People sleeping at the airport

sleeping in airport by escalator
London, England

I came to Europe for a Eurail adventure but before it all begins I’m heading to a travel bloggers conference in Innsbruck.

And while Europe may be expensive, flying isn’t. I booked an EasyJet flight to Munich and will take a conference shuttle to Innsbruck at the bargain price of $75.


But bargains come with a price.


The cheapest flights are often the first in the morning before public transit begins so everyone arrives at night looking for somewhere to sleep. And as much as I dread the airport overnight I cannot help but be amused by everyone sleeping anywhere they can find at the airport.



Apparently sleeping at the airport is a hot topic:

Sleeping in AirportsΒ an entire site with reviews on the best places to sleep

Bootsnall – How to sleep in airports

DTravelsRound – Airport sleeping 101


Me? I waited as long as I could before my eyelids were so heavy I just decided to sleep on the floor.



  1. says

    Hi Ayngelina! I stumbled upon this post from a RT. Sleeping at airports … these photos make me laugh, only because I think most of us travelers have done this at one point or another. LOL — Michelle

  2. says

    Ugh Hate having to do it, but as you say, it’s necessary at times. Just one word – never try it in Dublin – it’s the most sleep-UNfriendly airport I ever slept (or didn’t, actually) in!
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  3. says

    Yeah, sometimes it just makes sense. Last time I did it at the airport in Tahiti, which was actually pretty nice airport to sleep in. Only problem was that I could find only one electric socket from the whole airport that actually worked! Which I guarded then obviously, others came occasionally to ask if they could borrow my electric socket :)
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  4. says

    I slept at the Auckland airport and surprisingly enough managed to get a good 3hours solid sleep. That being said, I was not on the floor, I managed to snag a couch. It’s definitely a different experience, but one that solidifies your status as a backpacker! It’s like some cruel initiation into the brother/sisterhood of backpackers.
    Melissa recently posted..RTW Journey To Do List: Packing!

  5. says

    Did you watch an episode of Sainfeld, more then a decade ago, when Kramer has guests from Japan and they sleep in a drawer cabinet?
    I read years ago that they exist in Japan, in their subway system(?). They were at the time coin operated, just like parking meters on the street. I believe this could be solution but not so sure if hotels around airports would be happy with that idea.
    BTW, grate photos!
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  6. says

    Absolutely LOVE the photos. And I’ve definately curled up like the guy wrapped around his backpack, more than once. If any of my ‘sleeping in an airport’ experiences can be called #1, it would be at the Toronto, Canada airport when I’ve had connecting flights. There are plenty of quiet areas, without arm dividers. Getting an extra 4-5 hours sleep before a 6 am flight makes a world of difference. Thanks for the great shots! ~ Loralee
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  7. says

    I did this on an Easyjet flight myself on my first trip. I had to wait about 8 hours in Gatwick for my next flight over to Athens. Gatwick had these funky, neon chairs which were comfortable for a while, so Starbucks it was! Those velvet chairs are mighty comfy. Plus, you get to wake up with coffee. In Stanstead, the bed of choice was the floor. Yeah, it happens.
    Natalie T. recently posted..What Unsuccessfully Trying to Get Back Into a Canoe Feels Like

  8. says

    This was me yesterday. Only it was night time according to my body clock (on Istanbul time, 7 hours ahead) as we sat in JFK for 6 hours. In Terminal 3 of all places, one of the dirtiest terminals ever. Didn’t help that there was a group from New Jersey pouring mini bottles of vodka into their juice. ::shakes fist::

  9. says

    I love it/hate it. I love it because it is a little mini-adventure. But, when I am laying on a cold bench and listening to loud-speaker security announcements all night, while shivering b/c my towel I packed specifically for this purpose is actually in checked luggage, and the couple next to me won’t shssh, and I all I want to do is sleep … it sucks. And yes, I continue to do it. Most recently, I slept at BKK and then LAX. Not so great b/c I had traveled for almost a day each time. Will I do it again? Absolutely!
    dtravelsround recently posted..Speaking for the Elephants … in memory of Mae Sai Roong

  10. says

    Hahaha this is really amusing. Was there an incident that resulted in many flights being delayed? I’ve never seen so many people sleeping at an airport before.

    But perhaps that might be due to my lack of travelling.

    Anyways, love how it feels like you sneakily took photos of them while they were asleep. Espionage πŸ˜€
    Daniel Lim recently posted..Entrepreneurship and Finding a Role Model

  11. says

    I’ve slept in this airport (Stansted) several times, it is like a small city at times, packed with people crashing wherever they can find space. Actually spent over 48 hours in here one trip, that was amazing, some pix on my blog site noted here most likely in the En Route gallery offerings. Peace.
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  12. Nat says

    I love the pics! I feel all warm and fuzzy towards my fellow travelers roughing it on the floor. Geneva airport was my worst for sleeping.. cold hard marble floors. Changi gets two thumbs up, I found armchairs which I pushed together to form a sleeping pod – luckily I was flying Singapore Airlines that trip, not sure what the budget terminal is like in Singapore.


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