The 5 best airports to sleep in

Published January 19th, 2015

Let’s face it. No one wants to spend valuable drinking money on an airport hotel, but when you’re midway through a long cramped voyage, you’d do just about anything to stretch out and sleep. If you’ve got a long layover between flights and you want to catch a bit of shut-eye, these are the 5 best airports to sleep in around the world. You're welcome.




No surprises here for anyone who has travelled through Singapore. Changi Airport’s three terminals are more like fancy hotels than a transport hub with everything from fabulous shops to swimming pools, airport lounges galore, free wi-fi, complimentary tours of Singapore, cinemas, and even tropical gardens to wander around.

Most importantly there are free designated napping areas complete with comfortable chaise lounge snooze chairs in each terminal where you can rest up and happily doze away the hours in peace. If you want to splash some cash for additional privacy, the accessible airport lounges and transit hotels have napping cubicles or rooms for short-term usage with the price often inclusive of a hot shower and meal.


Helsinki-Vantaa Airport
Photo: Finavia



If you’ve got a layover at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, you’re in luck. Finland’s main international airport is right up there with the world’s best when it comes to catching a few hours’ sleep on your travels. Kick back on one of the airport’s comfortable recliner seats, or snag yourself a spot in the relaxing Kainuu Lounge, complete with ergonomic seating and plush carpets, open 24/7 and free for all travellers.

Once you’re well rested and recovered from your flight, there’s plenty of free activities and entertainment at this clean and friendly airport including a book exchange, free wi-fi, and an art gallery. The airport continuously runs short-term trials of different traveller amenities including sleeping pods, yoga classes and pop-up restaurants, so you never know what you might find here!


Vancouver International Airport
Photo: Larry Goldstein



If you have to do a North America layover, you’d be wise to pick Vancouver. At Vancouver International Airport, there are 24-hour food outlets, art exhibits, TV lounges, free wi-fi, an aquarium, and the all-important designated rest zones for snoozing.

Make a beeline for Vancouver’s USA Departure area, which has the comfiest snooze chairs, and is a popular hub for overnighters in the airport. If you want to splurge for a little extra comfort, paid lounges are available with the added luxury of hot showers, ample access to power chargers and TV, and the all-important resting rooms.




Super clean and with amenities that give Singapore a run for its money, you could certainly find yourself in worse places than South Korea’s Incheon Airport. Weary travellers can enjoy unlimited free internet and hot showers as well as dedicated rest areas with comfortable reclining nap chairs at the Seoul airport.

Once you’re well rested you’ll find the airport goes above and beyond with its facilities and attractions. Take a wander down the Korean Cultural Street, complete with dance performances and local cuisine, before hitting up the indoor ice rink or joining a complimentary guided city tour. There’s also indoor gardens to wander around, great shopping, and luxurious airport lounges should you feel like splurging some cash.




In terms of sleepability, Germany’s Munich Airport delights transiting passengers with its top-notch relaxation areas and Terminal 2’s rentable Napcab sleeping pods.

With 24-hour eateries, shops galore, tours of the airport’s brewery and even a mini golf course, there’s plenty of entertainment on hand to keep you busy and help you stretch your legs once you’ve caught a bit of shut-eye at Munich Airport. If you’re up for a bit of pampering, head to the Fit&Fly Spa for a dip in the pool, relax in the sauna and steam room and even indulge in a therapeutic massage to knead away the travel tension.


Amy Dalgleish

Wanderlust pommie, currently living the dream in sunny Byron Bay.