Sleeping in Airports

Bangalore Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or are just quickly passing through, our Bangalore 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 new Bengaluru airport is a nice thing to happen at last! – maddalam

BLR Airport Overview

bangalore airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Bangalore Bengaluru Kempegowda Airport (Code: BLR).

What to Expect

Bangalore Airport (code: BLR) consists of two terminals. Terminal 1 should only handle domestic flights, while the newly built Terminal 2 should operate all international flights. However, one of our readers reported that these changes have still not been implemented, so make sure to double-check from which terminal your flight is departing before heading to the airport. Both terminals feature a broad selection of dining options, shops, and duty-free shopping. Some airside dining offers 24-hour service, while the WiFi may be your only saving grace to help pass the time, even though some readers reported it’s quite slow. For additional comforts, economy-class passengers can pay to access one of the airport’s private lounges. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and rates.

Sleeping in Bangalore Airport

The airport is open 24 hours, so it is possible to stay overnight. If you have an early morning flight out of the city, it might be best to bide your time at the airport.
It’s not the most comfortable experience, but it is cheaper and easier than getting a nearby hotel. According to traveller reviews, there tend to be other passengers sleeping overnight.
One of our readers reported that you will need a physical boarding pass to move between terminals.

Locations & Seating

Visitors are only allowed in the Airside area a few hours before their flights, so you will most likely have to sleep Landside.

  • Landside – In Terminal 1, your best bet is to head to the Arrival foyer where you will find some metal poolside deck-style seats. According to a reader, these are in high demand but you should be able to get one if you wait for some time. This area is also home to regular seats with armrests but has no power outlets.
  • Airside – In Terminal 1, head to the upper level which seems to be the best for airport sleepers. Some metal-armed rowed chairs were also spotted on the ground floor.

If you’re looking for uninterrupted sleep, there are sleep cabins and a transit hotel directly inside the airport’s secure zone. See Airport Hotels in the guide below.

Unfortunately, we still don’t have reviews on the newly built Terminal 2. To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can write a review to submit airport tips and photos. You can also visit the airport’s website for current information. For more airport information, continue scrolling down to explore more in our Bangalore 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 hoursAirport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

airport hotelsAirport Hotels & Sleep Pods

If sleeping in Bangalore airport sounds like a nightmare, there are a transit hotel and sleep pods inside the terminal:

  • Sleep PodsTemporarily Closed – Aviserv has a sleep lounge equipped with sleep capsules for sleepy travellers to get some zzzz’s. Location: exact location is unknown.  Check the nearest Information Desk.
  • 080 Transit Hotel – We don’t have a lot of information, but apparently the hotel has rooms available for 3, 6 or 24 hour durations.

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Bangalore Airport that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

airport loungeAirport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass 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!

  • 080 Domestic Lounge – Location: Terminal 1, Airside, Level 2 (entry located on Level 1, opposite to gate 11-14)., Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.
  • 080 International Lounge Location: Terminal 1, Airside, International Departures, Level 1, near Gate 18. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.
  • 080 Domestic Lounge: Terminal 2, Level 4. Hours: you can stay a maximum of 2 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door.

Airline Lounges

At one point Air India had a lounge in Terminal 1 and used the Oberoi Lounge in Terminal 2 for their First/Business/Elite Status passengers. If you know whether this is still the case, click here to update the guide.

