Sleeping in Airports

Honolulu Airport Guide

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

Honolulu airport guide
Airside. Photo by: SleepingInAirports.net (15 May 2014)

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Honolulu Inouye International Airport (Code: HNL).

What to Expect

Honolulu Airport operates three terminals: T1, which houses Hawaiian Airlines (interisland and U.S. Mainland flights); T2, which caters to all International flights; and T3, which houses Mokulele Airlines only. All three terminals are inter-connected by regular “Wiki-Wiki” (quick-quick) bus service. There are plenty of shops, restaurants, cafes, bars and services in the Overseas (main) terminal, but such options are extremely limited in the other two terminals. Free WiFi is available, though travellers report that the service is only available in a limited area in the main terminal. For additional comfort, economy class passengers can pay to use one of the first-class airport lounges. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and rates.

Sleeping in Honolulu Airport

Those planning to stay overnight must have a boarding pass and itinerary. The terminal used to feature a designated landside overnight area on Level 2, at the end of the concourse (look for a large floor map of Oahu). This area is patrolled by security, and travellers felt safe staying there; however, all seating includes armrests, which seems to be the case for airside gate areas. Noted sleep hindrances include bright lights, noise and cold temperatures, so pack eyeshades, earplugs/noise-cancelling headphones, and a sweater or travel blanket. Explore our guide to sleeping in Honolulu Airport or read traveller reviews for more tips.   For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels are just a quick shuttle ride away. See Airport Hotels in the guide below.

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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.

airport hoursAirport Hours

Regular travellers cannot stay in the lobbies overnight. Instead, travellers with boarding passes and itineraries can go to a holding area off of lobby 4 before they are allowed to go through TSA checkpoints.

airport hotelsAirport Hotels

If sleeping in the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Honolulu Airport:

  • Airport Honolulu Hotel – Free airport shuttle is available 5:00AM – 1:00AM. For airport pick-up, use the courtesy phone in baggage claim to call the hotel.  » Check Rates
  • Best Western Plaza Hotel – Free airport shuttle is available. Day rooms are available.  » Check Rates
  • Pacific Marina Inn – Free 24-hour airport shuttle is available.  » Check Rates

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

airport loungeAirport 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!

Terminal 1
Terminal 2
  • American Airlines Admirals Club – Location: Terminal 2, Airside, 3rd Floor. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of American Airlines ticket • Lounge membership programs.
  • IASS Hawaii Lounge – Location: Terminal 2, Airside, near Gates 14-23. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.
  • Qantas Club – Location: Terminal 2, Airside, EWA Concourse, above Gate 26. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.
  • United Club – Location: Terminal 2, Airside, near Gate G3. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of United Airlines ticket • United Club Membership.

Airline Lounges (members only)

Other airlines that have (or share) lounges are: Air Canada/United Club Lounge (Terminal 2) • Air New Zealand/United Club Lounge (Terminal 2) • ANA/Air Japan (Terminal 2) • Asiana Airlines/United Club Lounge (Terminal 2) • Delta Sky Club (Terminal 2) • Four Seasons Resort (Terminal 2) • Korean Air Kal Lounge (Terminal 2) • Lea Lea Lounge (Terminal 2) • Qantas Airways International Business Lounge (Terminal 2) • JAL Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge/American Airlines Admirals Club (Terminal 2).

Military Lounges

USO Center – The USO offers a lounge that is free of charge to active members of the US military and their families. Location: Terminal 2, between Baggage Claims 19 and 20.

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water bottle refillsDrinking Water

Information is unavailable. Does Honolulu Airport have water fountains or water bottle refill stations? Click here to update this guide.

foodFood & Drinks

Food concessions throughout the terminal operate on varying schedules, with most open until 10:00PM.

