Sleeping in Airports

Ponta Delgada Airport Guide

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

Find your bench and enjoy quiet but small airport  – a guest reviewer

PDL 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 Ponta Delgada João Paulo II Airport.

What to Expect

Ponta Delgada Airport (code: PDL) is a small, modern terminal with 10 gates and about a dozen shops and eateries. WiFi is available to help pass the time, as there is not much else.

Where to Sleep

ponta delgada airport guideThis airport is officially closed between midnight (or last commercial flight arrival) and 5:00AM; however, airport security leaves a landside area open that is carpeted, contains a couple of benches, and provides bathroom access. The designated area is dark and quiet during the overnight hours, but space is limited. The area is also described as being cold during the non-summer months, so consider bringing extra layers and/or a travel blanket if you are intending to spend the night. For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport.  See the Airport Hotels section below for locations 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.

For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Ponta Delgada 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 Hotels

If sleeping in Ponta Delgada Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Azoris Royal Garden – Leisure & Conference Hotel – (6 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle.  » Check Rates
  • Hotel Ponta Delgada – (8 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. Reviews suggest a taxi for 10€.  » Check Rates
  • Vila Nova Hotel – (8 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are available upon request. Rate is 7,50€ each way.  » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Ponta Delgada 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 through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

  • Sata Lounge – Location: Airside. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Unlimited free WiFi is available at Ponta Delgada Airport. Connect to the “VINCI Airports wifi” 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: Level 0, across from the rent a car desks • near the check-in desks • in the parking area.

Baby Care Facilities – If you are travelling with an infant, there is a baby care room for breastfeeding and diaper-changing. Locations: Landside and Airside.

Currency Exchange – Nova Câmbios. Location: Landside. Hours: 7:00AM – 9:00PM (Mon-Fri) 7:00AM – 2:00PM and 3:00PM – 5:00PM (Weekends and Holidays).

Disabled Services – The airport works in partnership with MyWay to provide personalized support for passengers with reduced mobility. Services include lifts, escalators, moving walkways, signage and professional support for those who book at least 48 hours in advance.

Duty Free & Shopping – A number of duty-free and other shops are located throughout the airside and landside areas of the airport. They sell souvenirs, perfume, travel accessories, jewelry, European soccer accessories and more. Most open between 6:00AM and 7:00AM and close between 9:00PM and 10:00PM daily.

Food & Drink – At the time of writing, no 24-hour options are available. A large restaurant is located landside on the first floor, with smaller cafes and bars located landside and airside on Level 0. Most eateries open around 6:00AM and close by 9:30PM.

Information Desk – Need help finding your way? Visit the airport information desk for help. Location: Located on Level 0, beside left luggage.

Living Spot – The Living Spot is a comfortable place to work, relax, get flight or airport information, or charge your mobile devices. You’ll find one located near the shops and restaurants area of the airport.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Left luggage storage is available. Fee: 4,08€ per volume per day. Location: Ask the Information Desk for assistance. Hours: 6:00AM – 12:00AM.

Luggage Wrapping – Protect your bags from theft and damage by having your bags wrapped in plastic. Location: landside, near Check-in. Hours: 5:30AM – 1:30PM (Mon & Thur), 6:30AM – 2:30PM (Tues, Wed & Fri), 6:30AM – 12:30PM (Sat) and 7:30AM – 1:30PM (Sun).

Mobile Charging – The Living Spot (see above) provides outlets for you to charge your electronics.

Postal Services – CTT offers postal services in the airport. Location: Landside. Hours: 8:30AM – 12:00PM and 1:00PM – 3:00PM. A mailbox can also be found Landside, Level 0, between the ATM and bank.

Rest Zones – The Living Spot (see above) provides a relaxing place to spend your time.

Take precaution even when sleeping in the rest zones.  In December 2019, a traveller at another airport reported that money and credit cards had been stolen from their bag even though the bag was right beside them.  Protect and lock your bags as you would sleeping elsewhere in public.

Showers – Not available.

Smoking Area – Located outside the arrivals hall, near parking.

Airport Hours

The airport is open from 5:00AM (or two hours before the first scheduled departure) – 12:00AM (or after last scheduled flight arrival). Sleeping in the airport overnight is not possible.


Ponta Delgada airport is served by the following airlines: Azores Airlines • Delta Air Lines • Ryanair • Sata • TAP Portugal • TUIFly.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

Car rentals are available onsite. The following have desks on Level 0 near the exit doors: Autatlantis • Europcar • Guerin/Enterprise • Hertz/Thrifty • Ilha Verde • Sixt • Wayzor.


Taxis have a designated pick up area outside the arrivals door.

Last updated: 2020-06-17

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.