Sleeping in Airports

Pensacola Airport Guide

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

I asked an airport policeman if it would be o.k. to spend the night, he said that there was no problem and he would be by now and then to check on myself and a few other passengers – John

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us about their time at Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport.

What to Expect

Pensacola Airport is a small two-level terminal with 12 gates and a half-dozen or so airside shops and eateries. WiFi is available, and the terminal has several charging stations. Water bottle refill stands are available. Active duty members of the military and their families can find additional comfort at the USO Lounge. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

As of May 2018, we have received no sleep-related reviews from travellers since 2000. The last review indicated that the airport is quiet after 11pm and the security kept an eye on passengers spending the night in the airport. Please write a review to help future travellers! For uninterrupted sleep, there is a hotel at the airport and others nearby. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

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.

Airport Lounges

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

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

Military Lounge

USO Lounge – The USO offers a lounge that is free of charge to active members of the US military and their families. Amenities include: WiFi, video games, TV lounge, snacks, computers, library and a child care area. Location: Terminal Lobby, 2nd floor, next to the restaurant. Hours: 8:00AM – 10:00PM. [ more info ]

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Pensacola Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Hyatt Place Pensacola Airport – Located adjacent to the airport terminal and connected via a covered walkway. Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • Hampton Inn Pensacola Airport – Located across from the airport terminal. Free shuttle service to the airport and area businesses (within a 1 mile radius). » Check Rates
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton Pensacola Airport – (7 minute walk from the airport) Free shuttle service to the airport and surrounding area (within 3 mile radius). » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Pensacola Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Pensacola Airport on the 1st and 2nd levels.

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: First floor, by the escalator • Across from Einstein Bros. Bagels Restaurant on Concourse between Gates 4 and 6.

Baby Care Facilities – A nursing room is located in the baggage claim area.

Drinking Water – Thirsty? Water bottle filling stations are available free of charge. Locations: Airside, Gates 2, 5, 7 & 8.

Duty Free & Shopping – Paradies Shops sell gifts, stamps and phone cards. Hours vary. Location: landside, 2nd floor • airside, between Gates 4 and 6.

Food & Drinks – Most food concessions throughout the airport operate on varying schedules, with some open as early as 4:30AM. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. Food options include: Chick-Fil-A • Einstein Bros Bagels • Freshens • Pensacola Beach House Restaurant. Vending machines are available Landside.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – Recharge your mobile device at charging stations found Airside at Gates 2, 5, 7, 8.

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

In July 2018, a reader let us know that the airport closes at night from approx. 12:00AM – 3:00AM.


As of February 2018, Pensacola airport is served by the following airlines: American Airlines • Delta • Silver Airways • Southwest Airlines • United Airlines • Frontier Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

Onsite car rental agencies include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Payless and 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: Hampton Inn Pensacola Airport (Cordova Mall Area)   •   Hilton Garden Inn Pensacola Airport-Medical Center   •   Homewood Suites Pensacola-Arpt (Cordova Mall Area)   •   Hyatt Place Pensacola Airport.

Taxis and Shuttles

Taxis and shared-ride shuttles are available in the ground transportation of the airport terminal, during airport hours of operation. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required. As of this January 2018 update, there is a minimum fare of $11 for airport trips.

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, write a review or send an email to [email protected] and we will update this guide.