Sleeping in Airports

Phoenix Airport Guide

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

What to Expect

Phoenix Airport is made up of three terminals (2, 3, and 4). The largest, Terminal 4 is divided into Concourses A, B, C, and D. If you’re changing terminals, a covered walkway connects Terminals 2 and 3 and the PHX Sky Train people mover connects Terminals 3 and 4. Do expect some walking, especially in Terminal 4. In fact, the surprisingly long walkway between Concourses A and D is officially known as the Sky Harbor Fitness Trail.

Your experience depends on your terminal, and travellers agree that Terminal 4 has the most comfort and amenities. Take advantage of plenty of dining and shopping options, including a number of local eateries, plus free WiFi. Overnight sleepers are covered with 24 hour eateries in each terminal. Economy class travellers who want to pay for an upgraded experience can check into a few airport lounges. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.

Where to Sleep

There’s rarely a ton of overnight sleepers here, but you likely won’t be the only one. Unfortunately, most seats have armrests, so you can either contort yourself uncomfortably or prepare to sleep on the floor. The biggest complaint is the overnight noise, including loud announcements, TVs blaring, and even fire drills, so don’t skip out on earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones. Note that we have received reports of homeless people wandering the public areas. For uninterrupted sleep, a few nearby hotels offer free airport shuttle service. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info.

Good to know

If you have some time to kill, consider taking the free PHX Sky Train. Accessible from all three terminals, the PHX Sky Train links the airport to the Phoenix Metro Light Rail system, a low-cost and easy way to travel to/from central Phoenix, downtown Tempe and Mesa.

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, 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!

American Airlines Admirals Club – Multiple Locations – (2) Concourse A and (1) Concourse B. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of American Airlines ticket • Lounge membership programs.  [ more lounge info ]

Passes  The Club At PHX – This lounge is available to all travellers no matter what class of service or airline. Location: Terminal 4, Airside, at the end of N4 Concourse (Gates B15 – B28). Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

United Club – Location: Terminal 2, Airside, Concourse 2, near Gate 7. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of United Airlines ticket • Lounge membership program. [ more lounge info]

Military Lounge

USO Lounge – The USO offers a lounge that is free of charge to active members of the US military and their families. The lounge features a VIP area with sofas and chairs, computers, large-screen televisions, games, a kitchen and children’s play area. Location: Terminal 4, pre-security on Level 2, East End. Hours: 6:00AM – 10:00PM. [ more info ]

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

  • Aloft Phoenix Airport
    (5 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle, and also steps away from the PHX SkyTrain and the Metro Light Rail. » Check Rates
  • Hyatt Place Tempe Phoenix Airport
    (8 minutes from the airport) Free shuttle service to the airport and surrounding area (within 5 mile radius), available daily from 5:00AM to 11:00PM. » Check Rates
  • Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport
    (8 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available on demand. » Check Rates

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

Unlimited free WiFi is available throughout Sky Harbor Airport. Connect to the “Free PHX Boingo WiFi” network.

Communications

Family Services

  • Baby Care Facilities – Feed and care for your baby in comfortable and privacy at one of the Nursing Stations located in each terminal. Changing tables, sink, comfy seating, and power outlets are available. Locations: T2, landside, near the men’s restroom in the walkway between Ticketing and the security checkpoints • T3, airside, Level 4, near the Farmer’s Market • T4, landside, Level 3 Northwest side, next to the family restroom. Enter between Johnston & Murphy and the i Store • T4, airside, upper level gates of B15-22, next to the family restroom near the British Airways Lounge.
  • Children’s Play Area
    • Terminal 2 – at the end of the concourse near Gates 12 & 13
    • Terminal 3 – at the end of the south concourse between Gates 7 & 9 and at the end of the north concourse near gates 15-26
    • Terminal 4 – close to Gate B19

Fitness

  • Walking Path – When your idea of airport exercise doesn’t include tight connections and frantic running to the next gate, enjoy your time at the airport with a more leisurely stroll or power walk along a designated walking path. The FitPHX in-airport walkway is located in Terminal 4, airside, between Gates A30 and D8.

