Sleeping in Airports

Chattanooga Airport Guide

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

Would recommend finding a corner in the concourse as opposed to the terminal. -a traveller

CHA Airport Overview

chattanooga airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport.

What to Expect

Chattanooga Airport (code: CHA) is a small two-level terminal with a single concourse and five gates. The terminal houses a cafe, gift shop and two restaurants on either side of security. WiFi is available and there are charging stations near all gates. There are no private lounges at this airport.

Where to Sleep

One reviewer reports that the airport is quiet, dark and comfortable, with chairs that feel like executive leather office chairs. While the seating apparently has armrests, the reviewer recommended against floor sleeping due to the presence of “large brown bugs.” For uninterrupted sleep, there are some hotels within a quick shuttle ride of 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 at the Chattanooga Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Extended Stay America – Chattanooga – Airport – (5 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle service is available. » Check Rates
  • Hilton Garden Inn Chattanooga Hamilton Place – (7 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle runs from 8:00AM to 10:00PM (Mon – Fri). » Check Rates
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Chattanooga/Hamilton Place – (10 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle service is available. » Check Rates

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

Airport Lounges

There are no pay-per-use-lounges. See Business Center below.

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Chattanooga airport, courtesy of EPB Fiber Optics.

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. Location: Second Level, to the right of security.

Currency Exchange

Currency exchange counters are not available at Chattanooga Airport.

Food & Drinks

Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options.

Information Desk

Location: First Floor, Rotunda, beside Baggage Claim. Hours: 9:00AM – 5:00PM Mon – Fri. Also look for airport ambassadors throughout the terminal to assist.

Luggage Storage & Lockers

Not available.

Mobile Charging

Power outlets are readily available in both airside and landside restaurant lounge areas. In addition, free-standing charging stations are available near airport gates.


Free notary services are offered in the airport. Call the airport to make an appointment. Location: unknown. Hours: 9:00AM – 4:00PM (Mon-Fri).

Relax Lounge

Gig Lounge offers iPads, an XBox, large screen HD TVs and a recharging table. Free to the public. Location: Landside, Upper Level, in the EPB Landing Pad.

Rest Zones

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


Not available.


Smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the airport. Designated smoking areas are available outside before entering the airport.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours, although the terminal operates from 4:30AM – 12:00AM. (or the last flight of the day).

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.


Chattanooga airport is served by the following airlines: Allegiant • American AirlinesDelta Air Lines • United Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


CHA airport is served by two bus routes. One bus (#19) runs on a regularly serviced schedule while the #5 is a dial-a-route, you need to call (423) 629-1473 for service 30 minutes before your pick-up. For more information, visit the CARTA website.

Car Rentals

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

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel   •   Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Chattanooga at Hamilton Place Mall   •   Hampton Inn Chattanooga-Airport/I-75   •   Hampton Inn Chattanooga-North/Ooltewah   •   Hilton Garden Inn Chattanooga / Hamilton Place   •   Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Chattanooga – Ooltewah   •     Wingate by Wyndham Chattanooga


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

Last updated: 2020-06-16

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.