Sleeping in Airports

Penang Airport Guide

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

I enquired with the airport security police himself, who said ‘You can sleep here happily , Sir!!’ – ryanraghu

PEN Airport Overview

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

What to Expect

The single terminal at Penang Airport (code: PEN) has been recently renovated and handles domestic and international routes. You’ll find a variety of eateries, cafes, and shops, plus massage chairs and free WiFi. Economy class passengers can pay to enter an airport lounge, one of which has showers. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.

Sleeping in Penang Airport

Overnight sleepers report a pleasant, problem-free overnight stay. Armrest-free seating is plentiful, and staff aren’t bothered. Bring a sleep mask, earplugs or headphones, and an extra layer for comfort during your airport rest. For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer a shuttle service. 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 Penang 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 several guest houses and small hotels near Penang Airport:

  • Napzone Penang by Sovotel Temporarily Closed. » Check Rates
  • DR Hotel Penang – No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Hotel EST – No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels in Penang, search for 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 are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through 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!

Plaza Premium Lounge (Domestic) Temporarily Closed – Location: Domestic Terminal, Airside. Showers are available ($). Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.

Plaza Premium Lounge (International) Temporarily Closed – Location: International Terminal, Airside, Mezzanine Level. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.

Related Pages: Penang Airport Lounges

Rest & Relaxation Zones

No dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones exist. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. 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: Levels 1 and 2.

Currency Exchange – Foreign exchange services are available.

Drinking Water – Information is unavailable. Does the airport have water fountains or water bottle refill stations? Click here to update this guide.

Duty-Free & Shopping – Duty-Free is available along with various other shops.

Family Services – If you are travelling with small children, these services may be of interest to you:

  • 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: Domestic Departures, Airside, B7.
  • Baby Care Facilities – A dedicated baby room is available in the Public Concourse, Level 2, behind the McDonald’s.

Food & Drinks – Restaurants and coffee shops are available during flight operational hours. At the time of this update, we did not have any information regarding the availability of any 24-hour restaurants.

Information Desk – Need help finding your way? An information desk is available in the public area on the 1st Floor. Airport CARE Ambassadors can also be seen throughout the airport. Look for the “Ask me” sash.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Massage Chairs – Rest N’Go offers coin-operated massage chairs at eight locations throughout the airport.

Medical Services – If you feel unwell or injure yourself, visit the Menara Medical Clinic. Location: Arrival Concourse, Level 1. Hours: Unknown.

Mobile Charging – Charging stations (counter height with multiple charging points) are available in Domestic and International departure areas.

Pharmacy – Yes

Prayer Rooms – 4 Muslim prayer rooms are available. Locations: Domestic Departure • International Departure • Arrivals • VIP Room.

Showers – Showers can be found on Level 2 in the CIC Washroom. It is not known if there is a fee for using the shower.   Bring your own shower supplies!  Showers can be found in the Plaza Premium lounge in the Domestic Terminal. [ see Airport Lounges above ]

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 smoking rooms in both terminals (departures area).

WiFi/Internet – Free WiFi is available at Penang Airport. Connect to the “Airport@WiFi”network.

Penang Airport is served by the following airlines: Air Asia • Batik Air • Cathay Pacific • China Airlines • China Southern Airlines • Citilink • Firefly • Jetstar Asia • Lion Air • Lucky Air • Malaysia Airlines • Malindo Air • Qatar Airways • Scoot • SilkAir • Sriwijaya Air • Thai AirAsia • Thai Smile. CODE SHARES: Emirates • Japan Airlines • Qantas • Shenzhen Airlines • Singapore Airlines • Virgin Australia. (Information provided by Tourism Malaysia)
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Penang Airport is connected to the city via the public bus system. Buses are outside the Arrivals Concourse, Curbside Lane 3, Level 1.

Car Rentals

There are various rental agencies on-site, some of which are: Europcar • Hawk Rent a Car • New Bob Rent a Car • Vagabond.

Hotel Shuttles

See also Airport Hotels above.


Taxis at the airport use a coupon system. The charges are fixed based on the desired destinations. Obtain a coupon from the counter located on Level 1, Arrivals Concourse.

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.