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 guideRichmond 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.

Sleeping in Richmond Airport

After 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.

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 Richmond 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 hotelsAirport Hotels

If sleeping in the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Richmond Airport that provide free airport shuttles:

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Richmond Airport that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

airport loungeAirport 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.

Related Pages: Richmond Airport Lounges

wifiAirport WiFi / Internet

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

more airport infoMore 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: Airside, 2nd Level.

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 – Not available.

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 – Not available.

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. Among the concessions you will find: Caribou Coffee (Concourse A and B) and The Market on Board (Concourse B). Hours: 5:00AM – to last departure.

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.

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

airport hoursAirport 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 Airlines • Breeze • Delta Air Lines • JetBlue • Southwest Airlines • Spirit Airlines • United Airlines.

transportationAirport 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.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels offer an airport shuttle:  Best Western Plus Richmond Airport Hotel   •   Courtyard Richmond Airport   •   Hampton Inn Richmond-Airport   •   Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Airport   •   Holiday Inn Express Richmond Airport   •  Homewood Suites Richmond Airport.

See also 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: 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.