Sleeping in Airports

Tucson Airport Guide

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

Security officers will guide you to the couches if you get lost. – Mrp Alert

Airport Overviews

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 Tucson International Airport.

What to expect

Tucson International Airport consists of a small modern terminal with two concourses (A and B), and plenty of eatery and shopping options. Operating hours for these services vary, but none are open 24 hours, so plan accordingly. Travellers report that the facilities are clean and modern and that airport staff are friendly and helpful. WiFi is available and there are plenty of outlets for charging mobile devices. There are no lounges at this airport.

Where to Sleep

After security checkpoints close for the night, all passengers are restricted to the landside areas, and must re-clear security the next day when the checkpoints open. There is plenty of comfortable seating, including cushioned benches and large couches, throughout the airport. There are also numerous carpeted nooks. Be advised that some areas may get busy with early morning passenger traffic and the opening of the security checkpoints. Extra clothing layers and/or a travel blanket may help ward of the chill of the air conditioning. Earplugs/noise-cancelling headphones are recommended to dampen the sound of public service announcements. 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

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

There are no pay-per-use lounges.

Military Lounges

Military Liason Office – For military personnel and their families. Location: Baggage claim behind baggage belt #4. Hours: 24 hours

Airport Hotels

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

  • Four Points by Sheraton Tucson Airport – (1 minute walk from the airport) Located at the airport entrance. Free 24-hour airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Tucson Airport – (2 minute walk from the airport) Located near the airport entrance. Free 24-hour airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates

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

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Tucson Airport.

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

Art Exhibits – There are several galleries located throughout the terminal: TIA Gallery Lower Link Gallery (baggage level) • TIA Upper Link Gallery • Center Gallery (on the ticketing level) • Checkpoint A • Checkpoint B • ARTport is the airport employee’s art gallery.

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: Landside, ticketing level. There are no ATMs available Airside.

Drinking Water – Thirsty? Water bottle filling stations are available free of charge. Locations: Airside. You can refill your bottle after clearing security.

Duty Free & Shopping – Hudson News offers 3 stores at the airport: Gates Pass shop, Fort Lowell shop and an Ink Media Store.

Food & Drinks -Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules with some opening as early as 4:00AM and closing after the last flight departs. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. Vending machines are also available. If you are in Concourse A, Airside, the Market Express mini-market offers sandwiches, salads, drinks, etc.

Information Desk – For information or assistance, look for one of the friendly and knowledgeable Volunteer Ambassadors who roam around the airport. Their purple vests make them easy to spot!

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – You can charge your electronics at the computer workstations areas located Airside.

Massage Chairs – Location: ticketing counters, concourses and baggage claim.

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Not available.

Smoking – Designated smoking areas are located outside the terminal on the ticketing and lower levels.

Work Stations – Set up your own office space at one of the work stations available for passengers. Free to use, the desks come equipped with power outlets. Location: Airside, in the concourses.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Keep in mind that TSA, airline check-in and baggage drop hours vary according 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.

Airlines

As of March 2018, Tucson airport is served by the following airlines: Alaska Airlines • American Airlines • Delta Air Lines • Southwest Airlines • Sun Country Airlines • United Airlines • Via Air.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

SUNTRAN bus routes 11 and 25 serve the airport, stopping at a designated bus stop on the upper level near the west exit. Buses run every 30 minutes from 5:30AM – 10:30PM (every 60 minutes on weekends and holidays from 6:00AM – 7:00PM). At the time of this January 2018 update, bus fare is $1.75. For route maps, schedules and fare information, visit the SUNTRAN website.

Car Rentals

Car rental services are available in a designated facility east of the airport terminal, connected via moving sidewalk to the baggage claim area near Baggage Belt 7. Onsite car rental agencies include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz and National. Thrifty offers free shuttle service (use the courtesy at the shuttle stop) to their nearby off-site locations.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. Their shuttles pick up passengers outside of the baggage claim area. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Baymont Inn & Suites Tucson Airport   •   Best Western Plus Tucson Int’l Airport Hotel & Suites   •   Comfort Suites Airport   •   Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Tucson Airport   •   Courtyard Tucson Airport   •   Desert Diamond Casino Hotel   •   DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Tucson Airport   •   Four Points by Sheraton Tucson Airport   •  Hampton Inn Tucson-Airport   •   Hilton Garden Inn Tucson Airport   •   Holiday Inn Express Tucson Airport   •   Hyatt Place Tucson Airport   •   La Quinta Inn & Suites Tucson Airport   •   Residence Inn Tucson Airport   •   TownePlace Suites Tucson Airport.

Shuttles

Shared-ride shuttles are available in the ground transportation area outside of baggage claim.

Taxis

Taxis are available at the taxi stand, located outside of the baggage claim area. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required.

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 [email protected] and we will update this guide.