Sleeping in Airports

Leeds Airport Guide

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

Security ignored us completely, and we found a set of chairs without armrests in the corner of check-in hall A. My friend slept on the chairs, i slept on the floor, both of us in our sleeping bags. – jollyroger

LBA Airport Overview

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

What to Expect

Leeds Airport (code: LBA) has a single terminal that primarily handles low-cost and seasonal European flights. Facilities are clean and basic, with a few eateries and shops, but none are open 24 hours, so plan ahead if you’re staying the night. Free WiFi helps pass the time. For added comfort while you wait, economy class passengers can pay to enter three airport lounges. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.

Where to Sleep

Overnight sleepers must stay landside. If you’re already airside, you’ll have to exit to the landside and re-enter when security opens in the morning. The Arrivals Hall is particularly popular because the lights are dim, the temperature is warm, and there is a hot beverage vending machine. Still, you’ll likely wind up on the floor, so bring a sleeping bag or blanket. For uninterrupted sleep, hotels are nearby, including one on airport grounds. 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 Leeds 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 Leeds Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Travelodge Leeds Bradford Airport Hotel – (5 minute walk from the airport) Located on airport grounds. No airport shuttle.  » Check Rates
  • Premier Inn Leeds Bradford Airport Hotel – (2 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle.  » Check Rates
  • Britannia Leeds Bradford Airport – (6 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle.  » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Leeds 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 purchasing a lounge pass and 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 1432 Runway Club – Location: Main Terminal, Airside, near Gates 4 & 5. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes.

Passes  The White Rose Suite – Location: Airiside, near Gate 4/5. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.

Passes  Yorkshire Premier Lounge – Location: Airside. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free unlimited WiFi is available at Leeds Airport. Connect to the “LeedsBradfordAirport_Free_Wifi” network. First time users will need to register information.

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

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs, operated by Travelex, 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: International Arrivals (landside) and Departures (airside, near Gates 9/9A/10).

Currency Exchange – Travelex offers currency exchange services in the airport. Hours: 4:00AM – 6:00PM (Mon – Sat) • 4:00AM – 10:00PM (Sun). Locations: Landside, International Arrivals • Landside, Ground Floor, Check-in Hall A • Airside, 1st Floor, Departures, near Gates 9/9A/10).

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available airside, as well as a WHSmith and a Cargo shop selling travel essentials (newspapers, health care items, “to-go” food items. An additional WHSmith shop is located landside, near Domestic Arrivals.

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: £4.00 book online.

Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. Food options include: Burger King • Cabin • Caffe Ritazza • Camden Food Company • Starbucks • The Beer House • The Saltaire Bar & Eatery.

Information Desk – There is one each at Check-in Halls A and B, landside.

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.

Pharmacy – Boots is located Airside in the departure lounge. Prescriptions are not filled here; however, over the counter medications are available, as well as travel essentials, baby care items and “to-go” food products. Hours: 3:30AM – 8:00PM (Mon – Sat) • 3:30AM – 7:00PM (Sun).

Prayer Room – A multi-faith prayer room is available. Location: Check-in Hall A, landside, near WHSmith. Hours: unknown.

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. However, there is a designated smoking area located outside the airport near Check-in Hall B.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.


Leeds airport is served by the following airlines: Aer Lingus • Air Europa • Alba Star • Aurigny • British Airways • Jet2 • KLM • Nouvelair • Ryanair • TUIfly.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Flying Tiger buses offer four convenient routes from the airport connecting to Leeds, Bradford and Harrogate with stops along the way. The Leeds Railway Station is a stop along the bus route #757, from this station you can connect to onward destinations. For fares (you may be able to combine bus and train tickets), routes and schedules, visit the Leeds Airport Website.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies have offices at the onsite rental center: Avis • Enterprise • Europcar • Hertz.


Arrow Cars offers exclusive access to pickup and drop off points at LBA airport, and is the only company authorized to drop passengers off in the terminal forecourt.

Last updated: 2020-06-17

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.