Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our East Midlands 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 security staff are the spawn of Satan himself, they delight in letting you just get off to sleep and then they wake you up by shouting at you. -Vince
EMA 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 East Midlands Airport.
What to Expect
East Midlands Airport (code: EMA) has a single terminal that serves a wide variety of low-cost carriers and seasonal routes. Amenities include several eateries and shops, though none are open 24 hours. WiFi is free for four hours. 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
Older reviews say that overnight sleepers have no issues from airport staff. It seems there are padded, armrest-free benches both landside and airside, comfortable enough to catch some Z’s. It may be a bit noisy or cold, so bring along your earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones and dress in layers. For uninterrupted sleep, hotels are nearby. See the Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.
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 East Midlands 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.
If sleeping in East Midlands Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:
- Jurys Inn East Midlands Airport – (5 minute walk from the airport) No airport shuttle, the hotel suggests a taxi for £6 if you are not travelling light. » Check Rates
- Premier Inn East Midlands Airport Hotel – (15 minute walk from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
- Holiday Inn Express East Midlands Airport Hotel – (15 minute walk from the airport) No airport shuttle. The hotel suggest a taxi for approx. £6 each way. » Check Rates
- Radisson Blu Hotel East Midlands Airport – (2 minutes from the airport) Airport shuttle available for £3 per person, each way. For airport pick-up, use courtesy phone in the Arrivals Hall. » Check Rates
- Travelodge Nottingham East Midlands Airport Donington Park M1 – (3 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
To see more options there is a list of hotels near East Midlands Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.
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 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!
Passes The Escape Lounge – Location: Airside. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.
Free internet access is available at the East Midlands Airport for 4 hours. Connect to the “EMA Public Wifi” network. Premium service is also available for purchase should you require faster service. Rates: from £5.00 (per hour) • £10.00 (per day) • £30.00 (per month).
More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport
Aeropark – Learn about past aeronautical technology or observe the modern jets of today at The Aeropark, an aviation museum and viewing area located at the northwest corner of airport property. The Aeropark is run by a group of volunteer aviation enthusiasts, and in addition to the museum, has viewing mounds, a gift shop, and more. This is a great spot for plane-spotting and photography! You will need a vehicle to reach this location. Derby Leicester SKYLINK buses also stop here. Hours: Vary per day and per season. Closed during the winter season, from Nov 1st through Good Friday. Fee: £4.00 per person aged 16 and older.
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. Locations: unknown. The Travelex ATMs dispense British Pounds, Euros and US Dollars.
Baby Care Facilities – Breastfeeding is promoted at any place within the airport. Although if you are travelling with an infant and would prefer more privacy, there are baby care rooms for breastfeeding and diaper changing. Location: Next to women’s washrooms landside and airside.
Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your bags? Luggage trolleys are available for a fee of £1, which is refundable upon return.
Changing Room – A height-adjustable free-standing adult changing bench and toilet are available on the 1st floor. You’ll need a key to enter the area, which you can pick up from Castle Rock Top Room & Kitchen, also on the 1st floor. Hours: Available 24 hours a day.
Children’s Play Area – When you want to ensure your kids burn off all their energy before their flight, take them to either the: Gaming Center (2 Locations: Ground Level • Mezzanine Level) or the Arcade Zone (Locations:Ground Level, near Gate 10 • Ground Level near Gate 1).
Currency Exchange – There are 3 Travelex offices located landside and airside.
Duty Free & Shopping – In additional to a World Duty Free store, you will find an Aviation Gift Centre • Boots • Dixons Travel • Superdrug • WH Smith.
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. Book Online.
Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate according to flight schedules. The airport advertises that a selection of food concessions are available 24-hours a day however it is not known which outlets and the locations, plan ahead. Food options include: Burger King • Castle Rock Tap Room & Kitchen • Flat White Coffee Club • Frankie & Benny’s • Grab and Fly • Greggs • Leon • Pork & Pickle • Proof 65 • Starbucks. Vending Machines are also available landside and airside.
Information Desk – Location: Main Terminal Building, Landside.
Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.
Massage Chairs – Unwind in one of the airport’s massage chairs located throughout the departure area.
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.
Postal Services – Drop off your last minute postcards to friends and family from airport’s mailbox. Location: Check-In Hall.
Prayer Room – Hours: open 24 hours
Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.
Showers – Not available.
Smoking – Smoking is prohibited in the airport except in a designated smoking area. Location: Airside, Mezzanine Level.
Spa Services – If you would like to be pampered before take-off, visit the Beautifly Spa. Hours: Unknown. Location: Airside, Ground Floor, next to Gate 8.
The airport is open 24 hours.
East Midlands airport is served by the following airlines: Aurigny • Balkan Holidays • Channel Islands Direct • Hurtigruten • Jet2.com • Newmarket Holidays • Olympic Holidays • Omega • P&O Cruises • Premier Holidays • RyanAir • Transun • TUIFly.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
Bus and Coach
Skylink offers 24-hour bus service, with departures available every 20 minutes during the day, and hourly at night. Reservations are not required, and tickets are sold onboard the bus. All buses stop directly in front of the passenger terminal. For fares, destinations and schedules, visit the East Midlands Airport website.
National Express offers coach service to a variety of destinations throughout the UK.
Onsite car rental agencies include Alamo • Avis • Budget • Enterprise • Europcar • Hertz • National • Sixt. Location: Arrivals.
See Airport Hotels above.
Taxis are available 24-hours a day in the ground transportation area. Arrow Cars has an office, open 24 hours a day, opposite the Arrivals Area. Credit cards are accepted, and taxis can be pre-booked and paid for online or via smartphone app.
East Midlands Parkway Station is the nearest train station to the airport, linked by bus service (see the Skylink Bus details above).
Last updated: 2020-03-05
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.