Sleeping in Airports

Whitehorse Airport Guide

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

it’s VERY quiet during the night. Perfect if you want to get some sleep. We were literally the only people aside from security who were there. – alexpb

YXY Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport.

What to Expect

Whitehorse Airport (code: YXY) consists of a small terminal building with few amenities beyond a restaurant and vending area. WiFi is available and there are plenty of power outlets for charging mobile devices. There are no private lounges at this airport.

Where to Sleep

Airport staff and security are described as being accommodating to overnight sleepers, and the facilities conducive for sleeping. In particular, there is a secluded terminal addition connected to the main terminal that offers a warm, quiet and dimly lit area for sleeping. Note that lighting in the area is dictated by motion detectors, so the area’s lights dim once you (and any others) settle down for the night. As the seating is comprised of hardwood chairs, consider bringing a travel mat or sleeping bag for more comfortable floor sleeping. 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.

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 Whitehorse Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Skky Hotel – (7 minute walk from the airport) Located across the street from the airport. Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • The Town and Mountain Hotel – (9 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Westmark Whitehorse Hotel and Conference Center – (10 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

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

Airport Lounges

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

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at the Whitehorse Airport, log into the “YXY-Public” network.

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

Duty Free & Shopping – The only shopping option is the Snacks and Gifts Gift shop.

Food & Drinks – A reader tells us “the airport restaurant is closed. the airport chalet hotel is an easy walk across the alaska highway. it has a good restaurant and is open from 6 a m to 10 p m. the last flight arrives around midnight and the first flight leaves at 6 a m so the airport becomes busy shortly after 4 a m. ” (September 2019)

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – Charging stations are available in the main passenger waiting room.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

According to the airport website, the airport terminal is open 24 hours.


Whitehorse airport is served by the following airlines: Air Canada and Air North (year round) and  WestJet, Condor and Alaska Seaplanes (summer months).  Information provided by a reader.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


The airport is serviced by local bus No 3 (RR McIntyre-Hillcrest) which runs every hour between 7:22AM and 9:22PM (Mon- Fri) and 8:22AM – 7:22PM (Sat).

Car Rentals

The following car rental companies have offices onsite: Budget • Driving Force.


Metered taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area.

Last updated: 2022-01-25

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.