Sleeping in Airports

Halifax Airport Guide

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

we found out that there’s an airport chapel which also had a room with a bed in it. We were offered the bed by a pilot that was passing by. – a traveller

YHZ 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 Halifax Stanfield International Airport.

What to Expect

Halifax Airport (code: YHZ) is a modern, single-terminal airport with a fair number of shopping and dining options, though only the ALTcetera, located inside the ALT Hotel, stays open 24 hours. The airport, which has undergone significant renovations in recent years, is clean, and staff are known for being friendly and helpful. Free WiFi, which helps pass the time, is available. For additional comfort, there is a first-class airport lounge. See Airport Lounges in the guide below.

Sleeping in Halifax Airport

halifax airport guideWhile airport staff and security generally accommodate overnight sleepers, passengers are restricted to the landside area when security checkpoints close for the night and must re-clear security upon its morning opening. While there is a decent amount of seating throughout the airport, most are metal framed with armrests, though a few four-seater leather benches are scattered throughout. While many reviewers reported sleeping overnight in the Worship Centre airport chapel, another option to consider is the observation deck on the second floor above the main hall between check-in and arrivals. While the seating there is subject to change, it is known for being quiet and having dim lighting. For uninterrupted sleep, a hotel is connected to the terminal and some other hotels are a quick shuttle ride away. See Airport Hotels in the guide below or read traveller reviews for more tips.

Good to Know

Passengers flying to the U.S. pre-clear customs and immigration in Halifax.

To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos. You can also visit the airport’s website for current information. For more airport information, continue scrolling down to explore more in our Halifax Airport Guide.

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 Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection preclearance closes at night. Hours: 5:00AM – 5:00PM.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Related Pages: Halifax Airport Lounges

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Halifax airport sounds like a nightmare, there is a hotel connected directly to the terminal and other nearby hotels that provide free airport shuttles:

ALT Hotel – Connected to the terminal via a walkway on the mezzanine level.  » Check Rates

Hotels near Halifax Airport with shuttles:

  • Quality Inn Halifax Airport Hotel   » Check Rates
  • Hilton Garden Inn Halifax Airport  » Check Rates
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Halifax Airport  » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Halifax Airport that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Rest & Relaxation Zones

No dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones exist. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Halifax Airport. Connect to the “Halifax_Airport” network.

At one point, three workstations used to be available for rent across from Gate 22. We were unable to confirm this at the time of our September 2023 update. If you know whether they are still there, click here to update this guide.

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

Chapel – There is a non-denominational worship centre. Location: Landside, 2nd level, Mezzanine. Hours: Open 24 hours

Drinking Water – Information is unavailable. Does the airport have water fountains or water bottle refill stations? Click here to update this guide.

Family Services

  • Children’s Play Area – At one point, the airport featured a children’s play area located Airside, near Gate 18. Unfortunately, we could not confirm this at the time of our September 2023 update. If you know whether they are still there, click here to update this guide.
  • Nursing Room – A designated space is available for those wishing to breastfeed in privacy. Four soft chairs, a sink and a changing table are included. Location: Main level, between the food court and the Art Gallery. Hours: 24 hours.
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Food & Drinks – Most food concessions throughout the terminal operate with varying schedules. At the time of our 2023 September update, the only 24-hour option is ALTcetera (Landside, ALT Hotel). At one point, Tim Hortons (Airport Square, Landside, Main Level) was open 24/7. We were unable to confirm this at the time of our September 2023 update. If you know whether they are still there, click here to update this guide.

Information Desk – The Visitor Information Centre (VIC) offers brochures, maps and special event information. Location: Main Level, landside, Domestic Arrivals Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Coats, boots, and baggage can be stored in the Security Office for up to two weeks. A valid, up-to-date boarding pass for onward travel is required. The cost per item per day is $5 and $15 – $25 per day, depending on size. Storage is available for a maximum of 2 weeks. Location: Security Office, Centre Tunnel, Room B085 Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Massages – Classic Backrub, near Gate 20, used to offer massages. Unfortunately, we could not confirm this at the time of our September 2023 update. If you know whether they are still there, click here to update this guide.

Mobile Charging – A reader (January 2019) tells us there are charging ports at the gates under the seats.

Money

  • ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so check your bank’s fee schedule and daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside, on the main level (ticketing area, domestic arrivals, food court and retail area) • Departures level (departures level entrance, near Beaches Cafe and Bar and across from Starbucks) • Landside, on the lower level of the parkade, near the car rental counters. A USD-currency ATM is located in the US Pre-clearance Departures area.
  • Currency Exchange – At one point, the International Currency Exchange offered currency exchange, lottery tickets, travel insurance and more. Unfortunately, we could not confirm this at the time of our September 2023 update. If you know whether they are still there, click here to update this guide.

Postal Services – At one point, the International Currency Exchange had a letters-only postal kiosk. We could not confirm this at the time of our September 2023 update. If you know whether they are still there, click here to update this guide.

Shopping

  • Duty-Free & Shopping – The airport has two duty-free shops. One is located on the Departures Level, across from Gate 24, and closes 45 min before departure of non-US international flights. The other duty-free shop in the US Pre-Clearance facility stays open for all US-bound international flights and closes at the last call.

Showers – Not available.

SIM Cards – SIM cards can be purchased at the Wireless DNA store on the landside. Hours: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM (Tue – Sun).

Things to do & see

  • Airport Tours -Airport tours used to be available. Unfortunately, we could not confirm this at the time of our September 2023 update. If you know whether they are still there, click here to update this guide.
  • Art in the Airport – Art and scheduled live music exhibitions are available throughout the airport.
  • Observation Deck – Relax and watch planes taking off and landing from the vantage point of the airport’s observation deck. Location: Take the glass elevators in the main lobby to the third level. There is also an aircraft viewing window on the main level.
Airlines
Halifax airport is served by the following airlines: Air Canada • Air Saint-Pierre • Air Transat • American Airlines • Condor • Discover Airlines • Flair Airlines • Lynx Air • Maritime • NovaJet • Pal Aerospace • Pal Airlines • Porter • Sable Aviation • SunWing • Swoop • Vision • WestJet.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

The Regional Express bus route 320 links the airport to downtown Halifax. Bus fare is $4.25 one-way. Contact Regional Express Service for details.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies are available onsite on the lower level of the airport parkade: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar/Thrifty, Enterprise, Hertz and National.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport shuttle service: Hilton Garden Inn Halifax Airport   •   Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Halifax Airport   •   Quality Inn Halifax Airport. See also Airport Hotels above.

Ride Sharing

Uber and Lyft operates throughout Canada. A ride to the city centre will cost you about $54.

Taxis and Shuttles

Metered taxis and shared-ride shuttles are available in the ground transportation area. Maritime Bus offers service between the YHZ airport and several locations in the Maritimes. Several other companies offer shuttle service (some are seasonal) to Cape Breton, South Shore, Easter Shore, Annapolis Valley and Yarmouth.. Contact your service provider for details.

Last updated: 2024-01-31

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, is 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 websites. 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.