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.

Where to Sleep

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.

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.

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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 Cleveland Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels at and near the airport with free airport shuttles….

  • Sheraton Cleveland Airport Hotel – The only hotel located on airport grounds. Free 24-hour airport shuttle service. » Check Rates
  • Holiday Inn Express Cleveland Airport Brook Park – (5 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland Airport – (5 minutes from airport) Free airport shuttle is available upon request. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Cleveland Airport on Tripadvisor 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.

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)


Not available.

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)


Cleveland airport is served by the following airlines: Air Canada • Allegiant Airlines • American AirlinesDelta 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 transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Best Western Airport Inn & Suites Cleveland   •   Cleveland Airport Marriott   •   Comfort Inn Cleveland Airport   •   Crowne Plaza Hotel Cleveland Airport   •   Hampton Inn and Suites Cleveland Airport / Middleburg Heights   •   Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland Airport   •   Holiday Inn Express Brookpark – Cleveland Airport   •   La Quinta Inn & Suites Cleveland Airport West   •   Radisson Hotel Cleveland Airport West   •  Sheraton Cleveland Airport Hotel   •   TownePlace Suites Cleveland Airport.

See Airport Hotels above.


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 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.


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: 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.