Sleeping in Airports

Fairbanks Airport Guide

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

The folks in the office will even give you a little kit with a toothbrush, etc. if your pack didn’t arrive on the same plane as you. – Philip

FAI 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 Fairbanks International Airport.

What to Expect

Fairbanks Airport (code: FAI) consists of a small but modern terminal. There are a couple of eateries and newsstand/gift shops located on both sides of security. WiFi is available to help pass the time. There are no private lounges at this airport.

Fairbanks airport Guide
(Photo courtesy of a SleepingInAirports contributor)

Where to Sleep

We do not yet have any recent sleep-related airport reviews. Past reviews described airport staff as friendly and accommodating to overnight sleepers. There were reportedly several sleeping options, including comfortable seating throughout the airport, and assorted quiet nooks. Look for a corner nook near the big stuffed grizzly bear. For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the guide below or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport 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.

Airport Hotels

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

  • La Quinta Inn & Suites Fairbanks – (10 minute walk from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • Pike’s Waterfront Lodge – (3 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. For airport pick-up, collect luggage and then use the courtesy phone at the bottom of the elevator as you exit baggage claim. Pike’s is number 3 on the courtesy phone. » Check Rates
  • Best Western Chena River Lodge – (5 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates

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

Airport Lounges

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.

Military Lounge

YMCA Military Lounge – For members of the military only. Location: Lower level, near baggage belts. Hours: 12:00PM – 12:00AM.

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available throughout the airport terminal.

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, 1st floor next to the escalator • Landside, across from Ravn Alaska ticketing counter • Airside, next to TWIGS Alaskan Gifts.

Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available. Rate: unknown.

Duty Free & Shopping – TWIGS Alaskan Gifts has two locations: 1st floor (landside) for the general public, and another located airside for ticketed passengers. Hours: Daily from 5:00AM – 1:00AM.

Food & Drinks – Two dining options are available: Starbucks (Airside. Hours: 4:00AM – 11:00PM) • The Local @FAI (Airside. Hours: 6:00AM – 1:00AM). Vending machines are available on both floors.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Massage Chairs – Location: near Gate 3. Rates: unknown.

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.

Postal Services – Drop off your last minute postcards to friends and family from airport’s mailbox. Locations: Near Gate A • In baggage claim area.

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.

Airport Hours

The airport and security screenings points are open 24 hours.


Fairbanks airport is served by the following airlines: Alaska Airlines • Bettles Air • Delta Air Lines • Everts Air • 40-Mile Air Ltd. • Frontier Flying Service • Ravn Alaska • Warbelow’s Air Ventures • Condor.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Fairbanks Airport is served by local transit bus route Yellow Line. For route map, schedule and fares, visit the FNSB website.

Car Rentals

Onsite car rental agencies include Avis • Budget • Dollar • Enterprise • Hertz • National/Alamo.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: La Quinta Inn & Suites Fairbanks   •   Best Western Plus Chena River Lodge   •   Bridgewater Hotel   •   Golden North Motel   •   Regency Fairbanks Hotel   •   River’s Edge Resort   •   Sophie Station Suites   •   SpringHill Suites Fairbanks   •   Super 8 Fairbanks

Taxis and Shuttles

Taxis and shared-ride shuttles are available in the ground transportation area. All taxis are metered and reservations are not required.

Last updated: 2021-10-20

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: update the airport guide or  write a review.