Sleeping in Airports

Roanoke Regional Airport Guide

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

a kind security guard took pity on my poor self and let me stay upstairs in the main lobby area along with another poor soul. – ramblurr

ROA Airport Overview

roanoke airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport.

What to Expect

Roanoke Airport (code: ROA) consists of a small, modern terminal with a single concourse and six gates. There is a restaurant and gift shop on both the airside and landside of the terminal. WiFi is available and there are several dedicated charging stations on the airside. There are no private lounges at this airport.

Where to Sleep

This airport posts operating hours of 3:30AM-1:00AM, but its website notes that “if there are passengers in the airport, we’re open.” That said, we do not have any recent sleep-related airport reviews.  Have a backup plan if you’re planning to spend the night.  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 Roanoke Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Airport Plaza By Carla Hotels Roanoke (5 minutes from the airport)This is the closest hotel to the airport. Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • MainStay Suites Airport (5 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • Comfort Inn Roanoke Airport (5 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • Best Western Plus Inn at Valley View (5 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates

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

Airport Lounges

There are no pay-per-use lounges at the airport.

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Roanoke Airport. Connect to the ” ROA-WiFi” network.

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

Airport Ambassadors – Look for the volunteers wearing red vests. Location: Landside, across from the US Airways/American ticket counter.

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, 2nd Floor, to the left of the restaurant entrance.

Baby Care Facilities – A family restroom is available on the second floor, next to the gift shop.

Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available.

Currency Exchange – Not available.

Drinking Water – Thirsty? Water fountains are available both Landside and Airside.

Duty Free & Shopping – At the time of this update, there are no duty free shops available at Roanoke Airport. Hudson News is the only shopping option at the airport. They have a store both Landside and Airside and both locations open one hour before the first flight and close after last flight departure.

Food & Drinks – McAlister’s is the airport’s sole dining option, offering a full-service restaurant/bar both landside and airside. Landside opens at 4:30AM, while Airside opens at 4:30AM. Both locations close after last flight departure. Vending machines are also available.

Information Desk – Not available.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Medical Services – Four Automated External Defibrillators (AED) throughout the airport.

Mobile Charging – There are charging stations located Airside at Gates 2, 3, 4 and 5. See Workstations section below for more options.

Pet Relief Area – Travelling with a 4 legged companion? The airport has an area for pets to stretch their legs, drink water and take their potty breaks. Location: Landside. Note: A pet relief area is available airside for service animals.

Postal Services – Drop off your last minute postcards at the airport’s mailbox. Location: Landside, 1st Floor, at the center of the terminal.

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.

Workstations – Desks are available at various points along the 2nd Floor Balcony (Landside) and at the techonology bars at each airline gate (Airside). Electrical outlets are nearby.

Airport Hours

The airport is open from 3:30AM – 1:00AM.


Roanoke airport is served by the following airlines: Allegiant • American AirlinesDelta Air Lines • United Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


The Smart Way commuter bus offers service between downtown Roanoke and Virginia Tech Squires Student Center, via Roanoke Airport. The service is not available on Sundays;however, with pre-arrangements other shuttles services can be used. For more information, visit the Smart Way Bus website.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies are available onsite: Avis • Enterprise • Hertz • National/Alamo. Location: first floor, near the baggage claim.

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 Inn at Valley View   •   Cambria Hotel & Suites   •   Comfort Inn Roanoke Airport   •   Courtyard Roanoke Airport   •   Holiday Inn Roanoke Valley View   •   Hyatt Place Roanoke   •   MainStay Suites Airport   •   Quality Inn Roanoke Airport   •   Residence Inn Roanoke Airport   •   Sheraton Roanoke Hotel and Conference Center   •   The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center Curio Collection by Hilton.


Metered taxis are available in the ground transportation area.

Last updated: 2022-01-25

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.