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Port Columbus Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Port Columbus 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 noticed an old ticket counter that was no longer being used, so I went behind the counter and made a bed on the floor in front of the old luggage conveyer belt. – Denmark

CMH Airport Overview

Columbus Airport Guide
(Photo courtesy of a SleepingInAirports contributor / September 2019)

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

What to Expect

Columbus Airport (code: CMH) consists of a completely renovated modern terminal with three concourses (A, B and C). The terminal includes almost three dozen restaurants, shops and concession stands, primarily located on the airside. After airport restaurants and shops close for the night, vending machines are the only in-airport snack option.   WiFi is available and there are over 2,000 built-in power outlets and USB ports. There are no lounges at this airport.

Where to Sleep

Unfortunately, we do not have any current reviews from travellers who slept in this airport. An older reviewer reported sleeping fairly comfortable for 2 nights at the airport. The reviewer mentioned that the lights were bright and left on all night, bring eyeshades.  For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the guide below 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.

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

  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Columbus Airport – (Less than ½ mile from the airport) This is the closest hotel to the airport. Free airport shuttle (and to surrounding area within 5 mile radius) available on request. For airport pick-up, use the courtesy phone in the airport. » Check Rates
  • Hampton Inn Columbus Airport – (Less than ½ mile from the airport) Free 24-hour airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • Hilton Garden Inn Columbus Airport – (Less than ½ mile from the airport) Free 24-hour airport shuttle service also goes to surrounding area (within 5 mile radius). » Check Rates

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

Airport Lounges

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

At the time of this update, pay-per-use lounges were not available.  If this information is not correct, click here to update this airport guide.

Military Lounge

Jake Brewer USO Lounge – The USO offers a lounge that is free of charge to active members of the US military and their families. Location: Ticketing level, near the Concourse C checkpoint.

Related Pages: Columbus Airport Airport Lounges

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Port Columbus Airport. Connect to the “CMH wireless network”.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

Art in the Airport – Works from local artists are on display throughout 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: Baggage Claim and Center of the Ticketing Lobby.

Baby Care Facilities – If you are travelling with an infant, baby care rooms are available for breastfeeding and diaper-changing. Nursing Rooms are available in these 4 locations:
» Landside: Baggage Claim, near Carousel 1.
» Airside: Concourse A, Gate A2 • Concourse B, Gate B29 • Concourse C, C51.

Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available throughout the airport. Rates: $4 per cart. You will receive a $0.25 refund upon return.

Business Center – Location: landside, Ticketing Level, towards Concourse B. Hours: unknown.

Children’s Play Area – There are no play areas; however, the Information Desk has a supply of kids activity books.

Currency Exchange – TravelEx provides currency exchange services. Location: Center of the ticket lobby. Hours: 9:30AM – 5:00PM (Mon – Fri) and 11:00AM – 3:00PM (Sat & Sun).

Duty Free & Shopping – It is not known if Duty Free shopping is available. The airport offers a small variety of shops including a few Travel Marts for any last minute needs.

Food & Drinks – Most food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options in the airport terminal, but there is a 24-hour McDonald’s on airport grounds. If budget and time allows, check out the World War I themed 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant, a full-service restaurant on airport grounds with views of the runway.

Games Room – Coin operated arcade. Location: Concourse C across from B33. Hours: open 24 hours

Information Desk – Location: in the center of the baggage claim level. Look for airport ambassadors wearing blue vests.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Massages – Feel your stress melt away with a foot or chair massage at the Massage Bar. 10, 15 and 30 minute massages available. Location: Gate B23.

Meditation Room – A quiet, interfaith area for prayer and meditation. Holy books are available for use. Location: Baggage Claim level (Across from carousel 6).

Mobile Charging – The airport offers more than 2,000 built in power outlets and USB ports at seats and workstations in the boarding areas. Additionally, there are Fuel Rod mobile charging stations available when you need a faster charge, only credit cards are accepted as payment. Available on Concourses A,B and C.

Pet Relief Area – Travelling with a 4 legged companion? Port Columbus Airport has an area for pets to stretch their legs, drink water and take their potty breaks. Location: Outside of baggage claim area.

Postal Services – Drop off your last minute postcards at the airport’s mailbox. Location: Center of the Ticketing Lobby.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Security Checkpoint Mailers – An easy way to ship items home that are not permitted on board. Fill out the form, put your item(s) in a sealable bag and leave them in the drop box, available in all three concourses.

Showers – Not available.

Smoking – designated smoking areas are located outside the terminal on the arrivals and departures levels.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours; however, the security checkpoint hours are 4:15AM – last flight departure.

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.


Port Columbus airport is served by the following airlines: Allegiant Air • Air CanadaAlaska AirlinesAmerican AirlinesDelta Air Lines • Frontier Airlines • Southwest Airlines • Spirit • United Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


CMH airport is connected to downtown via the AirConnect bus service. The service runs every 30 minutes, 7 days a week and as of this update, a one way ticket costs $2.75. Once downtown you can use the free CBUS that connects the Brewery District, downtown and the Short North together. The airport is also served by Bus Line 7. For fares, routes and schedules, visit the COTA website.

Car Rentals

Rental cars are available at Columbus Airport. Check-in counters are located on the ground floor of the parking garage. The following companies have counters at the airport: 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 Port Columbus   •   Columbus Airport Marriott   •   Comfort Suites East Broad at 270   •   Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Columbus Airport   •   Country Inn & Suites By Wyndham, Columbus Airport East   •   Courtyard Columbus Airport   •   Days Inn Columbus Airport   •   Embassy Suites by Hilton Columbus Airport   •   Four Points by Sheraton Columbus Ohio Airport   •   Hampton Inn Columbus Airport   •   Hilton Garden Inn Columbus Airport   •   Holiday Inn Express & Suites Columbus Airport   •   SpringHill Suites Columbus Airport Gahanna   •   Staybridge Suites Columbus Airport   •   TownePlace Suites Columbus Airport Gahanna.

See Airport Hotels above.


Taxis are available 24-hours a day in the ground transportation area. All taxis are metered and reservations are not required. A $3.00 airport fee applies and at the time of this update, the average rate between the airport and downtown is $25.00.

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.