Sleeping in Airports

St. Louis Lambert Airport Guide

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

Gate C17 – This airport was the best sleeping experience at an airport ever. I should stay at airports like this instead of hotels. – Craig Apple Pie

STL 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 St. Louis Lambert International Airport.

What to Expect

St. Louis Lambert International Airport (code: STL) consists of two terminals (1 and 2) with a total of five concourses (A-E). Terminal 1 has been completely renovated and hosts Concourses A-D. Terminal 2 hosts concourse E and serves all international flights. The terminals are connected by continuous shuttle bus service. A wide variety of eateries and shops are dispersed throughout all of the concourses, along with a few on the landside. Almost all eateries and shops close during the overnight hours, so plan accordingly. WiFi is available and outlets for charging mobile devices can be found.  Economy class passengers can pay to use one of the lounges found in both terminals. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and access information.

Where to Sleep

st. louis airport guideSecurity checkpoints close for the night at different hours depending upon the concourse. We were unable to determine whether airport policy restricts all passengers to the landside areas after they close, but some travellers have reported sleeping on the airside. Reviewers report that armrest-free seating can be found in various areas throughout the airport, predominantly in Terminal 2 and Concourse C. If you plan to sleep in this airport, reviewers suggest bringing a sleeping bag, travel blanket or extra layers as the airport is said to be exceptionally cold. Also consider eyeshades as the bright lights can be problematic for a decent sleep. For uninterrupted sleep, albeit for a price, there are hotels near the airport. 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 St. Louis Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Marriott St. Louis Airport – (0.7km from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. For airport pick-up, use the courtesy phone near baggage claim. » Check Rates
  • Drury Inn Airport St. Louis – (0.9km from the airport) Free 24-hour airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • Hampton Inn St. Louis Airport – (1.1km from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near St. Louis 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 or 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!

American Airlines Admirals Club – Location: Airside, between Concourses B and C. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of American Airlines ticket • Lounge membership programs.

Wingtips Lounge – Location: Terminal 2, Airside. Lounge Access: Pay at the door.

Military Lounges

USO Lounge – The USO offers a lounge that is free of charge to active members of the US military and their families. Location: Terminal 1, Landside, lower level, across from baggage carrousel M6  • Terminal 2, Landside, baggage claim area, near exit 11.

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Lambert-St. Louis Airport for 60 minutes. Connect to the Boingo network. Additional time costs $7.95 per day.

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

Art in the Airport – A variety of permanent and rotating art exhibits are on display throughout 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. Locations: Airside, Concourse A, Gate A10 • Terminal 1, Landside, Mid-Level Stage • Airside, Concourse C, Gate C15 • Terminal 2, Airside, Gate E20 • Terminal 2, Landside, near Entrance Doors 1 and 2.

Baby Care Facilities – Family Assist rooms are located near restrooms throughout the terminals and concourses.

Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available in the Terminal 1 departures area and the baggage claim areas of Terminals 1 and 2. Rate: $5 per cart.

Banking Services – A full-service US Bank provides full-service banking and currency exchange services. Location: Terminal 1, Lower Level, across from Great American Bagel near Concourse C security checkpoint. Hours: 8:00AM – 5:00PM (Mon-Fri).

Chapel – Collect your thoughts in a peaceful interfaith environment. Scheduled Catholic mass and Protestant services are available on a daily basis. Muslim prayer rugs are available upon request. Location: Terminal 1, Landside, near exit door 11 • Terminal 2, Airside, near E-33.

Children’s Play Area – When you want to ensure your kids burn off all their energy before their flight, take them to the children’s play area. The St. Louis International Play Port, a transportation-themed exhibit, is located near gate C3. The exhibit is organized by The Magic House St. Louis Children’s Museum.

Currency Exchange – Available at US Bank. [ See Banking Services above ]

Duty Free & Shopping – At the time of this update, there are no duty free shops at St. Louis airport. There are a few shops located both airside and landside. Hudson News has 11 locations with many of them open from 4:30AM – the last flight.

Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. Great American Bagel (Terminal 1, lower level, landside) is open 24 hours. The airport offers over 35 restaurants with many open as early as 4:30AM. Vending Machines can be found at Gate A10, A16, E10, E20, E29, ET12, ET 14 and in the Ticketing Zone.

Information Desk – If you have any questions, visit the airport’s information desks for assistance. Location: Terminal 1, Baggage Claim (between carousels 4 and 5). Hours: 7:00AM – 11:00PM. Terminal 2 passengers can reach the Information Booth by using the courtesy phones located at Gate E10 or in the baggage claim area across from Southwest Airlines Baggage Office.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – A reader let us know that there are mobile charging stations between the seats in Terminal 1 (gates C9-C12).

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

Shoeshine – There are five shoeshine locations: Concourse A, next to gates A3 • Concourse C, near Gate C3 • Terminal 1, West End, Lower Level, next to Hudson • Terminal 1, East End, Lower Level, near C checkpoint • Terminal 2, next to gate E14.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Keep in mind that TSA, airline check-in and baggage drop hours vary according to the flight schedule. Check these hours with your airline. If you are in the public area of the terminal (landside) you will not be able to get through to the secure area of the terminal (airside) until the morning.


St. Louis airport is served by the following airlines: Air Canada • Air Choice One • Alaska AirlinesAmerican Airlines • Cape Air • Charter Flights • Contour • Delta Air Lines • Frontier Airlines • Southwest Airlines • Sun Country Airlines • United • Volaris.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


All bus traffic for the airport is directed through BusPort, a designated facility on airport property, just south of Terminal 1. Passengers can travel between BusPort and the airport terminals using the airport’s free, 24 hour inter-terminal shuttle service.

Car Rentals

All rental car pick-up and drop-off happens offsite. A free, 24 hour shuttle is available. The T1 pick-up is outside exit 17 and from T2 head to exit 12.

Car rental desks are located on the lower level in terminal 1, between doors 12 and 17. Car rental agencies include: Alamo • Avis • Budget • Enterprise • Hertz • National • Thrifty.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. Some of these hotels can be contacted by using the direct-dial courtesy phones at the Hotel/Motel Phone Centers located on the lower level of each terminal. Hotel shuttles pick up passengers at Exit Door 18 (Terminal 1, lower level) and Exit Door 12 (Terminal 2, lower level). Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Drury Inn St. Louis Airport   •   Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Louis Airport   •   Hampton Inn St. Louis/Westport   •   Hampton Inn St. Louis-Airport   •   Hilton Garden Inn St Louis Airport   •   Hilton St. Louis Airport   •   Holiday Inn St. Louis Airport   •   Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites St Louis Airport   •   La Quinta Inn & Suites St. Louis Westport   •   Marriott St. Louis Airport   •   Quality Inn Airport St. Louis   •   Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel   •   Residence Inn St. Louis Airport/Earth City   •   SpringHill Suites St. Louis Airport Earth City.

See Airport Hotels above.

Inter-Terminal Shuttles

St. Louis Lambert Airport operates a free shuttle service that runs a circuit between the two terminals every 8 – 12 minutes, stopping at the BusPort in between terminal stops. Shuttles pick up at Exit Door 12 of either terminal.

Light Rail

MetroLink light rail RED line links the airport to downtown St. Louis. The MetroLink is accessible from Terminal 1 (go to Exit Door 1 on the upper level) and from Terminal 2 (via any of the levels of the parking garage). For route maps, schedules and fares, visit the Metro Transit St. Louis website.


GO BEST Express offers shared-ride, door-to-door airport shuttle service between the airport and a variety of destinations. Departures from the airport are available every 30 minutes from 6:00AM – 10:00PM, and service to the airport starts as early as 4:00AM.


Taxis are available outside of Terminal 1, near Exit Door 14, and Terminal 2, near Exit Door 12. All taxis are metered, a $4.00 Airport Pick-up Fee applies to each taxi and reservations are not required.

Last updated: 2019-12-13

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.