Sleeping in Airports

Quebec City Airport Guide

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

This airport is brand new and its much better than the old one. Very clean and Free WiFi. – Pat B

YQB Airport Overview

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

What to expect

Quebec City Airport (code: YQB) consists of a small terminal with a half dozen eateries and shops, including duty free. WiFi is available to help pass the time and there are plenty of outlets for charging mobile devices. Additional comfort can be found through fee-based access to the airport’s first-class lounge.  See Airport Lounges in the guide below.

Quebec City Airport Guide
Photo by SleepingInAirports / Dec 2018

Sleeping in Quebec City Airport

After security checkpoints close for the night, all passengers are restricted to the landside areas, and must re-clear security the next day when the checkpoints open. Travellers report that there are some armrest-free benches in the pre-security departure area, but warn that sleep becomes problematic with the early AM opening of the security checkpoints. The nearby arrivals area is quieter and darker, but all seating here reportedly comes with armrests. 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.

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 web site for current information.  For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Quebec City 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.

Airport Hotels

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

  • Hotel Quebec Inn – Airport shuttle is available for a fee. » Check Rates
  • Econo Lodge Airport – No airport shuttle.  » Check Rates
  • Comfort Inn Airport East  – Airport shuttle is available for a fee.  » Check Rates

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

Airport Lounges

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

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge 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!

VIP Lounge – Location: Airside, 2nd Floor, adjacent to Gate 29. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.

Related Pages: Quebec City Airport Lounges

Food & Drinks

Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. Vending machines are also available. There are currently no 24 hour food options.

Luggage Storage & Lockers

Self-service lockers are available for storing winter clothes or even an item for a relative to collect while you’re away. Simply scan the QR code and follow the steps. Payment by credit card only. Rates: From $3.20 for first hour then $0.10-$0.20 for each subsequent hour depending on locker size. Location: Landside, 1st Floor, between parking lot and terminal walkway.

Mobile Charging

Several mobile charging points are located throughout the airport.

Rest & Relaxation Zones

There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones, but you will find comfortable seating on the airside.

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.

WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Quebec City Airport. Connect to the “YQB Gratuit-Free” network.

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

Drinking Water – Information is unavailable. Does the airport have water fountains or water bottle refill stations? Click here to update this guide.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free shopping is available at the Quebec Duty Free Boutique. Location: Airside, near Gate 33. Hours: Opens three hours before the first international flight.

Family Services

  • Baby Care Facilities – Feed and change your baby in comfort and privacy in the nursing room. Microwave, changing table, sink, and comfortable chair are available. Location: Airside, near Gate 31.
  • Children’s Play Area – When you want to ensure your kids burn off all their energy before their flight, take them to the children’s play area, named ‘Turbulence Zone’. Location: Airside, between Gates 29 and 30.

Information

  • Information Desk – The Information Booth, located near the main entrance, close to the check-in counters, is currently closed. There are QR codes throughout the airport that passengers can scan for information.

Luggage

Massage Chairs – Enjoy a chair massage while waiting for your flight to depart. Location: Landside, International Arrivals area • Airside, near Gates 20-28, 29 & 30, 31 and 34. Hours: 24 hours: Rates: unknown.

Money

  • ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs, operated by Scotiabank, 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, Domestic Arrival area • Landside, 2nd Floor (near Café Origine) • Airside, 2nd floor, opposite Gate 29.
  • Currency Exchange – ICE has two locations at the airport. Locations: Landside, International Arrivals area • Airside, 2nd Floor, near Gate 33. Hours: 5:00AM – 10:00PM.

Observation Area – Relax and watch planes taking off and landing from the vantage point of the airport’s observation area. Location: Airside, 2nd Floor.

SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Smoking – Prohibited inside the terminal, there are designated smoking booths located outside (Landside).

Work Stations – Set up your own office space at one of the work stations available for passengers. Free to use, the desks come equipped with power outlets. Location: Airside, Gates 20-37.

Airlines
Quebec City airport is served by the following airlines: Air Canada • Air France • Air Inuit • Air Transat • American Airlines • Pascan • Porter • PAL Airlines • Sunwing Airlines • United Airlines • Westjet.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

RTC bus route 76 connects the airport to the Sainte-Foy area and bus terminal where travellers can transfer onto bus routes that go to the city center. Route 76 operates from 5:30AM – 11:00PM, and stops at the airport every 30 minutes. At the time of this update, a one-way ticket costs $3.40 CDN (exact change only) or $9.25 CDN for a full day pass. RTC bus route 80 connects the airport to the city center via the Les Saules terminus. Route 80 operates from 6:00AM – 1:00AM, and stops at the airport every 30 minutes. For more information, visit the RTC website.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies are available onsite: Avis • Budget • Enterprise • Hertz • National/Alamo • Thrifty. Location: Ground Floor, Administration Building.

Hotel Shuttles

At the time of this update we were able to find only one hotel offering airport shuttle service: Hotel Quebec Inn ($).

See also Airport Hotels above.

Taxi

Metered taxis are readily available in the ground transportation area. At the time of this update, the following flat rates are available: $41.40 for rides to/from downtown Quebec City and $18.15 for rides to/from the outskirts of the airport (Sainte-Foy area).

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.