Sleeping in Airports

Ireland West Airport Guide

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

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NOC Airport Overview

knock airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Ireland West Airport Knock.

What to Expect

The small terminal at Ireland West Airport (code: NOC) handles European traffic, primarily with low-cost carriers. The airport may be undergoing renovations this year due to recent growth. Part of this effort requires that departing passengers (12 years and older) pay a €10 departure fee. Facilities include two eateries, an airside bar, a couple shop, and free WiFi. 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

Sleeping here overnight is not permitted as the airport closes nightly, typically by from 7:00PM until 7:00AM. For uninterrupted sleep, accommodations are nearby. See the Airport Hotels section below for locations 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 Ireland West 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

Since sleeping in this airport overnight is not possible, you will need to seek refuge at a hotel. Here are a few hotels near Ireland West Airport:

  • The Gateway Hotel – (15 minutes from the airport) This hotel is the closest to the airport. No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Cill Aodain Court Hotel – (16 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle.  » Check Rates
  • Knock House Hotel – (20 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Ireland West 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 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!

Executive Lounge – Location: Airside. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free unlimited WiFi is available at Ireland West Airport. Additionally, there are also four coin-operated internet terminals (two in the Sláinte Restaurant and two in the Departures Lounge).

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

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. The machines dispense Euros only. 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 area, opposite the Bureau de Change.

Aviation Gallery – If you’re passionate about planes or just looking to kill some time before your flight, visit the Aviation Gallery. It is equipped with live flight trackers, a flight documentary and interactive touchscreens. Location: 1st Floor, near Sláinte Restaurant. Rate: Free of charge.

Currency Exchange – International Currency Exchange – Location: Main Terminal Building, Arrivals Area • Departure Area, Airside.

Duty Free & Shopping – Shop West offers duty-free shopping, airside in the Departures area. In addition, an XL newsstand sells magazines, snacks, and more in the main concourse.

Food & Drinks – Sláinte Restaurant & Bar and Danann’s Café Bar are open to the public, while eatwest and barwest are available to airside passengers.

Information Desk – If you have any questions, there is not a standard information desk, but there is a tourist information desk that may be able to help. Location: Ground Floor, Arrivals Area.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Medical Services – If you feel unwell or injure yourself, first aid services are available. Location: Landside, Ground Floor, Check-In Hall.

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.

Prayer Room – Location: 1st floor, opposite the Sláinte Restaurant.

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.

Tax Refund – Non-EU residents can apply for a refund on the Value-Added Tax they have paid on goods in Ireland. Tax refund boxes are located in the Departures Area of the airport. Global Refund will process the refund and mail you the refund directly.

Airport Hours

According to one review, the airport is open from 7:00AM – 7:00PM. The airport closes at night and you will be asked to leave.


Knock airport is served by the following airlines: Aer Lingus • Concorde Travel • TUIfly • Ryanair • Sunway.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Regularly scheduled bus services are available connecting the airport to towns and villages in Donegal, Galway Sligo and Mayo with additional connecting services to Leitrim, Roscommon and counties in the Midlands region. For routes, timetables and fares, visit the Bus Éireann website.

Car Rentals

Onsite car rental agencies include: Avis • Budget • Europcar • Hertz.


Taxis are available in the taxi stand located outside, in front of the airport terminal. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required. For a list of estimated taxi fares from the airport, visit the Knock Airport website.


The two closest train stations to Knock Airport are Claremorris (31km) or Ballyhaunis (22km), both along the Dublin Heuston – Westport Line of the Iarnród Éireann national rail system. Connect to either of these stations via taxi or city bus service.

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.