Sleeping in Airports

Derry Airport Guide

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

I was late getting to the airport but the cooked breakfast of scambled egg and sauage near to the boarding gate smelt delicious. – Harpo

LDY Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Derry Airport.

What to Expect

derry airport guideDerry Airport (code: LDY) has a small, recently renovated terminal that connects to a few regional destinations. Amenities include a full-service restaurant, a cafe, and a couple shops. The free WiFi helps pass the time. For added comfort while you wait, economy class passengers can pay to enter an airport lounge. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.

Where to Sleep

We do not yet have any sleep-related airport reviews.  For uninterrupted sleep, hotels are nearby. See the Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 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. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Derry 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 Hotels

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

  • Best Western Plus White Horse Hotel – (7 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. A taxi costs approx. £6. » Check Rates
  • Banks of the Faughan Motel – (7 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

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

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 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!

Passes  Amelia Earhart Lounge – Location: Airside. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Derry Airport.

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

Baby Care Facilities – Baby change facilities are available.

Currency Exchange – North West Money Exchange is located in the Customer Service Area (landside).

Fast Track Service – As a premium service, customers with Fast Track security passes will be given priority service to ensure that waiting is kept to a minimum. Cost: £5.00. Book on-line.

Food & Drinks – Fed & Watered offers full-service dining featuring local ingredients. Location: Departures lounge, airside. We Make coffee shop is available landside. Hours: unknown.

Information Desk – For answers to general questions about the airport or to purchase a pass to the Amelia Earhart lounge, visit the Customer Service Desk in the main lobby, opposite the Car Hire area.

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, 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 – Shopping – Newspapers, magazines, snacks, and last minute gifts are sold airside at WHSmith. The Airport Shop offers discounted prices and a “buy now, collect later” facility.

Showers – Not available.

Smoking – The building is entirely non-smoking, you may smoke in designated areas outside the terminal only (pre-check in).

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.


Derry airport is served by the following airlines: British AirwaysAmerican AirlinesEmirates.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Ulsterbus links the LDY airport to the Bus Depot on Foyle Street in the city center, with connections available to buses serving northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. For fares, routes and schedule information, visit the Translink website.

Car Rentals

The following rental companies have locations onsite: Avis • Hertz.


City Cabs operate 24-hours a day from a dedicated taxi rank located in front of the airport. At the time of this update, an average one-way trip between the airport and city center costs £11.00, and takes about 20 minutes.

Last updated: 2021-10-20

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.