Sleeping in Airports

London Southend Airport Guide

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

Got there at 11.50, prepared myself to sleep and the security guard came to say they were closing! – ladysarac

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 about their time at London Southend Airport.

What to Expect

London Southend Airport consists of a small, modern terminal with several eateries and shops. WiFi is available to help pass the time. Additional comfort may be found through fee-based access to the airport’s first class lounge.See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.

Where to Sleep

The airport is closed from midnight to 4:00AM, so there is no overnight sleeping. For uninterrupted sleep, there is a hotel next to the terminal, and others nearby. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

Because of the train schedule, many reviewers have ended up stranded outside the airport in the cold, waiting for their morning flights.    If you are taking an early morning flight, plan your arrival according to its 4:00AM opening, otherwise you may find yourself waiting in the cold.  Explore our guide to sleeping in London Southend Airport or read some traveller reviews for more tips.

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 by paying at the door or 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!

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in London Southend Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Holiday Inn Southend – (1 minute walk from the terminal) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Premier Inn Southend Airport Hotel – (5 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle.  » Check Rates
  • The Rochford Hotel – (5 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. A taxi costs approx. £5-10.  » Check Rates
  • Skylark Hotel – (7 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. A taxi costs approx. £5.  » Check Rates
  • Travelodge Southend on Sea – (10 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle.  » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near London Southend Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at London Southend Airport.

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

Baby Care Facilities – Baby change facilities are available both Landside and Airside.

Children’s Play Area – When you want to ensure your kids burn off all their energy before their flight, take them to the children’s play area. Location: Airside, Inside Lakers Bar

Currency Exchange – Moneycorp Travel Money offers currency exchange in the Departures Lounge (airside at Gates 4 and 5) and at the Arrivals exit (landside). Hours: unknown.

Duty Free & Shopping – Tax & Duty Free at London Southend Airport is open daily from 4:30AM – 7:30PM. Location: airside, ground floor, opposite Gate 2. You can also purchase newspapers, magazines, snacks and travel necessities at the nearby WHSmith.

Food & Drinks – Lakers Bar & Restaurant serves all food in 15 minutes or less. Location: Departures Lounge, airside, opposite Gates 5 and 6 • Arnold & Forbes Cafe Kitchen offers a wide variety of choices. Location: Airside, Departure Lounge, near Gate 1 • Bourgee offers upscale options including a champagne bar and tapas eats. Location: Airside, Departures Lounge, to the right of the escalators.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – A reader mentioned that the Giraffe Stop (Airside) has outlets available for charging devices. If you know of more locations,  click here to update this airport guide.

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Not available.

Smoking – Not permitted within the airport so best to smoke outside before you check in.

Airport Hours

The airport is open from 4:00AM until 45 minutes after the last flight of the day, usually around 12:00AM.


As of March 2019, London Southend airport is served by the following airlines: Air Malta • easyJet • Flybe • FlyOne • Loganair • Ryanair • Volotea. Note: some of these airlines operate on a seasonal-only basis.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus and Coach

The X30 links Southend city center to London Stansted Airport, via Southend Airport and Chelmsford. Buses stop near the taxi rank at the air traffic control tower. Arriva Buses 7, 8 and 9 stop on Eastwoodbury Crescent, behind the Holiday Inn Southend airport hotel.

Car Rentals

Europcar offers car rental services onsite. Location: entrance concourse (landside).


Andrews Airport Cars provide exclusive taxi service for Southend Airport 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.


The airport is connected to the rail system with its own station, only a two minute walk away. Service is available between the airport and central London, with up to 8 trains per hour running between Southend Airport Station and London Liverpool Street Station or Stratford Station. Tickets range from £13.20 – £16.20 for a one-way journey depending on destination.

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: update the airport guide or  write a review.