Caught between flights? Missed your flight or just need someplace to stay until you can decide on the next move? Well here's some information that might help you if ou get stuck in Fort Lauderdale, for one reason or another.
There are services and facilities available inside the airport – including lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food concessions, nearby hotels, and much more
Fort Lauderdale Airport (code: FLL) consists of a four terminal-eight concourse layout, with Terminal 1 (Concourses A, B and C), Terminal 2 (Concourse D), Terminal 3 (Concourses E and F), and Terminal 4 (Two Concourse Gs). Shuttle buses provide transit between the terminals. Eateries, shops, duty free, and services can be found throughout the airport both airside and landside, though most close at night and the quality of the various dining spots are not necessarily...umm.... the best.
You can, however, get free WiFi, which helps pass the time and buy access to one of the airport lounges.
Sleeping in Fort Lauderdale Airport
Passengers are permitted to remain in the airport overnight, but they only in specific waiting areas. Seating in these areas consists of chairs with arm-rests, and cleaning is often conducted at night. Food/beverage service is limited and the terminals are generally cold.
Steamy on the outside and frozen tundra on the inside, the A/C at FLL Airport is said to be on full blast so make sure to bring a blanket or a sweater, but there are a couple of noteworthy sleeping spots in the airport. Perhaps the most often cited is the rental car centre, which is described as dimly lit, fairly quiet and with padded seats. While there are no on-site airport hotels, there are several hotels within a short shuttle ride away.
Airport WiFi / Internet Free WiFi is available at Fort Lauderdale Airport. If you do not have a mobile device there are Internet Kiosks available in Terminals 1, 2 and 3, for a fee.
More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport Business Services
Business Service Center – Offering a wide range of business and travel services, including currency exchange, fax, copying and more. Location: Terminal 1, Lower Level near International Arrivals. Hours are 8:00AM – 8:00PM.
Courtesy Phones – Courtesy phones connect you directly to local car companies and hotels and are free of charge to use. Locations: in the baggage claim areas.
Postal Services – Drop off your last minute postcards at the airport’s mailbox. A stamp machine is also available. Location: Terminal 4, Upper Level, Landside.
Telephones – Public telephones can be found in the terminal lobbies, concourses and baggage claim areas.
WiFi – see “Airport WiFi/Internet” above.
Baby Care Facilities – If you are travelling with an infant, six lactation suits are available to breastfeed in comfort and privacy. Each station includes a fold down table, two benches and power outlets. The suites are locked, so to obtain access download the Mamava App or call 954-359-1201. Locations: Terminal 1, Concourse A, Airside • Terminal 1, Concourse C, Landside • Terminal 2, Airside, across from CNN Newsstand • Terminal 3, Concourse E, Airside • Terminal 3, Concourse F, Airside • Terminal 4, Concourse G, Airside, near Gate 8.
Food & Drinks
Food & Drinks – Most food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. Vending machines are available landside. Harvest & Grounds (T4, landside, Upper Departures Level) is open 24 hours.
Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts (Smarte Cartes) are available throughout the airport (Upper and Lower levels) and parking garages. Rate: $5 per cart (25-cent refund for return), credit cards accepted. Carts cannot be taken on the airport’s courtesy buses, but if you are using a Smarte Carte and need to board the bus, ask the bus driver for a Smarte Carte token to continue luggage cart use from your drop-off point at the airport.
Luggage Storage & Lockers – You can enjoy your layover luggage-free! Leave your bags at the public baggage storage provided by Bags to Go, available in all four terminals. Hours of operation: 9:00AM – 5:30PM, every day in Terminals 1 and 2; whereas Terminals 3 and 4 are open (same hours) on Sat & Sun only. Rates: unknown.
Luggage Wrapping – Protect your bags from theft and damage by having your bags wrapped in plastic. Rate: $15.00 per bag which includes loss and damage insurance. 4 locations: Terminal 1 (Hours: 6:00AM – 3:00PM) • Terminal 3 (Hours: 5:00AM – 9:00PM Daily) • Terminal 4 (Hours: 6:00AM – 10:00PM Daily).
Mobile Charging – Charging stations are available airside in Terminal 1. Currently, charging stations are planned to be added to the other terminals.
ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. An ATM located in T2 (airside, Concourse D) dispenses foreign currency (USD, Euro and CAD) and local/international prepaid calling cards. 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: T1, landside, Baggage Claim Lower Level • T1, airside, Concourses B and C • T3, airside, Concourse F • T4, landside, Upper Departures Level • T4, airside, Concourse H • Car Rental Center, 2nd floor, east of Concourse B crossover.
Currency Exchange – Four locations: T1, landside, Lower Level (Hours: 8:00AM – 8:00PM) • T4, landside, Lower Level, in the Baggage Claim (Hours: 8:30AM – 9:00PM).
Pet Relief Areas – Travelling with a 4 legged companion? Four pet relief areas are available. Locations: all the areas are located on the lower level, outside each terminal’s baggage claim area.
Rest & Relaxation
Hotels – see “Airport Hotels” above.
Lounges – see “Airport Lounges” above.
Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.
Duty Free & Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available airside for passengers on international flights. Locations: Terminal 2 (Concourse D) • Terminal 3 (Concourses E and F) • Terminal 4 (Concourse H). There is also a variety of shops to pass the time in each Terminal, with some shops open as early as 4:00AM.
Showers, Salon & Spa
Salon – unknown
Showers – Not available.
Spa – unknown
Smoking – Smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the terminal.
Things to do & see
Art at the Airport – Be sure to check out the approximate 60 pieces of artwork displayed throughout the airport and rental center!
Live Music – FLL Terminal Tunes offers live music shows in the airport. Dates, times and terminal location varies per show.
Viewing Area – Relax and watch planes taking off and landing from the vantage point of the airport’s viewing area. Location: on top of the Hibiscus Garage, go to section 7A to the top level.
Airport Hours The airport is open 24 hours. Sleeping in the airport is permitted, but only in the pre-security zones. Also keep in mind that TSA, airline check-in and baggage drop hours vary according to 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.
Airlines Fort Lauderdale airport is served by the following airlines: Air Canada • Air Transat • Alaska Airlines • Allegiant • American Airlines • Avianca • Azul • Bahamasair • Caribbean • Copa • Delta • Emirates • Frontier • IBC • JetBlue • Norwegian • Silver • SkyBahamas • Southwest Airlines • Spirit Airlines • Sunwing • Swoop • TAME • United Airlines • Westjet.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport Amtrak Connections Broward County Transit (BCT) provides easy access to the Amtrak Station via Route 1. To pick up the bus, head to the Rental Car Center, Stop 7. Travel time varies since this is a wave-off bus and may make frequent stops. A direct trip will take about 10 minutes. The Tri-Rail commuter train is also a good option. You will need to pick up a free shuttle from any terminal, and take a short ride to the Tri-rail Hollywood International Airport Station at Dania Beach. From there, use FL-2 to the Amtrak/Tri-Rail Park. Travel time using Tri-Rail should be about 10 minutes. Taxis are also available from the Rental Car Center and will take about 10 minutes of travel time. Bus BCT (Broward County Transit) operates daily bus service to and from the airport via bus Route 1. The bus stop is Stop 7 at the Rental Car Center. Visit the Broward County Transit website for fares, schedules and route information.