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 departing passengers (12 years and older) to 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.

Sleeping in Ireland West Airport

Sleeping here overnight is prohibited as the airport closes nightly, typically from 7:00 PM until 7:00 AM. For uninterrupted sleep, accommodations are nearby. See the Airport Hotels section below for locations, or read traveller airport reviews for more tips.

To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or 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 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 Hours

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

Airport Hotels

Since sleeping in Ireland West airport overnight is impossible, you will need to seek refuge at a nearby hotel. Visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Ireland West Airport 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 using a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and learn how to gain access with just an economy class ticket!

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

Related Pages: Knock Airport Lounges

Rest & Relaxation Zones

No dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones exist. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. The machines dispense Euros only. Fees may apply, so check your bank’s fee schedule and 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 time before your flight, visit the Aviation Gallery. It has live flight trackers, a flight documentary and interactive touchscreens. Location: 1st Floor, near Sláinte Restaurant. Rate: Free of charge.

Business Center – A conference room equipped with state-of-the-art equipment is available for rent.  The room can accommodate 8 – 20 people.

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 – There are no 24-hour food concessions.  Here are the options:

  • Landside – Sláinte Restaurant (Temporarily Closed)
  • Airside – eatwest • barwest

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 – First aid services are available if you feel unwell or injured yourself. Location: Landside, Ground Floor, Check-In Hall.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we had no information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

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

Showers – Not available.

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 is a designated smoking area outside the terminal.

Tax Refund – Non-EU residents can apply for a refund of 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 it to you directly.

WiFi/Internet – Free unlimited WiFi is available at Ireland West Airport. Internet kiosks for printing are also available in the main terminal.

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 connect the airport to towns and villages in Donegal, Galway, Sligo, and Mayo, with additional connections to Leitrim, Roscommon, and counties in the Midlands region. For routes, timetables, and fares, visit the Bus Éireann website.

Car Rentals

On-site car rental agencies include: Avis • Budget • Europcar • Hertz.

Hotel Shuttles

See also Airport Hotels above.


Taxis are available at the taxi stand outside 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) and Ballyhaunis (22km), both along the Dublin Heuston—Westport Line of the Iarnród Éireann national rail system. You can reach either of these stations via taxi or city bus.

Last updated: 2024-01-30

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.