Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all regular services and hours may be subject to change. Thus, if the idea is to spend the night in the public area, consider a plan B in case the stay inside the airport is only allowed for those who are close to boarding.
Spending the night at JFK Airport
New York JFK airport operates with many flights and connections not only inside the United States, but also in the rest of the world. Therefore, movement is constant, even during the night and early in the morning. That is why it is common to see many passengers walking through the enclosure and waiting for their flight departure. Although all terminals remain open 24 hours a day, the airport does not have many comfortable places where you can rest, and it is also pretty cold, noisy and bright. It is recommended to have a sleeping bag, blankets, an eye mask and earplugs.
Where to rest?
As previously mentioned, there are not many resting spots in the public areas and most seats have armrests, which makes it difficult to rest. Terminals 1 and 4 may be the most comfortable, since at least there are eateries open throughout the night. Terminal 5 is the most modern and clean and can also be an option if you do not care about sleeping on the floor. Another option (by paying or through a credit card offering the service) is to use one of the VIP lounges, where you can access more amenities and privacy. The only problem is that most of them close at night. The Wingtips Lounge
, in the boarding area of Terminal 4, is the only one that stays open 24 hours a day. In case you decide to sleep in a hotel, the TWA Lounge
is right next to the Terminal 5. In addition, there are several in the vicinity, and some of them operate shuttle services. At the end of this webpage, there are a few accommodation alternatives.
Is there 24-hour left luggage service?
Luggage storage offices operate from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm in T1 and T8 but in T5 services are available 24 hours.
Where to find 24-hour food and beverages options?
There are 24-hour restaurants, bars and coffe shops in: Terminal 1 (boarding area) and 4 (public area).
Are there showers available at New York JFK?
Showers are available only inside some of the VIP lounges, but not in the public toilets.
Is there free internet Wi-Fi access?
Yes, access is free and unlimited.
Other services available around the clock:
ATMs, baby changing facilities.
The TWA Lounge is a hotel located on the airport grounds, right next to Terminal 5 and connected to JFK’s Terminal 5 via Saarinen’s iconic flight tubes. On the other hand, in the Arrivals Halls, there are either counters or courtesy telephones to make reservations with one of the numerous hotels in the vicinity. Most of these provide complimentary transportation to and from the airport.
Best Western JFK Airport (2.3 km/1.4 miles)
Days Inn by Wyndham Jamaica / JFK Airport (2.3 km/1.4 miles)
Holiday Inn Express Kennedy Airport (2.4 km/1.5 miles)
JFK Inn (2.4 km/1.5 miles)
Fairfield Inn by Marriott JFK Airport (2.5 km/1.6 miles)