Sleeping in Airports

Amilcar Cabral Airport Guide

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

There is one long row of benches, some of them are without armrests and perfect to lie on and get a sleep. – Piotras

SID Airport Overview

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

What to Expect

Amilcar Cabral Airport (code: SID) has a single, two-story terminal that serves a few year-round destinations plus a number of seasonal flights and charters. Facilities are said to be outdated but well maintained. Amenities include two restaurants, a snack bar, some shops, and free WiFi.  For added comfort while you wait, economy class passengers can pay to enter the airport lounge. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for its location and rates.

Sleeping in Amilcar Cabral Airport

Reviews are limited, but a reviewer from back in 2013 shared that there was a long row of benches that were comfortable for sleeping.  For privacy and comfort, there are nearby hotels offering shuttle service. 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 web site for current information.  For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Amilcar Cabral 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 Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are a few guest houses and small hotels in nearby Espargos (7 minutes away) and one hotel along the road to Santa Maria.

  • Murdeira Village Resort – No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels in Santa Maria, search deals and read traveller reviews.

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 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!

  • Safeport Business Aviation Lounge – Location: Safeport Executive Terminal, Airside. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.

Related Pages: Amilcar Cabral Airport Lounges

Food & Drinks

There are two restaurants in the airport, along with a snack bar in the International departure terminal. At the time of this update, we are unable to confirm the availability of any 24-hour dining options.

Luggage Storage & Lockers

A reader tells us there is a luggage storage facility, but did not provide additional information.  (December 2019)

Rest & Relaxation Zones

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


Showers can be found in the Safeport Business Aviation Lounge. [ see Airport Lounges above ]


Free WiFi is available at Amilcar Cabral Airport.

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

Banking Services – BCA and Caixa Económica offer full-service banking in the airport.

Currency Exchange – COTa Cambios offers currency exchange service in the airport. Hours: Open 24 hours.

Drinking Water – Information is unavailable. Does the airport have water fountains or water bottle refill stations? Click here to update this guide.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available, along with a selection of retail and souvenir shops.

Medical Services – Urgent and emergency medical care is available in the airport clinic, 24 hours a day.

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.

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

Amilcar Cabral airport is served by the following airlines: ASL Airlines • Binter Canarias • Blue Panorama Airlines • Brussels Airlines • Cabo Verde Airlines • Corendon • Enter Air • Luxair • Neos • Novair • Royal Air Maroc • Smartlynx • TAP Air Portugal • Transavia • TUI Fly. Note, some of these airlines only operate seasonal flights.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

At the time of this update, we are unable to confirm which car rental agencies are available onsite at Amilcar Cabral Airport.

Hotel Shuttles

See also Airport Hotels above.

Shared Public Transportation

Travel like the locals do! “Alugueres” are shared-ride minibuses that travel on a well-organized route system for a fixed price. From Alugueres on Sal Island travel between Santa Maria, Espargos, and Palmeira.


Metered taxis are available for hire in the ground transportation area, during airport hours of operation.

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.