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Cincinnati Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Cincinnati 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 almost went to sleep on the electric cart!
- Amanda

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 Cincinnati International Airport.

What to Expect

  • A well-designed and efficient airport, with clean facilities and short walks between gates.
  • The main terminal has two concourses (Concourse A and Concourse B) that are connected by an underground train.
  • Some reviewers note well-organized Immigration lines, clean facilities and efficient and fast baggage claim. This may not always be the case, but it can happen.
  • The airport provides free WiFi in many areas of the airport. See WiFi below.

Where to Sleep

  • Reviews mentions Starbucks and the area around it as the best place to sleep. Curved, comfy couches, and not an armrest in sight!
  • Weather permitting, there is a grassy area outside of T1, at the Limousine Parking Lot that one reviewer described as a comfortable place to sleep.
  • Some travellers say that the A/C blasts cold air all night long, and that a warm blanket or sweater is a MUST. Bring a sleep mask and earplugs as well, as lights and music are left on all night!
  • There is an on-site airport hotel and nearby hotels that provide a free airport shuttle. See Airport Hotels below.

Good to Know

  • Airport shops and restaurants close at night. Stash some snacks and beverages for later!
  • Economy class passengers can pay to use one of the first class lounges. See our Airport Lounges below for locations and rates.

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Cincinnati 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

Club at CVG lounge passes

FEATURED LOUNGE: The Club at CVG is accessible to all travellers regardless of class of service or airline. [ more lounge info ]

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!

  • The Club at CVG - This lounge is available to all travellers no matter what class of service or airline. The lounge has a designated rest zone. Location: Airside, Concourse A, between Gates A8 and A10. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes  •  Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]. passes are available
  • Delta Sky Club - Location: near Gate B14. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of Delta Airlines ticket • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Military Lounge

USO Lounge - A quiet area that is free of charge to active members of the military and their families. Features internet access, drinks, snacks and other amenities. Open daily from 8:00AM - 8:00PM Location: (Airside, Concourse A, Gate 15) and (Airside, Concourse B, Gate 27).

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Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Cincinnati Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport that provide free airport shuttles:

  • DoubleTree by Hilton Cincinnati Airport Hotel - The only on-site airport hotel. Free airport shuttle on demand, available 24 hours. » Check Rates
  • Cincinnati Airport Marriott - (3 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available on request. For airport pick-up, use the courtesy phone in the airport. » Check Rates
  • Hampton Inn Cincinnati Airport North - (3 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available upon request. » Check Rates
  • Country Inn & Suites, By Carlson - (3 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available from 5:00AM to 12:00AM. » Check Rates
  • Quality Inn & Suites - (4 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Cincinnati 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 Cincinnati Airport in the ticketing and baggage claim areas, as well as at all gates. If you don't have a laptop, go to Regus Express to use their computer stations. Location: Terminal 3, Concourse B, Gate 20

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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: unknown.
  • Baggage Carts - Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available in the Baggage Claim, Terminal Garage and pre-Security. Rate: $4 per cart.
  • Chapel - Location: Terminal 3, Baggage Claim area
  • Children's Play Area - Fun and interactive play areas for the little ones! Locations: Airside, Concourse A, Gate 4 and Airside, Concourse B, Food Court.
  • Currency Exchange - 5/3 Bank offers currency exchange services. Location: Concourse B, Gate 12. Hours: Not known but open 7 days a week.
  • Duty Free & Shopping - Duty-free shopping is available airside near Gate 12. In addition, a small selection of retail stores and newsstands is available throughout the terminal.
  • Fitness - Need to burn off some energy before your flight? Follow one of the 4 marked Fitness Paths.
  • Food & Drinks - Most food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. Vending machines are also available both Landside and Airside.
  • Information Desk - Not available.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - Not available.
  • Massages - Massage Bar offers fully-clothed 15 and 30 minute sessions. Wellness products also available for sale. No appointment needed. Locations: Airside, Concourse A, Gate A7 • Airside, Concourse B, Gate B16.
  • Mobile Charging - Location: Concourse B, Food Court
  • Rest Zone - Relax in comfy seats while you recharge yourself and your electronics. Location: Concourse B, Food Court area.
  • Showers - Not available.
  • Smoking - Graycliff Lounge offers an adults-only quiet area for smoking cigars and cigarettes. Cigarettes, cigars and small gifts are also available for purchase. Entrance fee: $6 Location: Airside, Concourse B, Gate 11.

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Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours. The TSA security checkpoint is open 4:30AM - 9:30PM (unconfirmed).

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 March 2018, Cincinnati airport is served by the following airlines: Air Canada • Allegiant Airlines • American Airlines • Delta • Frontier Airlines • OneJet • Southwest Airlines • United Airlines • WOW Air.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


The Airporter is a fast and economic express bus service between the airport and downtown Cincinnati or downtown Covington. Bus fare is only $2 per person, one way. For route maps and schedules, visit the TANK website.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies can be reached via direct-dial courtesy phones in the baggage claim area: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Payless, Thrifty and Zipcar. Courtesy shuttles run between the airport and the car rental lots every 5 - 10 minutes.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Comfort Inn Airport Turfway Road   •   Comfort Suites Cincinnati Airport   •   Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Cincinnati Airport   •   Courtyard Cincinnati Airport   •   Doubletree Cincinnati Airport Hotel   •   Hampton Inn Cincinnati/Airport South   •   Hilton Cincinnati Airport   •  Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport   •   Homewood Suites Cincinnati Airport South-Florence   •   Hyatt Place Cincinnati Airport/Florence   •   La Quinta Inn & Suites Cincinnati Airport Florence   •   Marriott Cincinnati Airport   •   Quality Inn and Suites   •   Residence Inn Cincinnati Airport   •   Springhill Suites Cincinnati Airport South   •   Wingate by Wyndham Cincinnati Airport / Erlanger


Taxis are readily available in the ground transportation area of the terminal on a 24-hour basis. All taxis are metered and reservations are not required. At the time of this January 2018 update, a one way fare from the airport to downtown Cincinnati is $34. Executive van and car service is also available, with service desks located in the baggage claim area.

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Last Updated: 06 April 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 .