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
TUS Airport Overviews
To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Tucson International Airport.
What to expect
Tucson Airport (code: TUS) 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 guide below or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.
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.
If sleeping in Tucson Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:
- Four Points by Sheraton Tucson Airport – (7 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 – (9 minute walk from the airport) Located near the airport entrance. Free 24-hour airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
- Hampton Inn Tucson-Airport – (10 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.
Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships
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.
Military Liason Office – For military personnel and their families. Location: Baggage claim behind baggage belt #4. Hours: 24 hours
Airport WiFi / Internet
Free WiFi is available at Tucson Airport in the Main Terminal, Concourse A and B. You cannot access WiFi in Concourse C. Connect to the the “Fly-Tucson-Free-WiFi” network.
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.
Baby Care Facilities – If you are travelling with an infant, there are 2 Mamava Nursing Suites. The suites offer a private (lockable) space to nurse which include an outlet, a bench and fold-down table. Locations: Airside at Gate A3 and Concourse B next to El Charro Cafe.
Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available. Rate: $5.00 with a $0.25 refund upon return.
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. Landside (ticketing area) has a Arroyo Trading Post which sells sandwiches, soups, etc. and is open 4:00AM – last flight.
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 laptop counters located Airside. There are also Business Centers located just beyond the TSA Checkpoints for the A and B concourses where you can work and charge up.
Massage Chairs – Location: ticketing counters, concourses and baggage claim.
Pet Relief Areas – Travelling with a 4 legged companion? Tucson Airport has 4 areas for pets to stretch their legs, drink water and take their potty breaks. Locations: Landside, Main Terminal,outside the Baggage Claim Area • Airside inside restrooms in Concourse A and B.
Postal Services – Drop off your last minute postcards at the airport’s mailbox. Locations: Landside near Frontier Airlines and near the entrance to the B Gates.
Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.
Shoe Shine – Once Airside, you can visit at shoe shine booth in either the A or B Concourses.
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.
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.
Tucson airport is served by the following airlines: Alaska Airlines • Allegiant • American Airlines • Delta Air Lines • Frontier • Southwest Airlines • Sun Country Airlines • United Airlines.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
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 update, bus fare is $1.75. For route maps, schedules and fare information, visit the SUNTRAN website.
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 • National. Thrifty offers free shuttle service (use the courtesy at the shuttle stop) to their nearby off-site locations.
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.
See Airport Hotels above.
Shared-ride shuttles are available in the ground transportation area outside of baggage claim.
Taxis are available at the taxi stand, located outside of the baggage claim area. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required.
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.