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St. Louis Lambert International Airport [STL] — Ultimate Terminal Guide

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St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) served nearly 15.9 million passengers in 2019. The airport has more than 250 daily departures to 70+ domestic and international destinations.

Southwest Airlines is the most dominant carrier at STL, accounting for 59% of the airport’s annual passenger traffic.

Quick Information

Airport: St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL)
Terminals: 2 terminals — 1 and 2
Airport Address: 10701 Lambert International Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63145
Distance From Downtown St. Louis: 14 miles (22 km)
Website: flystl.com
Phone Number: 314-890-1333
Passengers Served: 15.9 million annually
Daily Departures: 257
Destinations: 64 domestic and 7 international
Flight Information: STL departures and arrivals info can be found online

STL Terminal Map

St. Louis Lambert International Airport map. Image Credit: St. Louis Lambert International Airport

Airlines Operating From STL

Terminal 1

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Terminal 1Gates
Air CanadaA17
Alaska AirlinesC15
American Airlines
C6, C8, C10, C12, C16, C18, C24
Cape AirC5, C7
Charter flightsC28 or A15
Delta Air Lines
A2, A3, A4, A6, A8, A10
Frontier AirlinesC19, C23
Sun Country AirlinesC28
Spirit AirlinesC30
United Airlines
A14, A16, A18, A19, A21

Terminal 2

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Terminal 2Gates
Charter Flights
International Arrivals E29
Frontier Airlines
International Arrivals E29
LufthansaE29
Southwest Airlines
E4, E6, E8, E10, E12, E14, E16, E18, E20, E22, E24, E31, E33, E34, E36, E38, E40

STL Airport Terminals

STL consists of 2 terminals located about half a mile from each other, with both accessible from I-70.

Terminals 1 and 2 at STL are not connected, so passengers must ride the free shuttle between terminals. Both terminals have individual parking facilities located outside of the terminal building.

Terminal 1

Terminal 1 is the larger of the 2 terminals and operates domestic flights only. The main terminal building has 2 levels — arrivals on the lower level and departures on the upper level.

Upper Level — Check-in

St. Louis Lambert International Airport Terminal 1. Image Credit: St. Louis Lambert International Airport

The upper level is served by Departures Drive and has airline ticketing counters and access to the MetroLink station via exit 1.

Lower Level — Baggage Claim

St. Louis Lambert International Airport Terminal 1 Baggage Claim. Image Credit: St. Louis Lambert International Airport

The lower level is served by Arrivals Drive and has baggage claim, some shops and cafes, and access to the concourses via their security checkpoints.

Concourse A

St. Louis Lambert International Airport Concourse A. Image Credit: St. Louis Lambert International Airport

Concourse A is at the northwest end of the terminal, accessible from the lower level via a security checkpoint at the entrance. Concourse A has 15 gates numbered A2 to A4, A6, A8 to A10, A12, A14 to A19, and A21.

Flights are operated by Air Canada, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines. The concourse has a few shops and a good selection of restaurants and cafes, including Starbucks and Budweiser Brew House.

Concourse C

St. Louis Lambert International Airport Terminal 1 Concourse C. Image Credit: St. Louis Lambert International Airport

Concourse C has 20 gates numbered C1 to C3, C5 to C10, C12, C15 to C19, C23, C24, and C27 to C30 and is located at the southeast end of Terminal 1.

Flights are operated by Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Cape Air, Charter Flights, Frontier Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, and Spirit Airlines.

Concourse C has a good selection of shops and restaurants, including a Starbucks and Chillis, and there is an Admirals Club just after the security checkpoint.

Terminal 2

Terminal 2 operates flights by Southwest Airlines, Lufthansa, and any international arrivals, as the terminal has customs and immigration facilities.

The terminal is located at the southern end of the airport and consists of 2 levels. International arrivals is on the lower level and departures is on the upper level.

Upper Level — Check-in

St. Louis Lambert International Airport Terminal 2 Check-in. Image Credit: St. Louis Lambert International Airport

Southwest Airlines and Lufthansa’s ticketing counters are located on the upper level along with access to a security checkpoint to pass into Concourse E. The concourse has 18 gates, numbered E4, E6, E8, E10, E12, E14, E16, E20, E22, E24, E29, E31, E33, E34, E36, E38, and E40. The Wingtips Lounge is located near gate 20, and there’s a good selection of shops and restaurants throughout the concourse, including Burger King and Stella Artois Bar.

