Sleeping in Airports

Minneapolis Airport Guide

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

Soft seats, cushions and blankets are all upstairs on floor 3 overlooking the check in area. – John S

MSP 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 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

What to Expect

Minneapolis Airport (Code: MSP) is a busy, modern airport with two terminals: Terminal 1 (Lindbergh) and Terminal 2 (Humphrey). Terminal 1 is the primary terminal, with seven concourses (A, B, C, D, E, F and G) serving most airlines. Terminal 2 has only one concourse (H). The terminals are connected by a free landside light rail service that continues on to the Mall of America and downtown Minneapolis. There is also a tram that moves within areas of Terminal 1.

Given the difference in size between the terminals, it should come as no surprise that T1 has a greater number of services and amenities. Here, you’ll find the Airport Mall, with a handful of 24-hour restaurants. T2 has a more limited selection, but is, as a result, quieter and easier to navigate.  The airport offers free WiFi and plenty of charging points to keep you connected and entertained while you wait.  For those looking for a little added comfort, there are first class lounges that economy class passengers can pay to access.  See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and access information.

Minneapolis Airport Guide
Quiet area by Terminal E entrance (Photo courtesy of roaming_jane / 08Jun2013)

Sleeping in Minneapolis Airport

Both terminals at Minneapolis-St. Paul are friendly to airport sleepers. T1 is busier, and thus noisier. However, it does have two designated quiet areas airside, complete with armrest-free benches and power outlets. There are also lower traffic areas in T1 near the observation deck, Concourse D, Concourse E, Gates A13/14, and behind the escalators in baggage claim. T2 has much less passenger traffic, making it easier to find a peaceful and relaxing overnight spot.

No matter where you decide to sleep at MSP, be sure to bring a sleep mask and earplugs or noise cancelling headphones with you. The airport can be loud and bright at all hours, making these items essential to a good rest. Explore our guide to sleeping in Minneapolis Airport or read some traveller reviews for more tips. If you’re looking for uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport, connected by shuttles. See Airport Hotels in the guide below.

Good to Know

MSP Airport sees its fair share of winter snow storms, meaning delays and cancellations are common between November and March. The airport provides a limited supply of sleeping mats and travel blankets to stranded passengers, at an airline’s request. Inquire with your airline if you find yourself in this predicament.

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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 Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Keep in mind that airline check-in and baggage drop hours vary according to 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 checkpoints in both terminals open at 4:00AM and close with the last flight.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Minneapolis airport sounds like a nightmare, there is a hotel on airport grounds and several nearby hotels that provide free airport shuttles:

Hotels at the Airport

Intercontinental Minneapolis Airport – Located on airport property. Complimentary 24 hours shuttle service is available both in T1 and T2. The hotel offers a full gym (showers) which can be enjoyed by non-guests with the purchase of an access pass. » Check Rates

More hotels near Minneapolis Airport with free airport shuttles

  • Hilton Minneapolis St Paul Airport Mall of America   » Check Rates
  • Hyatt Place Minneapolis Airport South   » Check Rates
  • Embassy Suites Minneapolis Airport   » Check Rates
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Minneapolis Airport-Mall Area  » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Minneapolis Airport that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass 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!

  • Escape Lounge – Location: Terminal 1, Airside, north end of the Airport Mall on the Mezzanine Level. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door.
  • PGA MSP Lounge – Location: Terminal 1, Airside. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.
  • United Club – Location: Terminal 1, Airside, Concourse E, between Gates E6 and E8. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of United Airlines ticket • United Club Membership.

Airline Lounges (members only)

Delta Sky Club – Multiple Locations – (1) Concourse C • (1) Concourse F • (1) Concourse (G).

