Sleeping in Airports

Norfolk Airport Guide

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

There was a group of benches, and I slept behind one of them on the floor. – Rob

ORF Airport Overview

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

What to Expect

Norfolk Airport (code: ORF) consists of a single terminal that’s divided into Concourses A and B, which branch off from the main landside area. You’ll find a few eateries and a handful of gift shops. A 24 hour cafe is open on the landside. Free WiFi is available to help pass the time.  No pay-to-use airport lounges are available.

Sleeping in Norfolk Airport

We do not have recent sleep-related airport reviews, but it seems that the level above the baggage claim area is large, carpeted, and quiet.  Bring along earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones to combat loud announcements. For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer free shuttle service. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Some airport reviews and tips in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos.

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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 Hotels

If sleeping in the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Norfolk Airport that provide free airport shuttles.   For airport pick-up, use the courtesy phone in the baggage claim area of the airport.

With Covid restrictions constantly changing, we recommend that you confirm shuttle availability prior to booking and/or prior to your arrival.

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

Airport Lounges

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

There are no pay-per-use lounges at this airport.

Military Lounges

USO Lounge – The USO offers a lounge that is free of charge to active members of the US military and their families. Location: Arrivals Terminal, 2nd floor, baggage claim area.

Related Pages: Norfolk Airport Lounges

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Norfolk Airport for 60 minutes. Connect to the TakeORFwifi network. One additional hour costs $3.95 (2MBps) or $4.95 (5Mbps) and one day costs $6.95 (2MBps) or $9.95 (5Mbps).

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

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs, operated by BB&T 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: throughout the Main Terminal, Arrivals Terminal and the concourses.

Baby Care Facilities – Baby change facilities are located throughout the airport. Mother and Child rooms are also available in the Main Lobby and Concourses. These rooms include a sink, changing table, a rocking chair and charging outlets to give nursing mothers comfort and privacy.

Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Smarte Carte baggage carts are available at the airport. Carts cost $5.00 to rent with a $0.25 refund upon return. Locations: Curbside, near check-in • Arrivals, near Baggage Claim 2 • Rental Car return, Garage A, Level 2.

Banking Services – A full-service banking branch is available from 10:00AM – 2:00PM (Mon-Fri).

Children’s Play Area – An Interactive play area and toy store for children. Location: Departures Terminal.

Currency Exchange – Not available.

Drinking Water – Thirsty? Water bottle filling stations are available Airside.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free shopping is not available. There are a few shops such as Hudson News (3 locations), Tech on the Go and a few others. Hudson News (Landside) is open 4:00AM – until the last departure for last minute items.

Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate on varying schedules with most open as early as 4:30AM.

Information Desk – Staffed by uniformed naval personnel, the Military Information Booth offers assistance and information to both military and civilians. Location: Arrivals Terminal, landside, 1st Level, Baggage Claim. You can also seek assistance from one of the Volunteer Ambassadors roaming around the airport. Airport Police are also on hand 24 hours a day to assist with hearing impaired phone and language translation services and special needs.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Medical Services – Automated external defibrillators (AED) are available in the Arrivals Terminal, Main Lobby and Concourses. Norfolk Airport Authority’s fire and police responders are available 24 hours daily.

Mobile Charging –  Charge your electronics at charging stations located on the Concourses, the pedestrian bridge, in Arrivals and in restaurants.

Postal Services – Drop off your last minute postcards at the airport’s mailbox. Location: Main Hall.

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 – Not available.

SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Keep in mind that TSA, 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.

Airlines

Norfolk airport is served by the following airlines: Allegiant Air • American Airlines • Breeze Airways • Delta Air Lines • Frontier • Southwest Airlines • United Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies are located onsite in the Baggage Claim area: Alamo • Avis • Budget • Dollar • Enterprise • Hertz • National • Thrifty.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport shuttle service: Candlewood Suites Norfolk Airport   •   Comfort Inn & Suites Virginia Beach Norfolk Airport  •   Delta Hotels by Marriott Norfolk Airport  •  DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Norfolk Airport  •  Econo Lodge Airport   •  Hampton Inn & Suites Norfolk-Airport   •   Holiday Inn Virginia Beach – Norfolk   •  La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Norfolk Airport.

See also Airport Hotels above.

Ride Share Apps

Lyft and Uber are both authorized to operate from the airport. Passenger pick-up is located in the Arrivals Terminal, curbside, outside Door 5.

Taxis

Taxis are available outside of the baggage claim area on a 24-hour basis. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required.

Last updated: 2022-10-31

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.