Sleeping in Airports

Knoxville Airport Guide

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

they had this funny idea a while back to put an entire row of dozens and dozens of rocking chairs by the huge open glass window in the center of the terminal – wc

TYS 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 Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport.

What to expect

Knoxville Airport (code: TYS) consists of a small but quaint, two-level terminal with several eateries and shops. All restaurants and shops are closed between 7:00PM and 4:30AM, so plan accordingly if you plan to stay overnight. WiFi is available to help pass the time. There are no private lounges at this airport.

Where to Sleep

knoxville airport guideAfter security checkpoints close for the night, all passengers are restricted to the landside areas, and must re-clear security the next day when the checkpoints open. There are padded, armrest-free benches located throughout the terminal that may be conducive for sleep. One reviewer found quiet, semi-private, carpeted nooks underneath the stairwells in the baggage claim area. For uninterrupted sleep, there is an airport hotel linked to the terminal by covered walkway. There are also other hotels located within a quick shuttle ride of the airport. See Airport Hotels in the guide below or read some traveller airport reviews for more 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 Knoxville Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Hilton Knoxville Airport – Connected to the airport via covered walkway, the hotel has free shuttle service to the surrounding area (within 5 mile radius). » Check Rates
  • Hampton Inn Knoxville Airport – (7 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • La Quinta Inn & Suites Knoxville Airport – (5 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available daily from 7:00AM to 11:00PM. » Check Rates

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

Airport Lounges

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

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Knoxville airport.

More Airport Services, Lounges & Things To Do

Art in the Airport – Exhibits are available throughout the airport terminal.

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 • Airside, next to Ruby Tuesday.

Currency Exchange – Not available.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free is not available. If you need a snack or reading materials before your flight there is a mini mart located landside and airside! Hours: 4:30AM – 8:00PM.

Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport are open from 5:00AM – 7:00PM. Dining options include: Cinnabon • Express by Uno • Quiznos Subs • Ruby Tuesday • Starbucks.

Information Desk – Have any questions? Visit the airport’s information desk for assistance. Location: Lower Level, Arrivals Hall, near Baggage Claim.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – Charging stations are located throughout the airport.

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

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.


Knoxville airport is served by the following airlines: Allegiant Airlines • American AirlinesDelta Air Lines • Frontier Airlines • United Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

 Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies are available onsite: Alamo • Avis • Budget • Dollar • Enterprise • Hertz • National.  Location: on the lower level near the baggage claim.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Candlewood Suites • Country Inn & Suites • Courtyard by Marriott Knoxville Airport Alcoa • Holiday Inn Express • MainStay Suites.

See Airport Hotels above.


Metered taxis are readily available in the ground transportation area.

Last updated: 2019-04-25

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.