Military Lounges

Armed Forces Service Center (AFSC) – The AFSC offers current members of the military — active-duty, National Guard, Reservists, their dependents, retirees, DOD employees — a nice lounge with a TV, access to a military DSN phone line, CAC reader, cell phone, free Wi-Fi, iPads, fax/printer /copier machine, bathroom and toiletries. It also has complimentary snacks and beverages as well as limited sleeping bunks. Location: Terminal 1, Concourse A, Level 2. Hours: 8:00AM – 10:45PM. Related Pages: Minneapolis Airport Lounges


In the event of flight cancellations, the airport has a limited supply of sleeping mats for overnight use when local hotels are full or near capacity. These mats are distributed at an airline’s request at the following locations:

  • Terminal 1: Airside, Airport Mall • Airside, Concourse C, near C16 • Airside, near Gates G9 • Airside, entrance to Concourse E.
  • Terminal 2: Contact your airline to request a mat.

Tricia on our Facebook tells us “They will provide sleeping mats for canceled flights. 4 or 5 times my daughter and I have slept in the kids playground control tower. It also has nice padded benches. You do have to listen to the Bob the Builder ride all night, “Can We Do It? Yes We Can!!!””

Drinking Water

There are multiple water filling stations throughout the two terminals both Landside and Airside.

Food & Drinks

Food concessions throughout both terminals operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update there were no 24-hour options.

Luggage Storage & Lockers

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Mobile Charging

Samsung Power Pole charging stations offer free mobile device charging. Available throughout the airside areas of Terminals 1 and 2. Additionally, Power Seating offers wide, flat surface space, easily-accessible power outlets, and seating, ideal for travellers who need to get a little work done while charging their laptops or phones. You can find power seating near food outlets at the main mall and Concourses A, C, E, and F, and in the entire G Concourse. In T2, power seating is available in Southwest Airlines gated areas and at the Service Center opposite Gate H3.

Rest & Relaxation Zones

Two quiet seating areas are available in the Lindbergh Terminal (T1). Location: Airside, Mezzanine Level overlooking the Airport Mall. Take the stairs or elevator at the entrances for Concourses E or F, and go up one level.

Take precaution even when sleeping in the rest zones.  In December 2019, a traveller at another airport reported that money and credit cards had been stolen from their bag even though the bag was right beside them.  Protect and lock your bags as you would sleeping elsewhere in public.


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WiFi / Internet

Free unlimited WiFi is available at the Minneapolis Airport.

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

Chiropractic Services -Pulled your back out dragging your luggage around? Chiroport offers chiropractic services on the go. Locations: Terminal 1, Concourse C, near Gate C12 • Terminal 1, Concourse G, near Gate G9 . Hours: 7:00AM – 7:00PM.

Conference Center – Conference Rooms and workstations are available for rent. Rates: Rooms from $ 50/hour or $250 per day. Private work stations from $ 20 per hour or $ 70 per day. The conference centre also provides other services including photocopies, laser printing and more. Location: Lindbergh (T1), Mezzanine Level, above entrance to concourse F. Hours: 8:00AM – 5:00PM (Mon – Fri).

Family Services

  • Baby Care Facilities – Feed and care for your baby in privacy and comfort in the airport’s Lactation Centers and Nursing Mothers Rooms. Lactation Centers have changing tables, deep sinks for bathing babies, power outlets, and soft lights and seating to create a relaxing environment for mother and baby. Locations: T1, Airside, near Gates C13, E1, F2, G9, G18-22 • T1, Ground Floor, Silver Ramp • T1, Landside, Arrivals Area • T1, Mezzanine Level, North Mall • T2, Airside, near Gates H10-11.
  • Children’s Play Areas – Aviation-themed play areas (mock aeroplanes, air traffic control towers with slides) also offer adult seating areas, some with electrical outlets close by. Locations: T1, Airside, Concourse C • T2, Airside.


  • Walking Path – When your idea of airport exercise doesn’t include tight connections and frantic running to the next gate, enjoy your time at the airport with a more leisurely stroll or power walk along a designated walking path. Walk the official MSP Start Walking Path, a 1.4-mile walking path in the Lindbergh Terminal.
    Gym – The Intercontinental Hotel (at Terminal 1) offers a fully equipped fitness centre. Non-guests of the hotel may purchase an access pass. Rates: unknown.

