Sleeping in Airports

Honolulu Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you 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: (15May2014)

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 3 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 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

Landside airport lobbies and baggage claim areas are closed from 10:00PM – 5:00AM, and those planning to stay overnight must have a boarding pass and itinerary. The airport maintains a designated landside overnight area on Level 2, at the end of the concourse (look for large floor map of Oahu). This area is patrolled by security and travellers felt safe staying there; however, all seating included armrests, which seems to be the case for airside gate areas, as well. Noted sleep hindrances include bright lights, noise and cold temperatures, so be sure to pack eyeshades, earplugs/noise-cancelling headphones, and a sweater or travel blanket. Explore our guide to sleeping in Honolulu Airport or read some traveller reviews for more tips.   For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels are just a quick shuttle ride away. See Airport Hotels in the guide below.

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.

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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 Hotels

If sleeping in Honolulu Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Airport Honolulu Hotel – (3 minute walk from the airport) Free 24-hour airport shuttle service. For airport pick-up, use the courtesy phone in baggage claim to call the hotel.  » Check Rates
  • Best Western Plaza Hotel – (5 minutes from the airport) Free 24-hour airport shuttle is available. Day rooms are available.  » Check Rates
  • Pacific Marina Inn – (5 minutes from the airport) Reviews are mixed, but this budget hotel is next to the airport and provides free 24-hour airport shuttle.  » Check Rates

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

Airport 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

Hawaiian Airlines Premier Club Lounge – Location: Terminal 1, Airside, 2nd Floor, near Gate A18. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.

Passes The Plumeria Lounge – Location: Terminal 1, Airside, 3rd Floor. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.

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.

Passes IASS Hawaii Lounge – Location: Terminal 2, Airside, near Gates 14-23. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • 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, Diamond Head Gulf Wing, above Gate 10. 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 New Zealand/United Club Lounge (Terminal 2) • China Airlines Dynasty Lounge (Terminal 2) • Delta Sky Club • Korean Air Kal Lounge (Terminal 2) • Hawaiian Airlines Premier Club Lounge (Terminal 1) • Qantas Airways International Business Lounge (Terminal 2) • JAL Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge/American Airlines Admirals Club (Terminal 2) • Philippines Airlines/Delta Airlines Lounge • ANA/United Club Lounge (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.

Airport WiFi / Internet

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

Computer terminals (23 of them) are located in the followings areas: Terminal 1 (4 x near Gate B5 • 6 x near Gates A15 and A19) • Terminal 2 (5 x near Gate F2 • 8 x near Gate E3). Fees are not known. The Business Center also offers computer workstations at the following locations: Terminal 1, across from Starbucks • Terminal 2, near Checkpoint 4. Rate: $3 for 15 minutes of internet access.

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

Business Services

  • Business Center – Flight Deck Business Center offers WiFi, computer stations, postal services, fax and copy services, and more. There are five locations:
    • Terminal 1: Central Lobby – Hours: 7:30AM – 7:00PM (Mon-Sat) and 7:30AM – 6:30PM (Sun).
    • Terminal 2 – Ewa Shop, airside, Departures, Gate D1 (Hours: 7:00AM – 2:00PM and 4:15PM – 6:30PM) • Business Center next to Security Checkpoint #4 (Hours: 8:30AM – 2:30PM) • Diamond Head Store, airside, across from Gate F1 (Hours: 8:30AM – 7:45PM) • Main Store, airside, between Gates G1 and F2, opposite Burger King. (Hours: 7:30AM – 8:45PM).


  • Postal Services – The Business Center offers postal services. Location: Center Lobby of Terminal 2. Hours: 7:30AM – 7:00PM (Mon-Sat) and 7:30AM – 6:30PM (Sun).
  • WiFi – see “Airport WiFi/Internet” above.

Food & Drinks

  • Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate on varying schedules, with most open until 10:00PM. Vending machines also available in the airport.


