Sleeping in Airports

Montego Bay Airport Guide

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

Suddenly the airport was getting empty, shops were closing, and the police approached us and told us we had to leave–they were closing the airport. – a traveller

MBJ Airport Overview

montego bay airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Montego Bay Sangster International Airport.

What to Expect

Montego Bay Airport (code: MBJ) consists of a small, single terminal with a dozen or so eateries and approximately 20 retail stores, almost all of which are located on the airside. The terminal is known for being hot and humid, and operates on “island time,” so expect long, slow check-in and security lines. Stay hydrated and consider wearing light, cool clothing for your trip home. WiFi is available to help pass the time. Additional services and comforts—including showers—can be found through fee-based access to one of the airport’s first class lounges. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and rates.

Where to Sleep

We do not yet have any sleep-related airport reviews. For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See our Airport Hotels section below for locations 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.

For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Montego Bay Airport Guide.

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 Montego Bay Airport does not appeal to you, there are non all-inclusive hotels near the airport:

  • Toby’s Resort – (5 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are available. for $10 per couple, each way.  » Check Rates
  • Palm View Guest House – (5 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers can be arranged through the hotel ($).  » Check Rates
  • Deja Resort – (5 minutes from the airport) Free airport transfers are available upon request. The shuttle bus driver will be holding a sign with your name on it. If your flight is early you can wait in the “Groovy Grouper” restaurant located landside.  » Check Rates
  • Relax Hotel – (8 minutes from the airport) Free Airport transfers are available upon request.  » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Montego Bay Airport on Tripadvisor 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!

Passes  Club Mobay Lounge (International, Gate 9) – Location: International Departures Terminal, Airside. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.

Passes  Club Mobay Lounge (International, Gate 12) – Location: Airside, Mezzanine Level, opposite Gate 12. International flights only. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.

Passes  Club Mobay Arrivals Lounge – Location: International/Arrivals Hall, Airside, opposite the Global Exchange Cambio and beside the Thrifty Car Rental Desk. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.

Passes  Club Mobay Arrivals Lounge – Location: Airside, Ground Transportation Hall. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Montego Bay Airport. Connect to the ”Digicel” network.

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

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Machines are operated by National Commercial Bank • RBTT • Scotiabank. 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. Location: Landside, Arrivals Hall / Departures Hall

Baby Care Facilities – Baby changing facilities are located in Ticketing and Departure Concourse.

Baggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage trolleys are available free of charge in the baggage claim hall.

Currency Exchange – Global Exchange has four exchange offices in the airport. Locations: in the Immigration Hall, Ground Transportation Hall, Ticketing Hall and Departures area. Hours are in accordance with the airports operating hours.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available, along with a variety of shops selling souvenirs, local specialties and other items.

Food & Drinks – Food concessions in this airport operate with varying schedules, and all are located airside. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour options. Current dining choices include: Air Margaritaville • Auntie Anne’s • Cinnabon • Cricket’s Sports Bar • Dairy Queen • Domino’s Pizza • Island Deli • Jamaica Bobsled • Moe’s • Nathan’s • Quiznos • Starbucks • Viva Gourmet Market • Wendy’s.

Information Desks – Visit one of the Information Desks for help with airport related issues. Locations: Departure Ticketing Concourse, Departures Shopping Concourse, Ground Transportation Hall and Arrivals Public Area (this is the Main desk).

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Luggage Wrapping – Keep your privates private and your valuables valuable with Secure Wrap luggage wrapping. Location: Ground floor check-in.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

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 – Showers are available in the Club Mobay Lounge. [ see Airport Lounges above ].

Airport Hours

The airport is open from 5:00AM – 11:00PM.


Montego Bay airport is served by the following airlines: Aerogaviota • Air CanadaAir TransatAmerican AirlinesCaribbean Airlines • Condor • Copa AirlinesDelta Air LinesEurowingsFrontier AirlinesInterCaribbean Airways • International AirLink • JetBlueLATAMSouthwest AirlinesSpirit Airlines • Sunrise Airway • Sunwing • Swoop • TUIFlyUnited AirlinesVirgin AtlanticWestJet. Note: Other airlines may serve the airport on a seasonal-only basis.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies are available onsite in the Arrivals area, located after Customs: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, Island Car Rental, National and Thrifty.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area resorts offer airport shuttle service as a convenience for their guests. Contact your hotel of choice for shuttle service availability and information.


Taxis are readily available in the ground transportation area. If you need assistance in hiring a taxi, a service desk is available in the public area of the Arrivals Hall.

Last updated: 2020-10-20

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.