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Lambert-St. Louis Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our St. Louis 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!

Gate C17 - This airport was the best sleeping experience at an airport ever. I should stay at airports like this instead of hotels. - Craig Apple Pie

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 Lambert-St Louis International Airport.

What to Expect

  • A large international airport, consisting of two terminals (Terminals 1 and 2) and three concourses (Concourses A, C and E)
  • After airport restaurants and shops close for the night, vending machines are the only in-airport snack option. Plan ahead and purchase your food and drinks before the concessions close.
  • The airport provides WiFi for a fee. 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: In Terminal 1 (Departures, level 2, across from the American/Alaska check-in desks) there are long and wide padded benches for sleeping. Otherwise, due to the limited seating available in the landside areas, you will most likely have to sleep on the floor if you sleep landside. Have a travel mattress and blanket handy for a little comfort against the cold and hard floors!
  • Airside: Concourse C is preferred for being darker and somewhat quieter than the other concourses. Check out the area next to the shoeshine station near Gate C16 for a nice little sleep nook!
  • Airside: Gate A2 has some benches behind a wall, perfect for stretching out!
  • The Starbucks in Concourse A has oversized chairs available
  • 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 Admirals 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 St. Louis Airport Guide. Send us your airport tips to help us keep this information up to date.

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St. Louis 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 is a lounge that you can enter by paying at the door 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!

Military Lounge

USO Lounge - The USO offers a lounge that is free of charge to active members of the US military and their families. Locations: Terminal 1, Landside, lower level, across from baggage carrousel M6 (Hours: open 24 hours) • Terminal 2, lower level, across from Entrance ET11 (Hours: 7:00AM - 6:00PM).

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Airport Hotels

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

  • Marriott St. Louis Airport- (0.7km from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. For airport pick-up, use the courtesy phone near baggage claim. » Check Rates
  • Drury Inn Airport St. Louis - (0.9km from the airport) Free 24-hour airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • Hampton Inn St. Louis Airport - (1.1km from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near St. Louis 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 Lambert-St. Louis Airport for 60 minutes. Connect to the Boingo network. Additional time costs $7.95 per day.

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

  • Art in the Airport - A variety of permanent and rotating art exhibits are on display throughout 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: Airside, Concourse A, Gate A10 • Terminal 1, Landside, Mid-Level Stage • Airside, Concourse C, Gate C15 • Terminal 2, Airside, Gate E20 • Terminal 2, Landside, near Entrance Doors 1 and 2.
  • Baby Care Facilities - Family Assist rooms are located near restrooms throughout the terminals and concourses.
  • Baggage Carts - Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available in the Terminal 1 departures area and the baggage claim areas of Terminals 1 and 2. Rate: $5 per cart.
  • Banking Services - A full-service US Bank branch is available at the airport. Location: Terminal 1, Lower Level, across from Great American Bagel near Concourse C security checkpoint. Hours: 8:00AM - 5:00PM (Mon-Fri).
  • Chapel - Collect your thoughts in a peaceful interfaith environment. Scheduled Catholic mass and Protestant services are available on a daily basis. Muslim prayer rugs are available upon request. Location: Terminal 1, Landside, near exit door 11 • Terminal 2, Airside, near E-33.
  • Children's Play Area - The St. Louis International Play Port, a transportation-themed exhibit, is located near gate C3. The exhibit is organized by The Magic House St. Louis Children’s Museum.
  • Currency Exchange - US Bank offers currency exchange services, on the lower level of Terminal 1, close to the C Gates security checkpoint. Hours: 8:00AM - 5:00PM (Mon-Fri).
  • Duty Free & Shopping - At the time of this update, there are no duty free shops at St. Louis airport. There are a few shops located both airside and landside. Hudson News has 11 locations with many of them open from 4:30AM - the last flight.
  • Food & Drinks - Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. Great American Bagel (Terminal 1, lower level, landside) is open 24 hours. Vending Machines can be found at Gate A10, A16, E10, E20, E29, ET12, ET 14 and in the Ticketing Zone.
  • Information Desk - Location: Terminal 1, Baggage Claim (between carousels 4 and 5). Hours: 7:00AM - 11:00PM. Terminal 2 passengers can reach the Information Booth by using the courtesy phones located at Gate E10 or in the baggage claim area across from Southwest Airlines Baggage Office.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - Not available.
  • Mobile Charging - A reader let us know that there are mobile charging stations between the seats in Terminal 1 (gates C9-C12).
  • Rest Zones - Not available.
  • Shoeshine - There are five shoeshine locations: next to gates A3, C3, two locations in terminal 1, next to Hudson and C checkpoint, and one location in terminal 2, next to gate E2.
  • Showers - Not available.

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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.

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As of February 2018, St. Louis airport is served by the following airlines: American Airlines • Delta • Southwest Airlines • Air Canada • WestJet • Alaska Airlines • Swift Air • Frontier Airlines • Wow Air • Cape Air • Air Choice One.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


All bus traffic for the airport is directed through BusPort, a designated facility on airport property, just south of Terminal 1. Passengers can travel between BusPort and the airport terminals using the airport’s free, 24 hour inter-terminal shuttle service. For route maps, schedules and fares, visit the Metro Transit St. Louis website.

Car Rentals

All rental car pick-up and drop-off happens at an offsite. A free, 24 hour shuttle is available. The T1 pick-up is outside exit 17 and from T2 head to exit 12.

Car rental desks are located on the lower level the terminal 1, between doors 12 and 17. Car rental agencies include Alamo, Avis, Budget and Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. Some of these hotels can be contacted by using the direct-dial courtesy phones at the Hotel/Motel Phone Centers located on the lower level of each terminal. Hotel shuttles pick up passengers at Exit Door 18 (Terminal 1, lower level) and Exit Door 12 (Terminal 2, lower level). Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Drury Inn St. Louis Airport   •   Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Louis Airport   •   Hampton Inn St. Louis/Westport   •   Hampton Inn St. Louis-Airport   •   Hilton Garden Inn St Louis Airport   •   Hilton St. Louis Airport   •   Holiday Inn St. Louis Airport   •   Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites St Louis Airport   •   La Quinta Inn & Suites St. Louis Westport   •   Marriott St. Louis Airport   •   Quality Inn Airport St. Louis   •   Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel   •   Residence Inn St. Louis Airport/Earth City   •   SpringHill Suites St. Louis Airport Earth City.

Inter-Terminal Shuttles

St. Louis-Lambert Airport operates a free shuttle service that runs a circuit between the two terminal, stopping at the BusPort in between terminal stops. Shuttles pick up at Exit Door 12 of either terminal.

Light Rail

MetroLink light rail RED line links the airport to downtown St. Louis. The MetroLink is accessible from Terminal 1 (go to Exit Door 1 on the upper level) and from Terminal 2 (via any of the levels of the parking garage). For route maps, schedules and fares, visit the Metro Transit St. Louis website.


GO BEST Express offers shared-ride, door-to-door airport shuttle service between the airport and a variety of destinations. Departures from the airport are available every 30 minutes from 6:00AM - 10:00PM, and service to the airport starts as early as 4:00AM. GO BEST Express customer service is available 24 hours a day. For fares, routes and schedules, visit the Go Best Express website.


Taxis are available outside of Terminal 1, near Exit Door 14, and Terminal 2, near Exit Door 12. All taxis are metered, a $5.00 pick-up fee (current as of January 2018) applies to each taxi and reservations are not required.

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Last Updated: 15 March 2018

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