Located 10 miles from the heart of St Louis, St Louis Airport rests between the city suburbs of Berkeley and Bridgeton. It is the busiest airport in the state of Missouri, accommodating more than 12 million people a year. Metrolink train and MetroBus services make connections to downtown St Louis frequently. In addition, taxis are available along with car hire in St Louis Airport for those who enjoy comfort and convenience.
Who to Book With
Several rental car suppliers are found on the lower level of Terminal 1, including Alamo, Avis, Enterprise and Budget. Tourists have a vast range of models and prices to choose from. Passengers can pick cars up from outside exit door 17 at Terminal 1 and outside exit door 12 at Terminal 2.
Need to Know Essentials
Tourists will need to produce the below documents when renting vehicles at St Louis Airport:
- A national driver’s licence in English
- An International Driving Permit, if your licence is not in English
- A valid passport and visa
- The credit card used for booking the vehicle
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When it comes to driving in St Louis, the city is not dissimilar to other large cities around America. The roads are in great condition and getting around with car rental is by far the most convenient option. Peak hours can see the streets become jammed. Ask your car hire supplier for electronic toll fee payment facilities if you plan to use toll roads. Drivers should adhere to local speed and drink-driving limits to avoid fines.
Our guide to the US provides further details about driving here.
Car hire at St Louis Airport is the safest and most convenient method of transportation for visitors. However, the Metrolink light rail system is easy to access. In addition, MetroBus and Express Airport Shuttle coaches make it possible to affordably reach the downtown district of St Louis and beyond. Taxi ranks are found outside the terminals’ exits.
Commonly referred to as Metro St Louis, St Louis’ light rail system is provided by the Bi-State Development Agency. Both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 have connections. The Red Line Metrolink takes passengers directly to downtown St Louis, Clayton and into the southern county of St Claire. Prices for single adult fares to the downtown area are about £1.
Taxis operated by the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission depart from the airport. Taxis at the airport automatically place a surcharge of £2 onto the fare. Passengers will find cabs outside Terminal 1’s exit door 14. However, calling for a taxi is also possible from outside Terminal 2’s exit door 12.
St Louis Airport to downtown St Louis is about £12
From Terminal 1’s underground transit station, there are two MetroBus lines that connect St Louis Airport and the central business districts of the city. The number 49 Lindbergh bus and the line 66 Clayton-Airport bus cost about £2.
The airport contains two terminals; Terminal 1 (which was formerly known as the Main Terminal) and Terminal 2 (which was formerly known as the East Terminal). Today, four concourses operate at the airport, including Terminal 1’s concourses A, B and C, and Terminal 2’s E Concourse. All international flights are serviced at Terminal 1, as this is where the customs and immigration checks are processed. Complimentary buses operate between the two terminals.
Each of the terminals boasts a parking garage, situated adjacent to the building’s entrance. There are also four open-air parking sites that are located off the airport premises. Nevertheless, free shuttle services to the terminals are provided so motorists can conveniently use these parking lots. Lot A and Lot B are found on Lambert International Boulevard, while Lot C sits on Cypress Road and Lot D is found on Natural Bridge Road. The Terminal Garages have an hourly rate of around £1.50 and a daily rate of around £13. The daily rate at Lot A is around £8, at Lot B, £7, at Lot C, £6 and at Lot D around £4.
Tourists wanting to connect to the internet will need to pay a fee of around £5 per day. Additionally, there are internet kiosks located in both terminals. Passengers can search the airport website for free via the airport’s wireless internet log-in page.
An information booth is located in Terminal 1, close to the Baggage Claim area. Passengers can find information about hotel bookings, tour operators, the airport, transportation options and lost and found services at this counter. However, there is a Visitor Commission Booth in Terminal 2’s Baggage Claim area.
Airport Information Call Center: +314 890 1333
Airport Banking Services: +314 429 1248
Police Emergency Dispatcher: +314 426 8100
Police Non-emergency Enquiries: +314 890 1370
The airport is fully equipped to service passengers with reduced mobility. Accessible restrooms and emergency exits are provided, and elevators can be used to get between the upper and lower levels of the terminals. Airlines offer wheelchair services on request, and security checkpoints include disabled passenger laneways. Signs are in Braille text and raised lettering is also used.
Restaurants and Bars
Terminal 1 contains a fine list of dining establishments. Broiche Doree is a popular restaurant, while Beers of the World is a great place to sink a few beverages before a flight. Starbucks, Baskin Robins and Dunkin Donuts provide for the sweet-toothed. Terminal 2 also has a great range of eating facilities. Great American Bagel, Burger King and California Pizza Kitchen provide quick meals. St Louis Brewmasters Tap Room and Budweiser Stadium Club Bar and Grill are great spots for a drink and pre-flight meal.
American Admiral’s Club Lounge
Money and ATMs
Terminals 1 and 2 are equipped with ATMs and banking facilities. The Commerce Bank of America and US Bank provide banking services to airport patrons. The banks are situated on Terminal 1’s lower level and operate between 08:00 and 17:00, Monday to Friday.
Both terminals have an array of shopping facilities to keep passengers entertained. Several News and Gifts souvenir stores are located in Terminal 1, and on Concourse C, Bookmark – In Motion and Travel Mart are popular. In Terminal 2, a branch of Bookmark – In Motion is found on Concourse E and Xpres Spa is perfect for passengers in need of rejuvenation. 24-hour vending machines are dotted around both terminals.