Sleeping in Airports

Louisville Airport Guide

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

Go to gate a10 and walk the aisle next to the windows to find three chairs in a row with no arms, perfect sleeping couch. – Denise

SDF 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 Louisville International Airport.

What to expect

Louisville Airport (code: SDF) consists of a small, two-level terminal with two concourses (A and B). The terminal hosts about two dozen eateries and shops on both sides of security. With the exception of a landside restaurant/bar, all of these services close down by 8:30PM at the latest, so plan accordingly. WiFi is available and outlets for charging mobile devices can be found in various locations. There are no private lounges in this airport.

Where to Sleep

louisville airport guideAfter security checkpoints close for the night (approx. 9:00PM), all passengers are restricted to the landside areas, and must re-clear security the next day when the checkpoints open. Reviewers report that there are vinyl couches near Starbucks and the ticketing area that may be conducive for sleep. If you plan to spend the night in this airport, bring eyeshades, as the terminal is brightly lit during the night. For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels located 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

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 Louisville Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Hampton Inn Louisville Airport – (4 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • Springhill Suites Louisville Airport – (4 minutes from the airport) Free 24-hour airport shuttle is available on request. For airport pick-up, use the courtesy phone at the airport. » Check Rates
  • Residence Inn Louisville Airport – (4 minutes from the airport) Free 24-hour airport shuttle is available on request. For airport pick-up use the courtesy phone at the airport. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Louisville 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 this airport.

Military Lounges

USO Lounge – The USO offers a lounge that is free of charge to active members of the US military and their families. Location: Landside, at the hallway behind the west ticket counters. Hours: 10:00AM – 6:00PM (Daily).

Airport WiFi / Internet

Complimentary WiFi is available at Louisville 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. Locations: Upper Level Departures and the Airside Connector.

Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available landside in the Upper and Lower Levels of the airport.

Currency Exchange – 5/3 Bank offers full-service banking and currency exchange. Location: Upper Level, landside, Ticketing area. Hours 8:30PM – 5:30PM (Mon – Fri) and 9:00AM – 1:00PM (Sat and Sun).

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free shopping is not available. The airport offers a small variety of shops both Landside and Airside. Hours vary with most opening at 4:30AM and the closing at the latest at 8:30PM.

Food & Drinks – There is a Starbucks open 24 hours on the upper level (landside). Other food and drink concessions operate on varying schedules, with many open as early as 5:00AM.

Games Room – Location – Upper Level Departures across from the American Airlines/US Airways check in.

Information Desk – Location: Arrivals Lower Level baggage claim area. Hours: 8:00AM – 12:00AM (Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri) • 8:00AM – 8:00PM (Tues) • 12:00PM – 8:00PM (Sat) • 12:00PM – 12:00AM (Sun).

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Massage Chairs – Location: Concourses A and B, and the Airside Connector.

Meditation Room – A quiet space to de-stress and gather your thoughts. Location: Ticketing area, landside.

Military Reception Area – Military personnel (from Fort Knox) are available to assist all military and their dependents upon arrival at the airport. Location: in the hallway behind the west ticket counters in the landside terminal.

Mobile Charging – Comfortable seating with built-in power outlets and USB ports can be found in Concourses A and B.

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 opens at 4:00AM – last flight. The TSA security checkpoints are open 4:30AM – 9:00PM.


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

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


TARC bus “Route 2 – Second Street” daily service connects the airport with downtown Louisville. For route map, schedule and fare information, visit the TARC website.

Car Rentals

Car rental desks are located in the lower level baggage claim area. Onsite car rental agencies include Alamo • Avis • Budget • Dollar • Enterprise • Hertz • National • Payless • Thrifty.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. You can make a hotel reservation or request shuttle pick up by using the direct-dial courtesy phone on the Reservations Center calling board in the baggage claim area. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Breckinridge Inn   •   Comfort Suites Airport   •   Courtyard Louisville Airport   •   Courtyard by Marriott Louisville Downtown   •   Four Points by Sheraton Louisville Airport   •   Hampton Inn Louisville Airport   •   Hampton Inn Louisville Downtown   •   Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Louisville East   •   Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Airport   •   Holiday Inn Airport & Fair/Expo Center   •   Holiday Inn Airport South   •   La Quinta Inn & Suites Louisville Airport   •   Residence Inn Louisville Airport   •   Springhill Suites Louisville Airport   •   The Brown Hotel.

See Airport Hotels above.


Taxis are available at the median next to the taxi stand during airport hours of operation. 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.