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Tips and ideas on how to best spend a layover at airport. Got a favorite quiet place to connect to wifi? A great bar or restaurant? Maybe an exhibit or a walk? Share your Airport layover experiences with others, or post a question and get notified when there is a response.

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  • Layover @ YYZ
    Feb 22, 2013
    We have a 22:45 arrival into Toronto in April and don't leave until 7:55 on a conecting flight. By the time we claim baggae and clear customs it is hardly worth getting a room. Is there any suggestions or longes open through the night at Pearson?


    Airline Lounges at Toronto Pearson Airport: Star Alliance, Skyteam and Oneworld member airlines maintain lounges inside the passenger terminals, which are accessible to their preferred customers and holders of certain elite cards; however there are also several 'pay-in' lounges, accessible by all passengers, regardless of status and airline. 1. Terminal 1 has 3 Maple Leaf Lounges accessible to certain Star Alliance customers and located in the following areas: (a) International level 3, Node F; (b) International / USA, level 4, Node F; and (c) Domestic. 2. Terminal 3 has (a) the American Airlines Admirals Club, British Airways' Galleries Club and Galleries First lounges – all three accessible by certain OneWorld customers; (b) the KLM Crown Lounge, accessible by certain Skyteam customers, and (c) the Plaza Premium Lounge, a pay-in lounge accessible to all passengers.


  • reLAX lounge
    Feb 5, 2013
    My wife and I have 14hrs (yes, 14) to wait for our connection to Vancouver. Is the reLAX lounge still in operation and what are peoples experiences with it. Thanks.


    The reLAX lounge is in the Bradley Terminal (TBIT), tel. 310-417-3848. Also open Frommer site at


  • Travelling with small dog
    Jan 19, 2013
    Is there an area in the terminal where I can walk my dog while waiting for connecting flight?


    At IAH, Pet Relief Areas are located (a) outside of Arrivals at Terminals A, B, & C (follow pet relief signs in the Baggage Claim Hall); (b) outside of Departures /Ticketing at Terminal D. Just follow signs.


  • Terminals closed at night?
    Jan 17, 2013
    In the near future, I will be on a flight arriving at HOU at midnight, with a connecting flight departing at 6 am. Do the terminals remain open, or will I be kicked out for several hours until the early morning? Thanks!


  • open hours
    Jan 17, 2013
    Will have a 8 hour layover (1m - 9am) and was wondering what hours the restaurants are open


  • Violinist needs area to practice
    Dec 19, 2012
    I arrive at ORLY at 8:15 pm for a 9 hr. 45 minute layover (leaving again at 6am)... I don't have a lot of money for a hotel, but I do need a room to practice. Is there anywhere I can practice in the airport with a mute? Or maybe a hotel is the best option if I can find one for around $60. I don't see the point in spending more if I need to leave it at 4am to catch my international flight. Need ideas. Thankyou so much!


    Your post has conflicting Airports - I presume you arrive at Paris ORY and will connect to Chicago ORD. I suggest you google either "Orly Airport hotels" or "Chicago ORD hotels".


  • 1 hour connection in IAD, by United
    Dec 19, 2012
    Hi! Flying from London with United – Flights 923, arriving Sat 11:15, I have only 1:05 time to catch next flight to Houston with United – Flights 634. What are my chances to do this connection, to catch my Texas plane? To do so is crucial, as there is a next flight United – Flights 1083 (there will be 3hrs connection time but I dont see any later flight to Houston)


    1. On arrival at IAD, follow signs 'TO BAGGAGE CLAIM / GROUND TRANSPORTATION'; international arrivals will board the shuttle to US Customs located in the Arrivals Building at the west end of the Main Terminal (go through passport check, retrieve bags, go through customs clearance, then re-check-in bag where indicated. International arrivals who continue their journey cannot use the AeroTrain, but need to take the shuttle bus to their connecting gate. 2. United uses A/B, & C/D Midfield Concourses with corresponding gates. One hour is extremely tight, particularly at this time of year. I suggest you open then click on 'Terminal Map' under QUICK LINKS and scroll down to the detailed text.


    thanks a lot. I'll reconsider this flight. as I'm a non US resident, it might create extra delay


  • Can I leave AMS with a 4 hour layover?
    Oct 17, 2012
    My first flight is from RDU (USA) to BLL (Denmark) and I have a 4 hour layover. Am I allowed to leave the airport during my layover? If yes, how much time to I need to be there before my next flight? I am carrying my luggage (not checking any), so if I leave the airport will I have to go through customs or just security? Also, On the way home (from NBO (Nairobi) to RDU (USA)) I have a 1 hour layover in AMS. Is that enough time to catch my next plane? Thanks!


