Sleeping in Airports

La Crosse Airport Guide

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

The seats’ armrests don’t move – until the security people, having seen your predicament, give you an Allen wrench to take the armrests OFF. – Dave L.

LSE Airport Overview

la crosse airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at La Crosse Regional Airport.

What to Expect

La Crosse Airport (code: LSE) consists of a small, modern, two-level terminal with a restaurant and gift shop. WiFi is available to help pass the time. There are no private lounges at this airport.

Where to Sleep

We do not have any recent sleep-related airport reviews; however, we do know the terminal closes after the last flight and reopens 2 hours before the first morning flight.  For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport that provide free airport shuttles. 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 La Crosse Airport does not appeal to you, the nearest hotels are:

  • Days Inn Hotel & Conference Center La Crosse – (5 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • Hampton Inn & Suites La Crosse Downtown – (12 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • Radisson Hotel La Crosse – (15 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates

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

Airport Lounges

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

There are no pay-per-use lounges at La Crosse Airport.

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: Main Terminal, Landside.

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at LaCrosse Airport. Connect to the LSE-WiFi network.

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

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, Baggage Claim Area • Airside, next to Gate 1.

Baby Care Facilities – The Nursing Mothers Room is a lockable room within the 1st floor Family Restroom (landside). Changing table, reclining seat, sink and power outlet are available inside.

Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your bags? Baggage carts are available near the airport’s entrance and exit.

Children’s Play Area – When you want to ensure your kids burn off all their energy before their flight, take them to the children’s play area. The space includes games to keep the kids entertained and 2 interactive iPod kiosks. Location: Airside, 2nd Floor.

Drinking Fountains – Thirsty? Water fountains are available landside and airside.

Duty Free & Shopping – Gift shop items can be purchased at the Arrowhead Tap House, with locations landside and airside.

Food & Drinks – The Arrowhead Tap House serves up breakfast, lunch, dinner and beer during airport hours of operation. Located both landside and airside.

Information Desk – Volunteers staff the airport Information Desk which can be found in the central part of the terminal.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Medical Services – If you feel unwell or injure yourself, first aid services are available. Location: Landside, opposite airline check-in counters • Airside, near Gate 1.

Mobile Charging –  Charge your mobile devices at the in-seat power outlets.

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

According to the airport’s website, the terminal opens 2 hours before the first flight and closes one hour after the last flight.


La Crosse airport is served by the following airlines: American AirlinesDelta Air Lines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Bus route #7 connects the airport to Lacrosse. For more information regarding routes and bus fares, visit the MTU website.

Car Rentals

Onsite car rental agencies include Avis/Budget • Hertz • Enterprise • National/Alamo.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. You can contact some hotels for airport pick up by using the direct-dial courtesy phones located across from the car rental kiosks. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Courtyard La Crosse Downtown / Mississippi Riverfront   •   Days Inn La Crosse Hotel & Conference Center   •   Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites La Crosse   •   Quality Inn   •   Radisson Hotel La Crosse   •   Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center – La Crosse   •   The Charmant Hotel.


Taxis are available at the ground transportation area. You can also request a pick up by using the direct-dial courtesy phones located across from the car rental kiosks. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required.

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.