Sleeping in Airports

Long Island Airport Guide

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

After midnight, the place is real dead and I got some quality Z’s. – a traveller

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us about their time at Long Island MacArthur Airport.

What to expect

Long Island MacArthur Airport consists of a small but modern terminal with a small selection of eateries and shops, located on both sides of security. Operating hours of these services may be dictated by flight schedules, so plan accordingly. WiFi is available to help pass the time. There are no private lounges at this airport.

Where to Sleep

After 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. A reader (August 2018) mentioned there are numerous benches to lie down (without arm-rests!). Reviewers also report that the airport is very quiet at night. Bring a travel blanket and pillow for extra comfort! Please write a review to help future travellers! For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport that provide an airport shuttle. Please see Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

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.

Airport Lounges

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

Airport Hotels

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

  • La Quinta Inn & Suites Islip MacArthur Airport– (3 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available daily from 7:00AM to 9:00PM. » Check Rates
  • Courtyard Long Island MacArthur Airport – (9 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available on request. For airport pick-up, use the courtesy phone in the airport. » Check Rates
  • Hilton Garden Inn Islip/MacArthur Airport – (3 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle service daily from 5:00AM to 11:00PM. » Check Rates

To find a cheap room, there is a list of hotel deals on Long Island on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at this airport for a period of 1 hour. Additional time can be purchased for $4.99 per calendar day. Connect to “optimumwifi” network, open browser, click “GUEST” and follow the instructions.

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

Art in the Airport – Feast your eyes on local works of art at the Art Gallery in the Atrium at MacArthur Airport. Location: At the Arrivals exit, landside.

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: Main Terminal, Landside, across from the Law Enforcement Office • Airside, in front of the Starbucks across from Gate A5 in the Veterans Memorial Concourse.

Baby Care Facilities – Feed and care for your baby in comfort and privacy in the Mother’s Room. Changing tables, comfortable rockers, hand sanitizer, and more are available, and the room is accessible to mothers and their babies or toddlers, free of charge. Location: Veterans Memorial Concourse, airside, East Checkpoint, across from the Starbucks.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free shopping is not available. You will find an NBC New Shop, Heritage Booksellers, Paradies Gift Shops (2 locations Airside and 1 location Landside) and the East End Getaway (Landside).

Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate on varying schedules, with most opening daily at 5:00AM. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. Food options include: A&W All-American Food • Great American Bagel • Maggie O’Shea’s • Starbucks.

Live-brary – Suffolk County Public Library cardholders can enjoy ebooks, audiobooks, music, and movies free of charge. Download the titles of your choice to your mobile device at the “Live-Brary” kiosk located in the main terminal.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, write a review or email us at [email protected]

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours. However, the TSA security checkpoint is open from 4:30AM until the last flight departure.

Airlines

As of February 2018, Long Island airport is served by the following airlines: American Airlines • Frontier Airlines • Southwest Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

MacArthur Airport is served by Suffolk Bus Route S57, 7 Bus (service to/from NYC) and the Hampton Jitney.

Car Rentals

The following car rental companies are available at Long Island MacArthur Airport: Avis • Budget • Enterprise • Hertz • National • Thrifty. Location: Baggage Claim area.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Clarion Hotel & Conference Center   •   Courtyard Long Island MacArthur Airport   •   Hilton Garden Inn Islip/MacArthur Airport.

Train

The Ronkonkoma Station is located just one mile to the north of the MacArthur Airport. Village Taxis are available to deliver you from the airport to the train station for $5.00 (as of this December 2017 update). From the Ronkonkoma Station you can connect to New York City (with hourly service).

Last updated: 2018-10-29

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, write a review or send an email to [email protected] and we will update this guide.