Sleeping in Airports

Washington Reagan Airport Guide

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

Will kick you out of the secure area at night. Security guard told us to sleep in the Chapel that is next to the police office in the entrance terminal. It has padded benches, room for about 8 people to sleep in there. – Tricia

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 Washington Reagan Airport.

What to Expect

Washington Reagan Airport has two terminals that are connected landside. Terminal A has been recently renovated and Terminal B/C remains open during ongoing renovations (so expect noise!). A new Terminal D is currently being built, with expected completion in 2021.

Travellers here will find a variety of dining and shopping options, most of which close by 10:00PM. A Dunkin Donuts stays open 24 hours, near the entrance to Terminal A. WiFi is available to help pass the time. Economy class travellers can pay to enter a few airport lounges. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and access information.

Where to Sleep

Daytime nappers are common, but overnight campers take note: the airside closes by 11:00PM, so you’ll have to sleep landside. Some travellers reported homeless people wandering the landside areas, but security guards seem to maintain a constant presence. Unfortunately, seating is equipped with armrests, so you may want to bring a soft layer for floor sleeping.   Sleeping on/near heating vents next to the windows is also a popular option.  Bring a sweater and earplugs to combat cold temps and frequent announcements. Explore our guide to sleeping in Washington Reagan Airport or read some traveller reviews for more tips.  For uninterrupted sleep, several nearby hotels offer free airport shuttle. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below for more info.

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.

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

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

American Airlines Admirals Club – Multiple Locations – (1) Terminal B and (1) Terminal C.  Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of America Airlines ticket • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

United Club – Location: Terminal B, Airside, opposite G11. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of United Airlines ticket • United Club Membership.  [ more lounge info ]

Airline Lounges (members only)

Delta Sky Club – Location: Terminal B, Airside, above Gate 15. Lounge Access: Elite Status • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Military Lounge

USO Lounge – The USO offers a lounge that is free of charge to active members of the US military and their families. Location: Terminal A, Concourse Level, across from Lost & Found. [ more info ]

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

  • Hampton Inn & Suites Reagan National Airport – (2 minutes from the airport) Free shuttle service to Reagan National Airport and Crystal City metro station daily from 6:00AM to 12:00AM. For airport pick-up, call the hotel in advance to schedule. » Check Rates
  • Holiday Inn National Airport/Crystal City – (2 minutes from the airport) Free shuttle departs every 20 minutes from 4:40AM to 12:00AM. » Check Rates
  • Residence Inn Arlington Capital View – (6 minutes from the airport) Free scheduled shuttle service to Reagan National Airport and Crystal City metro station. For airport pick-up, use the courtesy phone in baggage claim area. » Check Rates
  • Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport – (10 minutes from the airport)  A free shuttle runs every 20 minutes from 4:40 AM until 12 AM. Day rooms are available.  Rates vary depending on availability.  » Check Rates

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

Free WiFi is available at Dulles Airport. Connect to the “FlyReagan” network.

An email and postal/zip code is required for login. International visitors can simply enter “YES” in the postal/zip code field to continue.

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 and Airside.

Art in the Airport – Pass some time at the airport while enjoying the airport’s free art, a presentation of the DCA Art Program. Permanent and rotating art works are available in each Terminal. Learn about the history of the airport at at the Exhibit Hall in Terminal A or at Abingdon Plantation located between the Terminal A and Terminal B parking garages.

Baby Care Facilities – Nursing rooms provide a secure and private environment to attend to the needs of your infant. Rooms come equipped with rocking chairs, power outlets and changing tables. Locations: Terminal A, Landside, just before the checkpoint ▪ National Hall, Landside, near Tumi close to the Metro and Parking B Walkway (2 locations).

Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts (Smarte Cartes) are available throughout the airport. Rate: $5.00 per cart.

Chapel – There is an interfaith chapel at the south end of Concourse B, across from the Delta Airlines gates (behind Dunkin’ Donuts). Scheduled clergy-led Protestant worship and Catholic mass are available, as well as non-clergy led Jewish and Islamic prayer times.

Currency Exchange – There is an International Currency Exchange office located in the National Hall, Terminal C, landside, near the Information Booth. Hours: 9:00AM – 5:00PM (Daily).

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free Americas has two stores at the airport. Locations: A Gates 1-9 (Hours:7:00AM – 12:00AM) • C Gates 35-35 (Hours: 7:00AM – 8:30PM). The airport also offers a good variety of shops to pass the time.

Food & Drink – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update there is one 24 restaurant available as well as a news shop selling snacks, etc. Locations: Dunkin’ Donuts (Landside, National Hall, near the Walkway to Terminal A) • CNBC News (Landside, National Hall, near the Walkway to Terminal A).

Information Desk – There are 4 locations available, all landside: Terminal A between Baggage Claim and Security • Terminal B/C, Baggage Claim Center • Terminal B, Baggage Claim South • Terminal C, Baggage Claim North. Hours: 7:00AM – 9:00PM (Mon – Fri), 7:00AM – 7:00PM (Sat) and 8:00AM – 8:00PM (Sun).

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – Charge your laptops and other devices for free at charging stations located throughout the airport. Look for the “power up” signs. In Terminal A, you can charge your device while grabbing a bite to eat at District Bar, Page or Reservoir.

Observation Area – Relax on one of the Terraces on the Departures level of Terminal B or C. Terminal A offers rocking chairs to enjoy the airplane views.

Pet Relief – The airport provides dedicated areas if you are travelling with your pet. Locations: Landside only – Terminal A, opposite Door 1 and 5 • Terminal B, outside the doors opposite of the South Metrorail Station entrance • Terminal C, across from the North Metrorail Station Entrance.

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Not available.

Smoking – Not permitted inside the terminal – outside only.

Spa – XpresSpa offers a variety of spa services. Location: Landside, National Hall, Terminal B. Hours: 7:00AM – 8:00PM.

Traveler’s Aid – Traveler’s Aid is a non-profit organization that assists stranded and distressed passengers. Volunteers assist passengers with general airport and destination queries to assisting with situations such as transportation assistance, lost or stolen money, wiring money, emergency housing, etc. Locations: Terminal A, Room 242 • Terminal B, Concourse Level • Terminal C, Concourse Level • Terminal B, Baggage Claim. Hours: 7:00AM – 9:00PM (Mon – Fri) • 7:00AM – 7:00PM (Sat) 8:00AM – 8:00PM (Sun).

The airport is open 24 hours. The TSA security checkpoints are open 4:30AM – 9:00PM (or until the last scheduled flight).

Keep in mind that 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.

As of June 2019, Washington Reagan airport is served by the following airlines: Air Canada • Alaska Airlines • American Airlines • Delta • Frontier Airlines • JetBlue • Southwest Airlines • United Airlines.

Last updated: 2019-07-16

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.