Food & Drinks

  • Drinking Water – Thirsty? Drinking water fountains are available free of charge. A reader tells us that the water fountains have a feature to fill water bottles instead of tilting them. Locations: unknown.
  • Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. These options are open 24 hours:
    • Terminal 2 (landside) – Premiere Grab ‘N Go
    • Terminal 3 (airside) – Farmer’s Market
    • Terminal 4 (landside) – Starbucks (at the west end, Level 3) • Wildflower Bread Company (center food court).
    • Terminal 4 (airside) – Wildflower Bread Company (Gate A9) • La Madeleine (Gate B22).

Information

  • Airport Ambassadors – If you have questions about the airport or need any assistance, enlist the help of a friendly Sky Harbor Airport ambassador.
  • Information Desk – Locations: T2 – Lobby and Baggage Claim areas • T3 – Levels 1 and 2 • T4 – Level 1 (near Door 2), Level 1 (near Door 7), Level 3 (near A and D checkpoints), Level 3 (near B and C checkpoints) • Rental Car Center – Lobby.

Luggage

  • Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging

  • Mobile Charging – Equipped with power outlets, USB ports and comfortable seating, the airport’s charging tables are perfect for charging up your laptop and other electronic devices. The 28 “Get Plugged In” kiosks have six electrical outlets and six USB ports on all three sides. Charging tables (36 sets in total) can be found in the lobbies (landside) of all three terminals, while “Get Plugged In” kiosks are located both landside and airside in each terminal. The airport is also adding more electrical and USB outlets to it’s current total of 240 (electrical) and 204 (USB).

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 in T2, T3 and T4 • Airside in T3 and T4.
  • Currency Exchange – Travelex. Locations: Terminal 4, Level 3, Landside, just outside the B checkpoint and also in Terminal 4, Airside, next to gate B-15. Hours: unknown.

Pets

  • Pet Relief Area – Sky Harbor has designated outdoor and indoor pet relief areas available in these locations:
    • Outdoor – T2, the Pet Patch is found at east side of the terminal • T3, Level 1, west side of the terminal you can find the Paw Pad • T4, Level 1, the Bone Yard can be found on the west side, just outside of baggage claim • the “East Economy Park & Bark” is near the PHX Sky Train Station and the East Economy Parking Garage • the “Park & Play” is at the northwest corner of the 44th Street PHX Sky Train station.
    • Indoor (airside) – T2, airside, Lower Level, near the family restroom • T3, airside, on the concourse • T4, airside, Gates D1-D8, near the family restroom • T4, airside, near the restrooms at Gate B2.

Prayer

  • Chapel – An interfaith chapel is open 24 hours a day in T4 (Level 3).

Rest & Relaxation

Shopping

  • Duty Free & Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available both landside and airside in T4. In addition, you’ll find a variety of retail stores, gift shops and newsstands throughout the airport. From phone chargers to Native American jewelry to books, you’ll find almost everything you need.

Showers, Salon & Spa

  • Showers – Not available.
  • Spa Services – XpresSpa provides spa services at 2 locations in Terminal 4: Airside, Gates B15 – B28 area • Airside, Gates D1 – D8 area. Hours: unknown.

Smoking

  • Smoking – There are designated areas outside for smokers. Terminal 2: one on east side; one just west of terminal ground level. Terminal 3: four areas: on the east; west; north; and south sides of terminal ground level. Terminal 4: 11 areas: four on the north; three on the south on ground level; and two on the north and two on south side of level 2.

