Sleeping in Airports

Madison Airport Guide

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

Luckily just close to the check in counters there are a bunch of couches in the waiting room, including full three seat couches that are perfect for sleeping on. – methy

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 Dane County Regional Airport.

What to Expect

Dane County Regional Airport consists of a small, recently renovated terminal with several eateries and shops, located primarily on the airside. WiFi is available to help pass the time. There are no private lounges at this airport.

Where to Sleep

The airport terminal officially closes after the last flight arrival or departure of each day, and does not open again until 4:00AM. There are hotels located near the airport that provide free airport shuttles. 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 Madison Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Best Western East Towne Suites – (15 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available from 6:00AM to 11:00PM (requires 24-hour advance seat reservation). » Check Rates
  • Crowne Plaza Madison – (15 minutes from the airport) Free 24-hour airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • Howard Johnson Madison – (15 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates

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

Airport WiFi / Internet

WiFi is available at Madison Airport. Connect to the “msnairport” network.

If you are not travelling with a mobile device, internet terminals are available in the business center.

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

Baby Care Facilities – Feed and care for your baby in comfort and privacy in one of the Mothers’ Lounges. Each Mothers’ Lounge is equipped with a baby-changing table, wash basin, comfy leather chair, table, and more. Location: Concourse, airside, opposite Gate 8 (the room is labeled “2082”) • Concourse, airside, between Gates 5 and 6 (the room is labeled “2024”) • A third Mothers’ Lounge is located within the “Family Lounge” room, located landside opposite the United Express ticketing counter.

Business Services – Fax and copy services are available at the Airport Administration Office. Location: airside, across from Gate 8. Hours: 8:00AM – 4:00PM (Mon-Fri).

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free shopping is not available. The airport offers a small selection of shops including Lake Country Travel Mart (Landside) and CNBC News, Xpress News and a Souvenir shop can all be found Airside.

Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. Food options include:
» Landside: Ancora Artisan Coffee & Tea
» Airside: Ancora Artisan Coffee & Tea • Madtown Gastropub • Metcalfe’s Local To Go • Vinoteca Wine & Tapas.

Information Desk – There is an Information spot in the arrivals/baggage claim area, it is not known if this a manned information desk.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Massages – Feel your stress melt away with a foot or chair massage at Touch and Go Massage. 5 – 30 minute massages available. Locations: 2nd level concourse, airside, across from Gate 6.

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.

Smoking – There is a designated smoking section outside the airport.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 4:00AM – until the last evening flight. This statement is made on their web site: ” The terminal is closed temporarily each evening for maintenance and cleaning. Overnight guests are not permitted.”

Airlines

As of February 2018, Madison airport is served by the following airlines: American Airlines • Frontier Airlines • Delta • United Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

Metro Bus Route 20 runs between the North Transfer Point and East Towne Mall, via the airport. Take a “Route 20 – North Transfer Point” bus to head towards downtown Madison and the UW campus area, or a “Route 20 – East Towne Mall” bus to head towards the MATC campus area and East Towne Mall. Departures are every 30 minutes on weekdays and hourly on the weekends and holidays. For route maps, schedules and fares, visit the City of Madison website.

Car Rentals

Car rental desks are available near Door 6 of the baggage claim area. Onsite car rental agencies include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. Shuttles pick up at the median near Door 5. Some of the hotels can be reached by direct-dial courtesy phone, located between Bag Claims 1 and 2. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Best Western East Towne Suites   •   Best Western Plus Inn on the Park   •   Best Western Plus InnTowner Madison   •   Clarion Suites at the Alliant Energy Center   •   Comfort Inn & Suites Madison Airport   •   Crowne Plaza Hotel Madison   •   DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Madison   •   Fairfield Inn & Suites Madison East   •   Graduate Madison   •   Hilton Madison Monona Terrace   •   HotelRED  •   Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Madison   •   Hyatt Place Madison   •   Madison Concourse Hotel   •   The Edgewater.

Taxis

Taxis are available in the ground transportation area outside of Door 7, at the north end of the baggage claim area.

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.