Sleeping in Airports

St. Pete–Clearwater Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our St. Pete-Clearwater 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.

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PIE Airport Overview

st. petersburg clearwater 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. Pete-Clearwater International Airport.

What to Expect

St. Petersburg-Clearwater Airport (code: PIE) consists of a small terminal with a few eateries and shops on both sides of security. Operating hours for services are based upon flight arrival and departure times, so plan accordingly. WiFi is available to help pass the time. There are no lounges at this airport.

Where to Sleep

We do not yet have any sleep-related airport reviews.  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.

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. Pete–Clearwater Airport does not appeal to you, these are a few of the closest hotels to the airport:

  • La Quinta Inn & Suites Tampa Bay Clearwater Airport – (3 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available daily from 6:00AM – 9:00PM. » Check Rates
  • Holiday Inn St. Petersburg N – Clearwater – (3 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • SpringHill Suites St. Petersburg Clearwater – (3 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

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

Airport Lounges

At the time of this update, pay-per-use lounges were not available.  If this information is not correct, click here to update this airport guide.

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at the St. Pete-Clearwater airport. Connect to the “Public Access” network. To bypass the required questionnaire, enter “11111” as the zip code and select “bypass”.

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

Art in the Airport – Local art exhibitions 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: Landside, in the concourse outside Ticketing A • the west end of Baggage Claim.

Baby Care Facilities – If you are travelling with an infant, there is a baby care room for breastfeeding and diaper-changing. Location: Airside, near Gates 2 – 6.

Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts (Smarte Carte) are available.

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. Location: Airside, Departures Area, near Gate 11.

Currency Exchange – Not available.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free shopping is available. In addition, 2 gift shops can be found, 1 each Landside and Airside.

Food & Drinks – Food concessions in the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. Food options include: Sam Adams Grille • Sam Adams Pub • Shell Key Cafe • Tampa Bay Cafe and Bar. Vending machines are also available.

Information Desk – Volunteers are available to assist you and answer general questions about the airport and local area at the Visitor Information Center. Location: Baggage Claim.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – Power outlets are located throughout the airport including the Visitor Information Booth in the Baggage Claim area.  Charging stations can also be found Airside.

Post Office – A mailbox is available in the outer concourse, opposite from public phones.

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.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.


St. Pete-Clearwater airport is served by the following airlines: Allegiant Airlines • Flair Air • Sun Country Airlines • Sunwing.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Some city bus routes access the airport. For fares, routes and schedules, visit the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) website.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies are available onsite in the baggage claim area: Alamo • Avis • Budget • Enterprise • Hertz • National.

ACE Rent a Car • Dollar • Thrifty are located offsite and offer shuttle services.

Taxis and Shuttles

Metered taxis and shared-ride shuttle services are available in the ground transportation area, right outside of baggage claim.

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.