Sleeping in Airports

Philadelphia Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Philadelphia 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 had back problems for the next week because of the chair I slept in.  – Jody

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 Philadelphia Airport.

What to Expect

The Philadelphia Airport sprawls over seven terminals, so expect some walking to reach your departure gate. If you’re inside Security and transferring between terminals, hop on the free shuttle buses that connect Terminals A-East and F and Terminals C and F.

Long and slow security lines are fairly typical, so arrive early for peace of mind. Once inside Security, you’ll have a solid selection of eateries, shops, and cafes, depending on your terminal. The airport’s “street pricing” policy means that airport prices are the same as outside the airport. For a 24 hour food option, head to the entrance of Terminal C. Travellers appreciate the free WiFi and the mix of decent seating (which you’ll have to seek out). If you want to upgrade your layover experience, economy class travellers can pay to enter a few airport lounges. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.

Where to Sleep

Many international departures plus frequent flight delays add up to plenty of travellers looking for a place to rest, by day and night. Overnight campers will be more comfortable inside Security, especially in Terminal C. If you are stuck pre-Security, head to the walkways or the International Arrivals Hall in Terminal A for decent sleep spots. Common complaints from travellers are the cold temps, bright lighting, and loud noise – nothing that an extra layer or two, an eye mask, or noise cancelling headphones can’t fix. We’ve also heard that the information desks in Terminals C and F hand out free sleep kits with a blanket and a pillow. Explore our guide to sleeping in Philadelphia Airport or read some traveller reviews for more tips.  For uninterrupted sleep, check into the micro-hotel located in the Secure area of Terminal A-B or the traditional hotel, connected to Terminal B. Otherwise, free shuttles offer transfers to nearby hotels. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info.

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.

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 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!

Military Lounge

  • USO Lounge  – The USO offers a lounge that is free of charge to active members of the US military and their families. Location:  Terminal A East, tarmac level, adjacent to Gate A6.  [ more info ]

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

Inside Airport Minute Suites – For travellers in Philadelphia on a layover, Minute Suites offers 13 private suites and 2 workstation cubicles to nap, relax or work. Each suite has a daybed sofa, pillows, fresh blankets, sound masking system, HDTV, desk, phone, WiFi access. Location: Terminal A-B Link, Airside. Rates: US $42 per hour for the first two hours • US$32 for the 3rd hour • US$130 for 5 hours • US$140 for 8 hours overnight • US$160 for 8 hours during the day • US$300 for 24 hours. When the suites are full, they rent air mattresses for US$ 40 with no time limit. Pillows and blankets are provided when available. Special Promotion: Save 5% when you book through this exclusive partner link. » book a room

At Airport Philadelphia Airport Marriott – To access, take the sky bridge from Terminal B. Free scheduled airport shuttle service departs every 20 minutes from 4:00AM – 12:00PM. The shuttle is available on demand from 12:00PM – 1:30AM. » Check Rates

Near Airport Embassy Suites Philadelphia Airport – (6 minutes from the airport) Free 24-hour airport shuttle service is available. The shuttle runs to the airport every 30 minutes on the hour and the half hour. » Check Rates

Near Airport Hampton Inn Philadelphia Airport – (6 minutes from the airport) Free 24-hour airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates

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

Free WiFi is available at Philadelphia airport.

Business Services

  • Business Services – The UPS Store offer copying, faxing, shipping, notary and other business services. Location: (airside, Terminal A/B walkway).

Communications

Family Services

  • Baby Care Facilities – Nursing Mother’s Station is available free of charge for 30 minutes, courtesy of Minute Suites Location: Minute Suites (airside walkway, between Terminals B and A-East). Nursing mothers can also use one of the 42 Companion Care or Family restrooms located throughout the landside and airside areas of the terminals.
  • Children’s Play Areas – When you want to ensure your kids burn off all their energy before their flight, take them to the children’s play area. The “Ready For Take-Off” children’s play area features aviation-themed climbing toys and play area. Location: Terminal A-East.

Food & Drinks

  • Food & Drinks – Most food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. Au Bon Pain (Terminal C) is open 24 hours. The airport has a “Street Pricing” policy, which means that the prices at the airport are the same as out on the street.

Information

  • Information Desk – Information desks are located throughout the airport. You can also look for airport ambassadors around the airport for assistance.
  • Hospitality Program – If you are stranded at the Philadelphia Airport as a result of an emergency or weather delay that results in flight cancellations, the Airport’s Hospitality Program provides passengers with hotel and ground transportation information as well as snacks, pillows, blankets and other comfort items.

