Sleeping in Airports

Denver Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Denver 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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DEN 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 Denver International Airport.

What to Expect

Denver International Airport (code: DEN) is a large, modern airport that houses a main landside Terminal (Jeppesen) for ticketing and security, which is connected to three concourses ( A, B and C). Concourse A is connected directly to Jeppesen and can be accessed by a pedestrian bridge or underground train, while access from Jeppesen to Concourses B and C requires the underground train. Some gates are accessible only by shuttle, requiring waiting in another long line once you are airside. There are plenty of dining, shopping and services options airside, and some in Jeppesen.  There are no 24-hour food options.  The airport’s free WiFi helps pass the time. For more comfort, there are several lounges that economy class passengers can access for a fee. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and rates.

Denver Airport Guide
Terminal A, 3rd level (mezzanine) or across from the entrance to the Lounges. Nice set of resting chairs and a variety of full flat twin bed style mini beds! Kudos to Denver airport officials for installing these! (Photo courtesy of Silviavasla / January 2020)

Sleeping in Denver Airport

Airport staff and security are generally tolerant of sleepers and there is plenty of space throughout the airport to spread out, though the seating is not considered especially comfortable for sleeping due to armrests and other limitations. Those with travel mats can easily find relatively private floor space. Among spots noted by reviewers as being conducive to sleep were upper levels of Concourses, A, B and C; comfortable benches in Concourse B; and other sporadic arm-free seating in the other terminals. Explore our guide to sleeping in Denver Airport or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.  For uninterrupted sleep, there is a hotel next to Jeppesen and other nearby hotels within a quick shuttle ride away. See Airport Hotels in the guide below.

Good to Know

The airport is known for its art, both permanent collection and temporary exhibitions, which can be found throughout the facility. Downtown Denver is linked to the airport by regularly scheduled light rail service.

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.

For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Denver Airport Guide.

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.

Denver Airport Hotels

Quick Facts
  • Nearest Hotel:  At the Airport
  • Sleep Cabins & Pods: No
  • Day Rooms: No
  • Nearby Hotels with Free Shuttles: Yes

When the prospect of sleeping on the floor or in a chair is giving you nightmares, there is good news for those of you who are looking to sleep at Denver Airport in comfort.   If you are on a layover, you will have to pass through immigration/security as there is no transit hotel. The on-site Westin is the most convenient hotel, but there are less expensive nearby hotels 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.

At Airport Westin Hotel at Denver International Airport – The only hotel connected to Denver Airport.    » Check Rates

Near Airport Hyatt House Denver Airport – Free airport shuttle is available from 4:00AM to 12:00AM. » Check Rates

Near Airport AmericInn by Wyndham Denver Airport – Free airport shuttle is available.  » Check Rates

Near Airport Holiday Inn Express Denver Airport – Free airport shuttle departs every 30 minutes from 4:00AM – 11:00PM.  » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Denver 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, 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!

  • American Airlines Admirals Club – Location: Concourse A, Airside, north end of the A gates. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of AA ticket • Lounge membership program.
  • Centurion Lounge – Location: Concourse C, Airside, Mezzanine Level, Gate C46.  Lounge Access: American Express® Card Members • Lounge membership programs.
  • United Club – Multiple Locations – (1) East Wing and (1) West Wing. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of United Airlines ticket • United Club Membership.

Airline Lounges (members only)

  • Delta Sky Club – Location: Concourse A, Airside, Central Core. 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. Location: Terminal A (East Terminal), Concourse A, North End of A Gates Bridge (3rd floor).

Related pages: Denver Airport Lounges

Airport WiFi / Internet and Mobile Charging

WiFi

Free unlimited WiFi is available at Denver Airport. Connect to the “DEN Airport Free WiFi” network.

Mobile Charging

Power outlets are readily available and easily-accessible throughout Jeppesen Terminal and all three concourses. You can also charge your laptop and other electronic devices for free at seated power stations located throughout the terminal.

Airport Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

Art in the Airport – Sculptures, murals, paintings, and outdoor landscapes are some of the beautiful works that you will find among the rotating and permanent exhibits throughout the airport.

Business Center – Not available

Camp DEN – The airport has a number of activities to keep you busy while you wait for your flight.  From paper airline templates and DEN Tents to BINGO cards and crossword puzzles, visit the airport web site for items that you can pre-print.

Duty Free & Shopping – Denver Duty Free offers duty-free shopping airside in A Gates (Center Core) and B Gates (Center Core and Mezzanine). In addition, a wide variety of retail shops and newsstands is available throughout the airport.

Family Services

  • Baby Care Facilities – If you are travelling with an infant, there are nursing rooms which offer comfy seating, outlets, a sink and privacy. The rooms are also equipped with diaper changing tables. Airside Locations: Center of Jeppesen Terminal, Level 5, southside inside the women’s restroom • Center of Gates A • Center of Gates B • Center of Gates C.  For access, use the intercom located beside each room.

