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

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at City of Derry Airport.

What to Expect

  • A small aerodrome used exclusively by Ryanair for a limited number of regional destinations. A shop and cafe are available in the terminal, but not much else.
  • WiFi is available. See WiFi information in the airport guide below.
  • Economy class passengers can pay to enter the airport’s first class lounge. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.

Where to Sleep

  • As of May 2017, we have no reviews from travellers who have attempted to sleep in this airport. Write a review to help future travellers!
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

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.

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 (ie. Priority Pass). 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: Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

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 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. Hours: unknown. A small cafe is available landside.

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, write a review or email us at [email protected]

Rest Zones – Not available.

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, please send an email to [email protected] and we will update this airport guide.


As of February 2018, Derry airport is served by the following airlines: British Airways • American Airlines • Emirates.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Ulsterbus links the 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

Avis, Europcar and Hertz offer car rental services onsite. Location: Outside the Terminal.


City Cabs operate 24-hours a day from a dedicated taxi rank located in front of the airport. At the time of this December 2017 update, an average one-way trip between the airport and city center costs £11.00, and takes about 20 minutes.

Last updated: 2018-10-23

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, write a review or send an email to [email protected] and we will update this guide.