Where to Park, Shop and Dine in the Saint Louis Airport

December 19, 2022


St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) is located 14 miles northwest of downtown St. Louis, Missouri. Commonly referred to as Lambert Field or Lambert, the facility was officially named Lambert–St. Louis Flying Field in honor of Albert Bond Lambert, an Olympic silver medalist golfer in the 1904 summer games. In 1925, the airport became home to Naval Air Station St. Louis.

Designed by Minoru Yamasaki, the building inspired terminals at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City and Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, France.

In 2019, nearly 15.9 million passengers traveled through the airport. STL sees 259 peak daily departures to 78 nonstop domestic and international locations. Lambert is often referred to as a reliever hub for the American Airlines hubs at Chicago O'Hare and Dallas/Fort Worth.

In early 2017, Lambert began to renovate four unused gates in Concourse D and renamed them as E gates. As of April 2019, Southwest Airlines is the dominant carrier at STL, accounting for over 62% of passengers over the previous 12-month time period.

Other carriers flying through STL include Air Choice One, Alaska Airlines, American Eagle, Boutique Air, Cape Air, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, Frontier Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, and United Express.

STL features several shopping and dining options that offer both local fare and global cuisine. 

 Travelers flying with children will enjoy the transportation-themed St. Louis International Play Port, located near gate C3. The play area is an interactive, educational exhibit featuring a kid-sized plane and air traffic control tower and a kids version of the MetroLink light rail train. 

 St. Louis Lambert International Airport has three Lactation Suites in all concourses for nursing parents or travelers who need to breast pump. The Lactation Suites are located near gates A10, C9, and E33. 

 For our canine companions, STL offers Service Animal Relief Areas (SARA) at multiple locations outside the terminals and in each concourse. 

Seeking some pre-flight inspiration? The Lambert Art & Culture Program provides a glimpse into St. Louis culture with the presentation of artwork from local, national, and international artists. All of STL’s terminals and surrounding facilities incorporate rotating art exhibitions, as well as permanent public artworks. Find out more about current exhibitions here

 STL offers 60 minutes of free WiFi per day to allow passengers and visitors to stay connected. Additional time is $7.95 per day. Boingo provides STL's WiFi system. 

With four easily accessible locations, parking near STL Airport with The Parking Spot is as affordable as it is convenient. Find The Parking Spot locations at 10534, 10486, and 9050 Natural Bridge Road, and on 4607 Airflight Drive. All four of The Parking Spot locations offer reservable spots that are up to 70% less expensive than parking at the airport, are located just a few minutes from the STL, and include complimentary door-to-door shuttle service to and from the airport. 

  • Access to the lowest rates via reservation and pre-pay on The Parking Spot app or TheParkingSpot.com
  • 24/7 on-call shuttle service
  • Shuttle tracking through The Parking Spot app
  • Luggage assistance
  • Free bottled water
  • Short and long-term parking options
  • Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • Express check-in and check-out through The Parking Spot app
  • Valet parking for select locations and parking types
  • Covered parking at select locations

Marriott St. Louis Airport 10700 Pear Tree Ln, St. Louis, MO 63134 Ph.: +1.314.423.9700 
Renaissance St. Louis Airport 9801 Natural Bridge Rd, Berkeley, MO 63134 Ph.: +1.314.429.1100 
Hilton St. Louis Airport 10330 Natural Bridge Rd, St. Louis, MO 63134 Ph.: +1.314.425.5500 

Historic St. Charles (St. Charles, MO 63301) - St. Charles is a charming little town nestled on the banks of the Missouri River. More than 100 shops and restaurants decorate this beautiful historic district. The Frenchtown area boasts 58 French Colonial and German buildings. (8.7 miles from STL). 

Missouri Botanical Garden (4344 Shaw Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63110) - If you’re craving some quality time outdoors after a long flight, look no further than the beautiful Missouri Botanical Garden. Founded in 1858, the 79-acre garden is the oldest Botanical Garden in the nation. (16 miles from STL). 

Gateway Arch (100 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63102) - Visit the world’s most iconic arch. At 630 feet, which is 63 stories, 192 meters, or 7,560 inches tall, the St. Louis Arch is the tallest man-made monument in the United States. (16.8 miles from STL) 


Q. What time does STL airport open?

A. While the doors to STL’s main terminal are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, security checkpoint hours vary.

Q. Is there a kid friendly area at STL?

A. STL has a children's play area located near gate C3. This is a transportation-themed educational play exhibit featuring a kid-sized plane and air traffic control tower and a kids version of the MetroLink light rail train.

Q. Does STL have free wifi? br>A. STL offers 60 minutes of free WiFi per day to allow passengers and visitors to stay connected. Additional time is $7.95 per day. Boingo provides STL's WiFi system.

Q. Does STL have a pet relief area?

A. There are pet relief areas conveniently located outside of the terminal as well as in each of the terminals.

Q. Is vaping allowed at STL?

A. No vaping or smoking of any kid is permitted inside the airport. There are designated smoking areas outside of the airport.

Q. Are there smoking lounges at STL?

A. There are no smoking lounges inside STL.

Q. How far is STL from Gateway Arch?

A. STL is about 16 miles from the Gateway Arch.

Q. What terminals are for which airlines?

A. Terminal 1 serves Air Canada, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and private charter flights. Terminal 2 serves American Airlines, Air Choice One, Alaska Airlines, Cape Air, and Frontier Airlines. Terminal 3 serves Southwest and international charter flights.

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