Sleeping in Airports

Edmonton Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Edmonton 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.

I was able to build a very comfortable bed between two chairs of my own, and actually almost overslept! – mrbene

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 Edinburgh International Airport.

What to Expect

Edmonton International Airport consists of one long terminal with one end devoted to U.S.-bound flights and U.S. border pre-clearance, and the remainder serving domestic and international flights. There are about a dozen shops, eateries and service providers on the landside (including a 24-hour Tim Horton’s), and a couple of dozen on the airside.  The free WiFi   helps pass the time. For additional comfort while you wait, passengers can access one of the airport lounges for a fee. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.

Where to Sleep

Reviewers have reported numerous sleeping options with a wide variety of furniture throughout the airport, both landside and airside. In particular, you might enjoy the sofas by Gate 56 or the designated rest zone near Gate 16. The airport is well lit and quite noisy, with frequent public service announcements cited as being especially annoying. Therefore, consider packing earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones and a sleep mask or other eyeshade. One airport employee left a review citing reports of theft, so be sure to keep a good eye on your belongings. For uninterrupted sleep, albeit for a price, there is a hotel connected to the terminal, and other nearby airport hotels within easy shuttle distance. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

A new 70-store outlet mall is available on the airport grounds. Shuttle service to and from the airport is available.

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.

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!

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge – Location: Domestic/International Departures, Airside, South Terminal. Lounge Access: Air Canada ticket holders can purchase a pass at the time of booking or online check-in • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Passes  Plaza Premium Lounge – Location: US Transborder Departures, Airside, near Gate 88. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Passes  Plaza Premium Lounge – Location: Domestic/International Departures, Airside, Level 2, Gate 52. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

If sleeping in Edmonton Airport does not appeal to you, there are a few hotels at the airport and near the airport:

At Airport Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel – This is the only hotel connected to the airport. » Check Rates

Near Airport Ramada Edmonton International Airport – (5 minutes from the airport) Free 24-hour airport shuttle service. » Check Rates

Near Airport Executive Hotel Alexandra at Edmonton Airport – (5 minutes from the airport) Free 24-hour airport shuttle service. » Check Rates

Near Airport Super 8 Edmonton International Airport – (5 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available on request. » Check Rates

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

Free WiFi is available at Edmonton Airport. Connect to the “EIA_FREE_WIFI ” network. If you do not have a mobile device, a computer kiosk is available to use, free of charge (maximum 10 minutes usage), at the Information booth on the Arrivals Level.

Business Services

  • Business Workstations – The information desk has a computer terminal for public use, free of charge for 10 minutes.  Location: airside, Central Hall, Domestic & International Passenger Lounge and landside at the Information Booth on the Arrivals Level. Rate: free (time limit 10 minutes)

Communications

Family Services

  • Children’s Play Areas – When you want to ensure your kids burn off all their energy before their flight, take them to one of three children’s play areas. Locations: US Departures Lounge, airside, by Gate 80 • Domestic-International Departures Lounge, airside, by Gate 66 • North Terminal Departures Lounge. Older kids can enjoy the XBox Connection, located in the US Departures lounge.

Food & Drinks

  • Food & Drink – Food concessions (40 + restaurants) throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, these options are open 24 hours: Tim Hortons (Landside, Central Hall, Arrivals Level 1) • Mac’s Convenience (Landside).

Information

  • Airport Ambassadors – Flag down a friendly airport ambassador if you have questions or need assistance. Their teal blue shirts make them easy to spot!
  • Information Desk – Location: (landside, Arrivals Level, across from Door 7). Hours: 8:00AM – 12:00AM (Mon – Fri) • 9:00AM – 8:00PM (Sat) • 9:00AM – 12:00AM (Sun)

Luggage

  • Coat Check – $2 per item / per day, or free if you parked on-site at the airport. Must present parking ticket or receipt of payment for parking. Location: Priority Valet office, landside, Departures Level. Hours: Open 24 hours.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers – Available for transit passengers only. Photo ID and flight itinerary or boarding pass required (flight must be within 24 hours). Fee: $3 – $10 CAD per item, per day. Two locations: Ground Transportation & Baggage Storage, landside, Arrivals Level, between Doors 5 and 7 • Priority Valet, landside, Departures Level, south of Door 27, opposite Travel & Leisure store. Hours: Open 24 hours.
  • Luggage Wrapping – Fee: $9 CAD per bag. Location: near Priority Valet. Hours: Open 24 hours.

Mobile Charging

  • Mobile Charging – Charging stations are located throughout the terminal.

Money

  • 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 (including 3 on the US Departures side).
  • Currency Exchange – One ATM, located airside in US Departures, dispenses both CAD and USD. There are four International Currency Exchange offices.
    » Landside: Arrivals Level 1 (Hours: 10:30AM – 10:30PM) • Central Hall Departures, Level 2 (Hours:5:00AM -5:00PM).
    » Domestic-International Departures Lounge, by Gate 60 (Hours:5:00AM – 10:00PM) • US Departures Lounge (4:30AM – 4:30PM).

