Sleeping in Airports

Lexington Airport Guide

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

surprisingly I got a solid 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep.  – J. Phillips

LEX 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 Lexington Blue Grass Airport.

What to Expect

Lexington Airport (code: LEX) consists of a small, three-level terminal with three concourses (A, B, and C). The airport features several eateries and a couple of gift shops on both sides of security. WiFi is available to help pass the time.  And for added comfort, travellers can pay to access the airport’s first-class lounge. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.

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(Photo provided by a Guest Traveller / August 2019)

Where to Sleep

We do not yet have any recent sleep-related airport reviews.  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 Lexington Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • TownePlace Suites by Marriott Lexington Keeneland/Airport– (8 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available from 4:30AM – 9:00PM (reservation required). » Check Rates
  • Residence Inn Lexington/Keeneland Airport – (8 minutes from the airport) Free scheduled airport shuttle is available from 4:30AM – 9:00PM. » Check Rates
  • Courtyard Lexington/Keeneland Airport – (8 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available from 4:30AM – 9:00PM. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Lexington 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 by paying at the door. 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!

Related Pages: Lexington Airport Lounges

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Lexington Airport.

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. Location: Landside, Lobby, 1st level • Airside, Concourse B, 2nd level.

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. Location: Lobby, landside, 1st level.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free is not available. You will find a small selection of shops including a Bourbon Store, A Lex News and Gift Shop and the Blue Grass MarketPlace for any last minute items. Most are open at 4:30AM.

Food & Drinks – At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. You will find the following food concessions at the airport:
» Landside: Blue Grass Express (Hours: 5:00AM – 6:00PM)
» Airside: Dunkin Donuts (Hours: 4:45AM – 6:00PM) • Kentucky Ale Taproom (Hours: 5:00AM – last flight) • Pepper’s Mexican Grill & Cantina (Hours:11:00AM – 6:30PM).

Information Desk – If you have any questions, visit the information center for help. Location: Lobby, landside, 1st level. Hours: 5:00AM – 7:30PM (except Saturdays when it closes at 1:00PM).

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Medical Services – Urgent and emergency medical care is available 24 hours a day at the First Aid Station.

Mobile Charging – A reader tells us that power outlets can be found underneath the seats at the gates.

Postal Services – Drop off your last minute postcards at the airport’s mailbox which is located outside the terminal entrance. Stamps can be purchased at the Information Desk.

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.

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.


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

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Lextran offers an express service connecting LEX airport to the downtown Transit Center on Vine Street, weekdays from 6:00AM – 6:00PM. A designated bus stop is located curbside at the airport. For route map, schedule and fare information, visit the Lextran website.

Car Rentals

Car rental desks are located on the 1st level in the baggage claim area, and rental vehicles are housed in a separate facility located next to the airport terminal. Onsite car rental agencies include Alamo • Avis • Budget • Dollar • Enterprise • Hertz • National.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. Some hotels can be reached by using the direct-dial courtesy phones available in the baggage claim area. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Clarion Hotel   •   Courtyard Lexington Keeneland/Airport   •   DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Lexington   •   Fairfield Inn & Suites Lexington Keeneland Airport   •   Hilton Lexington Downtown   •   Hilton Lexington Suites   •   Hyatt Regency Lexington   •   Residence Inn Lexington Keeneland / Airport   •   The Campbell House.

Taxis and Shuttles

Taxis and shared ride shuttles are available in the ground transportation area outside of the baggage claim. 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.