Sleeping in Airports

Aberdeen Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or are just quickly passing through, our Aberdeen Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

Turns out the place is closed for the night so we camped on the front lawn in sleeping bags. Bunnies just kept hopping around…. -a traveller

ABZ Airport Overview

aberdeen airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Aberdeen Airport.

What to Expect

Aberdeen Airport (code: ABZ) is a small single-terminal airport with limited shopping and dining options. Free WiFi is available to help pass the time, or if you are looking for some comfort, you can pay to use the Airport Lounges.

Sleeping in Aberdeen Airport

Overnight stays are not permitted at Aberdeen Airport. However, one reviewer reported spending a night landside lying on one of the benches near the transit area, which was described as especially cold and noisy. For uninterrupted sleep, several hotels are within walking distance of the airport. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info, or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos. You can also visit the airport’s website for current information. For more airport information, continue scrolling down to explore more in our Aberdeen Airport Guide.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

airport loungeAirport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Airline Lounges

The British Airways Terraces Lounge is open to British Airways Executive Club members and BA passengers with fully flexible tickets. (Location: Airside, Gate 1).

Related Pages: Aberdeen Airport Lounges

airport hotelsAirport Hotels

If sleeping in the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Aberdeen Airport:

Visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Aberdeen Airport that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

wifiAirport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Aberdeen Airport. Connect to the ‘Aberdeen_Airport_WiFi’ network and select “Required Duration”. Registration is required for 1 hour free WiFi. For more time, paid options are available from £2 for a full day of connection at 10Mb speed.

more airport infoMore Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs that dispense Sterling, Euros and USD are available. Fees may apply, so check your bank’s fee schedule and daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside and Airside.

Baby Care Facilities – There are four baby changing rooms in the terminal, with two located landside (opposite WHSmith and next to the women’s toilet adjacent to the Granite City Bar) and two located airside (next to the women’s toilet near Gate 5 and between Gate 11 and 12). Diapers, formula, wipes, and other baby products are available in Boots Pharmacy and can be pre-ordered for pickup at the airport.

Baggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage trolleys are available for free.

Children’s Play Area – Currently unavailable as the airport undergoes upgrades.

Currency Exchange – Travelex offers foreign currency exchange landside and airside. Hours: 4:00 AM – 7:00 PM (Mon- Fri). Closed at 3:00 PM on Saturdays and 5:00 PM on Sundays.

Duty-Free Shopping – World Duty-Free offers duty-free shopping airside from 4:00 AM until the last flight. Travel goods, health and beauty aids, art, and electronic gadgets are available from a small variety of stores located landside and airside.

Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options.

Information Desk – Location: Main Terminal, opposite the Domestic Baggage Claim. (Unconfirmed in our July 2023 guide update. Click here to confirm this is still accurate.)

Lost & Found – Location: Check-in Area.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – The Left Luggage Desk offers daily storage for £8 per item per day. Location: Check-in area. Hours: 4:00 AM – 10:00 PM. There are no lockers.

Luggage Weighing – Scales are available in the check-in area, which also provides the estimated charges that you may have to pay if your luggage is overweight (£1 with free re-weigh).

Massage Chairs – Relax and let the stress melt away in one of the coin-operated massage chairs, located airside near Gates 2 and 4. (Unconfirmed in our July 2023 guide update. Click here to confirm this is still accurate.)

Mobile Charging – Seats near the departure gates and on the northern walkway (near Gate 10 and the Eastern Airways lounge) have duo-USB and power outlet charging points.

Rest Zones – No dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones exist. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Smoking – Once inside the airport terminal, smoking is only permitted in the designated smoking facility located airside. Access to this facility is £1 per person per visit. Location: Next to the main departure lounge near Gate 5. Smoking shelters are also available outside the main terminal and in the Granite City restaurant beer garden.

Telephones – Pay phones are available beside the toilet facilities at Gates 1 and 12 (beside the Eastern Airway Lounge).

airport hoursAirport Hours

The airport is open from 3:30AM, or two hours before first flight departures, until after the last flight arrival. According to the airport’s website, overnight stays are not permitted.


Aberdeen airport is served by the following airlines: Aer Lingus • Air Baltic • Balkan Holidays • British Airways • EasyJet • Eastern Airways • KLM • LoganAir • RyanAir • SAS • TUI • Wideroe • Wizz Air.

transportationAirport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


ABZ airport is well connected to the bus system, offering many options to the city centre and outlying areas via city buses and long-distance coach buses. The airport to city centre route takes approximately 30 minutes (in light traffic). Visit the Aberdeen Airport website for fares, routes and schedule information.

Car Rentals

Onsite car rental agencies include Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, and Sixt.

Hotel Shuttles

A few area hotels provide airport shuttle service. See also Airport Hotels above.


Taxis, operated by Comcab, can be found in front of the terminal on the left side. You can make arrangements with a taxi dispatcher or contact them online to pre-book the taxi service. A one-way ride to central Aberdeen takes approx. 25 minutes and costs about £15 – £20. Approximately 8 minutes away, Dyce Railway Station costs about £8 by taxi. For fares, routes and booking, visit the Comcab website.


The nearest train station is Dyce, which is on ScotRail‘s Aberdeen – Elgin – Inverness line. The First Bus X27 connects the Dyce Train Station and Aberdeen Airport.

Last updated: 2024-01-31

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, is subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers, and their websites. We are not representatives of any of the above-mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.