Sleeping in Airports

Indianapolis Airport Guide

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

Security seemed to tip-toe past me and the cleaning staff detoured around my cozy sleeping alcove apparently out of respect for myself. – Cam

IND 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 Indianapolis International Airport.

What to Expect

Indianapolis Airport (code: IND) comprises two modern concourses connected by a central ticketing/check-in area. After clearing security, passengers can move between the two concourses without re-screening via an airside walkway. The airport hosts about two dozen eateries and an equal number of shops. The airport offers free WiFi and some power outlets for re-charging mobile devices. 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.

Indianapolis Airport Guide
(Photo courtesy of Paul Fisher/ January 2020)

Sleeping in Indianapolis Airport

Airport staff and security are described as accommodating to overnight sleepers, though passengers are restricted to the landslide once security checkpoints close for the night. Comfortable couches are located throughout the terminal, and the terminal lounge and baggage claim are recommended due partly to the comfortable seating. The terminal can get cold and noisy, so earplugs/noise-cancelling headphones and warm clothes/travel blankets are recommended. There is no onsite hotel, but some hotels are within a quick shuttle ride. See Airport Hotels in the guide below or read traveller reviews for more tips.

To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos. You can also visit the airport’s website for current information. For more airport information, continue scrolling down to explore more in our Indianapolis Airport Guide.

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 Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Not available

Airline Lounges (members only)

  • Delta Sky Club – Location: Airside, Concourse A, immediately after Security and before Starbucks. Lounge Access: Elite Status • Lounge membership programs.

Military Lounge

USO Lounge – The USO offers a free lounge to active members of the US military and their families. Location: lower level near Bag Claim 3 in Room 10T.109.

Related Pages: Indianapolis Airport Lounges

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Indianapolis Airport that provide free airport shuttles.

  • Hampton Inn & Suites Indianapolis Airport  » Check Rates
  • Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis Airport   » Check Rates
  • Holiday Inn Indianapolis Airport   » Check Rates

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

Cots

In the event of major flight cancellations due to extreme weather, cots may be set up. Availability may have been affected by COVID-19. Ask an airport employee for more details.

Food & Drinks

Most food concessions throughout the terminal operate with varying schedules. Only vending machines are open 24 hours: Farmer’s Fridge vending machines (Concourse A, near Gate A06 • Concourse B, near Gate B06) • Illy’s coffee vending machines (Concourse A • Concourse B).

Mobile Charging

A reader tells us that six free mobile phone charging stations are available landside. You can find them in the restaurant, across from guest services/by 500 Grill. (July 2019)

Rest & Relaxation Zones

No dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones exist. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Indianapolis airport. Connect to the “IND PUBLIC WIFI” network.

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

Baby Care Facilities – Nursing Mother’s Room. Three locations: Room 09T.303A, landside, near Ticket Island #8 (north side of Ticketing Hall) • Room 04A.303, airside, Concourse A, near the International Arrivals Area, just past the Starbucks • Room 04B.303, airside, Concourse B, opposite Gate B5 (near the Camden Food Co.).

Barbershop – Hair Departure Barber Shop. Location: Civic Plaza, just past the Ticketing Hall.

CPR Training – Use your spare time to learn how to save a life! “Hands-Only CPR Training” kiosks offer an informative video, practice session, and 30-second CPR test on a rubber mannequin. Location: Concourse A, Airside, near Gate A18 • Concourse B, Airside, Gate B15 Hours: 10:00AM – 4:00PM.

Drinking Water – Information is unavailable. Does the airport have water fountains or water bottle refill stations? Click here to update this guide.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free is available as well as a good variety of shops, including convenience stores selling newspapers, snacks and drinks. Hours: vary by location, with some open as early as 4:30 AM.

