Sleeping in Airports

Champaign Airport Guide

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

Bench-type couches are not great, but allow you to stretch out and get some rest because they don’t have those annoying arm rests. – a traveller

CMI Airport Overview

Champaign Airport Guide
(Photo courtesy of a guest traveller / 5Oct2017)

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

What to Expect

Champaign Urbana Airport (code: CMI) consists of a small, modern two-level terminal with a restaurant and vending machines. WiFi is available. There are no private lounges at this airport.

Where to Sleep

If you are airside, you may find a few seats with a missing armrest.  If not, one reviewer suggests asking the cleaning staff.  For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. 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.

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 Champaign Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Best Western Paradise Inn – (3 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available from 5:00AM to 11:00PM daily. » Check Rates
  • i Hotel & Conference Center – (7 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available between 7:00AM and 7:00PM. » Check Rates
  • Holiday Inn – (7 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Champaign Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

There are no pay-per use lounges.

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available throughout the terminal.

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: unknown.

Food & Drinks – Einstein Bros. Bagels can be found on the 2nd Floor. Vending machines are also available on the 2nd Floor.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

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.

Smoking – permitted in areas outside of the terminal.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 4:00AM – 11:00PM.


Champaign airport is served by the following airlines: American Airlines • United Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

Onsite car rental agencies include: Alamo • Avis • Budget • Enterprise • Hertz • National.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Best Western Paradise Inn   •   Comfort Suites Champaign Urbana   •   Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Champaign North   •  Eastland Suites Hotel & Conference Center of Champaign-Urbana   •   Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Champaign   •   Hilton Garden Inn Champaign/ Urbana   •   Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Urbana-Champaign (U of I Area)   •   Homewood Suites by Hilton Champaign-Urbana   •   Hyatt Place Champaign   •   I Hotel & Conference Center   •   Wyndham Garden Urbana Champaign


Taxis are readily available in the ground transportation area. All taxis are metered and reservations are not required.

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.