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

Announcements notified the stranded travelers of pads and blankets available at the baggage claim area. - SThagard

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down of what travellers have reported to us during their time at Denver Airport.

What to Expect

  • Large, modern airport, with a main terminal (Jeppesen) for ticketing and security, and 3 concourses. All are connected by internal underground free train.
  • The only 24-hour eateries are a McDonald’s in Concourse A and a Burger King in the main terminal. Vending machines are not available, so bring food and drinks for late-night snacking.
  • Security checkpoint lines can get quite long at times. Some gates are accessible only by shuttle, requiring waiting in another long line once you are airside. Plan accordingly when departing from this airport.
  • WiFi is free and unlimited. See WiFi information in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

  • In general there’s plenty of space to spread out but the furniture isn’t particularly comfortable for sleeping.
  • Security doesn’t mind sleepers.
  • There are seats at nearly every gate, though most are of leather or metal, with armrests. You’ll have plenty of space to spread out, on furniture or the carpeted floor.  
  • The upper level of Concourse B sees little action so it’s a good place to get some privacy.  
  • In Concourse A, there is a walkway to the USO Lounge that is very quiet and not frequented - good spot to camp out.
  • Comfortable benches with cushions are located near the Harley Davidson store in Concourse B, and if the armrests don’t have electric outlet, they are probably removable. (March 2016 review).
  • In Concourse C, look for the office level, 1 level above the train stop - quiet, uninterrupted hallways are good for crashing.
  • Upstairs from the food court and the 24-hour McDonald’s (Terminal A), there is a quiet and private little nook near the American Airlines Admiral’s Club. The seats in this area have armrests, but if you have a travel mat handy, you can sleep comfortably on the floor.
  • Some travellers report airport personnel handing out sleeping mats, blankets, and water in cases of cancelled flights or severe delays.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, a brand new hotel is located directly at the airport, with several others nearby. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

  • Frequent light rail service links the airport to downtown Denver. Read our Airport Transportation section for details
  • Economy class travelers can buy a pass and relax in one of airport lounges. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.

For more information about the services and facilities available, scroll down to continue exploring our Denver Airport Guide. Send us your airport tips to help us keep this information up to date.

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Denver 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!

  • American Airlines Admirals Club - Location: Concourse A, Airside, north end of the A gates. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of AA ticket • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]
  • Delta Sky Club - Location: Concourse A, Airside, Central Core. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of Delta ticket • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]
  • United Club - Location: Concourse B, airside, East Wing, Gate B44. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of United Airlines ticket • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]
  • United Club - Location: Concourse B, airside, West Wing, Gate B32. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of United Airlines ticket • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Military Lounge

USO Lounge - The USO offers a lounge that is free of charge to active members of the US military and their families. Amenities: video games, TV lounge, toiletries, snacks, sleeping area, computers, library, and a child care area. Location: Terminal A (East Terminal), Concourse A, North End of A Gates Bridge (3rd floor). Hours: 6:00AM - 10:00PM.

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Airport Hotels

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

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

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free unlimited WiFi is available at Denver Airport. Connect to the "DEN Airport Free WiFi" network.

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

  • Art in the Airport - Sculptures, murals, paintings, and outdoor landscapes are some of the beautiful works that you will find among the rotating and permanent exhibits throughout the airport.
  • ATMs / Cash Machines - Public Service Credit Union ATMs are available in the Jeppesen Terminal and all three concourses.
  • Baggage Carts - available for a fee.
  • Banking - Public Service Credit Union offer full-service banking. Location: Jeppesen Terminal, landside, Level 6 West. Hours: 9:00AM - 6:00PM (Mon-Fri) 9:00AM - 1:00PM (Sat). Closed Sunday.
  • Business Center - Offers internet, phone & fax machines. Location: B Gates on Mezzanine Level
  • Cots - In the event of bad weather or massive flight cancellations, this airport has a supply of cots for stranded travellers. If you are stranded during a weather delay, contact an airport employee to find out when the cots are located. Unfortunately, the cots are not available for travellers who simply decide to spend the night in the airport. Due to the amount of wacky email we receive about this, we'll also let you know that cots cannot be "reserved" and we don't know where they are kept. Please speak to a gate agent or an airport employee.