  • Terminal 1, A Gates – Burger King • Chowmein Express • Dunkin’ Donuts • E Komo Mai • Island Brews & Torn Basil • Kona Brewery • Lahaina Chicken Company • Makai Plantation • Starbucks • Stinger Rays Tropical Bar & Grill.
  • Terminal 2, C Gates – A Shack 4 EWA • Starbucks
  • Terminal 2, Main – Atrium Bar • Burger King • California Pizza Kitchen • Chowmein Express • Jose Cuervo Tequileria •  Pinkberry • Samurai Sushi & Bento • Starbucks •  The Local • Umaizushi.
  • Terminal 2, E Gates – Cold Stone Creamery • Kona Brewery • Lahaina Chicken Company • PGA Tour Grill • Starbucks.
  • Terminal 2, G Gates – E Komo Mai Wagon • Kona Brewery • Quiznos Sub • Starbucks.

Vending machines are also available throughout the above-mentioned gate areas.

Luggage StorageLuggage Storage & Lockers

Baggage Storage Hawaii offers short-term storage for fees ranging from $15 – $20 per day, per item. They also provide rentals of beach chairs, strollers, boogie boards and more. Location: Terminal 2, Arrivals level, Baggage Claim E.

mobile chargingMobile Charging

Mobile charging stations are located throughout the terminals.

rest zonesRest & Relaxation Zones

There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

showersShowers

(Temporarily closed) Showers for freshening up are available to members of the U.S. military and their families in the USO Military Lounge, located in Terminal 2. [ see Airport Lounges above ].

wifiAirport WiFi / Internet

Free (subject to advertisements) WiFI is available in Terminals 1 and 2. You can also upgrade to faster service through Boingo if the free service is too slow for you.

airport infoMore Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

Business Center – Flight Deck Business Center used to offer WiFi, computer stations, postal services, fax and copy services, and more. We were unable to confirm this at the time of our October 2023 Update. If you know whether it’s still there, click here to update this airport guide.

Conference Rooms – The Garden Conference Center consists of 4 conference rooms that can be rented for 1 – 8 hours. Location: Terminal 1, 7th Floor. Rates from $50 – $550.

Information Desk – There are 15 Information Desks located throughout the terminals. Hours: 5:00AM – 10:45PM.

Luggage

  • Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available free of charge in the International Arrivals area. There is a fee charged for use elsewhere in the airport.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers – see “Luggage Storage & Lockers” above.

Medical Services

  • Medical Services – Medical Clinic. Location: Terminal 2, Ground floor, next to the Japanese Garden. Fees are charged. Hours: unknown; however, paramedics are on-site 24 hours a day.
  • Defibrillators – Automated External Defibrillators (AED) are located about every 90 seconds (walking distance) through the airport’s public areas.

Money

  • 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 and Airside in Terminals 1 and 2. At the time of this update, there are no ATMS in Terminal 3.
  • Currency Exchange – ICE Currency Services provides foreign currency services. Locations: Terminal 2 (Central Lobby • near Gate F2 • near Gate D2) • International Arrivals Area (inside U.S. Customs) • International Tour Group Arrivals (2nd Floor). Hours: vary by location but some open at 6:00AM and the last one closes at 1:30PM. And finally, the Central Lobby Business Center (Terminal 2) offers currency exchange (Hours: 7:30AM – 5:00PM).

Postal Services – Drop boxes can be found in this location: Terminal 2, 1st floor, near USO.

Shopping – Duty Free shops are available near Gate 26, Gates 12-13, Gates 24-25 and in the Central Lobby. In addition there are plenty of other shops to pass the time.

SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Smoking – Smoking is permitted in designated areas only outside the terminals.

