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.
Where to Sleep
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.
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.
If sleeping in Saskatoon Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:
- Courtyard Saskatoon Airport – (4 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available upon request. » Check Rates
- MainStay Suites Saskatoon – (4 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
- Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Saskatoon Airport – (7 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
To see more options there is a list of hotels near Saskatoon Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.
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.
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 – Duty free is available 1.5 hours prior to international flight departures. Relay Shop is available Landside (7:00AM – 9:00PM) and airside (4:45AM – 9:00PM) and there are a few other shops in the terminal, airside.
Food & Drinks – Food concessions in the airport 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. Food options include: Refuel Restaurant and Lounge (Airside) • Starbucks (Airside) • Tim Horton’s (Airside) • Urban Acre Stop (Landside).
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.
The airport is open 24 hours and sleeping at the airport is permitted.
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.
The following hotels are authorized to provide airport shuttle service at Saskatoon Airport: Courtyard Saskatoon Airport • Days Inn • Park Town Hotel • Sandman Hotel Saskatoon • Saskatoon Inn and Conference Centre • Travelodge Hotel Saskatoon.
Metered taxis are readily available at designated areas along the terminal curbside.
Last updated: 2019-08-13
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.