Sleeping in Airports

Maui Airport Guide

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

[The security officer] became irate and called his supervisor who asked me to leave the airport premise for being “uncooperative??!! – fellowpacker

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 Maui-Kahului Airport.

What to Expect

Maui-Kahului Airport consists of a small, renovated, partially open-air terminal building with one long concourse. The airport features a decent selection of eateries and shops throughout the terminal. Most of these services close by 10:00PM, but some operate according to flight schedules. WiFi is not available, but the airport offers fee-based Internet access at six different Internet kiosks in the terminal building. Additional comfort can be found through fee-based access to the airport’s first-class lounge. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

After security checkpoints close for the night, passengers are restricted to the open-air baggage claim area, and must re-clear security the next day when the checkpoints open. Sleeping spots in this area are limited, with reviewers resorting to sleeping on stone benches, airport wheelchairs and a luggage cart. Mosquitoes are everywhere, so bring insect repellent if you plan to spend the night.  Earplugs/noise-cancelling headphones might also come in handy as the airport’s Hawaiian music soundtrack gets loud during the overnight hours. And, given the lack of comfortable seating, bring a travel mat and/or sleeping bag for a bit more comfort. For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels within a quick shuttle ride of the airport. 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

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 through a lounge membership program.

Airport Hotels

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

  • Courtyard Maui Kahului Airport – (4 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available on request from 7:00AM to 11:00PM. » Check Rates
  • Maui Seaside Hotel – (7 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available daily from 6:00AM to 9:00PM (seat must be reserved at least 48 hours in advance). » Check Rates
  • Maui Beach Hotel – (7 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available daily from 6:00AM to 9:00PM (seat must be reserved at least 24 hr in advance). » Check Rates

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

Airport WiFi / Internet

WiFi is not available at the Maui airport.

Internet kiosks are avilable on the second level at Gates 9, 15, 21B, 33, 35. Rate: $0.20 per minute.

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: Landside, in the ticketing lobby • Landside, baggage claim • Rotunda (central, 2nd floor).

Baggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage trolleys are available in the Baggage claim and ticket lobby areas. Rate: unknown.

Duty Free & Shopping – You will find gift, newspaper and souvenir shops in the Baggage Claim area, on the second level of the central building and on the second level of the gate area.

Food & Drinks – There are no 24-hour food and beverage concessions, but you will find options available both Landside and Airside. Starbucks in the Main Lobby and Baggage Claim are open from 5:30AM – 10:00PM.

Information Desk – Information desks can be found throughout the airport and are staffed from 7:45AM – 9:45PM.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Medical Services – Medical services are provided by the Airport Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Unit 24 hours a day. There are also 10 Automated External Defibrillators (AED) available throughout the airport.

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 – Smoking is prohibited in the airport, look for the designated area in the parking lot.

Airport Hours

The airport is open about 1 – 1.5 hours before first flight departure and closes about 30 minutes after last flight arrival.

Airlines

As of February 2018, Maui airport is served by the following airlines: Air Canada • Alaska Airlines • American Airlines • Delta • Hawaiian Airlines • Mokulele Express • United Airlines • US Airways • Virgin America • Wesjet.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

Maui Airport is served by Route 40 (Upcountry Islander) and Route 35 (Haiku Islander). Both buses depart every 90 minutes, from about 6:45AM – 10:45PM. Only one medium-sized suitcase is allowed per passenger. For route maps and schedules, visit the County of Maui website.

Car Rentals

Car rental services are offered in the car rental building, connected to the baggage claim area by walkway. Car rental shuttles stop behind the car rental building.  Onsite car rental agencies include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Courtyard Maui Kahului Airport   •   Maui Beach Hotel   •   Westin Maui Resort.

Shuttles

Roberts Hawaii offers door-to-door shared ride shuttle service between the airport and lodging throughout Maui. Rides can be booked at the service counter in the baggage claim area, and reservations are not required. Hours of operation are from 5:30AM until the last flight. For fares, routes and schedules, visit the Roberts Hawaii website.

Taxis

Taxis are available outside of the baggage claim area during airport operating hours. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required. At the time of this December 2017 update, a one-way fare between the airport and Kahului is $13.

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.