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Airport Terminals You Have Overnighted In?  
User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 12152 posts, RR: 56
Posted (4 years 9 months 2 days ago) and read 6087 times:

This thread and news piece got me thinking about how many people on this site don't mind overnighting in airport terminals, instead of paying out for a hotel or other accommodation. The explosion in LCCs has made it a much more common practice as many people paying £5 for their flights object to then spending £50 on a hotel to get their early morning departure, for those not familiar with it there are even online guides: http://www.sleepinginairports.net/index.htm.

Personally I've done it loads and really don't mind 'roughing' it, at a guess I'd say that in 7/8 years of travelling alone I've saved myself well over £3000 by bunking in the terminal. I rely on public transport, so if I have a very late or early flight I will stop in the terminal.

Off the top of my head these are the airports I've overnighted in:

AMS - x 1
BCN - x 4
BGY - x 1
BHX - x 4
BRS - x 6
CDG - x 2
CPH - x 1
CWL - x 3
GRO - x 1
HKG - x 1
KBP - x 1
LGW - x 5
LHR - x 8
LTN - x 5
MAD - x 2
MAN - x 3
NYO - x 1
ORY - x 1
STN - x 3*
ZRH - x 2

*camped nearby.

I've probably forgotten loads. Am I alone or are there others who don't mind doing this?


...love is just a camouflage for what resembles rage again...
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User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3094 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (4 years 9 months 2 days ago) and read 6080 times:

Only BHX. Arrived late one night from Malaga, around 11pm, and waited for the first train out the next morning, to Norwich.

LHR if you count taking the night bus to the 24h Mcdo on the Strand, eating, walking, then taking a bus back.


Flights booked: NWI-AMS-JNB-DUR, JNB-AMS-NWI
User currently offlineplaneguy727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1313 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (4 years 9 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6045 times:

FRA & LIM were the last two. i"m sure there are more.

I want to live in an old and converted 727...
User currently offlineelbandgeek From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 777 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 9 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 6011 times:

Just once at MCO. It was me an my mom coming back from a trip to disney on TZ back in 2003. A snowstorm shut down MDW and we had to be rebooked in the morning. We would have gotten a room but mom had issues with her credit card and we ended up having to sleep in the atrium, if you could call what we did "sleep". The airport really had no where for us to go since snow closures don't happen there. If it was on the other end we would at least have gotten cots. It was an interesting exprience but I did get my first, and to date only ride on a 753 out of it, which made it worth it.

User currently offlineusflyer msp From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2578 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 9 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6006 times:

I have slept over night in ORD, IAD, PHL, BOS, and LIM. LIM was the best and PHL was the worst. PHL lets crazy violent homeless people hangout at the airport overnight so you have to sleep with one eye open! Only time I have ever seen a bumfight live.

User currently offlineinitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1079 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (4 years 9 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6005 times:

I actually overnighted in BKK once but it was a "luxury experience" instead of sloughing out in the chairs. I was flying TG J at that time so I hanged out in the lounge till they closed at 1am and got a dayroom at the airside hotel for around S$100, followed by another visit to the lounge once it opened.  

One way I will fly around the world!
User currently offlinewilco737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9320 posts, RR: 69
Reply 6, posted (4 years 9 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6002 times:

I never overnighted at an airport... I prefer to sleep in a bed in a hotel then 

I was always lucky enough to get a flight or have a cheap hotelroom, so I never had to sleep at an airport or wait the whole night for my connecting flight...


User currently offlineRJLover From Canada, joined Dec 2006, 580 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (4 years 9 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 5993 times:

I stayed overnight in the SFO International Terminal a few years ago, by choice! I was working for a contract company (as a ground handler) at the time and the only way I could add PDX-SFO to my map was to overnight, so I said "screw it" and did! I was only 17 at the time and did not have a credit card, so a hotel was totally out of the question.

400+ flights and three years later, I haven't overnighted in any airport since!

Last Flight(s): YYJ-YVR-YYZ-YHZ Next Flight(s):
User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17644 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (4 years 9 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5986 times:

I have spent a night in IAH. Arrived at midnight, and the next flight departed at 6am. The airport was really empty. Only a handful of other PAX spending the night there.

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User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 56
Reply 9, posted (4 years 9 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5971 times:


Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlineHOOnS90 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 3364 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (4 years 9 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5966 times:

SEA (Best one to overnight in!)

I could overnight at SEA over and over again.

The biggest mistake made by most human beings: Listening to only half, understanding just a quarter and telling double.
User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3094 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (4 years 9 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5960 times:

Quoting signol (Reply 1):

Thinking about it, I have another one planned, at ADD. Arriving fron JNB at around 10pm, leaving the next morning on BD to LHR at 4am. I will be staying airside though.