Food & Drinks

  • Drinking Water – Thirsty? Water bottle filling stations are available free of charge. Locations: Airside, on each Concourse.
  • Food & Drinks – Most food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules.  At the time of this update there was only one 24-hour food concession: Einstein Bros Bagels (Airside, C Gates, Center Core).  Feeling Lazy?  DEN has a food delivery service powered by the AtYourGate app.  Simply download the app or visit the web site, select the concessionaire, order your meal and pay.  Food will be delivered within 30 minutes at your gate.  The service is available 9:00AM – 5:00PM.

Information Desk – Airport Information Booths are available landside in the Jeppesen Terminal and airside in the Center Cores of the A, B, and C Gates. You can also seek information and assistance from one of the knowledgeable Ambassador Volunteers roaming around the airport, easily spotted by their blue plaid vests.

Luggage

  • Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available. Rates: free of charge (in US Customs Area).
  • Baggage Drop – A free baggage drop and check-in service is available at the Transit Center and Pikes Peak and Mt. Elbert shuttle lots. Bags can be dropped off a minimum of 90 minutes before your flight. At the time of this update, the baggage drop was available to passengers with domestic flights on Southwest, United, Delta and American Airlines. Flights to international destinations are not eligible. Airline baggage fees still apply and can be paid at all bag drop locations.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.
  • Massages – Feel your stress melt away with a table or chair massage at A Massage. Locations: A Gates, Center Core (Hours: 7:30AM – 9:30PM (M,W,F) • 7:30AM – 8:30PM (Tues, Sat) • 8:30AM – 8:30PM (Sun)) • B Gates, Mezzanine (Hours: 7:00AM – 9:00PM).  See also “Spa/Salon Services” below

Mobile Charging – see “Airport WiFi / Internet and Mobile Charging” above.

Money

  • ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs, operated by Public Service Credit Union, 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: throughout the airport.
  • Banking Services – Public Service Credit Union offer full-service banking. Location: Jeppesen Terminal, landside, Level 6 West. Hours: 9:00AM – 6:00PM (Mon-Fri) • 9:00AM – 1:00PM (Sat) • Closed Sunday.
  • Currency Exchange – Worldwide Money Exchange offers currency exchange, Western Union, notary, and more. Locations: Jeppesen Terminal, landside, Level 5 • Center Cores of A and B Gates, airside.

Pets

  • Pet Hotel – Furbabies rejoice! Your cat or dog can enjoy a vacation of its own at Paradise 4 Paws Pet Resort. Boarding, grooming, and daycare are some of services offered. Location: 24735 E. 75th Ave., at the WorldPort facility, just east of the Pikes Peak shuttle lot along 75th Avenue. Hours: Open 24 hours.
  • Pet Relief Area – Indoor pet relief rooms are available airside in the center cores of each of the A, B, and C Gates, near US mail drops. Each room is decorated with a canine theme, and has artificial turf flooring, a drainage system, wall-mounted sink, hand soap, and more. An fenced-in outdoor pet relief area is available at the Jeppesen Terminal, just outside of Door 200 on the west side.

Post Office – Send your last minute postcards to friends and family from the airport’s post boxes. Locations: Center of Gates A • Center of Gates B • Gates C, Mezzanine Level & Level 6 of the Jeppesen Terminal.

Prayer Rooms – An Interfaith Chapel and Islamic Prayer Hall is located in the Jeppesen Terminal, East Side, level 6. Hours: open 24 hours. Catholic mass services are available Sundays at 1:00PM.

Rest & Relaxation

  • Cots – In the event of bad weather or massive flight cancellations, this airport has a limited supply of cots for stranded travellers.  Availability may have been affected by Covid.  If you are stranded during a weather delay, contact an airport employee to find out when the cots are located.

Pro-Tip: Pre-Covid, Jeff sent us this email: In the business center in the middle of the “B” Terminal (not sure of other terminals), there’s a cot located in the far cubical which is the widest cubical. Saw it earlier and now someone is using it to sleep. I don’t have time to check the other similar cubicles or terminals, but I would assume they’ve placed them in those locations as well.

  • Hotels – see “Airport Hotels” above.
  • Lounges – see “Airport Lounges” above.
  • Therapy Animals – The Canine Therapy Squad consists of 100 dogs and 1 cat, which are walked throughout the airport by volunteers. So if you are feeling stressed before takeoff, look out for these cuddly creatures wearing a blue vest that says “Pet Me”.
  • 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 – Executive Shine – Locations: Airside, A Gates, Center Core, East Side • Airside, A Gates, Center Core, West Side • Airside, B Gates, Center Core, East Side • Airside, B Gates, Center Core, West Side • Airside, C Gates, Center Core.