Luggage

  • Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging

  • Mobile Charging – A variety of charging areas are available throughout the airside areas of the airport. Look for the PHL “Power Up” Cubes (power outlets), Power Tables (power outlets and USB ports), Charging Stations (power outlets), window outlets (power outlets and USB ports) and Charging Tables (power outlets). Delta, Southwest and JetBlue also offer their own charging stations at their gates.

Money

  • 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 and Airside areas of Terminals A – D • Airside, near the gates, in Terminals E and F.
  • Currency Exchange – Travelex has a few kiosks available. Locations: Terminal A East • Terminal A West • Terminal D

Pets

  • Pet Relief Area – Indoor “Pet Ports” are available, with one inside each terminal. Outdoor relief areas are available in designated areas along the Departing Flights road and outside of baggage claim areas.

Rest & Relaxation

Shopping

  • Duty Free & Shopping – In additional to a large variety of retail shops, are two duty-free shops, located in Terminal A-East and West.

Showers, Salon & Spa

  • Showers – Not available.
  • Spa – XpresSpa – Manicures, pedicures, facials, massages and more are available. Location: Terminals C, D and F.

Smoking

  • Smoking Areas – Smoking is prohibited anywhere in the airport.

Things to do & see

  • Art in the Airport – Exhibitions are available throughout the airport.
  • Library – A virtual library opened in early 2014. Travellers can relax in comfortable lounge chairs while reading book downloads. Much of the Free Library’s digital content, including classic titles and podcasts, is available to anyone, but a Free Library card is necessary to download non-classic titles and some digital content. Location: Airside, D/E Connector.
  • Observation Area – Views of the airfield are available throughout the airside areas of all seven terminals.

Terminal B is open 24 hours.

Keep in mind that TSA, airline check-in and baggage drop hours vary according 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.

As of March 2018, Philadelphia airport is served by the following airlines: Air Canada • Alaska Airlines • American Airlines • British Airways • Delta • Frontier Airlines • Icelandair • JetBlue • Lufthansa • Qatar Airways • Southwest Airlines • Spirit Airlines • United Airlines • Virgin America

Access from the airport to the Amtrak Station is easy via SEPTA, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. This public transit system Airport Line picks up at the Rail Line platforms Terminals A-East, B, C, D and E baggage claims. It heads towards Center City Philadelphia. The Amtrak stop is 30th Street Station.

The airport is served by the bus routes (SEPTA): Route 37 to/from South Philadelphia and Chester, Pa.; Route 108 to/from 69th Street Transportation Center; Route 115 to/from Suburban Square in Ardmore. At the time of this January 2018 update, the single-ride transit fare is $2.50.

The following agencies provide on-site car rental service: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz and National. Vehicle pick up is at Zone 2, just outside of Baggage Claim.

Some local hotels provide their own guest airport shuttle service. The hotel shuttle stop is at Zone 4. Contact your hotel for shuttle service availability.

Here are some hotels that offer airport shuttle service: aloft Philadelphia Airport   •   Courtyard Philadelphia Airport   •   DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia Airport   •   Embassy Suites by Hilton Philadelphia – Airport   •   Fairfield Inn Philadelphia Airport   •   Hampton Inn Philadelphia-International Airport   •   Holiday Inn Express Philadelphia Airport   •   Philadelphia Airport Marriott   •   Sheraton Suites Philadelphia Airport   •   SpringHill Suites Philadelphia Airport/Ridley Park   •   Wyndham Garden Hotel – Philadelphia Airport.

To hire a limousine or executive sedan, or to make a reservation for shared ride shuttle service from the airport, visit the Ground Transportation Information Desk located in all baggage claim areas.

Taxis operating at this airport are metered, with a $10 minimum charge from the airport to any destination accept downtown which is subject to a flat rate. At the time of this January 2018 update, the flat rate downtown charge is $28.50.

The SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) Airport Regional Rail Line connects the airport to central Philadelphia via train service. Passengers can use this service to get from the airport to stations in Center City and connections to Amtrak, additional regional trains and the Greyhound Bus Station. All stations along this line are wheelchair accessible. For more information visit the SEPTA website.

Last updated: 2018-10-23

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,  write a review or send an email to [email protected]