Sleeping in Airports

Managua Airport Guide

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

A nap is impossible due to the noise…it seemed like people hang out at the airport for the sake of hanging out, regardless of whether or not they had a flight. – snowshoecat

MGA Airport Overview

managua airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Managua Augusto Cesar Sandino International Airport.

What to Expect

The single terminal at Managua Airport (code: MGA) is divided by international and domestic departure areas. There are a few eateries and shops, but everything closes by 9:00PM, so plan ahead if you’re spending the night. The free WiFi helps pass the time. 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

Airport staff seem to have no issue with overnight campers. Your rest options are limited to hard, uncomfortable benches and the floor, so bring a sleeping bag or travel blanket for comfort. Common complaints include general noise and cold temperatures. For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer free shuttle service. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info 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.

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 Managua Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Best Western Las Mercedes Managua – (5 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle service is available upon request. » Check Rates
  • Hotel Camino Real Managua – (5 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available, on request. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Managua 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.

Sala VIP – Location: Airside, Second Floor. Lounge Access: Reservation required – Adults: US$ 30 + VAT – Children under 12: US$10.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Managua Airport.

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

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Machines are operated by Bancentro, BAC, and Banpro. 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: landside.

Banking Services – Banpro and BAC offer full-service banking at the airport.

Currency Exchange – Global Exchange – Location: Landside, International Arrivals / Airside, International Arrivals – Hours: 7:00AM – 11:00PM.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available is available starting at 5:00AM in both International Departures and Arrivals areas. In addition, a souvenir shop is available landside in the public hall.

Food & Drinks – Food concessions (serving local and international cuisine) operate in the food court from 6:00AM – 9:00PM.

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.

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.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.


Managua airport is served by the following airlines: Aeroméxico • Aeroméxico Connect • American AirlinesAviancaCopa AirlinesDelta Air Lines • La Costeña • Spirit Airlines • United Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

The following car rental companies are available: Dollar • Thrifty • Toyota Rent a Car. Look for the rental counters in the terminal’s Arrivals area.

Last updated: 2019-05-30

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.