Sleeping in Airports

Melbourne Avalon Airport Guide

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

Sitting by the check in on one of the benches, getting somewhat comfortable, I was told by a member of staff that Avalon Airport would indeed be closing and I would not be able to sleep inside. – lnkybstrd

Airport Sleeper Policy from the airport: “Avalon does not currently have the facilities for over-night stays. The airport does not allow people to sleep in the airport.”

AVV Airport Overviews

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

What to Expect

A secondary airport in Melbourne, Avalon Airport (code: AVV) has a small terminal that handles domestic routes and a new daily flight to Kuala Lumpur. Facilities are limited to a few eateries and shops, plastic chairs, and vending machines. WiFi is available for four hours, though you may need to create an account.

Sleeping in Avalon Airport

Spending the night here is not possible, as the airport closes nightly from 12:00AM until 5:00AM. For uninterrupted sleep, the Avalon Airport shuttle bus connects to nearby hotels for a fee. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some 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 web site for current information.  For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Avalon 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

The airport is open 4:00AM – 12:00AM.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Melbourne Avalon airport sounds like a nightmare, there are a few hotels in nearby Lara (approx. 6 minute drive) and Geelong (approx. 20-25 minute drive).  The drive to Melbourne depends where in the city you are driving from, but it could be anywhere from 40-60 minutes.  Visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Avalon Airport that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

There are no airport lounges available.

Drinking Water

Thirsty? Drinking fountains are available in both International departure and arrival halls

Food & Drinks

At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. Among the food options are: 3thirds Cafe (Landside. Hours: 7:30AM – 11:00PM) • 3thirds Cafe (Airside. Hours: 7:00AM-9:00PM (Mon-Sat) and 10:00AM-9:00PM (Sun)) • Flying Fox Bar (Airside. Hours: Unknown). Vending machines are also located throughout the airport terminal.

Mobile Charging

There are workstations and benches with mobile charging and USB points in the departure lounges, airside.

Rest & Relaxation Zones

There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.


Free WiFi is available in Avalon Airport for four hours. Laptop users can work comfortably, with views of the runway, from the laptop bench seats located along the windows.

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs 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: Domestic Area, Airside, in the departure lounge • International Area, Departures Hall and Arrivals.

Baby Care Facilities – Changing tables and diaper disposal bins are available in the Baby Change Rooms, located in both Departures and Arrivals areas of the terminal. Strollers are available for use in the airport, free of charge, from the Jetstar check-in area.

Baggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage trolleys are available free of charge. Location: Outside the airport’s entrance • Baggage Claim Area.

Children’s Play Areas – Kids age 10 and under can burn off steam before a flight in the free Kids Zone play area. Location: Departures lounge. At the time of this update, the Games Room with arcade games was closed due to Covid-19.

Currency Exchange – Available in both Departure and Arrival areas.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free shopping is available for arriving and departing passengers in the International Area. Newspapers, magazines, snacks, souvenirs and travel goods are sold at the airport gift shop news agency shop in the Domestic Area.

Entertainment – TVs with family-friendly programming are available throughout the terminal.

Information Desk – The information desk is located to the left of the main entrance of the terminal building (landside).

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Unavailable. If this is incorrect, click here to update this guide.

Massage Chairs – Relax and unwind before you flight in one of the airport’s massage chairs. Location: Departure Lounge.

Prayer Room – Location: International Terminal.

Showers – Unavailable. If this is incorrect, click here to update this guide.

SIM Cards – Available in Duty Free (International) and in Relay store (Domestic).

Smoking – Prohibited inside the terminal and only allowed outside in designated areas.

Melbourne Avalon airport is served by the following airlines: Air Asia • Jetstar.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


A shuttle buses are available to connect to Melbourne City Center, Geelong, Bellarine & the Surfcoast. To select the best shuttle for you, visit the Melbourne Avalon Airport website.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies have offices onsite: Avis • Alamo • Budget • Enterprise • Europcar • Hertz • National • Redspot • Thrifty.

Hotel Shuttles

See also Airport Hotels above.


The taxi queue is available just outside the terminal. At the time of this update, approximate fare to Melbourne is $120-130 AUD or Geelong $40-50 AUD.

Last updated: 2024-01-31

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.