Pro-Tip: Jeff sent us this email: In the business center in the middle of the “B” Terminal (not sure of other terminals), there’s a cot located in the far cubical which is the widest cubical. Saw it earlier and now someone is using it to sleep. I don’t have time to check the other similar cubicles or terminals, but I would assume they’ve placed them in those locations as well.

  • Currency Exchange - Worldwide Money Exchange offers currency exchange, Western Union, notary, and more. Locations: Jeppesen Terminal, landside, Level 5 • Center Cores of A and B Gates, airside.
  • Drinking Water - Need a refill? Go the center of each Concourse and you will find water bottle filling stations.
  • Duty Free & Shopping - Denver Duty Free offers duty-free shopping airside in A Gates (Center Core) and B Gates (Center Core and Mezzanine). In addition, a wide variety of retail shops and newsstands is available throughout the airport.
  • Food & Drinks - Most food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. These options are open 24 hours: Burger King (Jeppesen, Level 6 East) and McDonald’s (A Gates, Center Core).
  • Information Desk - Airport Information Booths are available landside in the Jeppesen Terminal and airside in the Center Cores of the A, B, and C Gates. You can also seek information and assistance from one of the knowledgeable Ambassador Volunteers roaming around the airport, easily spotted by their blue plaid vests.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - Not available.
  • Massages - Feel your stress melt away with a table or chair massage at A Massage. Locations: A Gates, Center Core (Hours: 7:30AM - 9:30PM (M,W,F) 7:30AM - 8:30PM (Tues, Sat) 8:30AM - 8:30PM (Sun) • B Gates, Mezzanine (Hours: 7:00AM - 9:00PM).
  • Mobile Charging - Power outlets are readily available and easily-accessible throughout Jeppesen Terminal and all three concourses. You can also charge your laptop and other electronic devices for free at seated power stations located throughout the airport.
  • Pet Hotel - Furbabies rejoice! Your cat or dog can enjoy a vacation of its own at Paradise 4 Paws Pet Resort. Boarding, grooming, and daycare are some of services offered. Location: 24735 E. 75th Ave., at the WorldPort facility, just east of the Pikes Peak shuttle lot along 75th Avenue. Hours: Open 24 hours.
  • Pet Relief Area - Indoor pet relief rooms are available airside in the center cores of each of the A, B, and C Gates, near US mail drops. Each room is decorated with a canine theme, and has artificial turf flooring, a drainage system, wall-mounted sink, hand soap, and more. An fenced-in outdoor pet relief area is available at the Jeppesen Terminal, just outside of Door 200 on the west side.
  • Prayer Rooms - An Interfaith Chapel and Islamic Prayer Hall is located in the Jeppesen Terminal (level 6). Hours: open 24 hours
  • Rest Zones - Not available.
  • Showers - Not available.
  • Smoking - Smoking is not permitted except in these designated areas: Aviator's Club Smoking Lounge (Jeppesen Terminal, Level 6, West Side) • Mesa Verde Smoking Lounge (A Gates, Mezzannine Level) • Smokin' Bear Lodge (C Gates, Center Core).
  • Spa & Salon Services - Manicures, pedicures, facials, massages and other express services are available at XpresSpa. Two C Gate locations (airside): Gate C30 and Center Core • Hours: 6:00AM - 10:00PM.
  • Video Games - Comfortable booths where users can play the games on their own or against others online. Location: ZooX Public Internet Kiosk Systems, Jeppesen Terminal, A, B and C Gates. Rate: 15 cents per minute at a $3.00 minimum.

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Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Keep in mind that 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. The TSA security screening checkpoint hours vary according to terminal:

  • North Terminal: 3:45AM - 9:00PM
  • South Terminal: open 24 hours

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Layover Sightseeing

Do you have a long layover? With the proper documentation and a long enough layover, you may have time to leave the airport and do some sightseeing. Here are a few Denver Airport Layover Sightseeing ideas. As this is a new page, if you have a suggestion for other layover sightseeing options, send a tip to editor@sleepinginairports.com and we will add it to the list.

