Sleeping in Airports

Helena Airport Guide

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

HLN Airport Overview

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

What to expect

Helena Airport (code: HLN) passenger services are provided in a tiny terminal with a restaurant, café and gift shop. WiFi is available to help pass the time. There are no private lounges at this airport.

Where to Sleep

We do not yet have any sleep-related airport reviews. That said, the airport terminal closes after the last arrival or departure of the day, so overnight sleeping may not be possible. 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

Sleeping in the airport overnight is not possible. There are hotels near Helena airport (approx. 2km + away):

  • Residence Inn Helena – (2 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available with advance reservation. » Check Rates
  • Comfort Suites Airport – (2 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • Wingate by Wyndham Helena Airport – (4 minutes from the airport) Free shuttle service to the airport and surrounding area (within city limits). » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Helena 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 Helena Airport. The signal is strongest near the Sleeping Giant Business Center.

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: on the main level, between the Sleeping Giant Business Center • the ticketing counters.

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

Business Center – The Sleeping Giant Business Center offers free WiFi and wired internet access in a work-friendly environment, and a TV lounge for relaxation before flying. Location: Across from Captain Jack’s, landside.

Currency Exchange – Not available.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free is not available. Landside you will find the Smokejumper Market. Hours: unknown.

Food & Drinks – There are no 24 hour concessions available. There are two dining options at the airport. Airside there is the Smokejumpers Landing Cafe (Hours: unknown). Landside there is the Smokejumpers Restaurant (Hours: 10:00AM – 6:00PM Mon – Fri • 9:00AM – 5:00PM Sat • 9:00AM – 6:00PM Sun).

Information Desk – If you have any questions, there is Visitor Information Center in the airport.

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.

Parking – Free short term parking is available.

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 4:00AM – 12:30AM, or after the last arrival/departure of the day.


Helena airport is served by the following airlines:  Delta Air Lines • United Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

Onsite car rental agencies include Alamo • Avis • Budget • Hertz • National.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. Some of these hotels can be reached via direct-dial courtesy phone, available at the courtesy boards in the east end of baggage claim. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Best Western Premier Helena Great Northern Hotel   •   Comfort Suites Helena   •   Hampton Inn Helena   •   Jorgenson’s Inn & Suites   •   La Quinta Inn & Suites Helena   •   Radisson Colonial Hotel Helena   •   Residence Inn by Marriott Helena   •   Shilo Inn – Helena   •   Wingate by Wyndham Helena


Taxis are available in the taxi rank outside, in front of baggage claim of the airport terminal on a 24-hour basis. All taxis are metered and reservations are not required. Taxis can also be requested by direct-dial courtesy phone, available in the baggage claim 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.