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Thunder Bay Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Thunder Bay 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 was prepared to spend the night in the airport — 4.5 hrs., to be more accurate. However, a stern security guard nixed this plan immediately and told me the airport ‘closes from 1:30 to 4:30 am’ – a traveller

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us about their time at Thunder Bay International Airport.

What to Expect

Thunder Bay International Airport consists of a small, two-level terminal with a couple of eateries and shops. WiFi is available to pass the time. There are no private lounges at this airport.

Where to Sleep

We have received mixed reviews regarding whether airport authorities allow sleeping in the terminal. A recent reviewer reported that he found comfortable overnight sleeping on a couch near the chapel. However, in previous years some reviewers had reported that the terminal was closed between 1:30AM and 5:30AM. For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

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.

Airport Lounges

There are no pay-per-use lounges at the airport.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Thunder Bay Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Valhalla Inn – (2 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Best Western Crossroads Motor Inn – (3 minutes from the airport) Free 24-hour airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • Comfort Inn – (4 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

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

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Thunder Bay Airport. Connect to the “Free Tbaytel WiFi” network.

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

Arcade – Location: Beside the gift shop on the second floor

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: first and second floor.

Business Centre – Location: Second Floor, near Arrival Gate 4.

Duty Free & Shopping – No duty free shops are available. There is a gift shop located on the second floor.

Food & Drinks – Food concessions in the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. Vending machines are also available in the airport.

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, write a review or email us at guides@sleepinginairports.com.

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Not available.

Worship Centre – Location: Second Floor, near Arrival Gate 4.

Airport Hours

The airport is open daily from 3:30AM until last flight of the day (approx. 1:30AM).

Airlines

As of February 2018, Thunder Bay airport is served by the following airlines: Air Canada • Bearskin Airlines • North Star Air • Porter Airlines • Wasaya Airways LP • WestJet • Canadian North • Niigaani Air • Thunder Airlines Ltd • Wasaya Airways LP • Wiskair.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

Thunder Bay Transit Bus routes #3 Memorial – Airport and #3A Airport – City Hall Terminal serve the airport. At the time of this January 2018 update, bus fare is $2.75.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies are available onsite: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National/Alamo.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels offer free airport shuttle service as a convenience for their guests. The hotels can be reached by using the courtesy hotel shuttle phone in the baggage claim area. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Airlane Hotel and Conference Centre   •   Best Western Crossroads Motor Inn   •   Valhalla Inn   •   Victoria Inn.

Taxi

Metered taxis are readily available at the airport.

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, write a review or send an email to editor@sleepinginairports.com and we will update this guide.