Sleeping in Airports

Winnipeg Airport Guide

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

WE changed into kiddish pajamas in the bathrooms’ wheelchair stalls (yes, two!!) then we strutted back to our bunkers for the night, enjoying all the attention our apparel was receiving.  – mackenzie and alex

YWG 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 Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.

Where to Expect

Winnipeg Airport (code: YWG) is a small and recently-built airport with a main terminal, and a very small second terminal that caters exclusively to the regional carrier, Perimeter Aviation. The airport is simple, but there is still a good range of concessions, including two 24-hour options landside, and free WiFi .  While services and amenities are limited, economy class passengers can pay to access one of two Airport Lounges.

Sleeping in Winnipeg Airport

winnipeg airport guideTravellers at Winnipeg Airport are not permitted to sleep airside overnight. When security closes for the night, everyone airside will be asked to move landside until morning. Landside, past-sleepers recommend the carpeted floor in Baggage Claim – and they also suggest that earplugs or noise cancelling headphones are an asset.  If you’re just taking a daytime nap, there are apparently some comfortable benches airside, where most seats have a minimum of three or five-chair armrest-free sections.  Explore our guide to sleeping in Winnipeg Airport or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.  If you’re looking for uninterrupted sleep there is a hotel directly connected to the airport, and other hotels nearby that are accessible by free airport shuttles.  See the Airport Hotels section below for locations.

To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos. You can also visit the airport’s web site for current information.  For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Winnipeg 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 Lounges

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, purchasing a lounge pass 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!

  • Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge – Location: Domestic/International departures, Airside. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.
  • Plaza Premium Lounge – Location: Domestic/International departures, Main Terminal, Airside, across from Gate 6. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.

Related Pages: Winnipeg Airport Lounges

Winnipeg Airport Hotels

Quick Facts

Nearest Hotel:  At the Airport
Sleep Cabins or Pods: No
Day Rooms: No
Nearby Hotels with Free Shuttles: Yes

When the prospect of sleeping on the floor or in a chair is giving you nightmares, there is some good news for those of you who are looking to sleep at Winnipeg Airport in comfort.   There is a hotel conveniently located at the airport and several more nearby hotels provide a free shuttle.

  • Grand Winnipeg Airport Hotel – Located on airport grounds, across from the airport terminal.  » Check Rates

Hotels near the airport with free shuttles

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels in Winnipeg, search deals and read traveller reviews.

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Winnipeg Airport, connect to the “Free Airport WiFI” network to start surfing.

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 and Airside.

Baby Care Facilities – Baby change tables are available at various locations throughout the airport.

Chapel – An inter-faith chapel is located on Departures Level 2, airside.

Children’s Play Area – Location: Arrivals Level, Landside • Departures Level, Airside, between Gates 8 / 9 and Gates 2 / 3.

Currency Exchange – International Currency Exchange is available. Location: Landside, Arrivals. Hours: 4:00AM – 9:00PM (Daily).

Duty Free & Shopping – The Loop offers Duty Free: Transborder flights, hours are 5:00 – 6:00 PM (or last flight) • International flights, opens 2 hours before first flight until after the last flight. A small selection of other shops are available. The Exchange News & Gifts may come in handy for last minute drinks and snacks. Location: Domestic, Airside, near Gate 6. Hours: 3:30AM – 9:00PM.

Food & Drinks -The airport offers a good variety of food options both Landside and Airside. The following are available 24-hours: Tim Hortons (Landside, Arrivals).

Information Desk – Location: Arrivals Level, Door # 2, landside. Hours: 8:00AM – 9:45PM. You can also seek assistance 24 hours a day from one of the many Information phones located throughout the terminal. Look for the phones with a black question-mark sign.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – There is a coat check for travellers who are going somewhere warm and don’t want to take their coats with them. Location: Valet & Away, Arrivals, landside. Rate: $2 per day or $13.25 per week. Hours: Open 24 hours.

Mobile Charging – A reader let us know that mobile charging is available. He says “I’m at Winnipeg airport right now, airside, charging my phone. There are plenty of power sockets including ones clearly intended for public use. Couldn’t tell you about land side though, sorry. ”  (July 2018)

Pet Relief Area – An airport employee tells us “there is a pet relief area inside the terminal on the airside (domestic/international area), as well as outdoors at the arrivals area (in the smoking area close to the bus stops).” (October 2021)

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.

Smoking – Smoking is not permitted in the terminal. There is a designated smoking area located outside near Arrivals (landside).

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.


Winnipeg airport is served by the following airlines: Air Canada • Air Transat • Bearskin Airlines • Calm Air • Canadian North • Delta Air Lines • First Air • Flair Airlines • Sunwing • Swoop • United Airlines • Wasaya Airways • WestJet.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Winnipeg Transit bus routes 15 and 20 access YWG airport. For more information and to plan your route, visit the Winnipeg Transit website.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies are available on the main level of the 4-level Parkade: Avis/Budget/Payless • Enterprise • Hertz • National/Alamo.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels offer free airport shuttle service as a convenience for their guests. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Best Western Plus Winnipeg Airport Hotel   •   Canad Inns Polo Park   •   Comfort Inn Airport   •   Courtyard Winnipeg Airport   •   Hampton Inn by Hilton Winnipeg Airport/Polo Park   •   Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites   •   Holiday Inn Winnipeg – Airport West   •   MainStay Suites Winnipeg   •   Radisson Hotel Winnipeg Downtown   •   Sandman Hotel & Suites Winnipeg Airport   •   Victoria Inn   •   Viscount Gort Hotel Banquet and Conference Centre.

See also Airport Hotels above.


Metered Unicity taxis are available near Exit 3 of the airport terminal.

Last updated: 2023-01-18

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, is 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 websites. 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.