Sleeping in Airports

Iqaluit Airport Guide

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

One must keep expectations modest in the Canadian North. – Olivia

YFB Airport Overview

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

What to Expect

Iqaluit Airport (code: YFB) consists of a small terminal with limited services.   WiFi availability is unknown. There are no private lounges at this airport.

Where to Sleep

We do not have any recent sleep-related airport reviews. 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

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

  • Capital Suites (2.2 km from the airport) No shuttle, the hotel suggests a taxi for $20 CDN if the 20 minute walk is too far. » Check Rates
  • The Discovery Hotel (2.3 km from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. For airport pick-up, use The Discovery Hotel’s courtesy phone at the airport to call the hotel after claiming luggage. » Check Rates
  • Frobisher Inn (3.2 km from the airport) Airport transfers can be arranged through the hotel ($). » Check Rates

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

Airport Lounges

There are no pay-per-use lounges in the airport.

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Iqaluit Airport.  At the time of this update, we did not have access information or locations.

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

Baby Care Facilities – If you are travelling with an infant, there is a parent/child room for breastfeeding and diaper-changing.

Currency Exchange – Not available.

Food & Drink – At the time of this update, there is only one cafe and there are no 24-hour food concessions, so if you are stuck in the airport overnight you should purchase water and snacks early.

Information Desk – At the time of this update, there is no airport information desk available. If you have any questions, there is an airport tourist desk which may be able to provide assistance.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging –  A reader tells us you can recharge your mobile devices at the gates.

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 – It is unknown whether duty-free shopping is available. There are two shops, one selling local souvenirs, to help pass time.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

While it appears that this airport closes at night, as of this update, we were unable to confirm airport hours of operation. If you know the airport hours, click here to update this airport guide.


Iqaluit airport is served by the following airlines: Air Nunavut • Canadian North. Charter flights also operate from this airport.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

A reader tells us that car rentals are available through Driving Force.  Tel: (867) 979-2088. (January 2020)


Fixed-rate taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area.  A reader tells us its a flat rate of $8 for a shared cab.  Contact Caribou Cabs (867) 979-4444. (January 2020)

Last updated: 2020-03-05

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.