Information

  • Digital Information Kiosks – At one point, easy-to-use touch screen displays could get you directly in touch with local hotels, restaurants, attractions and other businesses. These used to be located in the Baggage Claim, near the main escalators. We were unable to confirm this at the time of our November 2023 Update. If you know whether they are still there, click here to update this airport guide.
  • Information Desk – The Guest Services desk offers information about airport services and local tourism, maps and brochures, paging, lost and found, business services, notary and more. Location: Civic Plaza, beyond Ticketing Hall. Look for the airport ambassadors throughout the airport.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Unavailable. If this is incorrect, click here to update this guide.

Meditation Room – The Haflich Meditation Room offers a peaceful interfaith environment for prayer and meditation. Location: Ticketing Hall (south end), landside. Hours: 5:00 AM – 11:00 PM (Sun – Fri) • 5:00 AM – 9:00 PM (Sat).

Money

  • ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so check your bank’s fee schedule and daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside and Airside.
  • Currency Exchange – A Travelex store located in the Baggage Claim used to offer foreign exchange services. 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.

Pet Relief – Service animal pet relief areas are located in these locations: Airside, Concourse A, Room 04A.303 • Airside, Concourse B, Room 03B.302.

Postal Services – At one point, a mailbox used to be located Landside, in the Baggage Claim Area and Check-in. 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.

Showers – Unavailable. If this is incorrect, click here to update this guide.

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

Spa – EnRoute Spa offers full body massages, manicures, pedicures, and more. An airside location is available: Concourse B, near Gate B06. Hours: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM.

Walking Path – When your idea of airport exercise doesn’t include tight connections and frantic running to the next gate, enjoy your time at the airport with a stroll or power walk along one of the designated walking paths. IND Airport has partnered with the American Heart Association to create designated walking paths around the airport. One ¼ mile path is available landside in the Ticketing Hall, and each concourse has a ½ mile path.

Airlines
Indianapolis airport is served by the following airlines: Air Canada • Alaska Airlines • Allegiant Airlines • American Airlines • Delta Air Lines • Frontier Airlines • Southwest Airlines • Spirit • Sun Country Airlines • United Airlines • Vacation Express.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

IndyGo Route 8 serves IND airport in a regular bus service to and from downtown, via Washington Street. Bus fare is $1.75. For route map, schedule and fares, visit the IndyGo website.

Car Rentals

Car rental desks are available in the Ground Transportation Center, located on the 1st floor of the parking garage. Onsite car rental agencies include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Payless, Sixt and Thrifty.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport shuttle service:  Comfort Suites   •  Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Indianapolis Airport South   •  Courtyard by Marriott   •  Crowne Plaza   •   Delta Hotels by Marriott  •  Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriot   •  Hampton Inn & Suites   •  Hilton Garden Inn   •   Holiday Inn Indianapolis – Airport Area N  •   Holiday Inn   •    Holiday Inn Express & Suites Indianapolis W – Airport Area   •  La Quinta Inn by Wyndham   •   Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham   •   Residence Inn by Marriott   •   Wingate by Wyndham  •  Wyndham Indianapolis West.

Shuttles depart from the Ground Transportation area, Zone 2.  Use the courtesy phone to contact the hotel for pick-up.

See also Airport Hotels above.

Ride App

Lyft and Uber pick up from the Ground Transportation Centre. A ride to the city centre cost approximately $20.

Shuttles

The following companies provide shuttle service to/from the airport: Go Express (express service to downtown Indianapolis), , Lafayette Limo (Lafayette Limo Office, Quality Inn, Purdue West, State Street Bus Stop, Holiday Inn City Centre, Courtyard Marriott Lafayette), and Bloomington Shuttle Service Inc. (Bloomington and Indiana University).

Taxis

Taxis are readily available at the lower level curb outside of Baggage Claim. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required. Minimum fare is $15 for all fares leaving the airport. Fares must not exceed what is shown on the meter, so if travelling outside of Indianapolis, negotiate the fare with the driver before starting your journey.

Last updated: 2024-01-31

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.