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.

Spa & Salon Services – Manicures, pedicures, facials, massages and/or other express services are available at these locations:

  • A Massage – massage only. Location: Airside, mezzanine, B Gates.
  • Colorado Oasis Spa – massage and reflexology – Location: Airside, Center Core, C Gates.
  • XpresSpa – Temporarily Closed – Two C Gate locations (airside): Gate C30 and Center Core

Smoking – Smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the airport. You may smoke in designated smoking areas outside the terminal. If you are Airside, you need to allow yourself time to clear security again if you choose to smoke.

WiFi – see “Airport WiFi / Internet and Mobile Charging” above.

Related Pages: Things to do on a layover at Denver Airport

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 terminal:

  • North Terminal: 4:00AM – 8:00PM
  • South Terminal: open 24 hours
  • A-Bridge Checkpoint: 4:30AM – 6:00PM

Layover Sightseeing

Do you have a long layover? With the proper documentation and a long enough layover, you may have time to leave the airport and do some sightseeing. Here are a few Denver Airport Layover Sightseeing ideas. As this is a new page, if you have a suggestion for other layover sightseeing options, click here to update this airport guide and we will add it to the list.

Airlines

Denver airport is served by the following airlines: Aeroméxico • Air Canada • Alaska Airlines • Allegiant Airlines • American Airlines • Boutique Air • British Airways • Cayman Airways • Copa Airlines • Delta Air Lines • Denver Air Connection • Edelweiss • Frontier Airlines • Icelandair • JetBlue Airways • Lufthansa • Southern Airways Express • Southwest Airlines • Spirit Airlines • Sun Country Airlines • United Airlines • Volaris • Westjet.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

RTD bus routes AB, AT, 104L, 145X and 169L are accessible from the Denver Airport Station. The buses run from 3:30AM – 12:00AM and depart approximately every 15 minutes.  Fare: $10.50.  For more information visit the RTD web site.

Car Rentals

Passengers arriving into Denver International Airport can choose between twelve on-site major car rental companies: Alamo • Avis • Budget • Dollar • Enterprise • Fox • Hertz • National • Payless • Sixt • Thrifty.

Each on-site agency operates its own courtesy shuttle to and from Jeppesen Terminal. The pick-up/drop-off point is at Level 5, Island 4, outside of doors 505-513 (east side) or 504-512 (west side).

Hotel Shuttles

Several hotels near provide airport shuttle service: AmericInn by Wyndham  •  Baymont by Wyndham   •   Best Western Plus Inn & Suites   •  Comfort Suites  •  Courtyard by Marriott   •  Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham  •  DoubleTree by Hilton  •  Embassy Suites by Hilton   •   Fairfield Inn & Suites  • Hampton Inn   •  Hampton Inn & Suites Denver Airport-Gateway Park  •  Holiday Inn Express   •  Home2 Suites by Hilton  •  Homewood Suites by Hilton   •   Hyatt House   •  La Quinta Inn & Suites   •  Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham  •   Quality Inn & Suites  • Ramada by Wyndham  •  Residence Inn Denver Airport / Convention Center •  SpringHill Suites   •   Staybridge SuitesWingate by Wyndham.

The airport’s hotel shuttle bus stop is located at the Jeppesen Terminal Level 5, island 3, outside doors 505-507 (east side) and 510-512 (west side).

See also Airport Hotels above.

Mountain Carriers

Travellers going to or returning from a ski vacation can use the services of a mountain carrier. Mountain carriers are private services that provide pre-arranged, charter, or on-demand shuttle transportation between the airport and many of Colorado’s ski and resort areas. Contact your mountain carrier of choice in advance to book your transfer.  Visit the Denver Airport website to see a list of carriers.

Train

The RTD Line A Line train connects DEN with downtown Denver. The ride takes 37 minutes to Union Station. Trains run every 15 or 30 minutes depending on the time of day.  Fare: $10.50.  For more information visit the RTD web site.

Ride App

Ride App services such as Uber and Lyft pick-up from Level 5, Island 5.  Exit the terminal through doors 506-510 (west side) and 507-511 (east side).

Shared Ride Services

Shared ride service, also known as commuter shuttles, provides pre-arranged, on-demand, or charter transportation between the airport and locations throughout the Denver metro area. Some companies provide service throughout the state and even outside of Colorado.

Taxi

Taxicabs are readily available. Flat rates, a one-way charge including the airport-access fee, are available for the most requested destinations with these approximate costs as of this update: Downtown Denver ($56.03), Denver Tech Center ($62.03) and Boulder ($89.03). Metered rates are available for all other destinations within the Denver metro area.

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.