From yoga rooms offering a moment of Zen to gyms stocked with cardio machines, weights, and post-workout amenities, here are the best international spots for sneaking in a workout on the fly.
Traveling can wreak havoc on your skin, your sanity, and your workout routine. But thanks to a growing number of international airport gyms, it’s now possible to find a quiet spot to stretch or sweat out the stress on a treadmill before hopping on your next flight. Stocked with everything from the latest cardio machines to barbells, weight benches, indoor lap pools, saunas, yoga mats, and the traveler’s best friend—hot showers—these are the 10 best airport fitness facilities.
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WHERE: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Located at Terminals B (D40/B1) and E (E31), the yoga studios at this Texas hub provide a welcome oasis of om for harried travelers. No mat? No problem. Both spaces are well-stocked with mats as well as complimentary props like bands and balls to help you stretch, breathe, and relax before hitting your next destination.
INSIDER TIPUse one of the studio’s free videos, which offer 20-minute workouts for both newbies and advanced practitioners.
Airport Fitness and Wellness
WHERE: Zurich International Airport
Already one of our picks as one of the best airports to get stuck in for its clean aesthetic and duty-free shopping, this Swiss spot is also a great place for fitness enthusiasts. While you’ll have to leave the terminal for access, Airport Fitness and Wellness in the Hotel Radisson Blu’s basement is well worth it. Open seven days a week year-round, the 21,500 square-foot space includes a full-service gym with group fitness classes, personal trainers, cardio equipment, and circuit training as well as a luxury spa complete with saunas, massages, and showers.
INSIDER TIPHave some extra time? Indulge in post-workout massage (CHF 115 for 50 minutes) at the onsite spa.
WHERE: Baltimore-Washington International Airport
Open 5 am to 9 pm, 365 days a year, ROAM Fitness at BWI offers Technogym cardio equipment like treadmills, a SkillMill, spin bike, and more, all with pre-loaded workouts and tablets for ease of streaming your favorite show or tunes while you sweat. The full-service gym also has free weights, stability and medicine balls, yoga mats, TRX systems, plyo boxes, and other props. Take advantage of the private showers, fully stocked with Malin + Goetz products, and then grab a snack like kombucha, an RX bar, or beef jerky, available for purchase.
INSIDER TIPForget your running shoes or sports bra? ROAM offers complimentary rentals of Lululemon workout gear and Brooks sneakers as well as a full boutique stocked with athleisure apparel, shoes, water bottles, toiletries, and more.
Hilton Health Club
WHERE: Chicago O’Hare International Airport
For a small, one-time drop-in fee ($20 for non-Hilton Honors members and $15 for members), travelers can enjoy the Hilton Health Club at the Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport, which is connected to domestic terminals via underground walkway and the international terminal via shuttle bus. Entry includes access to free weights and benches, cardio equipment, a lap pool, and a sauna for a post-sweat soak.
INSIDER TIPFor just $6, non-gymgoers can freshen up in the club’s private showers.
G-Force Health Club
WHERE: Dubai International Airport
Dubai is known for its extravagance, and the airport’s luxury lounge and onsite fitness facility—G-Force Health Club—is no exception. With three locations in Terminal 3 (all within the sprawling Dubai International Hotel), club amenities include circuit equipment, free weights, and props, cardio machines, a swimming pool, and even a billiards table.
INSIDER TIPWhile all three spots have Jacuzzis and steam rooms, the only sauna is located at in the Concourse C location.
Ambassador Transit Lounge
WHERE: Singapore Changi Airport
Airport lounges are always a welcome respite for weary travelers, but not all of them come with a gym like Ambassador’s lounge in Terminal 2 of Sinapore’s airport. While small, the space has an assortment of free weights, an elliptical machine, two treadmills, and showers all for $28.25 per person. Add on fitness attire rental and locker room and shower access for an additional $14.10.
INSIDER TIPGet access to both the lounge and the gym with the “Work It!” package ($75), which includes two hours of gym access (one-time entry only) and five hours in the lounge (re-entry available).
Hilton Fit and Fly SPA
WHERE: Munich International Airport
Located inside the Hilton Munich Airport between Terminals 1 and 2, the Hilton Fit and Fly Spa is a 24/7 fitness center with modern equipment like cardio machines and free weights as well as personal trainers available by appointment. The facility also has a heated 17-meter indoor pool, sauna, whirlpool, and steam bath.
Fairmont Hotel Health
WHERE: Vancouver International Airport
While the health club at this airport-adjacent hotel is complimentary to guests, it also offers day rates to visitors starting at $20 via its “Fit on the Fly” program. Available between the hours of 9 am and 9 pm daily, the base fee includes access to a resistance swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna, shower and changing area as well as its fitness facility, with benches and free weights, treadmills, stationary bikes, upper and lower body training stations, and Arke functional training.
INSIDER TIPFor $50, the “platinum pass” includes all of the above, plus Reebok workout attire and your choice of post-workout snack like a green smoothie, homemade power bars, nuts, and hard-boiled eggs.
Vitality and Wellbeing Fitness Centre
WHERE: Hamad International Airport
Open 24/7, the Vitality and Wellbeing Fitness Centre at this airport in Qatar’s capital city is located on the fourth floor of the South Node Terminal. The facilities include a state-of-the-art gym, a temperature-controlled swimming pool, showers, a hydrotherapy tub, and a squash court, with rackets, balls, and shoes provided. Entry fees start at 175 QAR.
INSIDER TIPCall or email in advance to book one of the spa’s signature anti-jet lag massages.
WHERE: San Francisco International Airport
Find some pre-flight serenity at this free yoga room located in San Francisco’s International Airport in Terminal 2, just beyond security. The studio, which is equipped with mats and props like bolsters and foam rollers, is open 24 hours a day.
INSIDER TIPThere’s no instructor and practice is self-guided, so new yogis may want to download an app like Daily Yoga or Pocket Yoga for a more structured workout.