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Guadalajara Airport Guide

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

Guadalajara Airport Guide
(Photo courtesy of a SleepingInAirports contributor / 5June2018)

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Guadalajara International Airport.

What to expect

Guadalajara Airport (code: GDL) consists of a small, modern terminal with two concourses (A and C). The airport contains numerous eateries and shops on both sides of security, with some offering 24-hour service. WiFi is available and there are outlets for charging mobile devices throughout the terminal. Travelling can upgrade their airport experience by paying to access one of the airport’s first-class lounges. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and access information.

Where to Sleep

Travellers report that most terminal seating contains armrests, though one traveller found some large, comfortable couches in Concourse C. If you intend to the spend the night, make sure you bring insect repellent, as all reviewers cited mosquitos as the airport’s biggest problem. 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 Guadalajara Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Hotel Casa Grande Aeropuerto  – (4 minute walk from the airport) Reviews are mixed, but this is the closest hotel to the airport. » Check Rates
  • Hampton Inn by Hilton Guadalajara Aeropuerto – (10 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle service (subject to availability). » Check Rates
  • City Express Junior Guadalajara Periferico Sur – (10 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle service (subject to availability). » Check Rates
  • Holiday Inn Express Guadalajara Aeropuerto – (11 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle service. » Check Rates

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

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, 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!

Aeromexico Salon Premier – Location: Terminal 1, Airside, upper level, Gate 5. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.

VIP Lounge (West) – Location: Terminal 1, Airside, International Departures, before Gate B13. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.

Passes  VIP Lounge (East) – Location: Terminal 1, Airside, Domestic Departures, before Gate D30.  Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.

Related Pages: Guadalajara Airport Lounges

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Guadalajara Airport. Connect to the “GAP FREE” network to access the internet.

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

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available 24 hours a day. 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: Lanside, Terminal 1 • Airside, Terminal 1, International Departures.

Currency Exchange – There are two exchange centers at the airport:

  • CI Bank offers both banking services and currency exchange. Location: Terminal 1, Landside. Hours: 7:00AM – 8:00PM (Mon – Sat).
  • Global Exchange offers 24 hour currency services. Locations: Domestic Departures, Gate 12 • Terminal Hallway to International Departures • Domestic and International Arrivals. Hours: 24 hours (Mon – Sun).

Duty Free & Shopping – Dufry offers duty-free shopping to both departing and arriving passengers in the International terminal. A small variety of retail stores, mini-markets, newsstands, and gift shops are also available. Most shops are open 6:00AM – 9:00PM.

Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. These options are open 24 hours:
» T1, International Departures – Break Station (near Gate 4)
» T1, Domestic Departures – El Quijote (Gate 14) • Krispy Kreme (Gate 12)
» T1, International Arrivals – Krispy Kreme

Information Desk – Not available.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – A reader mentioned that there are charging stations at every gate and in various locations throughout the airport. They accept a North American plus and USB cable chargers.

Pharmacy – Benavides Pharmacy is available both Landside and Airside (Gate 15). Hours: 6:00AM – 10:00PM.

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.

Travel Agencies – If you are arriving in Guadalajara and need local arrangements or help planning a really last minute trip abroad, there is an American Tours travel agency at the airport that can probably be of assistance. Hours: 6:00AM – 10:00PM.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.


Guadalajara airport is served by the following airlines: AeromarAeroméxico • Aeroméxico Connect • Air FranceAlaska AirlinesAmerican Airlines • American Eagle • Calafia Airlines • Copa AirlinesDelta Air Lines • Interjet • Magnicharters • TAR Aerolines • United Airlines • United Express • Vivaaerobus • Volaris.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies offer service onsite, 24 hours a day, in the Domestic and International Arrivals halls: Alamo • Avis • Budget • Europcar • Fox Rent a Car • Hertz • National • Optima • Sixt • Thrifty / Dollar.

Hotel Shuttles

Some local hotels offer shuttle service or transfers to and from the airport. Contact your hotel of choice for availability and details.


Prepaid taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area. Stop at the Prepaid Taxi booth in the Arrivals hall to pay for your ride. You will receive a ticket to give to your taxi driver before boarding the taxi.

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.