Sleeping in Airports

Tulsa Airport Guide

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

A police officer saw me bunking down and asked if I needed anything and offered me a wakeup if I wanted. – PatrickATX

TUL Airport Overview

tulsa airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Tulsa International Airport.

What to Expect

Tulsa Airport (code: TUL) consists of a small, partially renovated terminal with two concourses (A and B) and a small variety of eateries and shops. When these services close at night vending machines remain as the only food and drink option, so plan accordingly. WiFi is available to help the time. There are no private 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 are reportedly oversize armchairs near the rental car area, and a few armrest-free couches near the baggage claim. 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.

For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Tulsa Airport Guide.

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 Tulsa Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport.

  • Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa Airport – (2 minutes from the airport) Located at the airport’s main entrance. Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • Clarion Inn Tulsa International Airport – (2 minutes from the airport) Located at the airport’s main entrance. Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Tulsa, OK – (8 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates

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

Airport Lounges

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

There are no pay-per-use lounges.

Military Lounges

  • Military and Veteran’s Lounge – Location: Concourse A, near Gate A1.

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Tulsa Airport.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At 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, near the security checkpoint • Landside, near valet parking on the ticketing level • Airside, in front of the Smok’d and Hudson.

Baby Care Facilities – If you are travelling with an infant, there is a lactation room located just before the security checkpoints. In addition, you will find two family restrooms in each of the Concourses.

Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available. Rate: $4.00 per cart.

Business Center – Business Centers are available on both Concourses.

Chapel – Location: Concourse B Baggage Claim Area, on the upper level (landside). Hours: 24 hours.

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: Landside in both Concourses.

Currency Exchange – Not available.

Duty Free & Shopping – There are only a few shops available at the airport, mostly souvenir and newspaper type shops. Duty free is not available.

Food & Drinks – At the time of this update there were no 24-hour food and beverage concessions at the airport. There are food options both landside and airside and if needed, vending machines are located in each meet and greet waiting area at each concourse exit, on Concourse A near the USO Military Lounge and Concourse B near Gate B1.

Information Desk – If you have any questions, Airport Ambassadors staff 3 information desks which will be able to provide assistance. Location: one in each of the baggage claim areas and one near the security checkpoint. Hours: 6:00AM – 7:00PM.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Massage Chairs – Unwind and relax before your flight in one of the airport massage chairs. Locations: Landside and Airside at various locations in the airport. Rates: unknown.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

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 – Services are available at Shoe Smiles. Locations: Both Concourses, near the Airline gates.

Showers – Not available.

Smoking – Smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the airport, look for designated areas outside the terminal.

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.


Tulsa airport is served by the following airlines: Allegiant Airlines • American AirlinesDelta Air Lines • Frontier Airlines • Southwest Airlines • United Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Buses and Shuttles

TUL airport is well connected to the bus system. Whether you need a short ride to the city, on demand bus transfer or need a shuttle to the Oklahoma State University, there is probably a bus for you. For fares, routes and schedules, visit the Tulsa Airport website.

Car Rentals

Onsite car rental agencies include Alamo • Avis • Budget • Dollar • Enterprise • Hertz • National • Payless • Thrifty.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Americas Best Value Inn – Tulsa Airport   •   Best Western Syracuse Airport   •   Clarion Inn Tulsa International Airport   •   Comfort Suites Central/I-44   •   Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Tulsa   •   Courtyard Tulsa Downtown   •   Embassy Suites by Hilton Tulsa – I-44   •   Hampton Inn & Suites Tulsa North/Owasso   •   Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa Airport   •   Holiday Inn Tulsa City Center   •   Hyatt Regency Tulsa   •   La Quinta Inn & Suites Tulsa Airport / Expo Square   •   Super 8 Tulsa/Airport/State Fairgrounds   •   The Campbell Hotel   •   Wyndham Tulsa.

See Airport Hotels above.


Taxis are available curbside, outside of the baggage claim area. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required. The following estimated fares were current at the time of this update: downtown Tulsa $20 • University of Tulsa $16 • American Airlines $13 • Tulsa Bus Plant $12 • Southern Hills Marriott $33. Prices are based on one passenger with a single piece of luggage.

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.