Sleeping in Airports

Buffalo Airport Guide

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

It’s a very clean airport and has a decent amount of benches, but on a busy night you should get your bench early before it’s taken. The benches are in the main lobby/check-in counters. -Dennisl

BUF 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 Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

What to Expect

Buffalo Airport (code: BUF) consists of a small, single-terminal airport. There is a decent variety of shopping and dining options – including the Anchor Bar, the reputed birthplace of the Buffalo chicken wing!  After airport restaurants and shops close for the night, vending machines are the only in-airport snack option. Plan ahead and purchase your food and drinks before the concessions close.  While amenities are limited, there is free WiFi to help pass the time.

Buffalo Airport Guide
The place I slept for the night (Photo courtesy of Jason / 21 Jan 2013)

Where to Sleep at Buffalo Airport

Buffalo Airport isn’t the most sleep friendly airport. While a few people do plan to stay overnight here in advance of early morning flights, more people inadvertently spend the night as a result of inclement weather – particularly in the winter.  If you’re looking for a nap, there are padded, armrest-free benches throughout the airport. However, reviewers have complained that loud cleaning machines and announcements make noise-cancelling headphones or earplugs a must.  If you have to sleep landside, armrest-free benches are available in the Baggage Claim and Check-In areas. Be aware that Check-In starts receiving incoming foot traffic at around 4:00AM when the airport opens. A travel blanket or sleeping bag is a MUST if you sleep in the Check-In area, as the automatic entry doors let the cold air in all night. If you’re looking for uninterrupted sleep there are hotels nearby that are connected by shuttles.  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. 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 the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Buffalo Airport that provide free airport shuttles:

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

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Buffalo 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!

  • The Club – Location: Main Terminal, Airside, between Gate 6 and Gate 7.  Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.

Related Pages: Buffalo Airport Lounges

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Buffalo Niagara Airport for 45 minutes. Connect to the “BUF Free WiFi” network.

Pro-Tip: Once your free session is over, you can start it again for free after watching another commercial. You can repeat this as many times as you want.

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

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: Landside, Baggage Claim • Landside, Ticket Area • Airside, Gate 4, Gate 7 and Gate 18.

Baby Care Facilities

A Nursing Room is available airside, near Gate 12.

Baggage Carts

Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts (Smarte Cartes) are available on the Lower Level in the Baggage Claim. Rate: unknown.

Barber

Available on the Upper Level, Airside. Hours: 9:00AM – 5:30PM (Mon-Fri) 10:00AM – 4:00PM (Sat) Sunday by appt. only.

Children’s Play Area

When you want to ensure your kids burn off all their energy before their flight, take them to the Fisher-Price branded children’s play area. Location: Airside, near Gate 19.

Currency Exchange

Cash-only exchanges of USD to C$, and vice versa, are available at the Canada Currency Exchange, located inside of the Fifth & Main gift shop. Location: Airside, opposite Gate 7. Hours: Open daily until 5:00PM.

Duty Free & Shopping

Duty Free shopping is not available. There are 2 gift-shops (both Airside) and an accessories boutique (location: Unknown).

Food & Drinks

Food concessions throughout the airport operate on varying schedules. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. Most locations are open at 5:00AM and close at approximately 8:00PM. Vending machines are available in the baggage claim area.

Information Desk

Location: Lower Level, Baggage Claim.

Luggage Storage & Lockers

Not available.

Mobile Charging

Mobile charging stations are located at Gates 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 18, 22, 23 and 25. Lounge seating with iPad arms and in-seat outlets are available at each gate.

Pet Relief Area

A designated pet relief area is located outside, on the Lower Level, to the right of the terminal exit.

Rest Zones

There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Shoe Shine

Location: Airside, Upper Level, Gate 11. Hours: unknown

Showers

Not available.

Work Stations

Set up your own office space at one of the work stations available for passengers. Free to use, the desks come equipped with power outlets. Locations: Airside, Gates #3, #14 and #20.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours. However, the security checkpoint is open from 4:00AM – the last flight. Overnight stays are permitted only in the landside area of the terminal.

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.

Airlines

Buffalo airport is served by the following airlines: American Airlines • Delta Air Lines • Frontier Airlines • Jetblue • Southwest Airlines • United Airlines • Vacation Express.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

NFTA Metro Route 204 (Airport – Downtown Express) offers nonstop service between BUF airport and downtown Buffalo, including the Central Business District and the Metro Bus station in the Metropolitan Transportation Center. Tickets cost $2.50 one-way. Buses run on weekdays, departing every 30 minutes during peak times. Buffalo Airport is also accessed by regular Metro buses: Route 24 Genesee, Route 27 Wende and Route 68 George Urban. For route maps, timetables and fares, visit the NFTA website.

For longer distance connections, including Canadian cities, visit the Buffalo Airport website or visit the airport Information Desk.

Car Rentals

Onsite car rental agencies include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz and National. Look for their desks on Arrivals Level, near Crosswalks 3 or 4.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport shuttle service: Best Western The Inn at Buffalo Airport   •  Buffalo Airport Hotel   •    Courtyard by Marriott Buffalo Airport   •   Fairfield Inn & Suites Buffalo Airport   •  Hampton Inn & Suites Buffalo Airport   •  Hilton Garden Inn Buffalo Airport   •   Holiday Inn Express & Suites Buffalo-Airport  •   Home2 Suites by Hilton Williamsville Buffalo Airport  •    Homewood Suites by Hilton Buffalo-Airport   •   Quality Inn Buffalo Airport   •   Sleep Inn & Suites Buffalo Airport  •  SpringHill Suites by Marriott Buffalo Airport  •   TownePlace Suites Buffalo Airport  •   Tru By Hilton Williamsville Buffalo Airport.

See also Airport Hotels above.

Taxis and Shared Ride Shuttles

Taxis and shared-ride shuttles are available on the Arrivals Level of the terminal, near Crosswalk 3.

Last updated: 2022-04-29

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.