Sleeping in Airports

Hamilton Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Hamilton (Canada) 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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YHM Airport Overview

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

What to expect

Hamilton Airport (code: YHM) consists of a small terminal with a couple of airside eateries and a shop. WiFi is available to help pass the time. There are no private lounges at this airport.

Where to Sleep

Landside seating is said to be “very wide and easy to sleep in”.  For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels within a quick shuttle ride of 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 Hamilton Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Homestead House B&B – (4 minutes from the airport) Free Airport transfers are available. » Check Rates
  • Super 8 Mount Hope Hamilton International Airport -(4 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Courtyard by Marriott Hamilton -(15 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

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

Airport Lounges

There are no pay-per-use lounges at the airport.

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Hamilton Airport. Connect to the “Fly Hamilton Passenger WiFi”.

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

Art in the Airport – Enjoy local art in the airport’s art gallery. Location: Concessions area, airside

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Both machines dispense Canadian and American funds. 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 and Airside.

Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available free of charge.

Duty Free & Shopping – Hamilton International Duty Free offers duty-free shopping for international flight passengers. Departures Retail Outlet is available airside for domestic passengers.

Food & Drinks – At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. Food options include a Tim Horton’s (main concourse, landside, near security checkpoint), a limited-service Tim Horton’s (Concession area, airside) and a J&A’s Bar, serving beer and wine airside in the Concessions area. Tim Horton’s opens 1 hour before the first flight departure of the day. J&A’s Bar opens at 11:00AM. Additional dining options include a Subway (located in the Jetport building on airport property) and the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Cafe (open until 4:30PM).

Information Desk – The operations office is open 24 hours to help you with any problems or questions you have at the airport. Location: to the left of the check-in counters.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – A reader tells us there are many power outlets both landside and airside. (May 2019)

Museum – If you have some extra time, visit the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. Location: Beside the Terminal. Rate: Free admission when you present a same day boarding pass.

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 is open 24 hours.


Hamilton airport is served by the following airlines: Air Canada • Air Transat • Norwegian • Sunwing • Swoop • WestJet.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


HSR A-line buses link the airport to downtown Hamilton, with connections available to other bus lines at the Hamilton GO Transit Centre stop. For further details, visit the Hamilton Street Railway website.

Coach Canada operates daily airport service between Hamilton Airport and downtown Toronto (Coach bus Terminal).  For more information, visit the MegaBus web site.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies have offices onsite: Avis • Budget • National.

Hotel Shuttles

The Courtyard Hamilton provides airport transportation as a courtesy to their guests. For more information, visit the Courtyard Hamilton website.


Metered taxis are available in the ground transportation area.

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.