Sleeping in Airports

Cincinnati Airport Guide

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.

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CVG 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 Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

What to Expect

Cincinnati Airport (code: CVG) 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

cincinnati airport guideIf 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.

Coronavirus 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. If you have some time to spare please write a review, send a tip or share photos to help future travellers.

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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.

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!

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.

Airline Lounges (Members only)

Delta Sky Club – Location: near Gate B14. Lounge Access: Elite Status • Lounge membership programs.

Military Lounge

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 A11 • Concourse B, Airside, Gate 23.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Cincinnati Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport that provide free airport shuttles:

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.

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 and Airside.

Baggage Carts

Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available in the Baggage Claim, Terminal Garage and pre-Security. Rate: $5 per cart.

Chapel

If you need a moment for prayer or silent reflection, an interfaith room is available. The room includes literature, reading areas and prayer rugs. Location: Concourse B, near Gate B14.

Currency Exchange

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. The Gaslight Market at Gate A12 or Over the Rhine Market at Gate A4 may come in handy for last minute snacks and drinks.

Family Services

  • Children’s Play Area – When you want to ensure your kids burn off all their energy before their flight, take them to one of the children’s play areas. Locations: Airside, Concourse A, Gate 10 and Airside, Concourse B, Food Court.
  • Diaper Changing Facilities – If you are travelling with an infant, family washrooms are available and equipped with diaper-changing tables. Location: Concourse A, near Gate A11 • Concourse B, near Gate B13.
  • Nursing Suites – 3 Mamava Pods are available which offer a private space to breastfeed and include place to sit, AC and USB outlet for charging and enough space for a small family. Locations: Concourse A, near Gate A4 • Concourse B • near Gate B15 • Baggage Claim.

Fitness

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.

Information Desk

Have any questions? There are information desks available to provide assistance. Locations: Landside, Baggage Claim Area • Airside, Concourse A, near Gate A2 • Airside, Concourse B, Food Court. Hours: unknown.

Luggage Storage & Lockers

Not available.

Massages

Massage Bar offers fully-clothed chair massages, with sessions lasting from 15 minutes to 90 minutes sessions. For a wider variety of services, such as manicures, facials and full-body table massages, visit Be Relax. Locations: Airside, Concourse A, Gate A8 • Airside, Concourse B, Gate B16.

Mobile Charging

At the time of this update we can confirm that mobile charging is available in the Concourse B Food Court. If you know of additional charging points, click here to update this airport guide.

Postal Services

Drop off your last minute postcards at the airport’s mailbox. Location: Ticketing area.

Showers

Not available.

Smoking

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 Zones

Relax in comfy seats while you recharge yourself and your electronics. Location: Concourse B, Food Court area.

Water Stations

Thirsty? Water bottle refill stations are available throughout the airport terminal.

Work Zones

The airport offers private workbooths (jabbrrbox) for rent in several locations. The booths are equipped for video conferencing and private calls and each has its own secure Wi-Fi network, Bluetooth connectivity, speakers, and a camera. Rates: $15 for 30 mins • $30 for 60 mins • $45 for 90 mins • $60 for 120 mins. Locations: Concourse B at Gate 9 • Gate 10 • Gate 32 (2 locations).

Airport Hours

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 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

Cincinnati airport is served by the following airlines: Air Canada • Allegiant Airlines • American Airlines • Apple Vacations • Delta • Frontier Airlines • Southwest Airlines • United Airlines • Vacation Express • Vivaaerobus.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

The Airporter is a fast and economic express bus service between CVG airport and downtown Cincinnati or downtown Covington. Bus fare is only $3.50 per person, one way and runs from 5:00AM – 12:00AM. For route maps and schedules, visit the TANK website.

Car Rentals

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 • Zipcar. Courtesy shuttles run between the airport and the car rental lots every 5 – 10 minutes.

Hotel Shuttles

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 Radisson 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   •    Residence Inn Cincinnati Airport   •   Springhill Suites Cincinnati Airport South   •   Wingate by Wyndham Cincinnati Airport / Erlanger.

See also Airport Hotels above.

Taxis

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 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: 2020-10-19

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.