Sleeping in Airports

Springfield Airport Guide

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

I fell asleep for about ten minutes when a security guard woke me up. He said ‘Move it you bum’. – Marcus

SPI Airport Overview

springfield airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Springfield Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Illinois.

What to Expect

Springfield Airport (code: SPI) consists of a small, dated terminal with a couple of gates, a restaurant and gift shop. WiFi is available to help pass the time.  Frequent users of the airport may wish to purchase an annual membership to access the lounge.  See Airport Lounges in the guide below.

Where to Sleep

We do not yet have any sleep-related airport reviews.  That said, sleeping in the airport overnight is not possible. The airport’s website states that the terminal is closed at 11:30PM or after the last flight arrival and does not open until 90 minutes before the day’s first scheduled flight departure.  See Airport Hotels in the guide below 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 Springfield Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Carpenter Street Hotel – (5.8km from the airport) Free weekday shuttle service to Capital Airport and surrounding area (within 5 mile radius). » Check Rates
  • President Abraham Lincoln Springfield DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel – (6.5km from the airport) Free shuttle service to Amtrak and Capital Airport. » Check Rates
  • Wyndham Springfield City Centre– (6.5km from the airport) Free shuttle service available. » Check Rates

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

Airport Lounges

The airport has a lounge, the Sky Club, which is accessible via a $150 annual membership fee.

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Springfield Airport throughout the terminal except for the hallway between baggage claim and main terminal.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The 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: By Door B.

Courtesy Phones – Red courtesy phones offer one-touch dialing to taxis, car rental offices, airline counters and more. Location: In baggage claim, opposite Door C outside the washrooms and inside screening.

Currency Exchange – Not available.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free shopping is not available. The airport’s gift shop and service center sells gifts and souvenirs.

Food – Subway is the airport’s only restaurant. There are no 24-hour dining options available, but vending machines can be found Landside and Airside. The airport’s gift shop (Landside) also serves snacks and beverages (alcohol).

Information Desk – The Passenger Service Center and Gift Shop is a one-stop shop for business services, souvenirs and the answers to your general questions. Buy a snack, get local travel advice, make reservations, get something notarized and more! Location: landside, between Doors B and C (next to Subway restaurant)

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.

Post Office – Drop off your last minute postcards to friends and family from airport’s mailbox. Location: Outside Door B.

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 allowed only in designated smoking areas outside in front of the terminal or in the outdoor courtyard located in the interior of the terminal building between doors “C” and “D”.

Airport Hours

The airport opens 90 minutes before the first scheduled flight departure, and closes at 11:30PM or whenever the last flight arrives.


Springfield airport is served by the following airlines: Allegiant Airlines • American Airlines • United Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

Car rental desks are located at the east end of the terminal, near Door D. Onsite car rental agencies include: Alamo • Avis • Budget • Enterprise • Hertz • National.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Carpenter Street Hotel   •   Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Springfield   •   Crowne Plaza Springfield   •  Holiday Inn Express Springfield   •   Howard Johnson Inn & Suites Springfield   •   President Abraham Lincoln Springfield – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel   •   Northfield Inn, Suites & Conference Center   •   Ramada Springfield North.


Taxis are available in front of the airport terminal during airport hours of operation. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required.

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.