Sleeping in Airports

Salvador Airport Guide

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

you can sleep at the first floor (terrasse) on the floor. the military police was cool with me, and all people work there too. – mathieu

SSA Airport Overview

Salvador da Bahia Airport Guide
There is a large place where to stay for free, with hammock, bench etc… Not very quiet but okay. Just next to the gate 17. (Photo courtesy of capucinetr / January 2020)

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

What to Expect

Salvador Airport (code: SSA) has a large, single terminal that handles domestic and international flights. Amenities include more than 25 eateries and a variety of shops and duty-free areas. WiFi is free but travellers report that it doesn’t always work.

Sleeping in Salvador Airport

Travellers recommend heading to the observation deck on Floor 3 for peace and quiet. Seats have armrests, so you’ll probably wind up on the floor – bring a sleeping bag or travel mat for some warmth from the cold granite tiles.  Another spot for relaxing is near gate 17, where you will find benches and hammocks.  For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer shuttle service. 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 Salvador 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 Salvador Airport:

  • Ibis Salvador Aeroporto Hangar – Airport shuttle is available for a fee from 8:00AM – 9:00PM. » Check Rates
  • Novotel Salvador Hangar Aero – Free airport shuttle is available from 8:00AM – 9:00PM. » Check Rates
  • Hotel InterCity Salvador Aeroporto – No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

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

Airport Lounges

Ambaar Club – Location: Airside, after the X-ray on the right, towards boarding gates 18-23. Showers are available for an additional fee.  Hours: open 24 hours.  Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (R$ 200.00 – 4 hours or R$ 300.00 – 6 hours) • Certain Classes of Service • Membership Cards (Priority Pass, Lounge Key, Visa Airport Companion) • Credit Cards (Visa Aeternum, The Platinum Card®, Link Diners Club, Nanking Link).

Ambaar Club – Location: Landside, before the x-ray, near the access area to the boarding gates, on the right-hand side. Showers are available for an additional fee.  Hours: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM.  Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (R$ 200.00 – 4 hours or R$ 300.00 – 6 hours) • Certain Classes of Service • Membership Cards (Priority Pass, Lounge Key, Visa Airport Companion) • Credit Cards (Visa Aeternum, The Platinum Card®, Link Diners Club, Nanking Link).

Rest & Relaxation Zones

An area has been set-up near Gate 17 that includes benches and hammocks.  It is reportedly not quiet, so we’re not sure how much sleep you will get, but the space may work for you if you just want to relax.


Free WiFi is available at Salvador Airport. Connect to the ”Infraero WI-FI Gratis” network.

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: unknown.

Currency Exchange – Services are available. At the time of this update, a few locations are closed due to renovations. AG Câmbio e Turismo provides currency exchange services and Banco 24 Horas appears to provide banking services 24 hours. Location: unknown.

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 as well as a large selection of shops, most of which are located Airside.

Food & Drinks – At the time of this update, it is not known if there are any food concessions open 24 hours. You will find over 25 options both Landside and Airside.

Hairdresser – Hair and beauty services are available if you want to look your best for your flight. Location: Departures floor. Hours: unknown.

Information Desk – Need help finding your way? An information desk can be found on the arrivals floor. Hours: unknown.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Luggage Wrapping – Protec Bag, located in the departures floor, landside, offers luggage wrapping services. Cost of service is unknown.

Medical Services – If you require medical attention, there is a Medical Center, on the Arrivals Level. Hours: unknown.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Pharmacy – Farmacia Santana. Departures Floor. Hours: unknown.

Post Office – Send out our last-minute post cards from the post office. Location: on the arrivals floor. Hours: unknown.

Shoeshine – Your shoes looking a bit rough? Get a shoeshine! Location: departures floor. Hours: unknown.

Showers – Showers are available in the Ambaar Lounges for an additional fee in addition to the lounge entry fee. (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.

Salvador airport is served by the following airlines: Aerolíneas Argentinas • Air Europa • Avianca • Azul • Cabo Verde • Copa Airlines • GOL • LATAM • Passaredo • TAP Portugal.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


The airport connects travelers to hotels via the First Class Bus route. The Executive Airport-Downtown route (S040, S041 and S041-01) connect travelers to downtown via many of the cities main tourist attractions. For more information, visit the Salvador Airport website.

Car Rentals

These car rental agencies operate on the ground floor of the passenger terminal: Avis • Localiza/Hertz • Movida • Unidas.

Hotel Shuttles

See also Airport Hotels above.


The airport offers a free shuttle bus connection to the closest subway station for onward travel. For more information, visit the CCR Metro website.


“Executive taxis” (prepaid flat-rate taxis) are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area. Stop at the taxi booth in the Arrivals hall to pay for your ride. You will receive a ticket to give to your taxi driver before boarding the taxi. A second option are the metered “normal taxis”, also available in the ground transportation area.

Airport Photo Gallery

See also: Salvador Airport Photos

Last updated: 2024-02-07

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.