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.

Coronavirus 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. If you have some time to spare please write a review, send a tip or share photos to help future travellers.

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 Lounges

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

Airport Hotels

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

  • Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Resort – (5 minutes from the airport) Airport shuttle is available ($). » Check Rates
  • Transit Motel– (5 minutes from the airport) Reviews are mixed for this property but it is close to the airport and pickups can be arranged ($). » Check Rates
  • Le Vasa Resort – (8 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

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

Airport WiFi/Internet

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

Food & Drinks – A small snack bar is available airside.

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.

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

Showers – Unavailable.

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.


Apia airport is served by the following airlines: Air New Zealand.

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.

Hotel Shuttles

A specialized airport bus offers service to hotels in Apia for WS$12 each way. Tickets are available from the government tourist office booth in the arrivals area.


Taxis are available during airport hours of operation. At the time of this update, a ride to Apia costs approximately WS$40.

Last updated: 2020-10-23

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 or  write a review.