Sleeping in Airports

Fort Lauderdale Airport Guide

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

Aside from the sleeping condition, this airport has Free WiFi. It actually is better than some roadside motels!! – mhsaa flyer

FLL 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 Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

What to Expect

Fort Lauderdale Airport (code: FLL) consists of a four terminal-eight concourse layout, with Terminal 1 (Concourses A, B and C), Terminal 2 (Concourse D), Terminal 3 (Concourses E and F), and Terminal 4 (Two Concourse Gs). Shuttle buses provide transit between the terminals. Eateries, shops, duty free, and services can be found throughout the airport both airside and landside, though most close at night and the quality of the various dining options has been called out by reviewers. The airport offers free WiFi, which helps pass the time. For additional comfort, passengers can purchase access to one of the airport lounges. See Airport Lounges below for locations and rates.

Fort Lauderdale Airport Guide
Car Rental Area (Photo courtesy of Ashton / December 2019)

Sleeping in Fort Lauderdale Airport

The airport authority acknowledges that passengers can remain in the airport overnight, but warns passengers to consider that they can only stay in pre-security waiting areas, that seating consists of chairs with arm-rests, that heavy duty cleaning is often conducted at night, that food/beverage service is limited, and that the terminals are cold. Steamy on the outside and frozen tundra on the inside, the A/C at FLL Airport is said to be on full blast. Bring a blanket or a sweater! That said, our reviewers have reported that there are a couple of noteworthy sleeping spots in the airport. Perhaps the most often cited is the rental car centre, which is described as dimly lit, fairly quiet and with padded seats.  While there are no on-site airport hotels, there are several hotels within a short shuttle ride away. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

This is the official statement from the Fort Lauderdale Airport regarding sleeping in the airport: “You can only stay in a pre-security waiting area (not on the concourse) for the night.  Our seating is attached chairs with arm rests.  Heavy-duty cleaning is often conducted at night.  Food and beverage service is limited.   It can get cold in the terminals, so bring warm cloths.”

Good to Know

All terminals offer public baggage storage; however, hours of operation are limited.

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Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change.  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

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 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!

Delta Sky Club – Location: Terminal 2, Airside, next to the Gate Information Center. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.

United Club – Location: Terminal 1, Airside, Mid Level, next to Gate C1. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of United Airlines ticket • United Club Membership.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in the airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near Fort Lauderdale airport with shuttle service:

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

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Fort Lauderdale Airport.

If you do not have a mobile device there are Internet Kiosks available in Terminals 1, 2 and 3, for a fee.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

Business Services

  • Business Service Center – Offering a wide range of business and travel services, including currency exchange, fax, copying and more. Location: Terminal 1, Lower Level near International Arrivals. Hours are 8:00AM – 8:00PM.

Communications

  • Courtesy Phones – Courtesy phones connect you directly to local car companies and hotels and are free of charge to use. Locations: in the baggage claim areas.
  • Postal Services – Drop off your last minute postcards at the airport’s mailbox. A stamp machine is also available. Location: Terminal 4, Upper Level, Landside.
  • Telephones – Public telephones can be found in the terminal lobbies, concourses and baggage claim areas.
  • WiFi – see “Airport WiFi/Internet” above.

Family Services

  • Baby Care Facilities – If you are travelling with an infant, six lactation suits are available to breastfeed in comfort and privacy. Each station includes a fold down table, two benches and power outlets. The suites are locked, so to obtain access download the Mamava App or call 954-359-1201. Locations: Terminal 1, Concourse A, Airside • Terminal 1, Concourse C, Landside • Terminal 2, Airside, across from CNN Newsstand • Terminal 3, Concourse E, Airside • Terminal 3, Concourse F, Airside • Terminal 4, Concourse G, Airside, near Gate 8.

Food & Drinks

  • Food & Drinks – Most food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. Vending machines are available landside. Harvest & Grounds (T4, landside, Upper Departures Level) is open 24 hours.

Luggage

  • Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts (Smarte Cartes) are available throughout the airport (Upper and Lower levels) and parking garages. Rate: $5 per cart (25-cent refund for return), credit cards accepted. Carts cannot be taken on the airport’s courtesy buses, but if you are using a Smarte Carte and need to board the bus, ask the bus driver for a Smarte Carte token to continue luggage cart use from your drop-off point at the airport.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers – You can enjoy your layover luggage-free! Leave your bags at the public baggage storage provided by Bags to Go, available in all four terminals. Hours of operation: 9:00AM – 5:30PM, every day in Terminals 1 and 2; whereas Terminals 3 and 4 are open (same hours) on Sat & Sun only. Rates: unknown.
  • Luggage Wrapping – Protect your bags from theft and damage by having your bags wrapped in plastic. Rate: $15.00 per bag which includes loss and damage insurance. 4 locations: Terminal 1 (Hours: 6:00AM – 3:00PM) • Terminal 3 (Hours: 5:00AM – 9:00PM Daily) • Terminal 4 (Hours: 6:00AM – 10:00PM Daily).

Mobile Charging

  • Mobile Charging – Charging stations are available airside in Terminal 1. Currently, charging stations are planned to be added to the other terminals.

