Sleeping in Airports

Santa Rosa Airport Guide

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

This airport is NOT open 24 hours. It closes between midnight and 4 a.m. I know, because I got kicked out. – a traveller

STS Airport Overview

santa rosa airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Santa Rosa’s Charles M. Schulz—Sonoma County Airport.

What to Expect

Santa Rosa Airport (code: STS) consists of a small, renovated terminal with a restaurant and vending machines. WiFi is available to help pass the time. There are no private lounges at this airport.

Where to Sleep

Because the terminal is closed between midnight and 4:00AM, there is no overnight sleeping at this airport. There are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the guide below or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Good to Know

Shuttle bus service connects the airport with the nearby Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit station, and express buses provide regular service to Oakland International Airport and San Francisco International Airport.

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 Santa Rosa Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Hilton Garden Inn Sonoma County Airport – (5 minutes from the airport) Free roundtrip airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Holiday Inn Windsor – Wine Country – (8 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Best Western Plus Wine Country Inn & Suites – (10 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Santa Rosa 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 unlimited WiFi is available at Santa Rosa airport.

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

Art in the Airport – Visitors to the airport can enjoy sculptures, comic strips and other artwork dedicated to Charles M. Schulz, the airport’s namesake and man behind the Peanuts comic strip. The airport is in the process of adding local artworks to their collection.

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, near check in area.

Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available free of charge near the front entrance (landside).

Food & Drinks – At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour food and beverage concessions available at this airport. The only dine-in option is Sky Lounge Steakhouse & Sushi Bar. Hours: 8:00AM – 9:00PM. A food kiosk with grab and go items is available Airside, near Gate 2. A vending machine is available in the terminal, airside.

Information Desk – Have any questions? Visit the airport’s assistance booth for help. Volunteers are available at the Information Desk to assist you.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – Available in the Terminal including in the gate areas. For $20 (credit cards accepted) you receive a portable charging rod/stick to power up your devices which you can then reload for free or swap for a charged unit anywhere that Fuel Rods are sold. The rods power phones for 8 hours of talk time and tablets for up to 4 hours of usage.

Pet Services – 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.

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.

Smoking – Smoking is prohibited within the airport terminal. The only designated area to smoke is landside, before entering the airport.

Airport Hours

According to a traveller who wrote to us in December 2017, the airport is closed at night and you will be kicked out if you attempt to stay overnight. Make alternative arrangements.


Santa Rosa airport is served by the following airlines: American Airlines • Sun Country Airlines • United Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Airport Express Bus

Airport Express offers shuttle bus services from STS Airport to a variety of destinations in Sonoma Valley, San Francisco and Oakland. For more information, visit the Airport Express website.


Santa Rosa airport is connected to the surrounding area by bus route 62. For more information, visit the Sonoma County Transit website.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies are available onsite: ACE Rent A Car • Avis • Budget • Enterprise • Hertz • National • Sixt.


Taxis are readily available.


The airport now has a station along the SMART (Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit) system. It is recommended to take a taxi to the station which is about 1 mile from the airport. For fares, routes and schedules, visit the SMART website.

Last updated: 2021-10-20

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.