Sleeping in Airports

Apia Airport Guide

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

It was possible to sleep on benches in short snippets, and many other people did so. – Rod

APW Airport Overview

apia airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Apia’s Faleolo Airport.

What to Expect

Apia Airport (code: APW) has one tiny terminal that services flights across the South Pacific. Facilities are very limited, with only a snack bar and a souvenir shop. There’s no WiFi or airport lounges.  Several reviewers have reported that the bathrooms may not be the cleanest, so tissues and hand sanitizer are recommended.

Sleeping in Apia Airport

Seating is reportedly not comfortable, so you should be prepared to sleep on the floor.  Information and reviews are limited, but it seems no one should bother you.  For comfort and privacy sleep, albeit for a price, there are a few nearby hotels that provide 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 Apia 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

As of this update, we were unable to confirm airport hours of operation. We recommend that you read a few reviews before deciding to sleep in the airport overnight. If you know the airport hours, click here to update this airport guide.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Faleolo Airport sounds like a nightmare, there are a few hotels near the airport.  For more hotel options, you will need to drive to Apia town center which is 40km/25mi away.

Visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels in Apia, search deals and read traveller reviews.

Airport Lounges

There are no pay-per-use lounges in the airport.

Food & Drinks

A few small cafes and a restaurant are available.

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.


As of this update we were unable to confirm whether internet access is available. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

Currency Exchange – Western Union •  Bank South Pacific •  ANZ Bank provide currency exchange services.

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

Information – The Samoa Tourism Authority has a counter outside the Arrivals Area.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Unavailable. If this is incorrect, click here to update this guide.

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.

Shopping – Souvenirs, crafts, and sundries are available for purchase at the airport.

Showers – Unavailable. If this is incorrect, click here to update this 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.

Apia airport is served by the following airlines: Air New Zealand • Fiji Airways • Realtonga • Samoa Airways • Talofa Airways • Virgin Australia.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Local buses stop on the main road outside of APW airport. At the time of this update, one-way bus fare costs about WS$5.

Car Rentals

The following car rental companies have counters at the airport: AA Rent-a-Car • Avis • Budget • Discovery • Funway • Samoana • Taumeasina • MS Car Rentals • MY Rental.

Hotel Shuttles

A specialized airport bus offers service to hotels in Apia for WS$20-25 each way. Tickets are available from the government tourist office booth in the arrivals area.  See also Airport Hotels above.


Taxis are available during airport hours of operation. At the time of this update, a ride to Apia costs approximately WS$80.  Confirm the rate before you start your ride.

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.