Lower Level — Baggage Claim

St. Louis Lambert International Airport Terminal 2 Baggage Claim. Image Credit: St. Louis Lambert International Airport

International arrivals is on the lower level with baggage claim and a USO Lounge opposite door 11. Passengers can access ground transportation from Arrivals Drive or the parking garage located across the road.

Inter-terminal Transport

STL has a courtesy shuttle bus that runs between Terminals 1 and 2. Buses operate every 8 to 15 minutes from exit 12 at both terminals, and the journey takes around 10 minutes.

At Terminal 1, the security checkpoints are located at the entrances of Concourses A and B, so it is not possible to walk between the 2 without leaving the secure area.

Cape Air provides limited shuttle services between concourses and terminals for carry-on-only passengers, or passengers that have had their luggage checked to their final destination. Passengers traveling on Cape Air are advised to contact the airline for information about shuttle services.

Security and Customs at STL

STL has 3 security checkpoints — 2 in Terminal 1 and 1 in Terminal 2. The checkpoints are open during these hours:

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TerminalCheckpointHours of Operation
1A gates4 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
1C gates3:45 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
2E gates3:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

TSA PreCheck

STL has TSA PreCheck lanes at all 3 security checkpoints. You can view the opening hours at the TSA website.

Conditionally approved applicants may complete their interview at the TSA Enrollment Center located in Terminal 1 on the ticketing level. The office is near MetroLink and is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Mobile Passport

STL accepts Mobile Passport Control for expedited arrivals into the U.S.

Input your details into the app on arrival and present your receipt to a Customs and Border Patrol agent.

Global Entry

STL has Global Entry kiosks for expedited clearance of pre-approved passengers.

STL doesn’t have a Global Entry Enrollment Center in Terminal 2, with the nearest location just off airport property at 4349 Woodson Road, #201 St. Louis, Missouri, 63134. The office is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

STL Airport Lounges

Wingtips Lounge in Concourse E. Image Credit: Wingtips Lounge

STL has a small selection of lounges for passengers to relax in before their flight.

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LoungeLocationOpening Hours*
Day Pass Fee per Person**
Admirals ClubTerminal 1, at the entrance to concourse CDaily: 4:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (6:30 p.m. on Saturdays)$79
James S. McDonnell USO LoungeTerminal 1, baggage claim level across from carousel 624/7N/A
USO Satellite LoungeTerminal 2 on the baggage claim level near exit 11Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.N/A
Wingtips LoungeTerminal 2 opposite gate E29Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sunday: Closed
$38

* Hours are subject to change without notice. Lounge access may be restricted at times due to capacity.
** Day Pass for any passenger. Lounges marked as n/a only allow entry for eligible passengers in their premium cabins, frequent flyer programs, or participating credit card programs.

Priority Pass Access

In addition to accessing the Wingtips Lounge, eligible passengers with Priority Pass can receive money off their bill at the Pasta House & Schlafly Beer in Terminal 2.

Check out our Priority Pass guide for information on membership, or register for one of these credit cards that include Priority Pass access.

Airport Dining and Drinks at STL

STL has 33 food and drink outlets, including cafes such as Starbucks and restaurants such as Chili’s. Terminal 1 has a reasonable selection pre-security, but Terminal 2 has no cafes outside the secure area, so passengers can grab a bite once they’ve cleared security.

STL Airport Wi-Fi and Charging Stations

STL offers 60 minutes of complimentary Wi-Fi, with additional time charged at $7.95 per day. For assistance with connectivity, passengers can contact Boingo at 800-880-4117.

Charging Stations: Charging points are located throughout the departure areas and include dedicated seating areas with built-in charging points near gates A9 and C9 and near the entrances to Concourses A and C.

STL Airport Lost and Found

If an item is lost at STL, passengers may contact the applicable department:

  • Contact the relevant airline if an item is lost on an aircraft
  • Contact TSA Lost and Found at 314-595-0423 if an item was lost at security
  • Contact the St. Louis Airport Police Department at 314-890-1370 for items lost anywhere else in the airport

Additional Airport Information

Information Services

Information booths are located in the Terminal 1 and 2 baggage claim areas or passengers may call 800-916-8938 on weekdays or 314-423-5855 on weekends for assistance.

