Sleeping in Airports

San Salvador Airport Guide

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

Wow, El Salvador International Airport is the biggest, modern and beautiful airport of all Central America. – Finn

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 Salvador Airport.

What to Expect

San Salvador Airport has a recently expanded terminal that primarily handles flights across North and Central America. Additional expansion and modernization efforts are ongoing for the next decade. Some reviews describe additional (seemingly superfluous) security checks, so consider arriving early.

Amenities include a variety of eateries and shops, both landside and airside. Free WiFi helps pass the time. Economy class passengers can pay to enter two airport lounges. One lounge has showers for freshening up. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for location and access information.

Where to Sleep

Travellers who’ve spent the night report generally pleasant, safe stays. Overnight sleepers are restricted to the Main Hall where security guards patrol throughout the evening. Unfortunately, seating is limited in this area, so bring a sleeping bag or blanket to make the floor a bit more tolerable. For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer free shuttle service. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info.

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.

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

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

If sleeping in San Salvador Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Quality Hotel Real Aeropuerto – (5 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle runs daily, every 30 minutes between 5:00AM and 11:00PM. » Check Rates
  • Pato Canales Hotel and Resort – (5 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

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

Free unlimited wifi is available at San Salvador 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. Location: Landside, near customs.

Banking – According to a reader: “There is (at least used to be) bank teller just shy of immigration… do remember that US$ is the currency of legal tender. On the land side there are a couple of bank tellers (by the ATM)

Currency Exchange – See banking information above.

Duty Free & Shopping – There is no designated duty free shop, but there are a number of stores selling souvenirs, travel accessories etc.

Food & Drinks – According to a reader: “Although there is not a food court/plaza there are a number of small restaurants with a large variety of food both in the air and land sides.

Information Desk – If you have any questions, visit the airport information desk for assistance! Location: Landside, Arrivals Hall.

Luggage Carts – Need a hand with your bags? Luggage carts are available throughout the airport.

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 – Not available.

Showers – Showers are available in the lounges. [ see Airport Lounges above ]

The airport is open 24 hours.

As of February 2019, San Salvador airport is served by the following airlines: Aeromexico • American Airlines • Avianca • Copa Airlines • Delta • Iberia • Interjet • Spirit Airlines • Transportes Aéreos de El Salvador • Transportes Aéreos Guatemaltecos • United Airlines • Volaris.


Travel like the locals do! Local bus 138 links the airport to downtown San Salvador, stopping along the route to pick up and drop off passengers. Total one-way trip time can take up to an hour, but costs under $1 USD. Ideal for travelers looking to save a few pennies. There is also a connection to Comalapa (bus 133) from the airport.

Car Rentals

Car rentals are available at the airport in the arrivals area. At the time of this January 2018 update, no further information is available.


If your load is light, you can travel at a fraction of the price of a taxi by taking a “colectivo” (shared-ride minibus) between the airport and city center. You can find a colectivo in the ground transportation area of the airport.


Taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area of the airport.

Last updated: 2019-08-02

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.