Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Colorado Springs 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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COS 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 Colorado Springs Airport.
What to Expect
Colorado Springs Airport (code: COS) consists of a small, two-level, single concourse terminal with 12 departure gates and dozen or so shops, restaurants, cafes and bars, primarily on the airside. After airport restaurants and shops close for the night, vending machines are the only in-airport snack option, so plan accordingly. WiFi is available, and there are charging stations throughout the concourse. For additional comfort, economy class passengers can pay to access the airport’s private lounge. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and rates.
Where to Sleep
After 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. There are reportedly some couches behind a fireplace on the second floor that can be accessed by stairway separate from the main stairs. Public service announcements and cold temperatures may be the biggest sleep hindrances so consider bringing extra layers or a sleeping bag, and earplugs/noise-cancelling headphones. 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.
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.
If sleeping in Colorado Springs Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport that offer free airport shuttle:
- Radisson Hotel Colorado Springs Airport – (4 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available 24 hours a day. » Check Rates
- Homewood Suites by Hilton Colorado Springs Airport – (4 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle runs from 8:00AM to 9:00PM daily. » Check Rates
- Hampton Inn Colorado Springs Airport– (7 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
- Quality Inn – (7 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
To see more options there is a list of hotels near Colorado Springs Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.
Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships
Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge 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!
- Premier Lounge – Location: Main Terminal, AIrside, adjacent to Gate 6. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.
Airport WiFi / Internet
Free WiFi is available at Colorado Springs Airport. Connect to the “flyCOS” network. Hotspots are located in the newly remodeled concession and seating areas between the top of the escalators and before security screening, as well as in the concourse.
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: 1st Floor, across from elevators and 2nd Floor, on the concourse between gates 3 and 5
Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available in the Baggage Claim area and in the Shuttle Bus Terminal Drop-Off area. Rate: There is a $4 fee to use the baggage carts, with a 25 cent refund upon cart return.
Location: Main terminal building in the east corridor next to the news and gift shop. Open: 24 hours
Duty Free & Shopping
Duty Free is not available. Landside offers The Spring Marketplace while Airside you will find a CNBC Store and The Peaks Travelmart.
Two family care rooms provide telephone access to Memorial Hospital HealthLink, baby changing station, sink, diaper vending machine and nursing area. Locations: Main concourse between Gates 4 and 6 and between Gates 8 and 10.
Food & Drinks
Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. Here are the available options:
- Landside – Bristol Taproom • Temporary Food Kiosk (until reopening of Novo Coffee)
- Airside – Liquid Provisions Bar • Mountain Vista Grill • Pikes Perk Coffee • Pizza Hut • Quiznos
Location: Baggage Claim Area, across from the elevators. The Desk is staffed by volunteers and can provide airport information as well as local/tourist information.
Luggage Storage & Lockers
Charging ports are located between concourse seating and charging stations are provided throughout the concourse.
There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.
The airport is open 24 hours. The security checkpoints are open 4:00AM – 8:00PM.
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.
Colorado Springs airport is served by the following airlines: American Airlines • Delta Air Lines • Frontier • United Airlines.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
Onsite car rental desks are located in baggage claim area. The following car rental agencies are available: Alamo • Avis • Budget • Dollar • Enterprise • Hertz • National.
Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Cheyenne Mountain Resort • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Colorado Springs • Hampton Inn Colorado Springs Airport • Hilton Garden Inn Colorado Springs Airport • Holiday Inn Colorado Springs Airport • Holiday Inn Express Colorado Springs Airport • Homewood Suites by Hilton Colorado Springs Airport • Hotel Elegante Conference & Event Center • Radisson Hotel Colorado Springs Airport • The Broadmoor • The Cliff House at Pikes Peak.
See Airport Hotels above.
The airport offers a variety of shuttle services to its passengers, whether you need to get to the city or your ski resort. For service providers and subsequent information, visit the Colorado Springs Airport website.
Taxis are readily available in the ground transportation area. All taxis are metered and reservations are not required.
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.