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San Antonio Airport Guide

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

The security confronted me in a very friendly way at midnight and asked to see my ID and boarding pass. After that they let me know I was being locked in and that exiting the emergency doors would set off alarms. After that they said good night. – a traveller

SAT 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 San Antonio International Airport.

What to Expect

san antonio airport guidePassenger services at San Antonio Airport (code: SAT) are provided in two interconnected terminals (A and B) with a decent selection of eateries and shops, though primarily on the airside. When operations close for the night, vending machine options are the only choice for overnight snacking, so plan accordingly. WiFi is available, and there are plenty of outlets to charge mobile devices. Additional comfort can be found through fee-based access to the airport’s first-class lounge. See our Airport Lounges section for locations and rates.

Sleeping in San Antonio Airport

After security checkpoints close for the night, all passengers are restricted to the landside areas, and must re-clear security the next day when the checkpoints open. Comfortable, armrest-free seating is scarce on the landside, though there are reportedly a few comfortable, armrest-free couches at the far end of baggage claim. Barring this, plan on sleeping on the floor if you intend to spend the night, so bring a travel mat and/or sleeping bag. Also, bring earplugs/noise-cancelling headphones, as the public address system is cited as incredibly annoying. For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See the Airport Hotels section below for locations, or read traveller airport reviews for more tips.

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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 Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Remember that TSA, airline check-in and baggage drop hours vary according to the flight schedule. Check these hours with your airline. If you are in the terminal’s public area (Landside), you will not be able to get through to the terminal’s secure area (Airside) until the morning. The TSA checkpoints open at 3:30 AM.

San Antonio Airport Hotels

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

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

Airport Lounges

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

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter by paying at the door or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and learn how to gain access with just an economy class ticket!

United Club – Location: Terminal B, Airside, between Gates B3 and B5. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of United Airlines ticket • United Club Membership.

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: Terminal B, Landside, in the baggage claim area.

Related Pages: San Antonio Airport Lounges

Drinking Water

Information is unavailable. Does the airport have water fountains or water bottle refill stations? Click here to update this guide.

Food & Drinks

Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options; however, there are vending machines on both Landside and Airside.

Luggage Storage & Lockers

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Mobile Charging

Charging points are available throughout the terminals. Portable charging rods can also be purchased from the FuelRod kiosk. Locations: Various locations, both Landside and Airside.

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.

Showers

Unfortunately, there are no showers available to freshen up. If this is incorrect, click here to update this guide.

WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at San Antonio Airport.

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

Art at the Airport – Permanent and rotating art exhibits are on display throughout the airport.

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so check your bank’s fee schedule and daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Various locations, both Landside and Airside.

Baby Care Facilities – The airport’s Lactation Rooms offer privacy, comfortable seating and power outlets in three locations: Terminal A, Landside, ticket lobby ▪ Terminal A, Airside, near Gate A16 ▪ Terminal B, Airside, in the food court. All three rooms are marked with the international sign for breastfeeding. Family restrooms are also available in both terminals, landside and airside (a total of four restrooms).

Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts (Smarte Cartes) are available at curbside and throughout the terminals. Rate: Unknown.

Chapel – An interfaith meditation room is available. Location: Terminal B, Landside, ticket lobby. Hours: Open 24 hours.

Currency Exchange – Marcy’s Business Travel Center offers currency exchange, computers with internet access, copy/fax service and travel accessories for sale. Location: Terminal A, Landside, ticket lobby. Hours: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM. There is also a currency exchange machine available. Location: Terminal B, Landside, ticket lobby.

Duty-Free & Shopping – Duty-free goods are available at the UETA Duty-Free shop. Location: Terminal A, Airside, near Gate A6. Hours: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Mon-Fri) & 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM (Sat/Sun). In addition, a small variety of news and gift shops are available.

Information Desk – There are Information Desks in the ticket lobbies of both terminals. Hours: unknown. For other assistance and information, look around the airport for one of the friendly and knowledgeable Airport Ambassadors. Their blue vests and cowboy hats make them easy to spot!

Pet Relief – There are designated areas in the following locations: Terminal B, Landside, outdoors, near baggage claim • Terminal A, Airside, near Gate A14 • Terminal B, Airside, near Gate B6

Public Phones – The airport’s public phones allow free local and toll calls. Calling card machines are located next to the phones.

SIM Cards – SIM cards can be purchased at InMotion Entertainment. Locations: Terminal A, Airside, near Gates A7 and A8 • Terminal B, Airside, near Gate B5. Hours: 5:00 AM – 9:00 PM.

Airlines
San Antonio Airport is served by the following airlines: Aeroméxico • Alaska Airlines • Allegiant Air • American Airlines • Condor Airlines • Delta Air Lines • Frontier Airlines • JetBlue • Southwest Airlines • Spirit Airlines • United Airlines • Viva Aerobus • Volaris Airlines.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

VIA bus route five runs between SAT airport and downtown San Antonio in a 30-minute ride, with connections available to VIA’s downtown San Antonio streetcar service. At the time of this update, bus fare is $1.30 or $2.75 for an all-day pass. Alternatively, take the Express Service Route 7 bus from Stone Oak Park & Ride for $2.60. Journey time is 15-20 minutes, and the service runs every 30 minutes between 5:45 AM and 7:00 PM (Mon-Fri). For route maps, schedules, and fare information, visit the VIA Metropolitan Transit website.

Car Rentals

The following onsite car rental agency desks are located on-site in the Terminal A baggage claim area: Alamo • Avis • Budget • Dollar • Enterprise • Fox • Hertz • National • Payless • SIXT • Thrifty. Head to the Mezzanine Level of Terminal B and take the Sky Bridge to the Consolidated Car Rental Facility.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport shuttle service: Drury Inn & Suites San Antonio Airport   •   Embassy Suites by Hilton San Antonio International Airport   •   Four Points by Sheraton San Antonio Airport   •   Hampton Inn & Suites San Antonio Airport   •   Holiday Inn Express San Antonio Airport   •   La Quinta Inn & Suites San Antonio Airport   •   SpringHill Suites San Antonio Airport   •   TownePlace Suites San Antonio Airport.

These hotels can be contacted using the courtesy phone in the hotel kiosk available in the baggage claim area and hotel shuttle pick-up outside the baggage claim area.

See also Airport Hotels above.

Ride Share

Approved ride-share companies at San Antonio Airport are Uber, Lyft, Wingz and Wridz. Rides can be booked through the individual companies’ apps or websites. The pick-up point is outside the lower level of Terminal A.

Shuttles

Super Shuttle offers door-to-door shared-ride shuttle service between the airport and downtown San Antonio hotels. Shuttles operate 24 hours a day, and tickets can be purchased at their desk in baggage claim (after hours, visit their website or mobile app).

Taxis

Taxis are available curbside on the lower level, outside the Terminal A and B baggage claims. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required. Fares to downtown San Antonio start at $24 – $29. Airport Ground Transportation employees wearing red shirts are on hand if assistance is required.

Last updated: 2024-01-30

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.