Sleeping in Airports

Colorado Springs Airport Guide

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.

one of the cleaning crew told me that they would open the chapel up for me and let me sleep in there. – Nick F

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.

Sleeping in Colorado Springs Airport

colorado springs 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. 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.

Covid-19 Update

Some airport reviews and tips in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos.

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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 Colorado Springs Airport with airport shuttles:

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

  • Radisson Hotel Colorado Springs Airport  » Check Rates
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton Colorado Springs Airport   » Check Rates
  • Hampton Inn Colorado Springs Airport  » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Colorado Springs 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 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.

Related Pages: Colorado Springs Airport Lounges

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

Baggage Carts – 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 $6 fee to use the baggage carts, with a 25 cent refund upon cart return.

Chapel – Location: Main terminal building in the east corridor next to the news and gift shop. Open: 24 hours

Currency Exchange – Not available.

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.

Family Services – Two family care rooms provide telephone access to Memorial Hospital HealthLink, baby changing station, sink, diaper vending machine and lactation room. 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 • Coffee Shop at Bristol
  • Airside – Liquid Provisions Bar • Mountain Vista Grill • Mountain View food court • The Peaks Travelmart • Reis & Irvy’s Frozen Yogurt

Information Desk – 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 – Not available.

Mobile Charging – Charging ports are located between concourse seating and charging stations are provided throughout the concourse.

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

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.

Airport Hours

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.

Airlines

Colorado Springs airport is served by the following airlines: American Airlines • Delta Air Lines • Southwest • United Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

Onsite car rental desks are located in the baggage claim area. The following car rental agencies are available: Alamo • Avis • Budget • Enterprise • Hertz • National.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport shuttle service: Hampton Inn Colorado Springs Airport   •  Holiday Inn Express & Suites Colorado Springs Airport   •   Holiday Inn Colorado Springs Airport   •   Hilton Garden Inn Colorado Springs Airport   •   Holiday Inn Colorado Springs Airport   •   Holiday Inn Express Colorado Springs Airport   •   Quality Inn Colorado Springs Airport  •   Radisson Hotel Colorado Springs Airport. See also Airport Hotels above.

Shuttles

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

Taxis are readily available in the ground transportation area. All taxis are metered and reservations are not required.

Last updated: 2022-07-05

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.