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San Antonio Airport Guide

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

as I could hide in my sleeping bag I could also avoid the rather annoying but constant 'welcome to san antonio' video running all night. I slept very deep until 11 am the next day! Best night at an airport! - eeva

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 San Antonio International Airport.

What to Expect

  • A small international airport with two terminals (Terminals A and B) and a wide variety of shopping and dining options
  • After airport restaurants and shops close for the night, vending machines are the only in-airport snack option. Plan ahead and stash a take-out meal or snacks for later!
  • Clean facilities and lots of power outlets throughout
  • The airport provides free WiFi. See WiFi information in the airport guide below.

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.
  • Landside: There are a few comfortable couches at the far end of the baggage claim area. Otherwise, you will likely be sleeping on the floor, as all seating on this side has armrests.
  • Airside: Terminal A has lots of armrest-free seating and also seating with power outlets built into the armrests. A huge empty floor space can be found at the end of Terminal A, near Gates A8 and A9, perfect if you have a travel mattress or sleeping bag handy! Be warned that the area is near a security door with an alarm that employees set off frequently by accident.
  • Have earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones available to block out those annoying overhead announcements. A travel blanket is also handy for keeping warm against the blasting A/C.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport that provide free airport shuttles. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

  • Economy class passengers can find comfort in one of the lounges that are accessible with a day pass or United Club membership. See our Airport Lounges section for locations and rates.

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


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San Antonio 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

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter by paying at the door and through a membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):

  • United Club - Location: Terminal B, Airside, between Gates B3 and B5. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of United Airlines ticket (US$ 59.00) • United Club Membership.

Military Lounge

USO Lounge - The USO offers a lounge that is free of charge to members of the US military and their families. Amenities include: TV lounge, toiletries, snacks, computers and a library. Location: Terminal B, in baggage claim area, far right side. Hours: 7:30AM - 10:00PM (Monday)   •   8:00AM - 10:00PM (Tuesday - Thursday)   •   7:30AM - 10:00AM (Friday - Monday).

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at San Antonio Airport. Connect to the "SAIA1", "WiFi4Public", or "Airpath4Public" networks.

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Airport Hotels

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

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

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

  • Art at the Airport - Permanent and rotating art exhibits are on display throughout the airport.
  • ATMs / Cash Machines - ATMs are available in the ticketing area, concourses, Terminal A baggage claim and Terminal B food court.
  • Baby Care Facilities - The airport’s Lactation Rooms offer privacy, comfortable seating and power outlets in three locations: Terminal A, landside, behind the Information Counter next to the restroom ▪ Terminal A, airside ▪ Terminal B, airside. All three rooms are marked with the international sign for breastfeeding. Family restrooms are also available in both Terminals, landside and airside (total of 4 restrooms).
  • Baggage Carts - SmarteCartes are available at curbside and throughout the Terminals for a fee of $5.00.
  • Car Rentals - Yes, see our Airport Transportation section below.
  • Chapel - An interfaith meditation room is located in the Terminal B ticketing lobby. Hours: Open 24 hours.
  • Currency Exchange - Marcy's Business Travel Center offers currency exchange, computers with internet access, copy/fax service and travel accessories for sale. Location: Terminal A, landside, Lobby. Hours: 5:30AM - 8:30PM (Daily).
  • Duty Free & Shopping - UETA Duty-Free shop is located airside in Terminal A, Upper Level, across from Gates A6/A7. Hours: 7:00AM - 9:00PM (Mon-Sat)
  • Food & Drinks - Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options.
  • Information Desk - There is an Information Counter in Terminal A. Hours: Not known. For other assistance and information, look around the airport for one of the friendly and knowledgeable Airport Ambassadors. Their blue vests and cowboy hats make them easy to spot!
  • 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.
  • Public Phones - The airport’s public phones allow free local and toll calls. Calling card machines are located next to the phones.
  • Rest Zones - Not available.
  • Showers - Not available.

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Airport Sleeper Policy

from one SleepingInAirports reader: " The security confronted me in a very friendly way at midnight and asked to see my ID and boarding pass. After that they let me know I was being locked in and that exiting the emergency doors would set off alarms. After that they said good night. "

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Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

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. The TSA checkpoints are open 4:30AM - approx. 12:00AM.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

VIA bus route 5 runs between the airport and downtown San Antonio in a 30-minute ride, with connections available to VIA’s downtown San Antonio streetcar service. Buses stop at the outer curb on the baggage claim level of Terminals A and B. Bus fare is $1.20, or for $4 you can purchase an all-day pass good for unlimited travel on the VIA bus and streetcar network on the day that you choose. This pass can be purchased online. For route maps, schedules, and fare information, visit the VIA Metropolitan Transit website.

Car Rentals

The following onsite car rental agency desks are located onsite in the Terminal A baggage claim area: Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty. All of the listed agencies provide free shuttle service to their nearby locations, with pick up available outside of the Terminal A baggage claim area. Shuttle service can be requested by using the direct-dial courtesy phones available in the Terminal A baggage claim area.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. These hotels can be contacted using the direct-dial courtesy phones available in the baggage claim area, and hotel shuttles pick up in the area outside of baggage claim. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Best Western Posada Ana Inn-Airport   •   Comfort Inn & Suites Airport   •   Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, San Antonio Airport   •   Courtyard San Antonio Airport   •  Drury Inn & Suites San Antonio Airport   •   Embassy Suites by Hilton San Antonio - International Airport   •   Four Points by Sheraton San Antonio Airport   •   Hampton Inn & Suites San Antonio - Airport   •   Holiday Inn Express San Antonio Airport   •   Holiday Inn San Antonio International Airport   •   La Quinta Inn & Suites San Antonio Airport   •   Red Roof Inn San Antonio - Airport   •   SpringHill Suites San Antonio Airport   •   TownePlace Suites San Antonio Airport.

Shuttles

GO Airport Shuttle offers door-to-door shared-ride shuttle service between the airport and downtown San Antonio hotels. Shuttle depart every 15 minutes from 7:00AM - 1:30AM. Tickets can be purchased at the GO Airport Shuttle service desk in the baggage claim area for $19 per person (one-way) or $34 per person (roundtrip).

Taxis

Taxis are available curbside on the lower level, outside of the Terminal A and B baggage claims. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required. The following estimated one-way fares were current at the time of this update: $12 to airport area hotels; $25 - $29 to downtown San Antonio; $42 to Randolph AFB; $48 to Kelly AFB and $49 to Lackland AFB.

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Last Updated: 14 November 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 .