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

ALF Airport Overview

Alta Airport Guide
(Photo courtesy of Sloth / 25Oct2015)

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

What to Expect

Alta Airport (code: ALF) 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.

Sleeping in Alta Airport

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 guide below or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 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. To help us keep this guide up-to-date as the airport reopens, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Alta 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 Alta Airport sounds unappealing, you will need to stay in town as there are no hotels near the airport.  Visit our hotel partner Tripadvisor, to see a list of hotel deals in Alta.

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 WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Alta airport for 4 hours. Connect to the “Airport” network and select ““FREE”. 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).


Alta airport is served by the following airlines: Norwegian Air • SAS • Widerøe.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


The Airport Express runs between ALF 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 are available outside of the Arrivals Hall during airport hours of operation. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required.

Last updated: 2021-11-05

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.