Sleeping in Airports

Calama Airport Guide

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

CJC 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 Calama El Loa Airport.

What to Expect

Calama Airport (code: CJC) has a small, brand new terminal that serves a few regional routes. Facilities include a restaurant, a couple cafes, and a few shops. WiFi is available to help pass the time. For added comfort while you wait, economy class passengers can pay to enter an airport lounge. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for its location and access information.

Calama Airport Guide
(Photo courtesy of a Guest Reviewer / 08Dec2018)

Where to Sleep

We do not yet have any sleep related airport reviews, but there are said to be cushioned benches that can be found on the 2nd floor, landside.  For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer shuttle service. See the Airport Hotels section below for more info 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.

For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Calama 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 Calama Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Park Hotel Calama – (5 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Cabañas Hara Kara – (5 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Calama Airport on Tripadvisor 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 is a lounge 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  Salones VIP Pacific Club – Location: Airside, 2nd Floor. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.

Airport WiFi/Internet

A reader tells us that WiFi is not available in El Loa Airport.  If this information has changed, click here to update this airport guide.

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: inside the main entrance to the airport.

Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. A reader tells us that at the Hollywood way entrance there are various restaurants and eateries including a 24 hour denny’s restaurant, Panda Express, McDonald’s, Del Taco, Starbucks, Subway, Fish Dish, El Pollo Loco, George’s Greek and Mediterranean, and SanSai.

Information Desk – An Information Desk is located inside the main entrance to the airport.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Medical Services – A First Aid Station is located on the ground level. Hours: unknown.

Mobile Charging – A reader let us know “There are functional electrical outlets for charging in the wall pillars along the terminal. Each pair of outlets is about 50m away from the next; gate 1, for example, has four sets of two outlets in total for a huge number of people. Bring an extension cord or a splitter.”

Shopping – Jewelry, handicrafts, and souvenirs are available for sale from the airport’s three shops. The airport has a newsstand as well.

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

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.


Calama airport is served by the following airlines: Jet Smart • LATAM • SKY.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


At the time of this  update, CJC airport offers 2 bus service: airport to Calama city center ($5,700 pesos) • airport to San Pedro ($12,000 pesos).

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies offer service onsite: Avis • Budget • Econorent • Europcar • First • Hertz • InterRent • West Rent a Car.


These shared-ride minibuses offer economical transportation along a fixed route.


Metered taxis are readily available in the ground transportation area. At the time of this update, the average fares are: airport to Calama city center ($7,000 pesos) • airport to San Pedro ($50,000 pesos).

Last updated: 2020-09-14

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.