  • Information Desk – There are 17 Information Desks located throughout the airport. Hours: 5:00AM – 10:45PM.


  • Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available free of charge in the International Arrivals area. There is a small fee charged for use elsewhere in the airport.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers – Baggage Storage Hawaii offers short-term storage for fees ranging from $12 – $20 per day, per item. They also provide rentals of beach chairs, strollers, boogie boards and more. Location: Terminal 2, Baggage Claim, in front of carousel 18. Hours: 8:00AM – 10:00AM.

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.

Mobile Charging

  • Mobile Charging – There are 15 mobile charging stations located throughout the airport. They can be found on walls where former telephone areas once were.


  • 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 were 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).

Rest & Relaxation


  • Duty Free & 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.

Showers, Salon & Spa

  • Showers – 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 ].


  • 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.

Airport Hours

The landside airport lobbies and baggage claim area are closed from 10:00PM – 5:00AM in an effort to discourage homeless people from sleeping in the airport. These closures mean that 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.

Layover Sightseeing

Do you have a long layover? With the proper documentation and a long enough layover, you may have time to leave the airport and do some sightseeing. Here are a few Honolulu Airport Layover Sightseeing ideas. As this is a new page, if you have a suggestion for other layover sightseeing options, click here to update this airport guide and we will add it to the list.


Honolulu airport is served by the following airlines: Air CanadaAir ChinaAir New ZealandAir AsiaAlaska Airlines • Allegiant Airlines • All Nippon AirwaysAmerican AirlinesAsiana AirlinesChina AirlinesChina Eastern AirlinesDelta Air Lines • Fiji Airways • Hawaiian Airlines • Japan Airlines • Jetstar • Jin Air • Korean Air • Makani Kai Air • Omni Air • Philippines Airlines • Qantas Airways • Southwest • United Airlines • Virgin America • WestJet.

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 are: US$17.00 (Waikiki Resorts or Honolulu Pier) • The Kahala Resort & Hotel (US $28.00). Luggage (2 standard pieces and 1 carry-on per person) is including, extra fees will apply for additional luggage. For more information, visit the Roberts Hawaii Speed Shuttle website.


SpeediShuttle provides affordable on demand door to door service from the airport to your hotel. Shuttles depart within 20 minutes of check-in with Shuttle Attendant at pickup zone.

Fees: Waikiki/Honolulu Harbor from $16.00 (one way) or $28.80 (roundtrip) per person based on two people travelling.

Shuttle stops are on the ground level adjacent to baggage Claim C (Interisland Terminal) as well as curbside at the Overseas Terminal (between Baggage Claim D & E) in front of the Commuter Terminal and on the median curb outside Baggage Claim H.  For more information, visit the SpeediShuttle website.


TheBus public transportation system serves the airport via routes 19, 20 and 31, which stop on the Departure (upper) Level of the airport. These routes connect passengers to downtown Honolulu, Ala Moana Center, Waikiki, Pearlridge Center (route 20 only), Hickam AFB (route 19 only) and Tripler Army Medical Center via Kalihi Transit Center (route 31). Routes 9, 40, 40A, 42 and 62 run along Nimitz Highway, which is a short walk from the airport. 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

Six rental car companies (Advantage • Avis • Budget • Enterprise • Hertz • National) are located on airport, while four others provide off-airport car rentals. Registration counters are located in the Baggage Claim area. On airport rental car offices are located on the ground level opposite Baggage Claim G.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels offer free airport shuttle service as a convenience for their guests. Use the free courtesy phone at airport baggage claim to call the hotel for a pick up once you arrive. Shuttles depart from the center island on the arrivals level. Contact your hotel of choice for shuttle service availability and information. Here are a few hotels that offer airport shuttle: Airport Honolulu Hotel   •   Best Western The Plaza Hotel.

See Airport Hotels above.


Taxis are available on the center 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, plus a baggage charge of 50 cents per bag. Fare is by meter only.

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.