun Country Airlines • Swiss • TAP Portugal • Turkish Airlines • United Airlines • Virgin Atlantic • WestJet.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Logan Express

Logan Express provides nonstop bus service between Logan Airport and Braintree, Framingham, Peabody, Woburn and Back Bay (temporarily suspended). It has full-service bus terminals, with direct service to all of Boston Logan’s terminals (lower level). Travel time is about 30-45 minutes, but allow extra time during rush hour/peak travel periods.  Fare at the time of this July 2022 update was $9 each way (limited time).

Car Rentals

The following car rental companies are available at Logan Airport: Alamo • Avis • Budget • Dollar • Enterprise • Hertz • National • Payless • Sixt • Thrifty • Zipcar.

To access the Rental Car Center, follow signs marked “Rental Car Center” and board the blue and white shuttle buses on the lower level.  Buses depart every 5-6 minutes.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport shuttle service:  Comfort Inn & Suites   •   Courtyard Boston Logan Airport   •   DoubleTree Club by Hilton Hotel Boston Bayside   •   Embassy Suites by Hilton   •  Four Points by Sheraton   •   Hampton Inn   •    Hilton Boston Logan Airport   •  Hilton Garden Inn   •   Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor   •     TownePlace Suites Boston Logan Airport/Chelsea.

See also Airport Hotels above.

Inter-Terminal Transportation

Logan airport offers free shuttle bus service to all airline terminals, the Rental Car Center, and Airport Station on the MBTA Blue Line. There are 6 different shuttle routes available. For more information, visit the Boston Logan Airport website.

Public Transportation

Known as the “T,” the MBTA Public transportation system is a very economical option for travel outside the airport. This transportation option has two lines that travel to and from the airport: the Blue Line Subway and the Silver Line Bus Rapid Transit. Also available is a commuter boat.  For more information on MBTA transportation options, stop locations, instructions, directions, schedules, and fares, visit the Massport web site.

Ride Apps

Ride App services such as Uber and Lyft pick-up passengers from designated areas in the Central Parking area.  An airport fee of $3.25 is added to your ride cost.

Taxis

Taxis are available at the arrival area from each of the airport terminals.

For more transportation options such as buses and water taxis, visit the Logan Airport web site.

Last updated: 2022-07-19

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.