Sleeping in Airports

Richmond Airport Guide

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

Outside of security, there is one very good place to sleep: at the base of the escalator -a traveller

RIC 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 Richmond International Airport.

What to Expect

Richmond Airport (code: RIC) consists of a recently renovated terminal building with two concourses and 22 gates. There are a dozen or so eateries and shops with locations on both the airside and landside. WiFi is available to help pass the time. There are no private lounges at this airport.

Where to Sleep

richmond airport guideAfter security checkpoints close for the night, passengers are restricted to landside only. Passengers sleeping airside will be required to go back to landside until security reopens, and will need to clear security again to re-enter.  Check out the Business Center, located on the 2nd floor near the Ticketing area. Access is unrestricted, and the room usually quiet and empty.  One reviewer slept in the corner near the entrance doors, across from the Ticketing counters.   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 Richmond Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Sheraton Richmond Airport – (10 minute drive from the airport) Free shuttle service to the airport and surrounding area (within 3 mile radius). » Check Rates
  • Courtyard Richmond Airport – (10 minute drive from the airport) Free shuttle service to the airport is available 24 hours a day. » Check Rates
  • Best Western Plus Richmond Airport Hotel – (10 minutes from the airport) Free shuttle service to airport and local area available from 4:30AM to Midnight. » Check Rates

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

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. Location: on the lower level to the left of the escalators.

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at the airport. Connect to the “RIC” network.

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: Landside and Airside on the 1st and 2nd Levels.

Baby Care Facilities – If you are travelling with an infant, there is a baby care room for breastfeeding, nursing rooms are available on the Upper Level, on both Concourses.

Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available in the baggage claim area.

Banking Services – BB&T of Virginia offers full service banking. Location: Upper Level. Hours: 10:00AM – 2:00PM (Mon – Fri).

Business Center – Workstations, with free WiFi and LAN connections, are free to use at the airport’s business center. Conference rooms are available to rent for a fee. Location: Upper Level connector, landside, just before security checkpoints. Hours: 5:00AM – 10:00PM.

Chapel – Collect your thoughts in peace at the airport’s interfaith chapel. Location: Lower Level Hours: Open 24 hours.

Currency Exchange – BB&T Bank has a full-service branch at the airport, with foreign currency exchange service available. Location: Upper Level connector, landside, just before the security checkpoints Hours: 10:00AM – 2:00PM (Mon-Fri)

Duty Free & Shopping – At the time of this update, there are no duty free shops available in Richmond Airport. A Hudson News has 2 locations available, one of which (Lanside) opens at 4:30AM.

Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate on varying schedules. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. Caribou Coffee is open at 4:00AM both Landside and Airside.

Information Desk – The Visitor Information Center offers airport and local area information and assistance. Location: Lower Level Hours: 9:30AM – 4:30PM (Mon-Fri) • 12:00PM – 5:00PM (Sat, Sun).

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

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

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours. The TSA checkpoints are open 4:00AM – 8:00PM.

Keep in mind that 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.


Richmond airport is served by the following airlines: Allegiant • American AirlinesDelta Air Lines • JetBlue • Southwest Airlines • Spirit Airlines • United Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


The Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC) connects the airport to most areas throughout the Richmond metropolitan area. For route maps, schedules and fare information, visit the GRTC website.

Car Rentals

Car rental services are available on the lower level of the terminal, near the central entrance. Onsite car rental agencies include Alamo • Avis • Budget • Dollar • Enterprise • Hertz • National • Payless • 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 Plus Richmond Airport Hotel   •   Candlewood Suites Richmond Airport   •   Courtyard Richmond Airport   •   Four Points by Sheraton Richmond Airport   •   Hampton Inn Richmond-Airport   •   Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Airport   •   Holiday Inn Express Richmond Airport   •  Homewood Suites Richmond Airport   •   Hyatt Place Richmond Airport   •   Richmond Airport Hotel.

See Airport Hotels above.


Taxis are available, during airport hours of operation, curbside at the center section on the lower level, between the North and South parking garages. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required.

Last updated: 2019-07-23

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 or  write a review.