Things to do & see

  • Art in the Airport – You will find art exhibits in various areas of the airport.
  • Gardens – Enjoy your last moments of Hawaiian sun before departing this beautiful island. Relax in the beautifully landscaped gardens including a Chinese, Japanese and Hawaiian garden.
  • Lei Greetings – You can pre-arrange a Lei greeting for yourself or pick-up a Lei to greet your arriving visitors.  Lei are available at kiosks and shops in the terminal or Lei stands to the left side of the airport entrance near Terminal 1.  (Hours: 6:00AM – 10:00PM).
Airlines
Honolulu airport is served by the following airlines: Air Asia • Air Canada • Air New Zealand • Alaska Airlines • American Airlines • Ana/Air Japan • Asiana Airlines • Delta Air Lines • Fiji Airways • Hawaiian Airlines • Japan Airlines • Jetstar • Korean Air • Makani Kai Air • Mokulele Airlines • Philippines Airlines • Qantas Airways • Southwest • United Airlines • WestJet • ZipAir.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Airport Shuttles

Roberts Hawaii Speed Shuttle

Shuttle service is available from HNL airport to a variety of destinations throughout the city. Sample one-way adult rates for arrivals are: US$25.00 (Waikiki District • The Kahala District(US $37.50). Luggage (2 standard pieces and 1 carry-on per person) is included, extra fees will apply for additional luggage. Shuttle services have a minimum occupancy of two people so, if you are travelling alone you will be charged for two. For more information, visit the Roberts Hawaii Speed Shuttle website.

SpeediShuttle

SpeediShuttle provides affordable on demand door to door service from the airport to your hotel. Shuttles depart within 20 minutes of check-in with a Shuttle Attendant at the pickup zone.  Fees: Waikiki from $20.28 (one way) per person based on two people travelling.  For more information, visit the SpeediShuttle website.

Bus

TheBus public transportation system serves the airport via routes #20 (Eastbound to Kalihi – downtown Honolulu – Honolulu Civic Center – Ala Moana Shopping Center – Waikiki / Westbound to Arizona Memorial – Aloha Stadium – Aiea – Pearlridge Shopping Center) and #303 (Westbound to Joint Base Pearl Harbor / Eastbound to Kalihi Transit Center).

The buses stop on the Departure (upper) Level of the airport.  Baggage size limit is 22″ x 14″ x 9″.  The Handi-Van is a TheBus service for mobility-impaired passengers who can’t use regular TheBus service. For schedules, routes and fares for all TheBus services, go to the TheBus website.

Car Rentals

Ten car rental companies can be found in the 5-story Consolidated Rent-a-Car (CONRAC) facility: Alamo • Avis • Budget • Dollar • Enterprise • Hertz • National • Payless • Thrifty • Sixt.  Entrance to the facility is directly across from Terminal 2, outside baggage claim 26 and 31.  Passengers arriving Terminal 1 (Baggage Claim 6-11), Terminal 2 (International Arrivals, Baggage Claim 16-18) and Terminal 3, can take the shuttle bus.  Shuttle bus operates from 4:00AM – 12:00AM.  Visit our travel partner at Tripadvisor to search for car rentals deals.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels offer airport shuttle service: Airport Honolulu Hotel   •  Best Western The Plaza Hotel    •   Pacific Marina Inn.

Use the free courtesy phone at airport baggage claim to call the hotel for a pick up once you arrive. Shuttles depart from the centre island on the arrivals level.

See also Airport Hotels above.

Inter-Terminal Shuttle

There are shuttle buses that operate between Terminal 1, 2 and 3. Signs are posted curbside on the Ground Level.  Hours: 6:00AM – 10:00PM.

Ride App

Lyft and Uber pick up from Terminal 1 (Lobby 2, Floor 2) • Terminal 2 (Lobby 5/6, Floor 2) • Terminal 2 (Lobby 8, Floor 2). A ride to the city centre cost approximately $32.

Taxis

Taxis are available on the centre median fronting the terminal baggage claim areas. The fare from the airport to Waikiki during non-rush hour periods is about $40.00-$45.00. Fare is by metre only.

layover sightseeingLayover Sightseeing

Do you want to make the most of your stopover or long layover by leaving the airport for sightseeing?  Check out our Honolulu Airport Layover Sightseeing guide or explore Things to do in Honolulu on Tripadvisor.

Last updated: 2024-02-26

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.