    Your itinerary seems to be: departing RDU to BLL, to AMS, to NBO - if so, you need to go through Danish immigration procedure, as you are an international arrival there. While Billund Airport is only 2 miles from the city, once you leave the secured area, you will have to go through security check on re-entering the terminal. Billund has a King Amlet Lounge - passengers on scheduled flights can use it at a fee. For Amsterdam Airport I strongly recommend that you open and click on "Terminal Map" under QUICK LINKS, then scroll down to the detailed text for terminals, airlines & connections. As to "not checking any luggage" - you are only allowed a carry-on bag which will either fit under your legs or in the overhead compartment of your plane. Anything else needs to be checked in. Check with your airlines for baggage charges for each piece of luggage, size and weight.


  • Overnight layover questions
    Oct 2, 2012
    flying UNITED : SFO-through IAH-to Cozumel Mexico. We are arriving to Houston 10pm on a FRI night. flight to Cozumel leave next morning at 9am. Planning on checking into onsite airport Marriott for the overnight layover to let my 5 y.o (and us) sleep. Just want to be sure arrival, leaving terminal to hotel then going through security in am should be seamless? doable?


    Make sure you have a boarding pass for your connecting flight; if not, on arrival at IAH, go to the United counter on the Departures level and get your boarding card which you will need the next day.


    Will be traveling 10/3 with a small carry on containing a dog around 2300 and leaving IAH on an early am flight. Am I able to take the animal to the pet area and reenter through security during the night?


  • hotel
    Sep 2, 2012
    Unless you want to sleep in the airport. you must get a hotel, out of the airport. they have one near airport with free shuttle. $140.00 a night.


  • Hotel w/ quickest access to Intl Termin.
    Aug 2, 2012
    I'm arriving into ATL on a domestic DL flight from Hawaii and departing on an international DL flight to Madrid with 11 hours between flights. Which hotel should I book that will be fast and easy to get to the international terminal?


    1. No hotels are on-Airport site; however, I see Best Western is one mile and Hotel Atlanta two miles from the Airport 2. You may also want to visit


  • stay over one day
    Jul 15, 2012
    monday aug 27 we are from 6.30 am till 6.00 pm at the airport. any suggestion to do? shuttle to the citycentre? thanks Ann Broekman


    1. I suggest that you open - scroll down to the end and read "To get from the Airport to your destination", for transportation options into the city; return to main menu and select from QUICK LINKS both "Terminal Map" (has description of terminals & how to get around) and "Airport Layover Ideas". Know ahead of time where your connecting Terminal & gate is, and count in the time you needed to get to the city for your return. 3. On arrival at PHL it may be a good idea to pick up some pamphlets about the City at the information counter near the baggage claim area.


  • resturant
    Jul 5, 2012
    Please have dining open before first morning flight and during the evening incoming and outgoing flights. several times I've needed something to eat/drink during this time frame and OAJ had nothing to offer, other than water fountain.


  • Dine with relative at airport
    Mar 3, 2013
    My sister and her family will be at IAH saturday with a 3.5 hr layover. I would like dine with them at the airport during their layover. All the good restaurants are beyond the TSA checkpoint. Can I go beyond the checkpoint as a guest with no boarding pass and dine with my family as they are between flights? How can I do this???


    Yes indeed, you cannot go beyond the security check. However, I found a few pre-security eats at IAH: At Terminal A, ticketing Lobby: Stadium City Bar & Grill; and Starbucks; At Terminal D: Vito's Bar & Deli, also in the Ticketing Lobby; At Terminal E: Ruby's Diner - to the right of security checkpoint - not sure if that's pre-security. There are also Food courts North & South - but does not state pre- or post-security.




  • Hotels w/ day room $ or early check in
    Jun 21, 2012
    Does anyone know of a hotel by Dulles that offers a day room rate or has confirmed early check in available? We have a 12 hour layover after a 17 hour flight and are hoping to catch up on some sleep. Thanks!


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