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Thunder Bay Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Thunder Bay Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

I was prepared to spend the night in the airport -- 4.5 hrs., to be more accurate. However, a stern security guard nixed this plan immediately and told me the airport 'closes from 1:30 to 4:30 am' - Ted L. - Mischa

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 Thunder Bay International Airport.

What to Expect

  • A tiny two-floor airport terminal with minimal shopping and dining options
  • WiFi is available. See WiFi information in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

  • Reviews are mixed on whether or not sleeping is allowed at this airport. Some reviewers were allowed to sleep overnight in the airport chapel, while our most recent reviewer was ordered to vacate the airport at closing time and directed to a nearby hotel.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

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Thunday Bay Airport Information

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

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

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Airport Hotels

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

  • Valhalla Inn - (2 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Best Western Crossroads Motor Inn - (3 minutes from the airport) Free 24-hour airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • Comfort Inn - (4 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

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

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Thunder Bay Airport. Connect to the “Free Tbaytel WiFi” network.

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

  • Arcade - Location: Beside the gift shop on the second floor
  • 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: first and second floor.
  • Business Centre - Location: Second Floor, near Arrival Gate 4.
  • Duty Free & Shopping - No duty free shops are available. There is a gift shop located on the second floor.
  • Food & Drinks - Food concessions in the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. Vending machines are also available in 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, write a review or email us at guides@sleepinginairports.com.
  • Rest Zones - Not available.
  • Showers - Not available.
  • Worship Centre - Location: Second Floor, near Arrival Gate 4.

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Airport Hours

The airport is open daily from 3:30AM until last flight of the day (approx. 1:30AM).

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As of February 2018, Thunder Bay airport is served by the following airlines: Air Canada • Bearskin Airlines • North Star Air • Porter Airlines • Wasaya Airways LP • WestJet • Canadian North • Niigaani Air • Thunder Airlines Ltd • Wasaya Airways LP • Wiskair.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Thunder Bay Transit Bus routes #3 Memorial - Airport and #3A Airport - City Hall Terminal serve the airport. At the time of this January 2018 update, bus fare is $2.75.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies are available onsite: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National/Alamo.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels offer free airport shuttle service as a convenience for their guests. The hotels can be reached by using the courtesy hotel shuttle phone in the baggage claim area. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Airlane Hotel and Conference Centre   •   Best Western Crossroads Motor Inn   •   Valhalla Inn   •   Victoria Inn.


Metered taxis are readily available at the airport.

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Last Updated: 14 March 2018

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning and is subject to change at any time. 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/change any items mentioned in the guide, please contact us .