Sleeping in Airports

Newcastle Airport Guide

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

Unfortunately you can’t sleep here as they close from 10 PM to 4:30 AM.
– a traveller (2016)

NTL Airport Overview

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

What to Expect

The recently-renovated terminal at Newcastle Airport (code: NTL) primarily handles domestic routes. Facilities are limited to a few eateries, one shop, and free WiFi.

Where to Sleep

We do not yet have any sleep-related airport reviews, but a general traveller review indicates that the airport closes nightly from 10:00PM to 4:30AM.  Have a backup plan if you’re planning to spend the night.  For uninterrupted sleep, a hotel is in walking distance and offers 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 Newcastle Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Mercure Newcastle Airport – Located 300m from the airport. Free airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Colonial Terrace Motor Inn – (15 minute drive to the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

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

Airport Lounges

As of this update we were unable to confirm whether the airport has any first class or business lounges. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Newcastle Airport. Connect to the “Newcastle Airport Wireless” network.

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

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: Airside, just past security check point • Landside, in the Arrivals area.

Baby Care Facilities – Parent’s room is located Airside, opposite Gate 2. The room is equipped with a nursing chair and diaper change facilities. Baby change facilities are also available in all disabled toilets.

Baggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage trolleys are available throughout the airport. Rate: $5. Upon return, you will receive a $1 refund.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free is not available and there is only one shop, News Travels, located Airside.Hours: Opens one hour before the 1st flight and closes after the last flight.

Food & Drinks – There are no 24-hour food concessions. There are 5 restaurant options to choose from, most open 1 hour before the first flight and close shortly after the last departure.

Information Desk – If you have any questions, visit the airport information desk for assistance! Location: Arrivals Hall. There are also Airport Ambassadors wearing Turquoise blazers throughout the airport to help.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – A reader (April 2019) mentioned that thanks to the recent renovations, there are outlets and USB ports built in to the seating in the departure areas (every 5-10 seats). At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability Landside. 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.

Smoking Areas – Smoking is not permitted in or near the terminal. There is a designated smoking area within the Short Stay Car Park adjacent to the departures end of the terminal.

Airport Hours

According to a traveller review in June 2016, the airport is closed 10 PM to 4:30 AM. It is not possible to stay here overnight.


Newcastle airport is served by the following airlines: Fly Pelican • Jetstar • Qantas • Regional Express • Virgin Australia.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Hunter Valley Buses link the airport to Maitland, Raymond Terrace, and Stockton. Port Stephens Coaches offer frequent service to and from Newcastle train station, and additional service to Nelson Bay. Cash and Opal cards are accepted (Opal cards are not sold at the airport) NOTE: A reader (April 2019) mentioned that the buses do not offer frequent service to the airport. Be prepared to wait a while or be sure to plan your transportation in advance so there are no surprises.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies are available onsite in the Arrivals area: Avis • Budget • Enterprise • Europcar • Hertz • Thrifty.


Taxis are available at the taxi rank outside of the Arrivals area, and can also be contacted by using the dedicated taxi phone in the Arrivals lobby.

Last updated: 2022-01-25

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.