Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Hartford 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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BDL 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 Hartford Bradley Airport (code: BDL).
What to Expect
Hartford Airport consists of a mid-size terminal with two concourses, 22 gates, and about two dozen eateries and shops, with most located on the airside. Almost all services close down at about 8:00PM, so plan accordingly. WiFi is available, and additional comfort can be found through fee-based access to one of the airport’s first class lounges. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and rates.
Sleeping in Hartford Airport
After security checkpoints close for the night, all passengers are restricted to the landside areas, and must re-clear security the next day when the checkpoints open. Travellers report that airport staff are accommodating to overnight sleepers, that the airport is clean, and that there are some spots on the landside conducive to sleeping. In particular, benches and chairs in the carpeted hallway leading to the hotel, and some couches located in lounge areas near the lower-level baggage claim. While the airport is quiet at night, the lighting can be bright, so bring eyeshades. For uninterrupted sleep, there is a hotel connected to the airport, and others nearby that provide free shuttles. See Airport Hotels in the guide below or read some traveller reviews for more tips.
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. If you have some time to spare please write a review, send a tip or share photos to help future travellers.
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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.
If sleeping in Hartford Bradley Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:
At Airport Sheraton Hartford Hotel at Bradley Airport – Located at the airport between Terminals A and B. Free shuttle is available from 7:00AM – 8:00PM (must be pre-booked). » Check Rates
Near Airport La Quinta Inn Hartford Bradley Airport – (3 minutes from the airport) Free 24-hour airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
Near Airport DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Hartford Bradley Airport – (5 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
To see more options there is a list of hotels near Hartford Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.
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. 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!
Escape Lounge – Location: East Concourse, Airside, at the entrance to Gates 1-12. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door.
Airport WiFi / Internet
Free WiFi is available at Hartford Bradley Airport.
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 – Baggage Claim, near Door 3 (opposite Delta Baggage Claim Carousel) • Ticketing Level, near Door 3 (opposite Aer Lingus counter).
» Airside – Three ATMs are located near Gates 1-12 (next to Gate 7, Gineva Murano Glass Jewelry, and CNBC Store / Mother’s Nursing Room), and another is located near Gates 20-30 (next to New England Travel Mart). If you need to convert your cash into a prepaid card for cashless payments, you can do so at a Ready Credit reverse-ATM machine. Two machines are located on the Ticketing Level, near Doors 1 and 4.
Baby Care Facilities – The Mother’s Nursing Room features comfortable seating, a changing table, a sink and power outlets for breastpumps. Location: airside, next to the CNBC store.
Currency Exchange – Not available.
Duty Free & Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available at International Shoppes. Location: Airside, Concourse 1-12, near Gates 8. Hours: 9:00AM – 6:30PM. A small variety of shops is also available to pass the time with a few options open at 4:00AM.
Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate on varying schedules, with most of them opening between 4:00AM – 5:00AM. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options.
Information Desk – Located across from Delta Airlines Ticket counter.
Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.
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.
Museum – The New England Air Museum offers Interactive displays for kids and aviation enthusiasts. Location: 11 min taxi/car from the airport
Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.
Shoe Shine – Service are available Airside at Gates 1-12 and Gates 20-30. Hours: 5:00AM – 6:00PM.
Showers – Not available.
The airport is open 24 hours. Most airline counters open between 4:00AM – 5:00AM.
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.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
Bradley Airport is served by bus route 30-Bradley Flyer, an economical and direct route between that stops at the Connecticut Convention Center and Union Station in Hartford. The 30-minute ride costs $1.75 one-way and departs hourly, 7 days a week. For further information, visit the CTTransit website.
The following car rental agencies are connected to the airport via free shuttle service: Alamo • Avis • Budget • Dollar • Enterprise • Hertz • National • Thrifty.
Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Candlewood Suites Windsor Locks • Days Inn Windsor Locks at Bradley International Airport • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Hartford – Bradley Airport • Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Airport • Fairfield Inn & Suites Hartford Airport • Hampton Inn Hartford/Airport • Hilton Garden Inn Hartford North/Bradley International Airport • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Bradley Airport • Homewood Suites by Hilton Hartford/Windsor Locks • La Quinta Inn Hartford Bradley Airport • Marriott Hartford/Windsor Airport • Sheraton Hartford Hotel at Bradley Airport • SpringHill Suites Hartford Airport/Windsor Locks
Taxis are available 24-hours a day in the ground transportation area . All taxis are metered and reservations are not required. At the time of this update, taxi fare between the BDL airport and East, West or Central Hartford is about $42 – $45 one way.
Last updated: 2020-10-19
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.