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

ISP 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 Long Island MacArthur Airport.

What to expect

Long Island Airport (code: ISP) 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.

Sleeping in Long Island Airport

long island 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. 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!  For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport that provide an airport shuttle.  See Airport Hotels in the guide below or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Some airport reviews and tips in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos.

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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 the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Long Island Airport that provide free airport shuttles:

With Covid restrictions constantly changing, we recommend that you confirm shuttle availability prior to booking and/or prior to your arrival.

  • La Quinta Inn & Suites Islip MacArthur Airport   » Check Rates
  • Hilton Garden Inn Islip/MacArthur Airport  » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels on Long Island, search deals and read traveller reviews.

Airport Lounges

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

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 CNBC New Shop • Heritage Booksellers • Paradies Gift Shops (2 locations Airside and 1 location Landside) • 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, click here to update this airport guide.

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.

SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours. However, the TSA security checkpoint is open from 3:45AM until the last flight departure.

Airlines

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 shuttle service: Clarion Hotel & Conference Center   •   La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Islip – MacArthur Airport   •   Hampton Inn Long Island/Commack

See also Airport Hotels above.

Taxi

Village Taxi has a representative on-site just outside baggage claim to help arrange a taxi ride. Visit the airport’s taxi website to see a list of prices.

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 update). From the Ronkonkoma Station you can connect to New York City (with hourly service).

Last updated: 2022-10-31

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.