Sleeping in Airports

Aberdeen Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you 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. WiFi is available to help pass the time. Economy class passengers can pay to use one of the airport lounges. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and rates.

Where to Sleep

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

Coronavirus Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. If you have some time to spare please write a review, send a tip or share photos to help future travellers.

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 Hotels

If sleeping in Aberdeen airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Holiday Inn Express Aberdeen Airport – (5 minute walk from the airport) Airport shuttle available on request. » Check Rates
  • Aberdeen Marriott Hotel – (5 minute drive from the airport) Free airport transfers upon request. » Check Rates
  • Courtyard Aberdeen Airport – (2 minute walk from the airport) Free airport shuttle via the 727 airport bus. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Aberdeen Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport 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!

Passes  Northern Lights Executive Lounge – Location: Airside, Gate 1. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.

Airline Lounges

These lounges are only available to First & Business Class travellers. For more information, check the airline’s web site: Eastern Airways Lounge (Airside, near Gate 10) • British Airways Terraces Lounge.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Aberdeen Airport. Connect to the ‘BT Openzone’ network and select “Access Free wi-fi”. Registration is required. If you do not have a mobile device, pay-per-use Spectrum internet kiosks are available near Gate 2, Gate 4, and The Kitchen restaurant.

More 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 be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your 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 and two located airside. Diapers, formula, wipes, and other baby products are available for purchase 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. Rate: £1 or 1 Euro refundable deposit.

Business Services – Forgot to print your ticket? Printing facilities can be found at Costa. Location: Landside. Rate: minimum charge of £3 for the first 3 pages and then £1 per page thereafter.

Children’s Play Area – Currently not available as the airport undergoes upgrades.

Currency Exchange – Travelex offers foreign currency exchange landside and airside. The landside desk is located at the main entrance to the terminal, near the car hire desks. The airside desk is located between Boots Pharmacy and the British Airways executive lounge. Hours: 4:30AM – 10:30PM (Sun-Fri). Closed at 8:00PM on Saturdays.

Duty Free Shopping – World Duty Free offers duty-free shopping airside from 4:00AM until last flight. Travel goods, health and beauty aids, art, and electronic gadgets are available for purchase 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. Food options include: Costa Coffee • Joe’s Coffeehouse • The Distilling House • The Globe Freehouse • The Granite City by Wetherspoon.

Information Desk – Location: Main Terminal, opposite the Domestic Baggage Claim.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – The Left Luggage Desk offers daily storage for £8 per item, per day. Location: Check-In area. Hours: Open 24 hours.

Luggage Weighing – Scales are available in the check-in area which also provide 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.

Mobile Charging – Two mobile charging units can be be found airside, within the lower level departure lounge, Gate 1 & 4. In addition, many seats both Landside and Airside are equipped with outlet and USB style chargers.

Observation Deck – Currently not available as the airport undergoes upgrades.

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

Showers – Not available.

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 of the main terminal and in the Granite City restaurant beer garden.

Airport Hours

The airport is open from 3:30AM, or two hours before first flight departures, until after the last flight arrival. Overnight stays are not permitted at this airport.


Aberdeen airport is served by the following airlines: Aer Lingus • Air FranceBritish Airways • Danish Air Transport • EasyJet •  KLM • LoganAir • RyanAir • SAS • TUI • Wideroe • Wizz Air.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


ABZ airport is well connected to the bus system offering many options to the city centre as well as outlying areas via city buses and long distance coach buses. The airport to city centre route takes approximately 30 minutes (in light traffic). A variety of fares are available (one-way, day-trip, etc.). For fares, routes and schedule information, check out the Aberdeen Airport website.

Car Rentals

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

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Aberdeen Marriott Hotel   •   Courtyard Aberdeen Airport   •   Speedbird Inn Aberdeen Airport.


Taxis, operated by Comcab, are available in front (left side) terminal. Make arrangements with a taxi dispatcher or contact them online to pre-book the taxi service if you prefer. A one-way ride to central Aberdeen takes about 25 minutes (in light traffic) and costs about £15 – £20. Dyce Railway Station, about 8 minutes away, costs about £8 by taxi. For fares, routes and booking, visit the Comcab website.

Last updated: 2020-10-21

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are 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 web sites. 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.