Sleeping in Airports

Cleveland Airport Guide

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

CLE 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 Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

What to Expect

Cleveland Airport (code: CLE) consists of a mid-size, user-friendly terminal with three concourses (A, B and C) and 50 departure gates. There are a moderate selection of eateries and shops both landslde and airside, and WiFi is available to help pass the time. For additional comfort, economy class passengers can pay to access one of the airport’s private lounges. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and rates.

Sleeping in Cleveland Airport

cleveland airport guideAfter security checkpoints close for the night, all passengers are restricted to the landside areas, and must re-clear security the next day when the checkpoints re-open. Travellers report that airport staff and security are friendly and accommodating to overnight sleepers, and that there are some relatively comfortable spots for sleeping. Leather booths near the food court may be an option, though the food court opens at 5:00AM, so don’t expect to sleep in. Music from the P.A. system was cited as one sleep hindrance, so bring earplugs/noise-cancelling headphones; and if planning to sleep on the floor, consider a travel mat and/or sleeping bag. 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.

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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.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Cleveland Airport that provide free airport shuttles:

With Covid restrictions constantly changing, we recommend that you confirm shuttle availability prior to booking and/or prior to your arrival.

  • Sheraton Cleveland Airport Hotel – The only hotel located on airport grounds.   » Check Rates
  • Holiday Inn Express Cleveland Airport Brook Park   » Check Rates
  • Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland Airport   » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Cleveland Airport 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 are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door 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 CLE – Location: Main Terminal, Airside, Concourse B gates. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge pass.

United Club – Location: Concourse C, Airside, between Gates C14 and C-6. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of United Airlines ticket • United Club Membership.

Military Lounge

USO Lounge – The USO offers a lounge that is free of charge to active members of the US military and their families. Location: Baggage Claim area, Carousel 1.

Related Pages: Cleveland Airport Lounges

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Cleveland Airport.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

Art in the Airport – Rotating art exhibitions are on display throughout 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: Near Gate A-1 • Near Gate B-5 • Near Gate C-5 and C-14 • Main Terminal, landside, near South checkpoint • Ticketing Area • Baggage Claim (near the Welcome Center) • Rental Car Facility • Passenger Bridge on Level 3 (Hourly/Daily Parking Garage).

Baby Care Facilities – A mother and baby room offers 2 separate areas for private breastfeeding, outlets, a sink and a changing table. Location: Airside, Concourse B, near B1.

Currency Exchange – Travelex offers currency exchange at these locations: Main Terminal, landside, Baggage Claim, near Door 5 (opposite Carousel 9) Hours: 10:00AM – 6:00PM • Main Terminal, airside, near Gates C-2 and C-3. Hours: 6:00AM – 7:30PM (Sun-Fri) 6:00AM – 5:00PM (Sat).

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free shopping is not available. The airport offers a small variety of shops including ten Hudson News stores for any last minute items.

Food & Drinks – There are several food options throughout the airport. If you are stuck in the airport overnight, Dunkin Donuts is open 24 hours (Location: Main Terminal, Food Court).

Information Desk – Location, Main Terminal, near Security Checkpoint B. Hours: 6:00AM – 8:00PM every day.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – Mobile charging and workstations can be found at entrances to Concourses A and B.

Pet Relief Area – Location: Outside, at the north end of baggage claim near Carousel 1. Access is through the door to the left of the USO Lounge.

Postal Services – Drop off your last minute postcards at the airport’s mailbox. Location: near the North Security Checkpoint (across from Spirit Airlines check-in).

Prayer Area – The Interfaith Center offers peace and quiet for prayer and meditation. Location: Concourse B, airside, just after the security checkpoint. Hours: 5:00AM – 11:00PM.

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

Shoe Shine – Services are available at the following locations Airside: Gate A1 (Hours: 6:00AM – 7:00PM (Mon – Fri) • Gate B4 (Hours: 6:00AM – 6:00PM (Mon – Fri) and 9:00AM – 2:00PM (Sun) • Gate C2 (Hours: 6:00AM – 7:30PM (Sun – Fri) and 6:00AM – 5:00PM (Sun)

Showers – Not available.

SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Walking Paths – When your idea of airport exercise doesn’t include tight connections and frantic running to the next gate, enjoy your time at the airport with a more leisurely stroll or power walk along one of the designated walking paths. CLE Health Walk self guided walking routes are located in all three concourses. Look for the signs.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Keep in mind that 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. The TSA security screening checkpoint hours vary according to location:

  • North Checkpoint: 4:15AM – 8:00PM
  • Central Checkpoint: 4:00AM – 8:00PM
  • South Checkpoint: 4:00AM – 8:00PM (Sun – Fri) & 3:30AM – 7:15PM (Sun)

Airlines

Cleveland airport is served by the following airlines: Air Canada • Allegiant Airlines • American Airlines • Delta Air Lines • Frontier Airlines • Jetblue • Southwest Airlines • Spirit Airlines • United Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

 Car Rentals

Onsite car rental agencies are housed within a separate designated facility, connected to the main airport terminal via 24-hour courtesy shuttle service (total trip time is 5 – 7 minutes). Car rental shuttles stop on the lower roadway island, accessible via Door 7 on the baggage claim level. The following car rental agencies are available: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport shuttle service:  Aloft Cleveland Airport   •    Cleveland Airport Marriott   •   Courtyard by Marriott Cleveland Airport North  •    Crowne Plaza Hotel Cleveland Airport   •  Four Points by Sheraton Cleveland Airport  •   Hampton Inn and Suites Cleveland Airport / Middleburg Heights   •  Hampton Inn North Olmsted Cleveland Airport   •    Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland Airport   •   Holiday Inn Express Brookpark – Cleveland Airport   •   La Quinta Inn & Suites Cleveland Airport West   •  La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Cleveland – Airport North  •     Sheraton Cleveland Airport Hotel   •  Sonesta ES Suites Cleveland Airport  •   Travelodge by Wyndham Cleveland Airport  •    Wyndham Cleveland Airport

See also Airport Hotels above.

Shuttles

Airport Oberlin Shuttle offers scheduled service between CLE airport and Oberlin College. Oberlin Shuttles stop outside on the Ticketing Level, opposite the Southwest Airlines ticket counters.

Taxis

Taxis are readily available on a 24-hour basis, picking up passengers outside near the orange wall on the south end of the baggage claim area, near Carousel 11. All taxis are metered and reservations are not required.

Train

Cleveland Hopkins Airport is linked to Tower City Station in downtown Cleveland, via RTA “Red Line” rail service. Departures are every 15 minutes, and total trip time between the airport and downtown Cleveland is about 30 minutes. The airport RTA station is located on the lower level of the main terminal. For route maps, timetables and fares, visit the RTA website.

Last updated: 2022-10-31

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.