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

To 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

There are no pay-per-use airport lounges at the time of this update.

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

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs 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: unknown.

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

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, write a review or email us at [email protected]

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Not available.

Tax Refund – If you live outside Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland, you can get a tax refund (13 percent of the purchase price for food purchases, and 20 percent on other purchases) on purchases from affiliated stores in Norway. Ask shop staff for the form (when spending more than 315 NOK), bring your completed Tax Free Form and ID to a refund point at the airport. There are approximately 4,000 Global Blue or Tax Free Worldwide affiliated stores offering refunds upon departure.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 6:00AM – 12:30AM (Mon – Fri) • 6:00AM – 2:30PM (Sat) • 9:00AM – 12:30AM (Sun).


As of October 2018, Alta airport is served by the following airlines: Norwegian Air • SAS • Widerøe.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


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 and 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: 2018-10-23

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,  write a review or send an email to [email protected]