Sleeping in Airports

Memphis Airport Guide

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

It has been the best sleeping airport I’ve been at so far. – K, I, O

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 Memphis International Airport.

What to expect

Memphis International Airport is a mid-size, dated but partially renovated, terminal with three concourses (A, B and C). There are several eateries and shops in each concourse, with locations on both sides of security. Most of these eateries and shops close down early in the evening, so plan accordingly. WiFi is available to help pass the time.  Economy class passengers flying on Delta Airlines can find comfort in a lounge, which is accessible by purchasing a day pass or Delta Sky Club membership. See Airport Lounges below for locations and rates.

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. Due to ongoing renovations, overnight cleaning crews and early morning aircraft traffic, the terminal has a reputation for being exceptionally loud.  Consider bringing earplugs/noise-cancelling headphones if you plan to sleep in this airport. While there is plenty of armrest-free, padded seating near the gates, comfortable seating on the landside may be limited. The terminal can also be cold, so bring a sleeping bag and or travel blanket for enhanced sleeping comfort. For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

As of July 2018, Concourse B was closed due to ongoing renovations.

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 by paying at the door or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Delta Sky Club – Location: Concourse B/C. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of Delta ticket • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Military Lounges

The USO offers a lounge that is free of charge to active members of the US military and their families. Amenities include: TV lounge, snacks, newspapers/magazines and a private nursing room. Location: Terminal B, Airside, next to Gate B1. Hours: Open from the 1st flight until the last flight departs, daily.

Airport Hotels

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

  • Best Western Executive Inn – (5 minutes from the airport) Free 24-hour airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • La Quinta Inn & Suites Memphis Airport Graceland– (5 minutes from the airport) Free 24-hour airport shuttle service also goes to the surrounding attractions upon request (subject to availability). » Check Rates

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

Courtesy phones are located in the Baggage Claim Area. For the Hotel Shuttle Buses exit the terminal from the Baggage Claim area and look for the overhead signs.

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Memphis Airport through Boingo.

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

Art in the Airport – Pieces from the Belz Museum Asian & Judaic art collection are on display outside of the Delta Sky Club in the Concourse B-C walkway connector. Artwork from local student artists is on display throughout the walkways connecting Concourses A, B and C. Local fine art is on display in the Concourse B gates area.

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: Terminal B, Landside, Ticketing and Baggage Claim areas • Terminal B, Airside, Concourse rotunda • the A-B Connector (near Regions Bank office).

Currency Exchange – Location: Terminal B, landside, ticketing lobby. Hours: 9:00AM – 5:00PM, daily

Duty Free & Shopping – No duty-free shopping available. Most retail shops close around 5:00PM, with some open as late as 7:00PM, but small electronics can also be purchased 24-hours a day from the Best Buy Express vending machine.

Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate on varying schedules with some open as early as 5:00AM. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. There are 13 restaurants available (both Landside and Airside) and you will also find vending machines available.

Information Desk – Airport information and assistance is available via Blue Suede Service, provided by a volunteer group of retirees who serve the airport. Look around the airport for people wearing navy blue vests, white shirts, khaki pants/shorts and Blue Suede Service clipboards.

Live Music – Quartets from the Memphis Symphony Orchestra perfrom classical music. Location: in the passenger connector near the Blue Note Café and across from the food court in the Concourse B rotunda.

Luggage Carts – Yes. Free luggage carts are available.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Medical Services – Dorothy L. Bobbitt Health Station – Location: Ticket Lobby B. Hours: 7:30AM – 3:30PM (Mon-Fri). Memphis airport has 25 Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) and numerous trauma kits throughout the airport.

Meditation Room – Yes

Mobile Charging – Yes

Post Office – USPS Mailbox is available. Located in the baggage level of Concourse A.

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Keep in mind that airline check-in and baggage drop hours vary according the flight schedule. Check these hours with your airline. If you are in the public area of the terminal (landside) you will not be able to get through to the secure area of the terminal (airside) until the morning. The TSA security screening checkpoint hours vary according to terminal:

Terminal A: 4:30AM – 7:00PM

Terminal B: 4:30AM – 8:30PM

Terminal C: 4:30AM – 7:30PM

Airlines

As of February 2018, Memphis airport is served by the following airlines: Air Canada • Allegiant Airlines • American Airlines • Delta • Frontier Airlines • OneJet • Southern Airways Express • Southwest Airlines • United Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

MATA Bus #64 picks up about every hour from 6:17AM – 10:42PM (Mon – Fri), from 7:02AM – 9:02PM (Sat) and on Sunday the bus is available from 7:02AM – 7:02PM.

The bus stops in front of Terminal C, on the outer drive (3rd lane) across from the Baggage Claim exits. For route maps, schedules and fares, visit the MATA website.

Car Rentals

Car rental desks services are available in the Ground Transportation Center, located under the Baggage Claim level in the lower level of Terminal B. Onsite car rental agencies include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Payless and Thrifty.

Shuttles

The airport provides a list of shuttle service providers, should you wish to book a shuttle in advance. The review your options, visit the Memphis Airport website.

Taxis

Taxis are available at the center lane in front of Concourse B Baggage Claim from 6:00AM until 1 hour after the arrival of the last flight. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required.

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.