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Orlando Sanford Airport Guide

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

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SFB Airport Overview

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

What to Expect

Orlando Sanford Airport (Code: SFB) consists of a single building that’s divided into Terminals A and B. Amenities are limited to a few basic eateries and shops, plus free WiFi. No eateries are open 24 hours, so plan ahead if you’re staying the night. Economy class travellers can pay to enter the airport lounge. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.

Sleeping in Orlando Sanford Airport

Though it’s hardly a busy airport, travellers have reported bright lights and noise around the clock, making sleep difficult.  For ensure a good night’s rest, bring earplugs or noise-canceling headphones plus an eye mask. For uninterrupted sleep, a few hotels are nearby, and some 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

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 Orlando Sanford 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 Orlando Sanford Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Best Western Plus Sanford Airport Lake Mary Hotel – (10 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available daily from 5:00AM to 10:00PM. » Check Rates
  • Budget Inn Sanford – (10 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Comfort Inn & Suites North Orlando / Sanford – (15 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotel near Orlando Sanford 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 is a lounge that you can enter by 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!

The Royal Palm Lounge – Location: Airside, Terminal A, International Departures. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Orlando Sanford Airport. Connect to the “SFB-WiFi” network.

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: Terminal B, Domestic/Upper Level gates.

Currency Exchange – Location: Terminal A, Airside.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty free is available in Terminal A. Other shopping options are available in both Terminals A and B.

Family Services – If you are travelling with an infant, there are family restrooms for diaper-changing throughout the airport.

Food & Drinks – At the time of this update, there are no known 24-hour food concessions. Terminal A offers 3 restaurants and in Terminal B you will find 8 restaurants and cafes.

Games Arcade – Location: Terminal A next to the escalator. Hours unknown.

Information Desk – If you have any questions, there is an information desk to provide assistance. Location: Terminal B, Level 1, Baggage Claim Area.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

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.

Observation Deck – Relax and watch planes taking off and landing from the vantage point of the airport’s observation deck. Location: unknown.

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.

Smoking – Smoking is prohibited in the airport, except in designated smoking areas or the airport’s “Smoking Deck”.

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.


Orlando Sanford airport is served by the following airlines: Air Unlimited • Allegiant Air • Surinam Airways • TUIFly • Via Air.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

Onsite car rental companies include: Alamo • Avis • Budget • Dollar • Enterprise • Hertz • National • 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: Best Western Plus Sanford Airport/Lake Mary Hotel   •   Comfort Inn & Suites North Orlando / Sanford   •   Residence Inn Orlando Lake Mary


The airport is served by a number of private shuttle companies, to plan your arrival and make a reservation, visit the Orlando Sanford Airport website.


Taxis are available in the ground transportation area during airport hours of operation. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required.

Last updated: 2021-10-20

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.