Flights booked: NWI-AMS-JNB-DUR, JNB-AMS-NWI
User currently offlineQuokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (4 years 9 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5957 times:

Does a transit arriving at 23:40 and a connection departing at 05:35 - just under six hours - count as overnight?

If so, in May I stayed overnight in DXB but that was in the Business Class Lounge. On previous long transfers (over six hours in F/ J and over 8 hours in Y) the airline has offered complimentary hotel accommodation, meals and chauffeur-drive transfers. On trips to AMM and CMN I was able to take up their offer.

Mind you, it is interesting what you can see in transit lounges. On one occasion I saw an elderly man roll out his bedding, hoist his dishdasha and remove his artificial leg, prop it against a wall and make himself comfortable. Whatever it takes to get a good night's sleep.

User currently offlinekgaiflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 4613 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (4 years 9 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5951 times:
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Quoting HOOnS90 (Reply 10):
SEA (Best one to overnight in!)

I could overnight at SEA over and over again.

Yes, I can see that.

As long as it's not in the North Satellite (which doesn't even have a Starbucks   ).

User currently offlinePI4EVER From United States of America, joined May 2009, 706 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (4 years 9 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 5927 times:

Oh Geez....did it way too many times as a military standby passenger and only once as a non-rev (at SFO), but I am too old and cranky to consider it now. My "camping" out will be in a Hilton......and I can get those HHonors!

watch what you want. you may get it.
User currently offlinebaguy From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 546 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (4 years 9 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 5923 times:

Quoting signol (Reply 11):
Thinking about it, I have another one planned, at ADD. Arriving fron JNB at around 10pm, leaving the next morning on BD to LHR at 4am. I will be staying airside though.

Oh dear......... Good luck to you! Just got back from LLW-ADD-LHR on Sunday and was not impressed by ADD at all - really dirty toilets, dire lack of seating and very limited refreshment options! We were originally scheduled to have a 7 hour layover, but luckily it was reduced to about 5.


User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 21
Reply 16, posted (4 years 9 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5922 times:

Thankfully none however, I've spent 8 hours or so for a delay at PHL and SEA and somehow got home in the weeeee hours of the morning both times.

Any views shared are strictly my own and do not a represent those of any former employer.
User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1552 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (4 years 9 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 5909 times:

I used to do this a lot a few years ago.

I stayed twice over night in Transit in LHR, I guess Terminal 3 both times. I flew Paris-LHR, stayed there overnight, and LHR-IST the next morning. All with BA. The other time I used BA FRA-LHR and then LO LHR-WAW. I was very lucky that back then I had not to change terminals. There were some lounging chairs around, and it was great to wander at night through deserted Heathrow airside...There were some other people too. I slept in the children playground, there was a matress plane I could sleep on. Never slept that well in an airport.

Also stayed overnight in Transit in VIE. Arrived FRA-VIE with OS in the evening, continued next morning with SkyEurope VIE-SOF. This was ok too, although very few places airside to sleep. Found a single bench which was fine, although it was metal.

Stayed at ORY, too. At the South Terminal landside you may go up the stairs where the huge windows overlooking the apron are located. on the left side there are comfy turquoise and brown seats. Usually they have a non moveable armrest, but some very few don't and then it's sleeping like on a matress. But it's landside and therefore not that safe.

Then I stayed at ESB. Landside this time. Airside would have been great as the airport is very modern and they have great benches with no armrests and it's quiet. Landside was fine too, there was a bar upstairs. I took a whole bench for myself and slept like a baby. Was awaken the next morning by the owner, but no problem...

Also spent the night in TLV landside. This was so so. It was on a floor between departure an arrival where rental cars are located. Benches not comfy and annoying announcements all the time. That said, nobody bothered and I was fine. Continued to sleep airside, once checked in and my flight heavily delayed. This was better, could even sleep on the floor...

Probably the worst airport I spent a night was BGY. This airport is annoying. A lot of other people around (being typical backpackers paradise). At midnight security people came and told everyone to leave the terminal as they would close it. The put everyone in a amall barrack in front of the actual terminal, which is mostly used by charter flights. It's rather a tent. There put a guard behind a desk, a little bit like in class. Very unusual and defnitely not a nice place.

User currently offlineBabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (4 years 9 months 23 hours ago) and read 5880 times:

MAN terminal 1 while waiting for a very early morning departure to Mexico. I did it once and believe me that was the last. I felt awful for days.

