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Winnipeg Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Winnipeg 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!

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 James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.

Where to Expect

  • The Winnipeg airport has a main terminal, and another, much smaller terminal just for flights from Perimeter aviation, which is located in a separate building.
  • Free WiFi is available See WiFi information in the airport guide below.
  • There are a couple of 24 hour concessions found landside.

Where to Sleep

  • After security checkpoints close for the night, passengers are restricted to landside only. Passengers sleeping airside will be required to go back to landside until security reopens, and will need to clear security again to re-enter.
  • Reviewers reported that there are comfier benches and sleeping options past security. However, you won’t be able to stay until morning if you’re airside, as staff routinely asks passengers to leave the area late at night.
  • Sleeping landside, reviewers recommended the carpeted floor by the luggage carousels.
  • Some reviewers warned of loud noises at night, so bring earplugs or noise cancelling headphones if you plan to sleep.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there is a hotel connected to the terminal and other nearby hotels that provide free airport shuttles. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

  • Economy class passengers can pay to use one of the first class lounges. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.

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Winnipeg 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

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!

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

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Airport WiFi / Internet

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

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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. "
  • Showers - Not available.
  • Smoking - Smoking is not permitted in the terminal. There is a designated smoking area located outside near Arrivals (landside).

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Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

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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.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


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.


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

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Last Updated: 28 May 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 .