Children’s Play Areas

St. Louis Lambert International Airport Play Port. Image Credit: St. Louis Lambert International Airport

STL has a children’s play area located in Concourse C near gate C3. The St. Louis International Play Port is a transportation-themed playground with a kid-sized air traffic control tower and airplane.

Hot Tip: Explore the most kid-friendly U.S. airports and see why STL was one of the worst airports on our list.

Baby Facilities

STL has a total of 3 lactation suites, with 1 located in each concourse. These are located at:

  • Concourse A: Near gate A10
  • Concourse C: Near gate C9
  • Concourse E: Near gate E33

Pet Relief Areas

There are pet relief areas pre- and post-security at STL. These are located at:

  • Terminal 1:
    • Outside the terminal near exit 6
    • Concourse A: Near gate A16
    • Concourse C: Near gate C24
  • Terminal 2:
    • Outside the terminal near exit 15
    • Concourse E: Near gates E4 and E40

Duty-free

There are no duty-free shops at STL.

Smoking Areas

Smoking is only permitted outside of the terminals. As there are no smoking areas inside the secure area, passengers must exit the terminal and re-clear security if they choose to smoke between connecting flights.

Money

ATMs are located in the ticketing area and the departure concourses.

Currency exchange services are available at Terminal 1 on the lower level, near the Concourse C security checkpoint. Opening hours are Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Luggage Storage

Luggage storage is not available at STL. The only exception is for active military, with luggage storage available at the USO lounges.

Important STL Phone Numbers

Customer Service: 314-890-1333

Parking: 314-890-2800

Lost and Found: 314-890-1370 (St. Louis Airport Police Department)

Travel to and From STL

Transport Options

Bus

Local MetroBus and Greyhound services operate from the STL bus port located south of Terminal 1 on Lambert International Boulevard. Passengers can ride the terminal shuttle bus to the STL bus port.

Train

St Louis MetroLink map. Image Credit: Metro

The MetroLink Light Rail runs through St. Louis County in Missouri and Monroe County in Illinois. Terminals 1 and 2 at STL both have MetroLink stations served by the Red Line. At Terminal 1, the station is located at the east end of the ticketing counters, outside exit 1. At Terminal 2, the station is out of exit 12 through the parking garage.

Shuttles

Shared and private ride shuttles and limo services can be booked in advance or on arrival at the airport. STL recommends a list of shuttle companies.

Taxi

Taxis are available outside of both terminals. From Terminal 1, take exit door 14 to the yellow level of the garage, and at Terminal 2, taxis are available outside exit door 12.

Rideshare

Rideshare operators Lyft and Uber operate from STL, and pick-up zones are located outside exit 6 on the ticketing level of Terminal 1 and outside exit 15 at Terminal 2.

Driving to STL

Arriving From Downtown St. Louis

Take I-44 and continue onto I-70 W, then take exit 236 towards Lambert/St. Louis/Airport. Turn right onto Air Flight Drive for access to the terminals.

Arriving From Springfield

Take I-55 S until exit 20B to merge onto I-270 W towards Kansas City. Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 26A for I-70 S towards Clayton/Airport. Take exit 7B to merge onto I-70 W towards Kansas City. Take exit 236 towards Lambert/St. Louis/Airport then turn right onto Air Flight Drive for access to the terminals.

STL Airport Parking Information

St. Louis Lambert International Airport Parking Map. Image Credit: St. Louis Lambert International Airport

Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 Parking Garages

Both terminals have parking garages connected to them that are walking distance to the ticketing areas. Both parking lots are ideal for short-term parking and charge the following rates:

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DurationCost
0 to 2 hours$5
2 to 4 hours$10
4 to 6 hours$15
6 to 12 hours$20
12 to 24 hours$23

Parking Lots A and E

Parking lot A is connected to Terminal 1 via an adjoining tunnel, and parking lot E is within walking distance of Terminal 2. Both parking lots are useful for short- or long-term parking, are served by courtesy shuttle buses, and charge the following rates:

Lot A:

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DurationCost
0 to 6 hours$9
6 to 12 hours$12
12 to 24 hours$15

Lot E:

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DurationCost
0 to 2 hours$9
2 to 4 hours$12
4 to 6 hours$15
6 to 24 hours$20

Parking Lots B, C, and D

Lots B, C, and D are located further from the terminals and offer cheaper rates for long-term parking. Passengers may ride the courtesy shuttle buses between the parking lots and the terminals. The parking lots charge the following rates:

Lot B:

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DurationCost
Weekends (0 to 24 hours)$7
Weekdays (0 to 24 hours)$10
4 to 6 hours$15
6 to 24 hours$20

Lot C:

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DurationUncovered Parking CostCovered Parking Cost
Weekends (0 to 24 hours)$7$6.50
Weekdays (0 to 24 hours)$10$8.50
4 to 6 hours4-6 hours$11

Lot D:

  • 0 to 24 hours: $7

Hot Tip: Join the Superpark Frequent Parker Program and earn points towards free parking.

