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Bellingham Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Bellingham Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the name of a hotel near the airport in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

you are kicked out of the gate area at about 1am, so you are forced to go back through security even though you didn't leave the airport - a traveller (2016)

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on Bellingham Airport.

What to Expect

Bellingham Airport consists of a small four-gate terminal that’s separated by a departures and arrivals area. The airside contains a restaurant/lounge and gift shop, and there is a smaller gift shop on the landside, all of which reportedly close early in the evening, leaving only vending machine food during the overnight hours. Due to the airport’s close proximity to British Columbia, Canada, the airport is often used as a low-cost alternative to Vancouver International Airport. There is a shuttle available between Bellingham Airport and Vancouver International Airport and Sea-tac airport. WiFi is available. There are no private lounges at this airport.

Where to Sleep

The airport is open 24 hours, but the security checkpoint closes at night. One traveller reported that you can remain in the gate area after security closes, but can re-enter should you leave. Another traveller reported that all passengers are restricted to the landside after security closes. Whatever the case, there is comfortable armrest-free seating conducive to sleeping. The airport gets cold at night, so consider bringing extra layers or a travel blanket. For uninterrupted sleep, there are several hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

Alaska Airlines has been known to provide stranded passengers with travel kits with basic grooming supplies, such as toothpaste and toothbrush.

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Bellingham 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 in the airport.

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Airport Hotels

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

  • Holiday Inn Bellingham - (5 minute walk from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Hampton Inn Bellingham Airport - (5 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • La Quinta Inn and Suites Bellingham - (6 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Bellingham 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 Bellingham Airport.

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

  • Car Rentals - Yes, see our Airport Transportation section below.
  • Food & Drinks - Halibut Henry’s offers coffee and takeaway food both landside and airside. Scotty Brown’s offers full-service dining with bar/lounge airside only. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options, but vending machines are available.
  • 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.
  • Shopping - There is a souvenir type shop located both landside and airside.
  • Rest Zones - Not available.
  • Showers - Not available.

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Airport Hours

The public area of the airport is open 24 hours a day and passengers are permitted to stay in the airport regardless of the hour. Security opens at 3:30AM and closes after last flight.

Keep in mind that TSA, airline check-in and baggage drop hours vary according the flight schedule. Check these hours with your airline. If you are in the public area of the terminal (landside) you will not be able to get through to the secure area of the terminal (airside) until the morning.

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As of February 2018, Bellingham airport is served by the following airlines: Alaska Airlines • Delta • American Airlines • Southwest Airlines.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


The Number 3 provides a connection to the airport from the Cordata and Downtown stations. The bus does not stop directly at the airport. It may be better to take a taxi to the bus station. Ask for assistance at the airport or visit the Whatcom Transportation website to plan your route.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies offer service onsite: Avis • Budget • Enterprise / Alamo • Hertz.

Shared-Ride Shuttles

Several companies offer scheduled or on-demand door-to-door shuttle service to and from the airport. Contact your service provider of choice for details and availability.


Metered taxis are readily available in the ground transportation area of the airport.

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Last Updated: 27 October 2017

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 .