Sleeping in Airports

Des Moines Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Des Moines 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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Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us about their time at Des Moines International Airport.

What to Expect

Des Moines Airport consists of a mid-size terminal with two concourses (A and C). The terminal includes several eateries and shops, primarily located on the landside. When these services close down for the night, vending machines are the only snack and drink options, so plan accordingly. WiFi is available and there plenty of outlets for charging mobile devices. There are no private lounges at this airport.

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 open. Much of the landside seating includes benches that are circular or feature armrests. However, there is at least one large comfortable armrest-free bench located at the north end of the check-in area. A carpeted area near the car rentals and baggage claim area has also been cited as a potentially decent spot to spend the night.  To block out the bright lights and noise, consider bringing eyeshades and earplugs/noise-cancelling headphones. For uninterrupted sleep, there is a hotel across the street and some other hotels near the airport that provide free airport shuttles. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

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.

Airport Lounges

There are no pay-per-use lounges at this time.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Des Moines Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Holiday Inn Des Moines Airport Conference Center – (2 minutes from the airport) Located across the street from the airport. Free 24-hour airport shuttle is available. Once you have collected your luggage use the courtesy phone in the baggage claim area to call the hotel (dial No. 7). » Check Rates
  • Quality Inn & Suites Des Moines Airport– (2 minutes from the airport) Located across the street from the airport. Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • AmericInn Hotel & Suites Des Moines Airport – (2 minutes from the airport) Located across the street from the airport. Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Des Moines Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Des Moines Airport for 1 hour. Connect to the Boingo network.

Pro-Tip: Once your free session is over, you can start it again for free after watching another commercial. You can repeat this as many times as you want.

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: Landside and Airside.

Business Center – Provides workstations and internet access. Location: Concourse level A2 . Hours: 5:00AM – 10:00PM.

Cots – In the event of bad weather or massive flight cancellations, this airport has a supply of cots for stranded travellers. If you are stranded during a weather delay, contact an airport employee to find out when the cots are located. Unfortunately, the cots are not available for travellers who simply decide to spend the night in the airport. Due to the amount of wacky email we receive about this, we’ll also let you know that cots cannot be “reserved” and we don’t know where they are kept. Please speak to a gate agent or an airport employee.

Food & Drinks – At the time of this update there were no 24-hour food concessions. In the airport, you will find:

  • Landside: Berk & Chesters Kitchen and Bar
  • Airside: Arugula & Rye, Friedrichs Coffee, The Mill (Grab & Go) and Portermill Craft Beer.
  • There are vending machines located landside and airside.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Massages – Location: Airside, Concourse A.

Mobile Charging – USB and regular power outlets can be found landside and airside.

Notary – A notary public is available 8:00AM – 5:00PM (Mon-Fri). Inquire with the airport for details and availability.

Shopping – Hudson News offers magazines, books, deli sandwiches and other to-go food items at the Landside location. Airside, you will also find a Hudson News which includes a Tech on the Go (selling all things tech related) and a 5th & Sunset (sunglasses, T-shirts).

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours. The TSA security checkpoint is open 4:00AM – 8:00PM.

Keep in mind that airline check-in and baggage drop hours vary according 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

As of November 2018, Des Moines airport is served by the following airlines: Allegiant • American Airlines • Delta • Frontier • Southwest • United Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

Bus service is available to and from the Des Moines International Airport, Monday to Friday only. For route maps, schedules and fares, visit the DART website.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies are located onsite in the baggage claim area: 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: Baymont Des Moines – Airport Conference Center   •   Days Inn and Suites – Des Moines Airport   •   Des Moines Marriott Downtown   •   DoubleTree by Hilton Des Moines Airport   •   Embassy Suites by Hilton Hotel Des Moines Downtown   •   Fairfield Inn & Suites Des Moines Airport   •   Hampton Inn Des Moines-Airport   •   Holiday Inn – Airport Conference Center   •   Holiday Inn Des Moines Downtown   •  Hyatt Place Des Moines Downtown   •   Quality Inn and Suites   •   Renaissance Savery Hotel

Taxis and Shuttles

Taxis are available in the ground transportation area of the airport on a 24-hour basis. All taxis are metered and reservations are not required. Executive Express, a local and inter-city shared-ride shuttle service, has a service counter near the rental car counters at the north end of the baggage claim area.

Last updated: 2018-11-20

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, write a review or send an email to [email protected] and we will update this guide.