Pick-up or Drop-off Parking

STL has 2 cell phone waiting lots — 1 located near Terminal 2 and 1 between the B and D parking lots. Visitors may wait in their vehicles until the passenger is ready for pick-up from the arrivals area. The lots are located at:

  • Terminal 1: 10985 Lambert International Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63044
  • Terminal 2: 9837 Air Cargo Rd., St. Louis, MO 63134

Off-site and Hotel Parking

Off-site parking lots are available from $15 per day, so so quite a bit more expensive than the airport’s Lot D. Some external parking lots require a call for pick-up, so you could end up waiting a little longer than you would with the airport shuttle bus, but it is another option if required.

Accommodation and parking packages can be booked at airportparkingreservations.com.

Parking for Passengers With Disabilities

Parking for passengers with disabilities is available in every parking lot and can be found at:

  • Terminal 1: Rows G through L on each level
  • Terminal 2: Row C
  • Lot A: Row G north
  • Lot B: Row A2
  • Lot C: Row C5
  • Lot D: Row 4
  • Lot E: Undisclosed

All official airport shuttle buses are wheelchair accessible.

Parking Contact Number

Superpark: 314-890-2800

Car Rental at STL Airport

Rental car vehicles are located off-airport property, and customers must ride the courtesy shuttle buses from outside of exit 17 at Terminal 1 and outside of exit 12 at Terminal 2. Reservations can be made at the customer service counters located on the lower level of Terminal 1 between exit doors 12 and 17.

The following rental car companies are available:

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Car Rental CompanyContact NumberLocation
Alamo800-462-526610124 Natural Bridge Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63134
Avis800-831-284710482 Natural Bridge Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63134
Budget800-527-070010482 Natural Bridge Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63134
Enterprise800-325-80079636 Natural Bridge Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63134
Hertz800-654-313110278 Natural Bridge Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63134
National800-227-736810124 Natural Bridge Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63134
Thrifty800-367-22774174 Cypress Rd.
St. Ann, MO 63074

Hot Tip: If you want to avoid paying unnecessary insurance fees with the rental car company, check out these credit cards that include car rental insurance coverage.

STL Airport Hotels

Drury Inn and Suites St. Louis Airport. Image Credit: Drury Hotels

At STL, there are no hotels on airport property, but there’s a good selection of 2- and 3-star hotels located just across I-70. Although the hotels are just a short distance away, passengers must ride a courtesy hotel shuttle bus or take a cab due to the interstate that runs in between.

STL Airport Hotels — Sorted by Distance from STL

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HotelAddress and Phone NumberStar RatingDistance From STL (Miles)
Drury Inn & Suites St. Louis Airport10490 Natural Bridge Rd., St. Louis, MO 63134

314-423-7700

30.3
Hampton Inn St. Louis-Airport10820 Pear Tree Ln., St. Louis, MO 63074

314-429-2000

30.4
Marriott St. Louis Airport10700 Pear Tree Ln., St. Louis, MO 63134

314-423-9700

30.4
Pear Tree Inn St. Louis Airport10810 Pear Tree Ln., St. Ann, MO 63074

314-427-3400

20.4
Hilton St. Louis Airport10330 Natural Bridge Rd., St. Louis, MO 63134

314-426-5500

30.5
Quality Inn Airport10232 Natural Bridge Rd., St. Louis, MO 63134

314-427-5955

20.7
Holiday Inn Express and Suites St Louis Airport4505 Woodson Rd., St. Louis, MO 63134

314-427-4700

30.8
Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel9801 Natural Bridge Rd., St. Louis, MO 63134

