Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our El Paso 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 had just put my legs under my own counter while using my laptop, and imagined many people had previously done the same, I slept underneath a similar taller counter a few feet away.- wyceresas
ELP 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 El Paso International Airport.
What to Expect
El Paso Airport (code: ELP) consists of a small, two-level terminal with two concourses (East and West). The terminal hosts a small variety of eateries and shops on both sides of security. When these services close at night vending machines are the only food and drink option, so plan accordingly. WiFi is available to help pass the time. 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. Comfortable, padded armchairs are located throughout the terminal. One reviewer found comfortable sleeping space under counters located near the main entrance. If you plan to spend the night, consider bringing eyeshades to block out the bright lighting. Another handy item would be earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones to drown out the constant feed of advertising over the PSA. For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels within a quick shuttle bus ride of the airport. See Airport Hotels in the guide below or read some traveller airport reviews for more 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 El Paso Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels at and near the airport:
- Wyndham El Paso Airport Hotel and Waterpark – (5 minute walk from the airport) Located 100 yards from the airport. Free 24-hour shuttle service to the airport and surrounding area (within 3 mile radius). The on-site waterpark is seasonal. » Check Rates
- Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham El Paso Airport – (8 minute walk from the airport) Free 24-hour airport shuttle service. » Check Rates
- Radisson Hotel El Paso Airport – (10 minute walk from the airport) Free 24-hour shuttle to the airport and surrounding area (within 3 mile radius) is available on demand. » Check Rates
To see more options there is a list of hotels near El Paso Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.
Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships
At the time of this update, pay-per-use lounges were not available. If this information is not correct, click here to update this airport guide.
USO Lounge – The USO offers a lounge that is free of charge to active members of the US military and their families. Location: Concourse B, post-security, Gate B5.
Airport WiFi / Internet
Free WiFi is available at El Paso Airport. Connect to the DigitalElPaso network.
More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport
Art in the Airport – See local works of art at the Art Windows of El Paso rotating art exhibit. Locations: The Meeter / Greeter area, landside • Baggage Claim on the main floor, landside.
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: on all levels of the terminal.
Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts (Smarte Cartes) are available. Rates: unknown.
Family Services – Nursing rooms are available. Locations: A Concourse (opposite Gate A3) • B Concourse (Gate B6).
Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate on varying schedules, with most open at 4:30AM. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options, but vending machines are available.
Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.
Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.
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 – Get your shoes and boots shined in one of these three locations: La Placita Shopping area, landside, lower level • Concourse B, airside, Gate B2 • Concourse A, airside, Gate A1.
Shopping – A limited variety of boutiques and newsstands are available throughout the airport, both landside and airside. Hours: vary with most open from 5:00AM – 7:00PM.
Showers – Not available.
Smoking – Smoking is prohibited inside the terminal. There are designated smoking areas throughout the airport.
The airport is open 24 hours. The TSA security checkpoints are open from 4:00AM – 10:00PM (unconfirmed).
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.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
Local buses Route 33 and Route 50 serve El Paso Airport. For route maps, schedules and fares, visit the Sun Metro website.
The following onsite car rental agencies are located in the baggage claim area: Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Payless and Thrifty.
Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Best Western Plus El Paso Airport Hotel & Conference Center • Chase Suite Hotel El Paso • Comfort Inn & Suites I-10 Airport • Courtyard El Paso Airport • Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham – El Paso • Hampton Inn El Paso-Airport • Hilton Garden Inn El Paso Airport • Holiday Inn El Paso Airport • Holiday Inn Express & Suites El Paso Airport Area • Homewood Suites El Paso Airport • Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham El Paso Airport • Radisson Hotel El Paso Airport • Wyndham El Paso Airport. See Airport Hotels above.
Taxi and Shuttles
Taxis and shared-ride shuttles are available 24-hours a day in the ground transportation area. All taxis are metered and reservations are not required.
Last updated: 2020-01-10
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.