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.

Sleeping in Roanoke Airport

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

Some airport reviews and tips in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. 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.

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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 the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Roanoke Airport that provide free airport shuttles:

With Covid restrictions constantly changing, we recommend that you confirm shuttle availability prior to booking and/or prior to your arrival.

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Roanoke Airport that can be sorted by price, 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.

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

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.

Airlines

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

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

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 shuttle service:  Carla Inn & Suites Roanoke Airport  •   Comfort Inn Roanoke Airport   •   Holiday Inn Roanoke Valley View   •   MainStay Suites Airport   •   Quality Inn Roanoke Airport.

See also Airport Hotels above.

Taxi

Metered taxis are available in the ground transportation area.

Last updated: 2022-10-28

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.