Things to do & see

  • Museums – Location: Terminal 2 / Terminal 4, Level 3 / Terminal 3, Level 2.
  • Read & Return Program – There are several bookstores at the airport which participate in the Read & Return Program; after purchasing, simply return your book when finished and receive a credit for your next book purchase. Locations:
    • Terminal 2 – Desert News & Books (Airside, near Gate B7) • Press Express (Landside, Main Lobby) • Phoenix TravelMart (Airside)
    • Terminal 4 – Desert News & Gifts (Airside, near Gate B4) • CNBC News (Landside, D Concourse).

The airport 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, Phoenix airport is served by the following airlines: Air Canada • Alaska Airlines • American Airlines • Boutique Air • British Airways • Condor • Delta • Frontier Airlines • Great Lakes Airlines • Hawaiian Airlines • JetBlue • Southwest Airlines • Spirit Airlines • Sun Country Airlines • United Airlines • Volaris • WestJet

The Amtrak connection is located inside the airport with transport desks located in Terminals 2, 3, and 4.

Valley Metro city bus route 13 travels between 75th Ave/Buckeye Rd (West Phoenix) and the airport. Bus routes 1, 3 and 44 stop at the 44th Street/Washington Valley Metro Rail station, which is connected to the airport via PHX Sky Train. For fares and information, visit the Valley Metro web site.

Onsite car rental agencies operate within the Rental Car Center, a facility located just south of the airport complex. The Rental Car Shuttle runs continuously between the airport and the Rental Car Center, stopping to retrieve passengers at the baggage claim level of every terminal. Reservations are highly recommended. The following agencies can be found at the Rental Car Center: Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Firefly, Fox, Hertz, National, Payless, Silvercar, Sixt and Thrifty.

Several local hotels provide free airport shuttle service for their guests. Ask your hotel about shuttle service availability. Some area hotels can be contacted through the Courtesy Telephone Centers located in the baggage claim area of each terminal. Hotel shuttles pick-up outside the Baggage Claim area. Here are some hotels that offer airport shuttle service: Aloft Phoenix Airport   •   Best Western Airport Inn   •   Courtyard Phoenix Airport   •   Crowne Plaza Phoenix Airport   •   DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Phoenix   •   Econo Lodge Airport   •   Country Inn & Suites Phoenix Airport   •   Hampton Inn Phoenix – Airport North   •   Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport   •   Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North   •   Hilton Phoenix Airport   •   Holiday Inn Express Phoenix Airport (University Drive)   •   Radisson Hotel Phoenix Airport   •   Residence Inn Phoenix Airport.

The PHX Sky Train is a free 24-hour automated train that runs between the Terminals 3 and 4, East Economy Parking and the Valley Metro Rail station on 44th Street and Washington Ave. Terminal 2 can be accessed via covered walkway from the Terminal 3 Sky Train station. Trains arrive at each station every 3 minutes during peak time with a total of 5 minutes travel time between each stop. For more information on the PHX Sky Train and its Valley Metro Light Rail and bus connections, visit the Valley Metro web site.

SuperShuttle provides a door-to-door shared ride shuttle service between the airport and the Phoenix metropolitan area. The shuttles depart every 15 minutes from 9:00AM – 9:00PM, and fares are based on a zone system. SuperShuttles can be found at Terminal 2 (ground level, north curbside), Terminal 3 (ground level, north and south curbside) and Terminal 4 (Level 1, north and south curbside).

Passengers from all over Arizona rely on Phoenix Sky Harbor, as it is Arizona’s largest and busiest commercial airport. Statewide shuttles provide daily service to and from many cities located throughout Arizona. Contact your service provider of choice for rates and information.

Taxis are readily available 24 hours a day at Terminal 2 (ground level east, door 8), Terminal 3 (ground level north, door 7 and south, door 6) and Terminal 4 (Level 1 north, door 7 and south, door 6). Only Apache Taxi, AAA/Yellow Cab and Mayflower Cab are authorized to pick up passengers at the airport. Rates are charged according to the meter, and most taxis accept all major credit cards. Wheelchair-accessible taxis are available on request.

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 editor@sleepinginairports.com and we will update this guide.