Pets

  • Pet Therapy – The airport has a rotation of 9 teams of dogs and their handlers. Passengers can interact with the animals as a great way to relax before your flight. Trading cards with pictures and puppy stats are also available which could be fun if you are traveling with children.
  • Pet Relief Areas – Three outdoor pet relief areas are available. Locations: outside of Door 1 (North) • outside of Door 10 (South) • northwest corner of the Easy Parkade (near metered parking and Rendezvous), opposite Door 3.

Prayer

  • Chapel – Interfaith Chapel. Prayer mats and a washroom are available. Location: Arrivals Level, landside, at the south end. Hours: Open 24 hours.

Rest & Relaxation

Shopping

  • Duty Free & Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available only to passengers leaving the country directly from Edmonton. Two airside locations: South Departures Lounge and US Passengers Lounge. Hours: Open 2 hours prior to first international flight departure of the day, and closed after last international flight of the day. A variety of retail shops are available throughout the airport.

Showers, Salon & Spa

  • Massages – Escape Massage & Wellness offers seated massage, reflexology and Reiki to help you feel more relaxed while waiting for your flight. Rates: $20 (10 mins) • $25 (15 mins) • $30 (20 mins) • $40 (25 mins) $50 (30 mins). Location: Airside, near Gate 54. Hours: 8:00AM – 6:00PM.
  • Salon – unknown
  • Showers – Not available.

Smoking

  • Smoking – There are seven smoking areas available on the Departures and Arrivals levels (landside). There is nothing airside.

Things to do & see

  • Live Entertainment – live performances, interactive activities and art displays are held throughout the year.

The airport is open 24 hours.

As of March 2018, Edmonton airport is served by the following airlines: Air Canada • Air North • Air Transat • Alaska Airlines • American Airlines • Canadian North • Central Mountain Air • Delta • First Air • Icelandair • Integra Air • KLM • Northwestern Air • Sunwing • United Airlines • WestJet.

Route 747 Bus, an express service on the Edmonton Transit System’s network, transfers passengers between the airport and Century Park Transit Centre in just 24 minutes. Connections to other ETS transit services are available throughout the journey. Departures are available every 30 minutes during peak times (departures are hourly at all other times), and service starts as early as 4:10AM from Century Park and 4:34AM from the airport. The airport bus stop is located outside of Door 8, Arrivals Level, between Tim Horton’s and Mac’s Convenience Store. Fare is $5 cash or 2 adult ETS tickets. Tickets are sold 24 hours a day at the EIA Ground Transportation Booth, near Door 7 on the Arrivals level, or at the ETS Customer Services Office in Edmonton City Hall.

Skyshuttle is a shared-ride door-to-door service that operates between the airport and Edmonton, stopping only at requested locations. Service must be booked in advance, either online or by telephone. From Door 7 on the Arrivals Level, shuttles depart for downtown Edmonton every 30 minutes, and West End every 45 minutes (every 60 minutes after 6:30PM). On weekends, service to downtown is every hour on the hour, and service to West End is every 30 minutes past the hour. Last shuttle departs the airport at 1:30AM. Fares start at $18 per person one-way or $30 per person roundtrip.

ebus offers daily coach service between the airport, Edmonton, Red Deer and Calgary. Services are timed to coincide with many flight schedules, particularly Icelandair. Buses heading to Calgary depart from Edmonton, then stop at the airport (12:00PM and 6:30PM) and Red Deer on the way. The same trip is made in reverse for trips to Edmonton, arriving into the airport at 2:35PM and 9:15PM. Pickup and drop-off is at the Courtesy Shuttles area outside near Door 9. Discounted fares are available online.

Red Arrow offers shuttle service between Cold Lake and the airport, stopping along the way in Bonnyville, Smoky Lake and Edmonton. The Red Arrow Cold Lake Connector service operates five days a week on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Pick-up and drop-off is at the Courtesy Shuttles area outside near Door 9. Airport pick-up must be reserved in advance, and all airport bookings must be made by 2:30PM on the day of departure.

SunDog Tours offers a year-round daily shuttle service between the airport and Jasper National Park. Pick-up is at 3:15PM at Door 10 (Arrivals), by reservation only.

Car rental desks are located on Level P1 (Ground Level) of the Parkade. The following agencies are available onsite: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National.

Six taxi and limousine companies operate from the Commercial Taxi area, but other taxis may pickup or drop off passengers there if prior arrangements are made. Wheelchair-accessible taxis must be reserved in advance through the Ground Transportation Desk at the airport, or by contacting your service provider of choice. At the time of this update, the flat rate between the airport and downtown Edmonton is CA$55 by taxi and CA$66 by limo.

Last updated: 2018-10-23

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.