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

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 during their time at Winnipeg Airport.

Where to Expect

Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport 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.

Where to Sleep

Travellers 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.  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 Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

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.

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. [ more lounge info ]

Passes  Plaza Premium Lounge – Location: Domestic/International departures, Main Terminal, Airside, across from Gate 6. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Airport Hotels

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

At Airport Four Points by Sheraton Winnipeg International Airport – Connected to the airport. Free airport shuttle is available. Day rooms are offered on walk-in basis only. » Check Rates

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

Near Airport Courtyard Winnipeg Airport – (15 minute walk or 3 minute drive from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available on request. For airport pick-up, use the courtesy phone in the baggage claim area. » Check Rates

Near Airport Victoria Inn – (3 minutes from the airport) A free shuttle bus is available (24 hours). » Check Rates

Near Airport Hampton Inn by Hilton Winnipeg Airport/Polo Park – (3 minutes from the airport) A free shuttle bus is available. » Check Rates

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

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 – 10:00PM.

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) • Stella’s Cafe Quick Service Take Out (Landside, Check-in Hall).

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)

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.

Airlines

As of March 2018, Winnipeg airport is served by the following airlines: Air Canada • Air Transat • Bearskin Airlines • Canadian North • Delta • First Air • Flair Airlines • Sunwing • United Airlines • WestJet.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

Winnipeg Transit bus routes 15 and 20 access the airport.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies are available on the main level of the 4-level Parkade: Avis/Budget/Payless, Enterprise, Hertz and 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 Charter House Hotel Downtown Winnipeg   •   Best Western Plus Winnipeg Airport Hotel   •   Canad Inns Polo Park   •   Clarion Hotel Winnipeg   •   Comfort Inn Airport   •   Courtyard Winnipeg Airport   •   Fairfield Inn & Suites Winnipeg   •   Four Points by Sheraton Winnipeg International 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.

Taxi

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

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, write a review or send an email to [email protected] and we will update this guide.