Money

  • ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. An ATM located in T2 (airside, Concourse D) dispenses foreign currency (USD, Euro and CAD) and local/international prepaid calling cards. 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: T1, landside, Baggage Claim Lower Level • T1, airside, Concourses B and C • T3, airside, Concourse F • T4, landside, Upper Departures Level • T4, airside, Concourse H • Car Rental Center, 2nd floor, east of Concourse B crossover.
  • Currency Exchange – Four locations: T1, landside, Lower Level (Hours: 8:00AM – 8:00PM) • T4, landside, Lower Level, in the Baggage Claim (Hours: 8:30AM – 9:00PM).

Pets

  • Pet Relief Areas – Travelling with a 4 legged companion? Four pet relief areas are available. Locations: all the areas are located on the lower level, outside each terminal’s baggage claim area.

Rest & Relaxation

Shopping

  • Duty Free & Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available airside for passengers on international flights. Locations: Terminal 2 (Concourse D) • Terminal 3 (Concourses E and F) • Terminal 4 (Concourse H). There is also a variety of shops to pass the time in each Terminal, with some shops open as early as 4:00AM.

Showers, Salon & Spa

  • Salon – unknown
  • Showers – Not available.
  • Spa – unknown

Smoking

  • Smoking – Smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the terminal.

Things to do & see

  • Art at the Airport – Be sure to check out the approximate 60 pieces of artwork displayed throughout the airport and rental center!
  • Live Music – FLL Terminal Tunes offers live music shows in the airport. Dates, times and terminal location varies per show.
  • Viewing Area – Relax and watch planes taking off and landing from the vantage point of the airport’s viewing area. Location: on top of the Hibiscus Garage, go to section 7A to the top level.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Sleeping in the airport is permitted, but only in the pre-security zones. Also keep in mind that TSA, 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.

Airlines

Fort Lauderdale airport is served by the following airlines: Air Canada​ • ​Air Transat • ​Alaska Airlines • ​Allegiant • ​American​ Airlines​ • Avianca​ • ​Azul​ • Bahamasair • ​​​Caribbean • ​​Copa • Delta • Emirates • ​Frontier • IBC • JetBlue • Norwegian • Silver • ​​SkyBahamas • Southwest Airlines • Spirit Airlines​ • ​​Sunwing • ​Swoop • TAME • ​​United Airlines • Westjet.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Amtrak Connections

Broward County Transit (BCT) provides easy access to the Amtrak Station via Route 1. To pick up the bus, head to the Rental Car Center, Stop 7. Travel time varies since this is a wave-off bus and may make frequent stops. A direct trip will take about 10 minutes.

The Tri-Rail commuter train is also a good option. You will need to pick up a free shuttle from any terminal, and take a short ride to the Tri-rail Hollywood International Airport Station at Dania Beach. From there, use FL-2 to the Amtrak/Tri-Rail Park. Travel time using Tri-Rail should be about 10 minutes.

Taxis are also available from the Rental Car Center and will take about 10 minutes of travel time.

Bus

BCT (Broward County Transit) operates daily bus service to and from the airport via bus Route 1. The bus stop is Stop 7 at the Rental Car Center. Visit the Broward County Transit website for fares, schedules and route information.

Car Rentals

Passengers can rent cars on-site at the airport’s Rental Car Center, a building located adjacent to Terminal 1. The following agencies operate from the Rental Car Center: ACE • Advantage • Alamo • Avis • Budget • Dollar • Enterprise • E-Z Rent A Car • Fox • Hertz • National • Payless • Sixt • Thrifty.

Commuter Train

Tri-Rail provides service between Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport Station in Dania Beach and Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Free shuttle buses travel between the airport and the Tri-Rail service at Airport Station. Shuttle stops are located between Terminals 2 and 3, between Terminals 3 and 4 and at the west end of Terminal 1. Visit the Tri-Rail website for schedules and fare information.

Hotel Shuttles

Many hotels near Fort Lauderdale airport provide shuttle service. Hotel shuttles pick-up and drop-off at designated areas curbside on the lower level of all terminals. Inquire with your hotel about shuttle availability and scheduling.
Best Western Fort Lauderdale Airport/Cruise Port   •   Cambria Hotel & Suites Fort Lauderdale Airport South & Cruise Port   •   Candlewood Suites Ft. Lauderdale Air/Seaport   •   Comfort Suites Fort Lauderdale Airport South & Cruise Port   •   Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port   •   Fairfield Inn & Suites Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port   •   Hampton Inn Fort Lauderdale Airport North Cruise Port   •   Hampton Inn & Suites Ft. Lauderdale-Airport/South Cruise Port   •   Holiday Inn Express & Suites Fort Lauderdale Airport South   •   Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise   •   Homewood Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port   •   Rodeway Inn & Suites Fort Lauderdale Airport Cruise Port   •   Four Points by Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port   •   Springhill Suites Fort Lauderdale Airport.

See Airport Hotels above.

Inter-Terminal Shuttles

FLL airport operates a courtesy shuttle service between the terminals, airport economy parking and the Rental Car Center. Shuttles run between the terminals daily from 6:00AM – 9:00PM. Shuttles from the terminals to Airport Economy Parking and the Rental Car Center run 24 hours a day.

Shared Ride Service

Go Airport Shuttle operates a shared-ride shuttle service from the airport to your destination of choice. The shuttle stop is located at the Transportation Podium, lower level curbside, outside of baggage claim. Visit the Go Airport Shuttle website for fare and reservation information.

Taxi

Several companies provide taxi service to and from the airport.

Last updated: 2020-06-16

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.