User currently offlineCairnterriAIR From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 439 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (4 years 9 months 21 hours ago) and read 5850 times:

ATL...back in 1983. Coming back from Mexico City, our original 8:30PM EAL flight to BDL cancelled due to the plane which was to have flown us up to Hartford had broken down in Kansas City. Everybody was either rebooked on Delta or moved up to an 11:50PM EAL flight. We opted for the 11:50. Severe Thunderstorms them moved in and sat over the airport for hours. In the end, our 11:50 flight finally departed at 5:30AM. The overnight adventure in ATL really wasn't that bad...scores of stranded passengers camping out and playing cards...some snoozing in chairs and on the floor. The real entertainment was the vivid lightning outside....as well as the video arcade that was left open for the night. At the time I was 14, and was more interested in exploring the airport than sleeping, but once we took off in the predawn hours, I fell asleep...and the next thing I knew we were taxiing to the gate at BDL.

User currently offlinefshplns From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (4 years 9 months 20 hours ago) and read 5844 times:

As a non-rev, I had the pleasure of staying in the terminal at PTY due to a weather diversion from SJO. Being a non-rev, they wouldn't give me a hotel room. Since it is in a tropical country, the airport had the air conditioning on full blast. Got to sleep on the chairs until the crew came back from their crew rest   

User currently offlineMaverick623 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 6040 posts, RR: 7
Reply 21, posted (4 years 9 months 20 hours ago) and read 5838 times:

As a passenger, 3 times at BOS and once at JFK.

For BOS, US has a flight that arrives from PHX at 11PM, so I just hang around til the 6AM departures to wherever I need to get to (usually PHL or DCA, and previously when they flew to HPN).

At JFK, I had to catch the first flight out to PHX, so I took the late train down from "upstate", and arrived at T7 around 2AM. I would have slept in the terminal, but security curtly informed me that it was closed... so I sat outside with my laptop.... which turned out better because that was the morning the liquid-bomb plot was busted and TSA banned all liquids from carry-on luggage.

"PHX is Phoenix, PDX is the other city" -777Way
User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3094 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (4 years 9 months 8 hours ago) and read 5791 times:

Quoting baguy (Reply 15):
Oh dear......... Good luck to you! Just got back from LLW-ADD-LHR on Sunday and was not impressed by ADD at all

Thanks for the heads up - I've transferred in NBO before, which was fine. The few pics and reports here about ADD suggest it too is ok, different matter if cleaning is not as rigourous as it should be!


Flights booked: NWI-AMS-JNB-DUR, JNB-AMS-NWI
User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2608 posts, RR: 28
Reply 23, posted (4 years 9 months 8 hours ago) and read 5787 times:

HKG x 1
HKT x 1
MAN x 1

Phuket was unplanned and happened when I was misinformed about my Business Air B767-200 flight schedule, but it turned out that a lot of backpackers wern also sleeping in the terminal before catching low cost flights out the next morning so I wasn't alone.

User currently offlineaivisavia From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2010, 160 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (4 years 9 months 7 hours ago) and read 5785 times:

CRL x 1
STN x 1

But, I doubt that I'll do that again, since paying £39 for a Premier Inn isn't that expensive, and it's really good for the price.

25 retrolivery : MXP once; as I'm sure you can imagine, it was a terrible experience. Awful lighting, bright green everywhere, and nowhere comfortable to lie completel
26 Post contains images airtrainer : TUS and SIN come to mind. I'm in SIN T1 right now, and wouldn't mind spending the night there if I had to, their seats in the rest area are very comfo
27 baguy : Someone I was with has done NBO too and they thought ADD was worse - I suppose you just have to remember where you are! And the bar by the 'Cloud Nin
28 BAViscount : I've only done it once and that was at CNS back in 1992. I had a QF flight to SYD to catch at ridiculous o'clock in the morning (it was the continuati
29 LAXintl : In recent times I've done both SIN and JFK. Singapore was very comfortable and stayed in the transit hotel for about 6-hours. Otherwise walked around,
30 MIAspotter : CMN... Arrived at 12am from BCN and there were no trains into the city until 7am... so had to bunk up somewhere, we found a cafeteria-restaurant at on
31 SRQKEF : I've only overnighted in a terminal once, and that was Terminal E at BOS in 2010. I was supposed to fly FI 630 that night, but FI 614, operated by TF-
32 n272wa : I have spent the night at: DUB and CDG(T1)
33 Post contains images airtrainer : A bit different than just staying in the terminal, I added CMB and DXB transit hotels this month. CMB is very affordable at $46 for a standard room (
34 Post contains images HorizonGirl : I've somewhat unintentionally spent the night in YYZ back in 2000, as my late night flight was delayed several hours because someone apparently brough
35 Post contains images TCASAlert : I have only ever stayed overnight at YYZ, back in 2000. I only did it because my incoming flight didn't arrive until midnight from LHR, and the connec
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