Sleeping in Airports

Alta Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Alta 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.

the solitary bemused security guard was happy to lock up and let us sleep there, as long as we didn’t go near the news stand and cafe which had a motion sensor. -Niall

Airport Overview

alta airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us about their time at Alta Airport.

What to Expect

Alta Airport serves its passengers in a small, modern terminal with few amenities beyond a small cafe/convenience store. The only saving grace is WiFi to help pass the time. There are no private lounges in this airport.

Where to Sleep

As the terminal is closed between 12:00AM and 5:30AM, travellers are not allowed to sleep in the airport. Passengers wanting to stay overnight at the airport are directed to a heated taxi shelter with a bench that is located outside of the terminal. The manual heater needs to be reset every hour, and, according to at least one reviewer, does not provide enough warmth to ward off the winter cold. Anyone planning to spend the night here should definitely bring a sleeping bag. For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

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.

Airport Lounges

At the time of this update, pay-per-use lounges were not available.  If this information is not correct, click here to update this airport guide.

Airport Hotels

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

  • Baarstua Guesthouse – (5 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Scandic Hotel Alta – (7 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. The hotel suggests a taxi for 150-200 NOK each way. » Check Rates
  • Thon Hotel Alta – (8 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. The hotel suggests a taxi for 200 NOK each way. » Check Rates

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

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Alta airport for two hours. Connect to the “Airport” network and select ““FREE WI-FI”. You will need to register your email address. Once your two hours expires, simply log-in again to continue using the free service.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

Food & Drinks – There is a cafeteria/gift shop available Airside. Hours: 6:00AM – 5:30PM (Mon – Fri) • 6:00AM – 9:30AM (Sat) • 9:00AM – 6:30PM (Sun).

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Unavailable.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

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 – Unavailable.

Tax Refund – If you live outside Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland, you can receive a tax refund (6.5 – 8.5% of the purchase price for food purchases, and 12- 19% on other purchases) from affiliated stores in Norway. Ask store staff for the form (when spending more than 315 NOK) and then take your completed Tax Free Form and ID to a refund point at the airport.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 5:30AM – 12:AM (Mon – Fri) • 5:30AM – 3:30PM (Sat) • 8:45AM – 12:00AM (Sun).

Airlines

As of January 2019, Alta airport is served by the following airlines: Norwegian Air • SAS • Widerøe.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

The Airport Express runs between the airport and Alta town center in a 10-minute journey (one way). For schedule and fare information, visit the Snelandia website.

Car Rentals

Onsite car rental agencies include Alta Bilutleie • Avis • Budget • Europcar • Hertz • Sixt.

Taxis

Taxis are available outside of the Arrivals Hall during airport hours of operation. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required.

Last updated: 2019-01-20

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.