Related Pages: Bangalore Airport Lounges

water bottle refillsDrinking Water

Water fountains can be found beside most of the washroom facilities. However, if you’re not used to local tap water, you may want to opt for bottled water instead.

foodFood & Drinks

Food concessions throughout both terminals with varying schedules. These options are open 24 hours:

  • Terminal 1 (Domestic Area): Bar 380 • Chai Point • Jones the Grocer • Krispy Kreme • La Tapenade • Smoor Chocolates • Tiffin Centre • Tiffin Express • Tata Starbucks (2).
  • Terminal 2 (Curbside): Aubree • Barley & Grape Café • Bira 91 Limited Release Taproom • Café Coffee Day • Chai Point • Hatti Kaapi • Krispy Kreme • Nandi Upachar • Ooru Canteen • Pizza Hut • Street Foods by Punjab Grill • Shaka Harry • Subway • Third Wave Coffee • Tata Starbucks • Windmills.
  • Terminal 2 (Domestic Area): Brioche Doree • Carluccio’s • Farzi Café • Gully Kitchen • Giraffe • Johnny Rockets • Level Up Bar • James Martin Kitchen • La Madeleine Express • Wolf Gang Puck Kitchen and Bar.
  • Terminal 2 (International Area): Bombay Brasserie • Jamie Oliver’s Pizza • The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf • The Irish House.
  • Terminal 2 (Curbside): Chaayos • The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf • Costa Coffee.

lockersLuggage Storage & Lockers

Luggage can be stored for up to five days at the Left Luggage storage facility in the airport. Arrival or departure details (including boarding pass) passport or other identity document, copy of flight ticket or boarding pass, telephone number, and local and international address required.
Rates: Regular bag: 250 Rs for six hours / 500 Rs for 12 hours / 1000 Rs for 24 hours. Large bag: 300 Rs for six hours / 600 Rs for 12 hours / 1100 Rs for 24 hours. Location: Arrivals, T1. Hours: Open Unknown.

mobile chargingMobile Charging

A reader sent us some mobile charging locations. Check out the Café Coffee Day shop located Landside in Terminal 1 and the high chairs located along the glass wall Airside in Terminal 1 (February 2020).

rest zonesRest & Relaxation Zones

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

wifiWiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Bengaluru Kempegowda airport for 2 hours. Connect to the “BLR Airport” network with your phone or using a Wifi voucher from the dispensing kiosks at the International Arrival area.

showersShowers

Showers are available at the 080 Domestic Lounge in Terminal 2 and the Arrival Lounge in Terminal 2. At one point, shower facilities used to also be available at the Plaza Premium Lounge in Terminal 1. We were unable to confirm this at the time of our February 2024 update. If you know whether they are still there, click here to update this guide.

airport infoMore Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things to do at the Airport
Arts – There are numerous works of art displayed throughout the terminal.

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. Location: Arrivals Halls and Curbside.

Baby Care Facilities – At one point, there were baby care rooms for breastfeeding and diaper-changing. Locations: Domestic Terminal, Airside, behind Mithastop • Domestic Terminal, Airside, at four designated locations • International Terminal, Airside, next to main shopping hall • International Terminal, Airside, across from Gate 25. We were unable to confirm this at the time of our August 2023 update. If you know whether they are still there, click here to update the guide.

Buggy Service – A complimentary buggy service is available for Senior citizens, expectant mothers and passengers with reduced mobility.

Business Center – A business centre used to be located in the Domestic Terminal, near the Above Ground Lounge. We were unable to confirm this at the time of our July 2023 update. If you know if it’s still there, click here to update our guide.

Currency Exchange – Thomas Cook Ltd provides six outlets in Terminal 1 – three each at Arrivals and Departures areas. Hours: Unknown.

Drinking Water – see “Drinking Water” above.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available in multiple locations in Terminal 1. A variety of retail shops are available in both International and Domestic Terminals.

Food & Drinks – see “Food & Drinks” above.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – see “Luggage Storage & Lockers” above.

Luggage Wrapping – At one point, bags wrapping services were available in the airport terminals. We were unable to confirm this at the time of our July 2023 update. If you know whether they are still there, click here to update the guide.

Medical Services – The Aster Medical Centre can also be found adjacent to Terminal 1. The airport also features two Aster Medical Clinics. Locations: Terminal 1, Level 1 • Terminal 2, near Arrival exit gates.

Mobile Charging – see “Mobile Charging” above.

