Sleeping in Airports

Salt Lake City Airport Guide

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

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SLC 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 Salt Lake City International Airport.

What to Expect

Salt Lake City Airport (Code: SLC) operates a single terminal with Concourses A and B. There is a decent selection of eateries and shops in all of the terminals, including one that operates 24-hours. Airport staff are generally described as friendly and helpful (one gave blankets to some overnight sleepers), and overall airport operations as efficient. WiFi is available to help pass the time. Flying Delta? Additional comfort can be found through fee-based access to the Sky Club. See Airport Lounges below for locations and rates.

Salt Lake City Airport Guide
(Photo courtesy of a guest traveller / August 2019)

Sleeping in Salt Lake City Airport

There are mixed reviews about sleeping in this airport, with some travellers reporting difficulty finding comfortable sleeping spots and others reporting that they found comfortable, armrest-free seating. Given the reviews over the past few years, it appears that maybe airport seating gets periodically moved around, and that finding good spots may be a case of “seek and you might find.” Overall, Concourse B seems to be cited the most for potential sleeping spots. Two places mentioned in reviews for having sofas are near the American Airlines check in desks (landside) and the seating areas straight after security (airside). Extra layers or travel blanket, earplugs/noise-cancelling headphones, and eyeshades are all recommended for improved comfort if you are planning to spend the night in this airport. For uninterrupted sleep, there are private suites in Concourse A and hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the guide below or read some traveller 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 Salt Lake 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.

Keep in mind that airline check-in and baggage drop hours vary according to the flight schedule. Check the 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.

Salt Lake City Airport Hotels

Hotel inside SLC Airport

  • Minute Suites – Private suites equipped with a daybed sofa, sound-masking system, DirectTV, and high-speed internet.  The hotel is located in the secure zone, so if you are connecting flights, you do not have to pass through security.  Here are the rates as of April 2024: US$ 55 per hour, minimum two hour stay  • US$ 195 (Overnight – 8 hours, after 9:00 AM). Location: Airside, Concourse A, near gate A33.

Hotels near Salt Lake City Airport

If you need a hotel before or after your flight, here are hotels near Salt Lake City Airport that provide free airport shuttles:

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

Airport Lounges

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

Not available

Airline Lounges (members only)

Delta Sky Club – Location: Airside, Concourse A, Level 2, east of the new Airport Plaza. Lounge Access: Elite Status • Lounge membership programs.

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: Airside, Concourse A, Level 3. Hours: 6:00AM – 10:00PM.

Related Pages: Salt Lake City Airport Lounges

Drinking Water

Thirsty? Water bottle refill stations are available free of charge. Locations: Various locations both Landside and Airside.

Food & Drinks

Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules, however you will find many open between 6:00AM – 10:00PM. The Starbucks located in the Terminal Plaza is the only 24 hour option. Vending machines are also available in the airport lobbies, the concourses and the lower level of the parking garage.

Luggage Storage & Lockers

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Mobile Charging

Power outlets are available throughout the terminals and the connector hallway.

Showers

A reader tells us that showers are available in the Delta Lounge.

Rest & Relaxation zones

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

WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Salt Lake City Airport. Connect to the “SLCAirport.wifi” network.

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

Art in the Airport – The airport art collection on display throughout the airport, most prominently featured in the terminal connector hallway.

Baby Care Facilities – Most women’s and men’s washrooms throughout the airport offer baby change facilities. In addition, if you are in need of a quiet, private place to nurse your baby, look for the Special Needs or Infant Care rooms. Locations: Various locations both Landside and Airside. Note – these special rooms do not include restroom facilities in the Airside locations.

Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available. Rate: $5.00 per cart and a $0.25 refund for returning the cart.

Duty Free & Shopping – Salt Lake City Dufry Shopping offers duty free goods. Location: Airside, Concourse A, Level 2, near Gate A23. Hours: 8:00AM – 6:00PM. In addition, you will find a small selection of stores selling newspapers, souvenirs, travel items, etc.

Information Desk – You will find the information desk across from the baggage claim area. Hours: unknown. Phone line is open 24 hours (801-575-2400).

Money

  • ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs, operated by Zions Bank and US Bank, 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.
  • Currency Exchange – Unavailable

Pet Relief – There are designated areas in the following locations: Landside, outdoors to the west of the terminal • Airside, Concourse A, near Gate A9 • Airside, Concourse B, near Gate B20.

Salon and Spa Services – XpresSpa offers a full array of spa services for travellers. Locations: Airside, Concourse A, Level 2, near Gate A15. Hours: 6:00AM – 11:00PM.

SIM Cards – SIM cards can be purchased at InMotion Entertainment. Location: Airside, Concourse B, Level 2, near Gate B11. Hours: 5:00AM – 10:00PM.

Smoking – Smoking is prohibited anywhere inside the terminal. You will need to smoke in designated outside locations before clearing security.

Airlines
Salt Lake City airport is served by the following airlines: Aeroméxico • Air Canada • Alaska Airlines • American Airlines • Delta Air Lines • Discover Airlines • Frontier Airlines • JetBlue • KLM • Spirit • Southwest Airlines • Sun Country Airlines • United Airlines.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

UTA public bus stops are located outside of the terminal. Routes 453 and 454 offer limited weekday services to the airport however there are no buses connected to the airport on weekends or holidays. For more information, visit the UTA website.

Car Rentals

Alamo • Avis • Budget • Dollar • Enterprise • Hertz • National • Payless • Thrifty are located onsite in the Gateway Center, adjacent to the parking garage. Further agencies are available offsite and accessible via a courtesy shuttle.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport shuttle service: Comfort Suites Airport  •   DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Salt Lake City Airport   •  Four Points by Sheraton Salt Lake City Airport  •  Hampton Inn & Suites Salt Lake City Airport  •  Hilton Garden Inn Salt Lake City Airport   •  Holiday Inn Express & Suites Salt Lake City-Airport East, an IHG Hotel   •  Holiday Inn & Suites Salt Lake City-Airport West, An IHG Hotel   •  Homewood Suites by Hilton Salt Lake City Airport  •  Hyatt Place Salt Lake City Airport   •  La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Salt Lake City Airport   •  Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Salt Lake City Airport   •  Quality Inn & Suites Salt Lake City  •   Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Airport   •  Ramada by Wyndham Salt Lake City Airport Hotel  •  SpringHill Suites by Marriott Salt Lake City Airport   •   Super 8 by Wyndham Salt Lake City Airport  •  Tru by Hilton Salt Lake City Airport.

Some of these hotels can be reached using the direct-line phones at the far end of baggage claim of either terminal.

See also Airport Hotels above.

Shuttles and Limousines

Several companies provide shuttle service or luxury transportation services from the airport. These services can be arranged through the Ground Transportation Desks located on the ground level of the terminal.

Taxi

Yellow Cab is the official taxi service at Salt Lake City Airport. Taxis can be booked online or by phone. They are available 24/7.

Train

TRAX is the light rail system that covers all of Salt Lake City and its suburbs. The TRAX Airport station can be accessed outside the east side of the terminal. It runs every 15 minutes on weekdays (5:32AM – 11:06PM) and every 30 minutes on weekends (6:25AM – 11:25PM on Saturday & 6:25AM – 11:37PM on Sunday). For more information on the TRAX Green Line, visit the UTA website.

Airport Photo Gallery

See also: Salt Lake City Airport Photos

Last updated: 2024-02-07

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.