Sleeping in Airports

Yellowknife Airport Guide

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

You can easily get away with arriving 15 minutes before your flight regardless whether you have luggage or not. – yknorth

YZF 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 Yellowknife Airport.

What to Expect

Yellowknife Airport (code: YZF) consists of a small renovated terminal with a restaurant and vending machines. WiFi is available to help pass the time. There are no private lounges at this airport.

Where to Sleep

Day sleepers may have trouble find a decent place to rest, as all the seating has armrests.  If you were planning to sleep overnight, the terminal closes after each day’s last flight arrival and opens two hours prior to each day’s first departure. There are hotels within a quick shuttle ride of the airport. See Airport Hotels in the guide below or read some traveller airport reviews for more 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 Yellowknife Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Super 8 Yellowknife – (7 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Stanton Suites Hotel -(6 minutes from the airport) Hotel reimburses your taxi fare to and from the airport. » Check Rates
  • Explorer Hotel -(6 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • Capital Suites – (8 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Yellowknife 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 Yellowknife 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: unknown.

Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available free of charge.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free is not available. There is a gift shop at the airport.

Food & Drink – Dining options include a Quizno’s sandwich shop, 2 Javoramas and a few vending machines. There are no 24-hour dining options at the airport.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

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.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

It is not possible to spend the night inside the terminal. Yellowknife airport closes after the last flight and opens 2 hours before the first flight departs.


Yellowknife airport is served by the following airlines: Air North • Air Tindi • Canadian North • First Air • North-Wright Airways • Nolinor Aviation • Northwestern Air • WestJet.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

Budget • Hertz • National offer car rental services onsite.

Hotel Shuttles

Some local hotels offer shuttle service to and from the airport. Contact your hotel of choice for availability and details.


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

Last updated: 2020-03-05

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.