Pharmacy – Domestic Terminal, beside the Relay Convenience Store. Hours: open 24/7.

Porter – Available for a fee.

Prayer Room – Prayer rooms are available to passengers in both terminals. Locations: International Departures, near the Relay News Shop • Domestic Departures, Level 2, near the BLR Lounge.

Rest Zones – see “Rest & Relaxation Zones” above.

Showers – see “Showers” above.

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

Smoking – There are designated smoking rooms available. Locations: International Terminal, Airside • Domestic Terminal, Airside.

WiFi / Internet – see “WiFi / Internet” above.

Airlines
BLR airport is served by the following airlines: Air Arabia • Air Asia • Air France • Air India • Air India Express • Akasa Air • British Airways • Cathay Pacific • Emirates • Ethiopian Airlines • Etihad Airways • GoFirst • Gulf Air • IndiGo • Japan Airlines • KLM • Kuwait Airways • Lufthansa • Malaysia Airlines • Malindo Air • Nepal Airlines • Oman Air • Qantas • Qatar Airways • Saudia Airlines • Singapore Airlines • SpiceJet • Sri Lankan Airlines • Star Air • Thai AirAsia • Thai Airways • Vistara.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From the Airport

Bus

Flybus provides service from the airport to Karnataka and other Southern Indian states. For more information, visit the Flybus website.

Vayu Vajra is a bus service that connects the airport to Bangalore City via eleven different routes. More information about schedules, fares and routes can be found here.

Car Rentals

WTi cabs and Carzonrent offer car rental services onsite.

Hotel Shuttles

At the time of this update we were able to find only one hotel offering airport shuttle service:  Gateway Suites.

See Airport Hotels above.

Taxi

MegaCabs is the official taxi service provider for the airport, providing safe and easy transportation to the Bangalore city area. Passengers can opt for non air-conditioned service or pay a slightly higher fare for an air-conditioned taxi. Pink taxis driven by women are also available for all female travellers. BLR airport provides a suggested rate chart for planning purposes. See the Bengaluru Airport website.

sleeping on chairAirport Conditions

If you plan to spend the night at the airport, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Temperature – Some readers said the airport can get quite chilly at night. Arrive prepared, just in case. It’s better to have a blanket than to need one later on. Even a hoodie provides extra warmth if the terminal gets colder.
  • Lighting – A few travellers have reported that airport lights are quite bright and stay on all night. Come prepared with eyeshades or something else to cover your eyes, such as a shirt or towel.
  • Noise – A reader reported “Constant noise from the upcoming arrivals.” Earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones will help if you’re trying to sleep overnight.

alertSafety & Security

One of our readers said the airport “Is largely safe, but (it) doesn’t hurt to keep an eye on your belongings.” (February, 2020). Sleeping in any airport can include a certain level of risk, especially when travelling alone. It’s important to take certain precautions to ensure your safety and the security of your valuables. Here are a few tips:

  • Safety First. It’s a good idea to know where the security office is located and look for video cameras where you plan to sleep. You can also ask the security personnel for advice on the safest places to spend the night.
  • Don’t Seclude Yourself. If you’re travelling alone, we recommend you stay near other travellers or close to security. This will help you feel more secure and deter potential thieves.
  • Hide Your Valuables. It’s also important to hide your valuables. Don’t leave them out in plain view, as this could make you a target for theft. Additionally, if you are a deep sleeper, you may want to padlock your bag to something or sleep with your bag up against a wall to make it harder for someone to access zippers and pockets. We have received reports of sleepers who woke up without their phones and laptop bags. The travellers were left with just their headphones and laptop bag strap.
  • Stay Alert. It’s best to stay alert and awake if you feel unsafe or uncomfortable. Drink coffee or other caffeinated beverages to help you stay awake, and remember that you can always catch up on sleep during your flight. These simple precautions can help you enjoy a safe night at the airport.

Last updated: 2024-02-07

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.