What To Do If You’re Stuck In An Airport Overnight

by SharonKurheg

There are lots of reasons for getting stuck in an airport overnight. Your flight was cancelled (or you somehow missed it), and the next available flight isn’t until the morning. You have a REALLY long layover. There’s a weather delay. Your airline doesn’t offer a hotel stay for delays/cancellations. Or you planned it this way and sleeping at the airport is cheaper than staying at a hotel.

Whatever the case, the facilities available to you vary from airport to airport and fortunately, there’s a website that can help you with what to do at over 1200 airports around the world…

SleepingInAirports.net is an invaluable guide for when/if you’re stuck at an airport overnight. From their website:

Explore our airport guides to find out what services and facilities are available during your layover or overnight sleepover!

Whether you’re stuck in the airport for a few hours or overnight, our airport guides give you an overview of what you can expect at the airport. In addition to having readers submit updated information about the airport facilities, we have researched everything travellers are looking for. Our guides provide you information about lounges that you can pay to enter, available transit hotels or sleep pods inside the airport. We have everything from how to connect to the airport WiFi, to where to store your bags and where to find grab a coffee in the middle of the night.


Sleeping pods, Helsinki-Vantaa Airport // PC: Wikimedia Commons

All you have to do is pick an airport from their extensive alphabetized list and it’ll tell you just about everything you would need to know if you’re going to be stuck there overnight:

  • What to expect
  • Where to sleep (options at the airport vs. airport lounges vs. airport hotels, etc)
  • Availability of airport Wi-Fi/internet
  • Services, facilities and things to do on a layover at the airport
  • Airport hours
  • Layover sightseeing
  • Airlines
  • Airport transportation to get you to/from the airport

The information is culled from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers, and their websites, as well as, in some cases, reports from readers. Here are some examples:


Sleep ‘n Fly Sleep Lounge, Dubai International Airport

Their website also has lists of best and worst airports (based on surveys from their readers. Granted, the most recent survey responses are from 2019), general reviews of airports, nearby hotels of select airports, lounges of several airports (frankly, before I used this list, I’d check out this lounge review website instead, things to do on a layover / airport layover sightseeing (although this page has some good ideas too), how to sleep in an airport (in regards to being prepared, safety, etc.), airports that supply cots, etc.

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Overall, the website is helpful, if not necessarily always 100% up-to-date. Fortunately, most information about airports doesn’t change that much from year to year, so I suspect that airports that had Wi-Fi or cots 3 years ago still do ;-). However, lounge information might be different (which is why I suggest using the other website for that).

If nothing else, if you’re at an airport overnight, either because you want to or because of no fault of your own, SleepingInAirports.net is a good place to start.

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Ely Tandeter February 7, 2024 - 5:24 pm

Regarding Tokyo airport, the article fails to mention that their restaurants do not accept US credit cards nor dollars. We were there 2013 and had a long layover to Manila. Almost no one spoke English. We went to a second floor restaurant inside the terminal and after selecting our food, had to abandon it due to lack of yens.

dee February 7, 2024 - 6:37 pm

tried the suites at JFK term 4.. It was a horrid experience for $140…. No real bed just an air mattress even tho I had pre-paid and reserved 4 days earlier.. No bathrooms in the suite area you have to go to the public restrooms.. I should have just found a corner somewhere to try to sleep…


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