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Sitting just two miles from Little Rock, Arkansas’ largest airport allows travellers to easily access top attractions throughout the state. Local buses operate between the airport and Little Rock, while limousines run to the city more quickly. Still, the most rapid way to access the city and other destinations in Arkansas is with car hire in Little Rock Airport, with Little Rock a 10-minute drive to the west.
Who to Book With
Car rental agents at the airport include worldwide suppliers such as Thrifty, Budget, Avis and National. These firms have counters in the Ground Transportation Center, which is located at the south end of the passenger terminal, though vehicles are picked up from one of the airport’s car parks.
Need to Know Essentials
To collect your vehicle, you will need to present the following documents:
- Your UK driver’s licence (both parts)
- The credit card which was used to book the vehicle
- Confirmation of your ID
- Booking confirmation
Parking restrictions in the US vary from state to state though in all states drivers that park in a prohibited area should expect both a fine and the towing of their vehicle. Parking zones are colour coded, with areas that prohibit parking being yellow, red and white, while green indicates motorists can park for up to 30 minutes. Automatic petrol stations are routine and accept credit cards as payment though they may not always accept UK-issued cards. All US turnpikes are toll routes, while interstate highways are not. Some toll routes have toll booths that accept cash, but transponders are becoming commonplace. Ask your car rental agent to provide you with a transponder if needed.
Passengers arriving at Little Rock Airport will find self-drive the best way to access the city. Buses take longer, arriving in around 15 minutes, and stop running at 20:18, leaving late arrivals with the option of a limousine or taxi, both of which are expensive.
Little Rock Union Station is a 15-minute taxi ride from the airport. From here, Amtrak’s Texas Eagle train runs to Los Angeles by way of Dallas, to the west, and Chicago, to the northeast. Tickets can be purchased online or at the station and a one-way trip to Dallas is about £45.
Airport taxis are provided by Yellow Cab and depart from in front of the terminal building.
Little Rock Airport to downtown Little Rock is around £12
Bus tickets for Central Arkansas Transit Authority routes can be purchased on the bus. The number 12 bus takes passengers from the airport to 6th Street and Bond Street before terminating at the River Cities Center. It operates from 05:50 and 20:18 on weekdays and from 05:50 to 18:38 on Saturday. On Sunday, services only run between 08:56 and 16:18. A one-day pass for travel within Little Rock costs about £2.30. In addition, Inter-city Shuttle provides shuttle bus services into the city, and a number of local hotels offer shuttle services to their guests.
The single-terminal airport serves more than 2.2 million passengers each year from destinations throughout the nation. There are no international flights serviced here though there are non-stop services to major gateway cities. UK passengers can arrive via Chicago, Detroit, Dallas, Atlanta, Baltimore or Phoenix.
There are six car parks on site, with two being short-term car parks, two being long-term car parks and two for both long-term and short-term use. The long-term car park is the cheapest and is accessible by free shuttle bus, while the short-term car parks are the most expensive and are within walking distance of the terminal. Tariffs run from around £5 to £8 per day. Valet parking is also available at around £10 a day.
Free wireless internet is available throughout the terminal. There are four charging stations on the second floor in the Customer Care Center.
There is an information centre in the Baggage Claim area on the lower level of the terminal.
Call Centre: +1 501 372 3439
Services are provided for passengers with reduced mobility though passengers needing assistance should contact their airline directly in advance of travel. On arrival, there is curbless curb-side access for easy entrance to the terminal. A number of designated spaces are available in the car parks for disabled persons, and all restrooms and lifts are wheelchair-friendly.
Restaurants and Bars
Two full-service restaurants are on site, with River Bend Bar & Grill (pre-security) serving many local favourites and Ouachita Landing (post-security) featuring casual dining with a rustic feel. There is also a café in both the pre-security and post-security areas, as well as a number of fast food counters (post-security). The Ouachita Brew House (post-security) serves up Arkansas microbrews.
There are no VIP lounges at Little Rock Airport.
Money and ATMs
ATMs can be found on the lower level, on the second level opposite the Customer Care Center and near Gate 5. There are no banking or currency exchange services offered at the airport.
There is one shop in both the pre-security and post-security areas. Both of these shops stock newspapers, magazines, books, gifts and other confectionery-type merchandise. There is no duty-free shopping here as international flights are not serviced.