Sleeping in Airports

Indianapolis Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you 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) is comprised of 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, with at least two eateries and one convenience store offering 24-hour service. 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 being accommodating to overnight sleepers, though passengers are restricted to the landslide once security checkpoints close down for the night. There are comfortable couches located throughout the airport, and the terminal lounge and baggage claim are both recommended due in part to the comfortable seating. The airport can get cold and noisy, so earplugs/noise-cancelling headphones and warm clothes/travel blanket are recommended. There is no onsite hotel, but there are some hotels within a quick shuttle ride away. See Airport Hotels in the guide below or read some traveller reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Some airport reviews and tips in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. 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.

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

With Covid restrictions constantly changing, we recommend that you confirm shuttle availability prior to booking and/or prior to your arrival.

  • 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.

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 lounge that is free of charge to active members of the US military and their families. Location: lower level of the terminal near Bag Claim 3 in Room 10T.109.

Related Pages: Indianapolis Airport Lounges

Airport WiFi / Internet

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

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

Communications

  • Postal Services – Drop off your last minute postcards at the airport’s mailbox. Locations: Landside, Baggage Claim Area and Check-in.
  • SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.
  • WiFi – see “Airport WiFi/Internet” above.

Family Services

  • 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.).

Fitness

  • 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 more leisurely 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.

Food & Drinks

  • Food & Drinks – Most food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. These options are open 24 hours: Farmers Fridge vending machines (Baggage Claim, Concourse A, Concourse B) • Reis and Irvy’s (Concourse B).

Information

  • Digital Information Kiosks – These easy-to-use touch screen displays can get you directly in touch with local hotels, restaurants, attractions and other businesses. Look for them in Baggage Claim, near the main escalators.
  • 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. Hours: 5:00 AM – 11:00PM (Sun – Fri) • 5:00AM – 9:00PM (Sat). Look for the airport ambassadors throughout the airport.

Luggage

  • Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Medical Services

  • CPR Training – Use your spare time to learn how to save a life! A “Hands-Only CPR Training” kiosk offers an informative video, practice session, and 30-second CPR test on a rubber mannequin. Location: Airside, near Gate A8.

Mobile Charging

  • Mobile Charging – A reader tells us that 6 free mobile phone charging stations are available landside. You can find them in the restaurant area, across from guest services/by 500 Grill. (July 2019)

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. There is an international ATM machine located beside Travelex.
  • Currency Exchange – Travelex offers foreign exchange services. Location: Baggage Claim.

Prayer & Meditation

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

Rest & Relaxation

  • Cots – In the event of major flight cancellations due to extreme weather, cots may be set-up.  Availability may have been affected by Covid.  Ask an airport employee for more details.
  • Hotels – see “Airport Hotels” above.
  • Lounges – see “Airport Lounges” above.
  • Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Shopping

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

Showers, Salon & Spa

  • Barbershop – Hair Departure Barber Shop. Location: Civic Plaza, just past the Ticketing Hall.
  • Showers – Not available.
  • Spa – EnRoute Spa offers full body massages, manicures, pedicures, and more. Two airside locations are available: Near Gates A14 (limited services). Hours: 9:00AM – 9:00PM except Saturdays when it closes at 6:30PM • B6 (full service spa). Hours: 9:00AM – 8:00PM.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

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.

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 • 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 and Thrifty. ACE Rent A Car provides free shuttle service from the Ground Transportation Center (Zone 1) to its off-site location.

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   • La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Indianapolis Airport Executive Dr   •    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.

Shuttles

The following companies provide shuttle service to/from the airport: Go Express (express service to downtown Indianapolis), Miller Trailways (Anderson, Muncie and Ball State University), Lafayette Limo (Lafayette and Purdue University), Bloomington Shuttle Service Inc. (Bloomington and Indiana University) and Star America (Bloomington, Indiana University, Lafayette and Purdue 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 traveling outside of Indianapolis, negotiate the fare with the driver before starting your journey.

Last updated: 2022-03-02

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.