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As of March 2018, Denver airport is served by the following airlines: Aeromexico • Air Canada • Alaska Airlines • Allegiant Airlines • American Airlines • Boutique Air • British Airways • Copa • Delta Air • Denver Air • Frontier Airlines • Great Lakes Airlines • Icelandair • JetBlue Airways • Lufthansa • Norwegian • Southwest Airlines • Spirit Airlines • Sun Country Airlines • United Airlines • ViaAir • Virgin America • Volaris.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Amtrak Connections

Amtrak trains arrive and depart at Union Station in downtown Denver. The new train, RTD Line A, connects the airport and Union Station for $9 one way. See Public Trains below. You can also hire a taxi or shuttle service.

Travel time by taxi is approximately 28 minutes.

Car Rentals

Passengers arriving into Denver International Airport can choose between twelve on-site major car rental companies: Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, E-Z Rent-A-Car, Enterprise, Fox, Hertz, National, Payless, and Thrifty. Each on-site agency operates its own courtesy shuttle to and from Jeppesen Terminal. The pick-up/drop-off point is at Level 5, Island 4, outside of doors 505-513 (east side) or 504-512 (west side).

Charter Buses

Several companies operate pre-booked charter buses between Denver International Airport and locations throughout Colorado and surrounding states. Passengers who have reservations for a charter bus service should report to Ground Transportation Information Counter, where an airport agent can summon the bus from a holding lot.

Hotel Shuttles

The brand new Hotel and Transit Center consists of a 519-room Westin Denver International Hotel, a conference center, public entertainment plaza and a public transit center with commuter train station (A Line to downtown).

In addition to the Hotel and Transit Center, many of the hotels located within 10 miles of the airport operate their own guest shuttle service. The airport’s hotel shuttle bus stop is located at the Jeppesen Terminal Level 5, Island 3, outside of doors 505-507 (east side) or 510-512 (west side).

The following hotels offer airport shuttle service: Aloft Denver International Airport   •   Baymont Inn & Suites Denver International Airport   •   Best Western Plus Denver International Airport Inn & Suites   •   Country Inn & Suites by Carlson, Denver International Airport   •   Courtyard Denver Airport   •   Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver International Airport   •   Fairfield Inn & Suites Denver Airport   •   Hampton Inn Denver International Airport   •   Holiday Inn Express Denver Airport   •   Homewood Suites by Hilton Denver International Airport   •   Hyatt House Denver Airport   •   La Quinta Inn & Suites Denver DIA   •   Quality Inn & Suites Denver International Airport   •   SpringHill Suites Denver Airport   •   Staybridge Suites Denver International Airport.


If you wish to reach your destination in style, you can pre-book a luxury limousine transfer. Several companies run licensed limousine services from Denver International Airport to destinations within the Denver metro area and Colorado state.

Mountain Carriers

Travellers going to or returning from a ski vacation can use the services of a mountain carrier. Mountain carriers are private services that provide pre-arranged, charter, or on-demand shuttle transportation between the airport and many of Colorado’s ski and resort areas. Contact your mountain carrier of choice in advance to book your transfer.

Public Trains

Passengers wanting a convenient and affordable way to travel between the airport and the Denver metro area can take advantage of the Line A train. The University of Colorado Line A is a brand new train line connecting downtown Denver and the airport with frequent service. The ride between the airport and Union Station costs $9 one way, and takes 37 minutes. Trains run every 15 or 30 minutes depending on the time of day.

Shared Ride Services

Shared ride service, also known as commuter shuttles, provides pre-arranged, on-demand, or charter transportation between the airport and locations throughout the Denver metro area. Some companies provide service throughout the state and even outside of Colorado.


Taxicabs are readily available at the airport. Flat rates, a one-way charge including the airport-access fee, are available for the most requested destinations with these approximate costs as of this January 2018 update:

Downtown Denver ($55.55), Denver Tech Center ($62.00) and Boulder ($89.00). Metered rates are available for all other destinations within the Denver metro area.

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Last Updated: 13 November 2017

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