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.

Don’t sleep near the bathroom. The door bangs and woke me up everytime someone needed to go. -Stef

NCL Airport Overview

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

What to Expect

sapporo chitose airport guideNewcastle Airport (code: NCL) has a large, modern terminal that handles European and international routes. Facilities include several shops and eateries as well as free WiFi. A landside eatery, Greggs, is open 24 hours. For added comfort while you wait, economy class passengers can pay to enter two airport lounges. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.

Sleeping in Newcastle Airport

Airport staff seem to be okay with overnight campers. There are some comfortable couches and chairs in the 24-hour landside eatery. Beyond that, armrest-free is limited, so look around for some or opt for the floor. Bring a blanket and earplugs to combat chilly temperatures and standard airport noise. For uninterrupted sleep, several hotels are on airport premises within walking distance of the terminal. See the Airport Hotels section below for locations, or read 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 website for current information.  For more airport information, continue scrolling down to explore more in our Newcastle 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 24 hours.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Newcastle Airport:

  • DoubleTree by Hilton Newcastle International Airport – Five-minute walk to the terminal.  Day rooms are offered based on availability.  » Check Rates
  • Premier Inn Newcastle Airport Hotel – Within walking distance to the terminal.  » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels in Newcastle upon Tyne, search deals and read traveller reviews.

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, purchasing a lounge pass, or using a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and learn how to gain access with just an economy class ticket!

  • Aspire Lounge – Location: Airside, Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.
  • AspirePlus Lounge – Location: Main Terminal, Airside, Level 1. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge pass.

Airline Lounges

If you are a First or Business Class traveller, you may have access to the lounges listed below. For more information, check the airline’s website.

  • British Airways Lounge – Location: Airside, Lower Level.

Related Pages: Newcastle Airport Lounges

Drinking Water

A reader says “No water refill machine, [but] you can ask restaurant staff to help you fill it. They are nice”.

Food & Drinks

At the time of this update, Gregg’s (Landside) is open 24 hours. The airport offers eight restaurants/coffee shops (Landside and Airside) open on varying schedules. The M&S Food to Go (Landside) might be a good option for last-minute snacks and drinks.

Luggage Storage & Lockers

Location: Landside beside WH Smith. Hours: 24 hours a day. Fee: £8 per piece per 24 hours.

Mobile Charging

At the time of this update, we had no information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

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.


Unfortunately, there are no showers available to freshen up. If this is incorrect, click here to update this guide.


Free WiFi is available at Newcastle Airport. Connect to the “_NCLFreeWiFi” network. A faster premium service can also be purchased for £5. If you wish to upgrade, follow the instructions from the “_NCLPremiumWiFi” network.

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs such as Travelex machines are available, which dispense Euros and British Pounds. Fees may apply, so check your bank’s fee schedule and daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: unknown.

Baby Care Facilities – Four baby-change facilities are available, two landside and two airside.

Baggage Porters – Baggage porter service is available at a cost of 12£ for up to 4 bags and 5£ for each additional suitcase. More information on the baggage porter desk in the arrivals hall.

Currency Exchange – Travelex operates locations both Landside and Airside. Hours: Vary depending on the day of the week, but open as early as 3:30 AM and close as late as 9:00 PM.

Disabled Services – A Changing Places toilet is now available at the airport to assist travellers who require extra space and facilities. Location: Landside.

Duty-Free & Shopping – Duty-free is available at the airport, and there is a small selection of shops such as WH Smith (four locations), etc. Hours: all shops operate from 4:00 AM – 8:00 PM, except the Duty-Free and WH Smith locations, which are open from the first to the last flight.

Fast Track Service – As a premium service, customers with Fast Track security passes will be given priority service to keep waiting to a minimum. Cost: £6.00, book online.

Games Room – Namco Games offers dance mats, slot machines, an air hockey table, a soccer machine and more. The Flying Hippo restaurant, located airside, has a child-friendly area.

Luggage Wrapping – Protect your bags by having them covered in plastic wrap. Cost: 8£ for standard size suitcase; 10£ for large suitcase.

Pharmacy – Boots is open according to flight schedules. You can also pre-order baby food (24 hours ahead) and pick it up at the location after security.

Prayer Room – Hours: open 24 hours. Location: Level 2, main terminal building.

SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Smoking – Smoking is permitted in designated areas outside of the terminal. Once you are airside, you can smoke in a designated area outside – accessed via Bar 11 (you must be a patron).

Spa Services – AeroSpa offers a variety of spa services. You can book your appointment online to save time. Location: Airside. Hours: unknown.

Newcastle Airport is served by the following airlines: Air France • Aer Lingus • British Airways • Corendon • EasyJet • Emirates • Eurowings • Jet2 • Loganair • Lufthansa • KLM • Ryanair, • TUIfly.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies are available onsite, on the ground floor opposite Domestic Arrivals: Alamo • Avis • Budget • Enterprise • Europcar • Hertz • Interrent • National.

Hotel Shuttles

See also Airport Hotels above.


Tyne and Wear Metro light rail system links the airport to stops at Haymarket, Monument and Central Station in Newcastle city center, and a metro stop in Sunderland. Trains depart daily every 12 minutes between 5:44 AM (6:27 AM on Sundays) and 11:58 PM, with a one-way journey time of 25 minutes between the airport and Newcastle city center. Connections to long-distance trains on the North East rail network are available from Central Station in Newcastle.


Arrow Cars is Newcastle Airport’s official taxi service provider and the only taxi company authorized to pick up and drop off passengers directly outside the terminal. Taxis can be booked at the service desk near the Domestic Arrivals area or at the taxi rank in front of the terminal. Cash and credit cards are accepted.

Last updated: 2024-01-30

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.