Information Desk – Location: Lindbergh T1, Level T. Hours: 5:00AM – 01:45AM. In addition to the Information Desk, black “Airport Assistance” phones are located throughout the airport for anyone seeking information. Look for the blue light on the wall and dial 201 to receive assistance. Manned by live operators, these phones are in service from 8:00AM – 10:00PM.

Markets – The Cibo Express Gourmet Market locations may be a good option for a healthy grab & go snack. Locations: T1, Concourse G, near Gates 9, 13, 15, and 17. Hours: 4:30AM – 9:00PM. The Farmers Market vending machines also offer grab & go snacks. Locations: T1, Food Court • T1, near Gates C4, C10, C18, E12, F8 • T1, Landside, Arrivals Level, near Baggage Claim 6 • T2, near Gate H10. Hours: 24 hours.

Massage Chairs – First Class Seats operated by SmarteCarte. Locations: Terminal 1, Airside, Concourse F, Near Gates C1, C6, C12, C15, C21. Rate: $1 for 3 minutes, or $5 for 15 minutes


  • ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Machines are operated by US Bank and Wings Financial Credit Union. 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 and Airside in both terminals.
  • Banking Services – Wings Financial Credit Union offers full-service banking and an ATM. Location: T1, Concourse C, near Gate C3. Hours: 8:00AM – 4:00PM (Mon-Fri).
  • Currency Exchange – Currency Exchange International has kiosks in these locations:
    • Lindbergh (T1): -Landside, International Arrivals, near Bag Claim 11 (Hours: 11:00AM – 7:00PM) • Airside, entrance to Concourse G (Hours: 7:00AM – 7:00PM).
    • Humphrey (T2): – Airside, Concourse H, near Gate H5. (Hours: 5:30AM – 12:00AM).


  • Pet Hotel – Furbabies rejoice! Your cat or dog can enjoy a vacation of its own at Now Boarding. Overnight boarding, grooming, and daycare are some of the services offered. Location: Near the airport, off of Highway 62 and 28th Ave S. Hours: Open 24 hours.
  • Pet Relief Area – Locations: T1, Landside, Baggage Claim Level, outside of Door 1 and 4 • T1, Landside, Silver Parking Ramp • T1, Airside, entrance to Concourse E • T1, Airside, C/G Connector Bridge • T1, Airside, Concourse F, near Gate F6 • T2, Landside, Baggage Claim Level, outside of Door 8 • T2, Airside, near Gate H11.

Postal Services – Drop off your last minute postcards at the airport’s mailboxes. Locations: US Postal Drop boxes are available in both terminals. Stamps can be purchased at the Travelers Assistance Central Office located in Concourse C and open from 7:00AM to 7:00PM.

Shoe Shine – Available airside in Terminal 1, near Gates C12 and F1.

Shopping – MSP Duty Free has three locations: T1, entrance to Concourse D (Hours: 8:00AM – 4:00PM) • T1, MSP Airport Mall, near south checkpoint (Hours: 6:00AM – 9:00PM) • T2, Concourse H, near Gate H5 (Hours: 5:00AM – 8:00PM). In addition, a wide variety of retail stores are available throughout the terminals.

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Spa & Salon Services – Manicures, pedicures, facials, massages and more are available at:

  • XpresSpa – Hair services available at the Concourse F location only. Location: T1, Airside, entrance to Concourse D (Hours: 7:00AM – 9:00PM).
  • Elevations Spa at The Intercontinental Hotel (at Terminal 1) offers both shower and spa facilities. A fully equipped fitness center, luxury spa area and thermal swimming pool can be enjoyed by Non-guests of the hotel with the purchase an access pass. Rates: unknown.

