Sleeping in Airports

Santiago de Cuba Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Santiago de Cuba 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 departure ‘lounge’ is small, with hard seats, and one counter selling a very limited amount of food and drink. – a traveller (2015)

SCU Airport Overview

santiago de cuba airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Santiago de Cuba’s Antonio Maceo Airport.

What to Expect

Santiago de Cuba Airport (code: SCU) has a small terminal that handles domestic and international traffic. Based on travellers reviews, amenities are limited to a small cafeteria and a few shops. WiFi may be accessible by purchasing Esteca access cards, which is common practice across the island. Economy class passengers can pay to enter an airport lounge. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.

Where to Sleep

The airport is closed nightly, from 12:00AM until 6:00AM, so overnight stays are not possible. For uninterrupted sleep, hotels are nearby. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

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 Santiago de Cuba Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Hotel Versalles – (9 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • San Basilio Hotel – (15 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle » Check Rates
  • Casa Granda – (15 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Santiago de Cuba Airport on Tripadvisor 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:

  • VIP Lounge – Departure gates, airside. Hours: unknown. Rates: 20 CUC.

Airline Lounges

If you are a First or Business Class traveller you may have access to the lounges listed below. For more information, check the airline’s web site.

  • Cubana de Aviacion Lounge – Location: Airside.

Airport WiFi/Internet

WiFi is available at Santiago de Cuba Airport. A reader tells us that you need to log in with an Etecsa cards that you can buy anywhere in Cuba.

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

Currency Exchange – Available in arrivals and departures. Hours: unknown.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free is available as well as souvenir and cigar shops.

Family Services – Note that baby changing facilities and children’s play areas are not available.

Food & Drink – A reader tells us that you can buy selected drinks and food at the first level at the airport, there is a small cafeteria. This is accessible from the outside, just go up the stairs outside between the arrival and departure part of the airport. And there is also a cafeteria like place just across the street.

Information Desk – It is not known if a dedicated Information Desk is available; however, there are tourist offices in the arrivals area that may be of assistance.

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.

Pharmacy – Location: departures area, landside.

Post Office – Send your last minute postcards to friends and family from airport’s post office. Location: departures area, 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 Areas – Dedicated smoking areas can be found in the departures area.

Airport Hours

The airport is open from 6:00AM until midnight. Sleeping in the airport overnight is not possible.


Santiago de Cuba airport is served by the following airlines: Aerogaviota • Air Caraibes • Blue Panorama • Cubana de Aviación • Eastern Airlines • Fly All Ways • InterCaribbean Airways • Sunrise Airways • World Atlantic Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

The following car rental companies have offices onsite: Cubacar • Rex • Havanautos • Via Transgaviota.


Taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area. At the time of this update, a ride to downtown Santiago (approximately 15 minutes) should cost around 10 CUC (US $10).

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.