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Launceston Airport Guide

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

LST Airport Overview

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

What to Expect

The small, recently renovated terminal at Launceston Airport (code: LST) connects to several domestic destinations. Facilities include a shop, a few eateries, pay-to-use showers, and free WiFi. Economy class passengers flying Qantas Airlines can enter the Qantas Club with a membership. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.

Where to Sleep

Spending the night here is not possible as the airport closes nightly from 10:30PM till 5:00AM. For uninterrupted sleep, hotels are nearby. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info 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 Launceston Airport does not appeal to you, there are several tiny bed & breakfast accommodations throughout the area but your best bet may be to go into Launceston city center (about 14 minutes from the airport). Here are some of those hotels:

  • Olde Tudor Hotel – (12 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Village Family Motor Inn – (12 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Mantra Charles Hotel – (15 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

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

Airport Lounges

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

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

  • Qantas Club – Location: Landside, next to check-in. Lounge Access: Qantas Club Membership.

Related Pages: Launceston Airport Lounges

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available throughout Launceston Airport. Connect to the “Airport Free Wi-Fi” 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, in the departures and arrivals halls.

Disabled Services – The airport is equipped with a number of disability services, including lifts, wheelchairs, handicap parking and a special pickup/drop off zone. A full disability access facilitation plan is available through the airport website.

Drinking Fountains – Water fountains are available on the 1st and 2nd Floor.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free is not available. The Launceston Store offers a variety of merchandise, including newspapers, travel goods, and local wines.

Family Services – Parent’s rooms are located Landside (Arrivals end of terminal) and Airside (near the gates). Rooms are equipped with baby change facilities, a chair and garbage disposal bin.

Food & Drink – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. Food options include: Boags Upper Deck • Hudsons Coffee (landside and airside) • Wilderness Espresso. Vending machines are also available.

Luggage Carts – Need a hand with your bags? Carts are located outside the terminal at the arrivals and departures doors. Rates: $5.00 per cart with a $1.00 refund upon return.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Luggage storage lockers are available. Location: on the forecourt, near the check-in hall. Rates: Small locker $3.00 / Medium locker $6.00 / Large locker $8.00. Payable by notes, coins or credit card.

Mobile Charging – There are multiple charging points. Locations: Airside, Main Terminal Level, Departure Waiting Area, right after security checkpoint • Airside, Main Terminal Level, in the Hudson Coffee Cafe • Airside, Main Terminal Level, in the Boags Upper Deck Bar & Restaurant.

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 – If you need to freshen up, there is a coin-operated public shower facility. Location: Landside, adjacent to the check-in area. Towels and toiletries are not provided, so bring your own! Rates: $1.00 for every 3 minutes.

Smoking – Smoking is prohibited within and in front of the terminal. There is a designated smoking area in the southwest corner of the airport terminal.

Airport Hours

The airport is open from 5:00AM – 10:30PM.


Launceston airport is served by the following airlines: Jetstar • Qantas • Sharp Airlines • Virgin Australia.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

Car rentals offices are available in the arrivals hall, beside the baggage carousels. Companies include: Avis • Budget • Europcar • Hertz • Redspot • Thrifty.

Shuttle Bus

Shuttle Bus: The Airporter Launceston City Hotels Shuttle connects the airport with Launceston hotels and accommodation. The bus meets all departing and arriving flights. At the time of this update, the fare is $15 for one adult, each way.


Taxis can be picked up outside the Arrivals hall. At the time of this update, the fare from the airport to Launceston is $35 to $38 each way.

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.