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5 Places to Sleep at the Airport

Written by Ganjar

Sleeping overnight at the airport is quite common for travelers. Whether you're waiting for a connecting flight, dealing with a delayed flight, or just saving on accommodation, airports can serve as impromptu hotels.

Many airports now support passengers staying overnight without leaving the terminal, especially those that operate 24 hours a day.

Although you can sleep in the airport, not all areas are suitable for resting. For your comfort and safety, only designated spots are recommended for sleeping.

In this article, I will suggest some spots within airports where you can rest, ranging from free areas to paid options, and from basic to more comfortable.

1. Snooze Lounge

Snooze Lounge in Changi T3
Snooze lounge in Changi Airport

At places like Changi Airport, the snooze lounge is my top recommendation for sleeping at the airport. Not all airports offer this facility, but larger ones often have designated snooze lounge areas exclusively for passengers.

As the name suggests, a snooze lounge is a specially designed area for sleeping, typically located on the airside, so it's accessible only to passengers who have passed through security.

There are two main reasons I recommend the snooze lounge. Firstly, the lounges are equipped with chairs specially designed for sleeping, making them very comfortable.

Secondly, access to these lounges is usually free, making it a great option if you're looking to rest without spending extra money. The chairs might not be as plush as those in paid lounges, but they're a great free option.

However, one downside of the snooze lounge is its limited capacity. These lounges often fill up quickly, especially in busy airports, so finding a free spot can sometimes be challenging.

2. Boarding Lounge Seats

Boarding lounge

If the snooze lounge is full or your airport doesn’t have one, another good place to sleep is the boarding lounge seats. These areas typically have a variety of seating options, from long benches to sofas.

You can use these seats to sleep or rest overnight. However, it's best to find a boarding lounge that is quiet or not currently being used for boarding passengers.

If the lounge is busy, avoid lying down. Instead, just sit and leave other seats available for fellow passengers who might need to sit down.

3. Empty Areas at the Airport

boarding gate

Sometimes you might see people sleeping in corners or other empty spaces at the airport. These areas are generally permissible for sleeping. You can rest there using just a cloth for comfort, or even without one.

It’s crucial, however, to ensure that you’re not blocking any pathways or disrupting airport operations. If you do, airport security may ask you to move.

If you’re unsure about where you can sleep, it’s a good idea to ask airport staff for guidance. They can point you to suitable spots.

Also, always be cautious when sleeping in public spots at the airport. Keep your belongings secure, as airports can sometimes be hotspots for theft, especially targeting passengers who are asleep.

4. Paid Lounge

singapore airlines lounge 2
Paid lounge in Soekarno-Hatta International Airport

If you're willing to spend a bit more for comfort, consider using a paid lounge, commonly found at major airports. These lounges offer very comfortable seating perfect for a quick nap while you wait for your flight. Many also have shower facilities, allowing you to freshen up after resting.

Note that some lounges may have a time limit on how long you can stay. To ensure a relaxing experience, ask about the lounge’s policies before you settle in.

The cost to access these lounges varies based on their location and the amenities they offer. Some travelers may also access these lounges for free if they are flying business or first class, or if they have certain credit cards.

5. Transit Hotel

hotel transit

The most luxurious option is to book a room at a transit hotel. These hotels are located inside the airport, making them convenient for travelers in transit or those with lengthy layovers.

Unlike typical hotels, transit hotels often offer short-stay packages, like 3 or 6 hours, which tend to be more expensive than regular hotels outside the airport.

Additionally, some transit hotels offer more than just overnight stays; they might also have sleeper chair packages or even just shower room access for a lower cost.

These are five options where you can rest or even stay overnight at the airport. Which one appeals to you the most?

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We are a newlywed couple who loves to eat and travel from one place to another. In this blog, we will share our favorite experiences when visiting various tourist attractions and tasting the delights of good food!

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