Things to do & see

  • Mall of America (off-site): Go shopping, catch a movie, visit the aquarium or take the kids to Nickelodeon Theme Park. To get there, take the Light Rail Transit (LRT) three stops to Mall of America (12 minutes).
  • Video Arcade  /Games Room – Video arcade and games rooms used to be available in the following locations: Concourse C, near Gate 1 • Concourse F, near Gate 7 • Concourse G, near Gate 7 • Terminal 2.

Minneapolis airport is served by the following airlines:

  • Terminal 1 – Air Canada • Air France • Alaska Airlines • American Airlines • Delta Air Lines • Denver Air • KLM • Spirit Airlines • United Airlines • WestJet.
  • Terminal 2 – Allegiant Air • Condor • Frontier Airlines • Icelandair • JetBlue • Southwest Airlines • Sun Country.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Metro Transit Bus #54 stops at T1/Lindbergh Transit Center, outside on Level 1 of the Silver parking ramps. There is no bus service from T2/Humphrey, so you must go to T1 to catch the bus. For schedules and more information, visit the Metro Transit website.

Car Rentals

Car rental agencies have counters in Terminal 1 and 2: Alamo • Avis • Budget • Dollar • Enterprise • Hertz • National • Payless • Sixt • Thrifty • Turo. The Alamo and National counters are open 24 hours in Terminal 1. Ace Rent a Car is located off-site, but provides a 24-hour airport shuttle.

Hotel Shuttles

Several hotels offer airport shuttle service: Comfort Inn Airport   •   Fairfield Inn & Suites Minneapolis Bloomington   •   Fairfield Inn & Suites Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport   •   Hampton Inn Minneapolis / Eagan   •   Hampton Inn & Suites Minneapolis – St. Paul Airport   •   Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport Mall of America   •   Hilton Garden Inn Minneapolis Airport Mall of America   •   Holiday Inn Bloomington – Airport South   •   Hyatt Place Minneapolis Airport – South   •   La Quinta Inn Minneapolis Airport Bloomington   •   Radisson Blu Mall of America   •   SpringHill Suites Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport   •   Super 8 Bloomington/Airport.

Hotel Shuttles pick-up from the Gold Ramp on Level 1.

See also Airport Hotels above.

Inter-Terminal Transportation

To travel between the two terminals, passengers can use the free LRT. The trains depart every 15 – 30 minutes. Hours: 3:30AM – 12:00AM. – The LRT is fully wheelchair accessible, but special needs passengers, mobility-impaired passengers, elderly passengers and passengers travelling with small children and luggage may find it easier to take the special needs minivan shuttles. The minivan has a wheelchair lift.

Light Rail Transit

Light rail transit (LRT) trains stop at both Terminal 1-Lindbergh and Terminal 2-Humphrey and connect travellers to 17 other destinations, including downtown Minneapolis to the north and Mall of America to the south. Blue Line trains run every 15 – 30 minutes. Tickets are sold at machines in the terminal. For fares, routes and schedules, visit the Metro Transit website.

Ride Apps

Uber, Lyft and other ride app services pick-up passengers from Terminal 1, Ground Transport Center, Level 1 of the green parking ramp • Terminal 2, Ground Transport Center, Ground Level of the purple parking ramp. A ride to the city centre will cost you approximately $22.


Taxi services are available from both terminals: Terminal 1 (Tram Level) • Terminal 2 (Ground Transport Center). At the time of this update, taxi fare to downtown Minneapolis is $39-$49 and to St. Paul expect to pay $31-$38. The starting fare departing the airport is $6.50 ($2.50 flag drop and $4 airport access fee).

Van and Shuttle Services

Several scheduled bus, van and limousine companies are available. Advance reservations are recommended for out-of-town service. Companies serving MSP Airport: Groome Transportation • Jefferson Lines • Landline • Land to Air Express • Rochester Shuttle Service.

Last updated: 2024-01-31

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, is 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 websites. 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.