Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Cincinnati 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.
I almost went to sleep on the electric cart! – Amanda
To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us about their time at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.
What to Expect
Cincinnati Airport consists of a main terminal and two concourses. The main terminal is where you will find check-in, baggage claim and a meeting point. Concourse A and B, which are connected by an underground train and walkway, are where you will find the gates. There are a number of shops and restaurants, all of which are closed overnight. If you’re staying late into the evening, it’s worth purchasing some snacks and drinks for later. While amenities are limited, WiFi is available to pass the time. For added comfort, economy class passengers can pay to use one of the first class lounges. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and access information.
Where to Sleep
If you find yourself with an overnight at Cincinnati Airport, there are a few good spots worth seeking out. The area around the Starbucks is a favourite, as it has curved, comfortable couches that are free of armrests. There is also a rest area in Concourse B by the McDonalds, with padded chairs and plenty of power outlets. There’s also a grassy area near the Limousine Parking Lot that is nice on warmer days. That said, it’s worth bringing some warm layers and a sleeping mask, as a few travellers have reported cold air conditioning and bright lights overnight. If you’re looking for uninterrupted sleep there is a hotel directly connected to the airport, and others nearby that are connected by shuttles. See Airport Hotels in the guide below.
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.
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 The Club at CVG – This lounge is available to all travellers no matter what class of service or airline. The lounge has a designated rest zone. Location: Airside, Concourse A, between Gates A8 and A10. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]
USO Lounge – The USO offers a lounge that is free of charge to active members of the US military and their families. Locations: Concourse A, Airside, Gate 15 and Concourse B, Airside, Gate 27. [ more info ]
If sleeping in Cincinnati Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport that provide free airport shuttles:
- DoubleTree by Hilton Cincinnati Airport Hotel – The only on-site airport hotel. Free airport shuttle on demand, available 24 hours. » Check Rates
- Cincinnati Airport Marriott – (3 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available on request. For airport pick-up, use the courtesy phone in the airport. » Check Rates
- Hampton Inn Cincinnati Airport North – (3 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available upon request. » Check Rates
- Country Inn & Suites, By Carlson – (3 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available from 5:00AM to 12:00AM. » Check Rates
- Quality Inn & Suites – (4 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
To see more options there is a list of hotels near Cincinnati Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.
Airport WiFi / Internet
Free WiFi is available at Cincinnati Airport in the ticketing and baggage claim areas, as well as at all gates. If you don’t have a laptop, go to Regus Express to use their computer stations. Location: Terminal 3, Concourse B, Gate 20.
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.
Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available in the Baggage Claim, Terminal Garage and pre-Security. Rate: $4 per cart.
Location: Terminal 3, Baggage Claim area
Children’s Play Area
Fun and interactive play areas for the little ones! Locations: Airside, Concourse A, Gate 4 and Airside, Concourse B, Food Court.
5/3 Bank offers currency exchange services. Location: Concourse B, Gate 12. Hours: Not known but open 7 days a week.
Duty Free & Shopping
Duty-free shopping is available airside near Gate 12. In addition, a small selection of retail stores and newsstands is available throughout the terminal.
Need to burn off some energy before your flight? Follow one of the 4 marked Fitness Paths.
Food & Drinks
Most food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. Vending machines are also available both Landside and Airside.
Luggage Storage & Lockers
Massage Bar offers fully-clothed 15 and 30 minute sessions. Wellness products also available for sale. No appointment needed. Locations: Airside, Concourse A, Gate A7 • Airside, Concourse B, Gate B16.
Mobile Charging is available in the Concourse B Food Court
Graycliff Lounge offers an adults-only quiet area for smoking cigars and cigarettes. Cigarettes, cigars and small gifts are also available for purchase. Entrance fee: $6 Location: Airside, Concourse B, Gate 11.
Rest and Relaxation Zones
Relax in comfy seats while you recharge yourself and your electronics. Location: Concourse B, Food Court area.
The airport is open 24 hours. The TSA security checkpoint is open 4:30AM – 9:30PM (unconfirmed).
Keep in mind that TSA, airline check-in and baggage drop hours vary according 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.
As of March 2018, Cincinnati airport is served by the following airlines: Air Canada • Allegiant Airlines • American Airlines • Delta • Frontier Airlines • OneJet • Southwest Airlines • United Airlines • WOW Air.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
The Airporter is a fast and economic express bus service between the airport and downtown Cincinnati or downtown Covington. Bus fare is only $2 per person, one way. For route maps and schedules, visit the TANK website.
The following car rental agencies can be reached via direct-dial courtesy phones in the baggage claim area: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Payless, Thrifty and Zipcar. Courtesy shuttles run between the airport and the car rental lots every 5 – 10 minutes.
Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Comfort Inn Airport Turfway Road • Comfort Suites Cincinnati Airport • Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Cincinnati Airport • Courtyard Cincinnati Airport • Doubletree Cincinnati Airport Hotel • Hampton Inn Cincinnati/Airport South • Hilton Cincinnati Airport • Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport • Homewood Suites Cincinnati Airport South-Florence • Hyatt Place Cincinnati Airport/Florence • La Quinta Inn & Suites Cincinnati Airport Florence • Marriott Cincinnati Airport • Quality Inn and Suites • Residence Inn Cincinnati Airport • Springhill Suites Cincinnati Airport South • Wingate by Wyndham Cincinnati Airport / Erlanger
Taxis are readily available in the ground transportation area of the terminal on a 24-hour basis. All taxis are metered and reservations are not required. At the time of this January 2018 update, a one way fare from the airport to downtown Cincinnati is $34. Executive van and car service is also available, with service desks located in the baggage claim area.
Last updated: 2018-11-14
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.