314-429-1100

41.3
Super 8 by Wyndham St. Louis Airport9798 St. Charles Rock Rd., Bridgeton, MO 63044

314-656-8893

21.5
Travelodge by Wyndham St. Louis9645 Natural Bridge Rd., Berkeley, MO 63134

314-656-8558

21.6
Crowne Plaza Hotel St. Louis Airport11228 Lone Eagle Dr., Bridgeton, MO 63044

314-291-6700

41.7
Comfort Inn & Suites Hazelwood – St Louis Hazelwood7133 Douglas Palmer Pl., Hazelwood, MO 63042

314-895-8899

22.6
Motel 6 Hazelwood5781 Campus Ct., Hazelwood, MO 63042

314-731-3881

22.6
Quality Inn Florissant-St. Louis55 Dunn Rd., Florissant, MO 63031

314-839-2200

32.8
Hilton Garden Inn St. Louis Airport4450 Evans Pl., St. Louis, MO 63134

314-521-6444

32.9

Top 3 Hotel Stays Using Points

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HotelAddress and Phone NumberStar RatingDistance From the Airport (Miles)Loyalty ProgramRedemption Cost
Marriott St. Louis Airport10700 Pear Tree Ln., St. Louis, MO 63134

314-423-9700

30.4Marriott BonvoyFrom 15,500 Marriott Bonvoy points
Hilton St. Louis Airport10330 Natural Bridge Rd., St. Louis, MO 63134

314-426-5500

30.5Hilton HonorsFrom 30,000 Hilton Honors points
Crowne Plaza Hotel St. Louis Airport11228 Lone Eagle Dr., Bridgeton, MO 63044

314-291-6700

41.7IHG One RewardsFrom 22,000 IHG One Rewards points

The Marriott St. Louis Airport is a great option for Marriott loyalists who need to stay near STL. The hotel is equipped with a fitness center, indoor and outdoor pool, and an on-site restaurant that offers classic American cuisine and regional favorites. Award nights start from 15,500 points per night.

Half a mile from the St. Louis airport with a free transit shuttle, the Hilton St. Louis Airport is an excellent hotel option. Guests can enjoy the fitness center, indoor pool, on-site restaurant, and an executive lounge for Hilton Diamond members. Hilton no longer publishes an award chart, but you can expect award nights at the hotel to cost from 30,000 points per night.

The Crowne Plaza Hotel St. Louis Airport, geared towards business travelers, offers 15 meeting rooms and over 13,500 square feet of meeting space. The hotel’s other amenities include an indoor pool, fitness center, multiple restaurants, and an airport shuttle. Like Hilton, IHG no longer offers an award chart, but you can expect award nights to cost from 22,000 points per night.

Hot Tip: If you’re looking to top off your points to stay at any of these options, see our guides on the best ways to earn more Hilton Honors pointsIHG One Rewards points, or Marriott points.

Final Thoughts

STL is one of the oldest municipal airports in the U.S., established in 1920.

With its own MetroLink light rail stations, STL has good transit links to St. Louis and Monroe County in Illinois. Despite the ease of getting to and from the city, STL ranked 19th in the Wall Street Journal survey for the 20 midsize U.S. airports. The airport ranked poorly for its average domestic fares and the cost of an Uber to the city center. It ranked slightly better for its on-time arrival average (8 of 20) and its TSA waiting time (6 of 20).

Frequently Asked Questions

What time does St. Louis Lambert International Airport open?

St. Louis Lambert International Airport is open 24/7. However, passengers can only access the secure area when the security checkpoints are open. See the opening hours in this article featured under the section Security and Customs at STL.

What is the STL airport address?

The address for St. Louis Lambert International Airport is 10701 Lambert International Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63145.

How many terminals does St. Louis Airport have?

St. Louis Lambert International Airport has 2 terminals — Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. The 2 terminals are connected to each other via a disused concourse, so passengers are not able to walk between terminals.

Does Southwest fly to St. Louis?

Southwest Airlines operates out of Terminal 2 at St. Louis Lambert International Airport.

What airlines serve St. Louis?

The following airlines operate out of St. Louis Lambert International Airport:

  • Air Canada
  • Alaska Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Cape Air
  • Charter Flights
  • Contour
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Frontier Airlines
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Sun Country Airlines
  • United Airlines

Can you walk between terminals at STL?

The 2 terminals at St. Louis Lambert International Airport are connected via a disused concourse. Unfortunately, passengers are not able to walk between the terminals and must ride the terminal shuttle bus.

About Amar Hussain

Amar is an avid traveler and tester of products. He has spent the last 13 years traveling all 7 continents and has put the products to the test on each of them. He has contributed to publications including Forbes, the Huffington Post, and more.

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