Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Saskatoon 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.
One of the things I like about this airport, is that you can order delivery to it – I have ordered Pizza 73 to deliver to the airport on a few occasions, and they have had no issues. – stygarfield
YXE 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 Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport.
What to Expect
Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport (code: YXE) consists of a small, renovated terminal with a a half dozen shops and a few eateries, mostly on the airside. After eateries and shops close at night, vending machines provide the only drink and snack options. Airport staff are described as friendly and helpful. WiFi is available and there are plenty of outlets for charging mobile devices. Economy class passengers flying on Air Canada may be able to enter the lounge through its lounge membership program. See Airport Lounges in the guide below.
Sleeping in Saskatoon 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. Travellers suggest the observation area near the security checkpoint is conducive to sleep, as it offers five or six large benches that “make excellent beds.” A couch with footrest/ottoman has also been spotted near baggage claim. Reviewers recommend earplugs/noise-cancelling headphones and eyeshade due to bright lighting and noisy public service announcements. For uninterrupted sleep, 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
One reviewer reported that after airport eateries closed, he was able to order pizza delivery from “Pizza 73” with no problems.
Some airport reviews and tips in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. 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.
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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.
Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships
Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter through Air Canada’s membership program. 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!
Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge – Location: Main Terminal, Airside, near Gates 5 and 6. Lounge Access: Lounge Membership Programs.
Related Pages: Saskatoon Airport Lounges
If sleeping in the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Saskatoon Airport that provide free airport shuttles:
With Covid restrictions constantly changing, we recommend that you confirm shuttle availability prior to booking and/or prior to your arrival.
- Courtyard by Marriott Saskatoon Airport » Check Rates
- Best Western Plus Airport Inn & Suites » Check Rates
- Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Saskatoon Airport » Check Rates
For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels in Saskatoon, search deals and read traveller reviews.
Airport WiFi / Internet
Free WiFi is available at Saskatoon Airport.
More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport
Art in the Airport – Local Saskatchewan art and cultural exhibits are on display throughout the airport. The Living Skies of Saskatoon artwork can be found near Gate 8 above the fireplace.
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, next to the Information Booth • Airside, between Gates 5 and 6.
Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available free of charge in the airport terminal and parking lot.
Business Centre – Internet access and public telephones are available from semi-private workstations. Locations: Landside & Airside
Children’s Play Areas – Offering aviation themed play equipment for toddlers. Landside offers one location and Airside you will find three more.
Currency Exchange – International Currency Exchange (ICE) is available landside. Hours: 4:00AM – 4:00PM (Mon-Sat) and 4:00AM – 7:00AM and 9:00AM – 3:00PM (Sun).
Duty Free & Shopping – The duty free store is open 1.5 hours prior to international flight departures. There are a few more shops available airside including a Relay Shop (Hours: 6:00AM – 8:30PM).
Food & Drinks – Food concessions operate on varying schedules, with some open as early as 4:00AM. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options; however, you will find: Refuel Restaurant and Lounge (Airside) • Starbucks (Airside) • Tim Horton’s (Airside) • Urban Acre Stop (Landside). Vending machines are available on both Landside and Airside.
Information Desk – If you have any questions, there is an information desk that may be able to provide assistance. Location: Landside, in the center of the terminal. Hours: 4:00AM – 1:00AM. You can also seek the assistance of a volunteer Airport Ambassador at the Saskatoon Shines Reception Centre, located in the Arrivals and Baggage Claim area.
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 – 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.
SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.
The airport is open 24 hours and sleeping at the airport is permitted.
Saskatoon airport is served by the following airlines: Air Canada • Flair Air • Rise Air • Sunwings Airlines • Swoop • WestJet/Encore.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
The airport is connected to the downtown bus station where you can then connect to a variety of destinations. Visit Saskatoon Transit for details.
The following car rental agencies are available onsite: Alamo • Avis • Budget • Enterprise • Hertz • National.
Several area hotels provide airport shuttle service: Courtyard Saskatoon Airport • Days Inn • Park Town Hotel • Sandman Hotel Saskatoon • Saskatoon Inn and Conference Centre.
See also Airport Hotels above.
Metered taxis are readily available at designated areas along the terminal curbside.
Last updated: 2022-10-31
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.