Sleeping in Airports

Ottawa Airport Guide

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

Found these fantastic level, flat leather benches that — believe it or not — looked more like mattresses than seating. The best bedding I’ve ever had in an airport. – Ray

YOW Airport Overview

Ottawa Airport Guide
Charging ports are located at most of the boarding gates by the seating area. (Photo courtesy of crafted axe / January 2020)

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Ottawa Airport.

What to Expect

Ottawa Airport (code: YOW) consists of a single terminal, spread over three levels. Travellers here appreciate the efficient security lines and free WiFi. A few restaurants and shops will help you pass the time, and one eatery stays open 24 hours in the pre-Secure area. A few airport lounges serve up additional creature comforts for travellers willing to pay the entry fee. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and rates.

Sleeping in Ottawa Airport

Because security checkpoints close nightly, all overnight campers are restricted to staying in the pre-security landside areas until the early morning. Travellers recommend grabbing a couch by the windows, as long as you’re there early enough. Do bring along earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones, as airport noise is common. Reviewers have reported being questioned by staff whilst waiting overnight. Explore our guide to sleeping in Ottawa Airport or read some traveller reviews for more tips.  Prefer an uninterrupted night of sleep? Several hotels near the airport offer free shuttle service. See Airport Hotels in the guide below.

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. You can also visit the airport’s website for current information.  For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Ottawa 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 Hours

The airport is open 24 hours. However, the security screening checkpoint hours are 4:00AM – last flight for Domestic & International departures (May – November) and 3:00AM – last flight (November – April).

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 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!

  • Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge – Location: Airside, near gate 18. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.
  • Aspire Lounge – Location: Airside, near gate 18. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs • Pay at the Door.

Related Pages: Ottawa Airport Lounges

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Ottawa Airport:

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels in Ottawa, search deals and read traveller reviews.

Drinking Water

Thirsty? Water fountains and water bottle filling stations can be found both landside and airside.

Food & Drinks

Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules, with most open from 4:30AM. There are currently no 24-hour food options.

Luggage Storage & Lockers

Luggage storage and coat check service are provided by PARS 2000. Luggage Storage Rates: $7.00/day • $10.00/overnight • $40.00/week • $85.00/month. Winter coat/boot storage is also available and storage spaces are big enough to store belongings of 2-4 passengers. Location: Arrivals Hall, landside, Level 1. Hours: Open 24 hours.

Mobile Charging

A reader tells us there are charging ports at most of the boarding gates by the seating area.  (crafted axe / January 2020)

Rest & Relaxation Zones

There are a small number of rocking chairs available near the gates.

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 WiFi is available at Ottawa Airport.

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

Chapel – An interfaith chapel is available landside on Level 1. Hours: 6:00AM – 9:00PM.

Family Services

  • Baby Care Facilities – Feed and change your baby in comfort and privacy in one of the airport’s Breastfeeding Rooms. Changing table and rocking chair are available. Locations: US Flights, airside, Level 2 • Can/Intl Flights, airside, Level 2, near Gates 14 and 18 • Arrivals Hall, landside, Level 1, opposite the chapel. Hours: All Breastfeeding Rooms are accessible 24 hours a day.
  • Child Care Rooms – Most restrooms in the terminal have adjacent nursing rooms.
  • Children’s Play Areas – Location: Near gate 19, domestic/international holdroom.

Information Desk – An Information Booth can be found Landside in the Arrivals Area. Hours: Unknown.


  • Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available free of charge.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers – see “Luggage Storage & Lockers” above.
  • Luggage Wrapping – Safe Bag offers a luggage wrapping service for a small fee. Location: Level 3, landside. Hours: 12:P0AM – 8:00PM.


  • 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: Landside, Levels 1 and 3 • Airside, Level 2.
  • Currency Exchange – ICE (International Currency Exchange) has kiosks in these locations: US Flights, Airside, Level 2. Hours: 4:30AM – 5:30PM • Arrivals Hall, Landside, Level 1. Hours: 9:00AM – 11:00PM • Can/Intl Flights, Airside, Level 2 (opposite Gate 15). Hours: 4:30AM – 8:00PM.
  • ReadySTATION cash conversion kiosk – Passengers can convert their cash into a prepaid Mastercard card that can be used anywhere in the world that accepts Mastercard. Hours: Open 24 hours.

Observation Deck – Relax and watch planes taking off and landing from the vantage point of the airport’s observation deck. Location: Landside, Level 3.

Shoe Shine – Location: Can/Intl Flights, Airside, by Gate 15. Hours: 7:00AM – 5:00PM.

Shopping – Duty free shopping is offered airside in both Can/Int’l Departures (near Gate 15) and US Departures (near Gate 12).

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Smoking – There is a designated smoking area at the North end of Level 1, in Parking Lot 02.

WiFi – see “Airport WiFi/Internet” above.

Ottawa airport is served by the following airlines: Air Canada • Air France • Air North • Air Transat • Canadian North • Flair Airlines • PAL Airlines • Porter Airlines • Sunwing Airlines • United Airlines • WestJet.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Bus route 97 runs between the airport and downtown Ottawa. There is a ticket machine on Level 1 or fares can be purchased in cash directly on the bus. For timetables, fares and a route map, visit the OC Transpo website.

Car Rentals

Onsite car rental agencies include Alamo • Avis • Budget • Enterprise • Hertz • National.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport shuttle service: Days Inn Ottawa Airport   •   Hampton Inn by Hilton Ottawa Airport   •   Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport   •   Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ottawa Airport   •   Ramada Ottawa On The Rideau.

See also Airport Hotels above.


All licensed taxis, limousines and shuttles pick up on Level 1 and drop off on Level 3.

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.