Sleeping in Airports

St. John’s Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or are just quickly passing through, our St. John’s 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 got off my flight at around 0200 on 04Nov21 and asked if I could stay airside as my next fight departed at 0500. The airport folks had no issues with me staying.  – Jeff

YYT Airport Overview

st johns airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at St. John’s International Airport.

What to Expect

St. John’s Airport (code: YYT) consists of a small, modern terminal with eight gates and a half dozen shops and eateries split between the air and land sides. WiFi is available, and there are mobile device charging stations near the gates. Additional comfort can be found through fee-based access to the airport’s first-class lounge. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.

Sleeping in St. John’s Airport

A reviewer reported that the airport staff had no issues with them staying at the airport. You can find plenty of benches suitable for lying down at the far east of the terminal next to the children’s play area. For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels within a quick shuttle ride of the airport. For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels within a short shuttle ride of the airport. See the Airport Hotels section below or read traveller airport reviews for more tips.

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 website for current information. For more airport information, scroll down to explore more in our St. John’s Airport Guide.

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 Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

A reader sent us this additional information, “I contacted the airport YYT in April 2024 to ask how early you could enter the security side for early morning flights out of YYT. They replied that ‘pre-board screening opens around 3:30 a.m. Once open, you can go through at any time prior to your flight’. Hopes this helps.”

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 through a lounge 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!

Related Pages: St. John’s Airport Lounges

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near St. John’s Airport with free shuttles:

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels in St. John’s, search deals and read traveller reviews.

Drinking Water

Thirsty? Drinking water fountains are available free of charge to refill your water bottles. Location: 2nd level near gates 2 and between gates 10 and 12A.

Food & Drink

At the time of this update, no 24 hour concessions are available. Here are the options: Labrador Gem Seafoods • Newfoundland Chocolate Cafe • (2) Tim Horton’s • Yellow Belly Brewery & Public House.

Rest & Relaxation Zones

There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at St. John’s Airport.

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs operated by CIBC are available. Fees may apply, so check your bank’s fee schedule and daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside, 1st floor in the Atrium (between the elevator and the Jellybean Harbour) ▪ Airside, Departures lounge, across from gate 9.

Baby Care Facilities – If you are travelling with an infant, diaper-changing facilities are available in several washrooms throughout the terminal. Additionally, a nursing station is located on the 2nd Floor of the Departure Lounge.

Children’s Play Areas – When you want to ensure your kids burn off all their energy before their flight, take them to the children’s play area. Two locations: Departures lounge, airside, between Gates 10 and 11 • 1st floor, landside, outside of the food court.

Duty-Free & Shopping – Duty-Free shopping can be found at the Relay Shop and the Heritage Shop. Additionally, you will find a Jellybean Harbour store, Breakwater Place and a Best Buy Kiosk.

Information Desk – Have any questions? Visit the Visitor Information Centre (VIC) for assistance! Location: Arrivals Hall, Landside, near entrance/exit.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Unavailable. If this is incorrect, click here to update this guide.

Mobile Charging – Free mobile charging stations can be found airside, near Gates 1-2 and Gates 4-8.

Quiet Room – A peaceful room for prayer or meditation. Chaplaincy services, such as grief counselling or stress management, are available upon request. Location: Landside, 3rd Floor.

Showers – Unavailable. If this is incorrect, click here to update this guide.

SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

St. John’s airport is served by the following airlines: Air Canada • Air canada Express • Air canada Rouge • Air St. Pierre • Flair Airlines • Lynx Airline • PAL Airlines • Porter Airlines • Sunwing • WestJet.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Bus route No 14 serves the airport with two pick-up locations (Arrivals and near the Holiday Inn Express Hotel). For fares, schedules, and more information, visit the Metrobus website.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies are available onsite: Alamo • Avis • Budget • Enterprise • Hertz • National • Thrifty • Turo.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport shuttle service: Best Western Plus St. John’s Airport Hotel and SuitesComfort Inn Airport   •   Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton St. John’s Airport  •  Holiday Inn Express & Suites St. John’s Airport.

See also Airport Hotels above.


City Wide Taxi is the official taxi service provider of St. John’s Airport and has exclusive access to the airport’s taxi stand and pick-up/drop-off areas. Flat rates are available from the airport to area lodging. All other locations are metered and subject to a $5.00 airport fee.

Last updated: 2024-01-31

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, is 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 websites. 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.