Sleeping in Airports

Stuttgart Airport Guide

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

Every five minutes a female voice was telling me not to leave my luggage unattended, in english, german and turkish. I hate her. -Barbara

STR Airport Overview

Here is a quick run-down of what to expect at Stuttgart Airport to help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover.

What to Expect

Stuttgart Airport (code: JTR) consists of four terminals with separate entrances that are directly connected to each other. The terminals share a single airside corridor for easy security screening-free passenger transit between terminals. There are plenty of eateries and shops throughout the airport on both the airside and landside. Unfortunately, these services close at night, leaving vending machines as your only source of food for snacks and drinks. WiFi is available to help you pass the time. Additional comfort can be found through fee-based access to one of the airport’s first-class lounges. See Airport Lounges below for locations and rates.

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Sleeping in Stuttgart Airport

Stuttgart Airport is relatively conducive to overnight sleeping, with plenty of comfortable seating and some private nooks. The security presence and passport checks may help travellers feel more secure, as refugees are said to roam the landside areas. Due to the refugee presence, some reviewers have recommended not sleeping alone. Terminal 4 has been cited as a good sleeping area due to its relatively quiet and comfortable armrest-free benches. The upper level near the observation deck is also cited as a semi-private and quiet refuge. Reviewers recommend bringing earplugs/noise-cancelling headphones, extra layers and/or a travel blanket for added comfort. Explore our guide to sleeping in Stuttgart Airport or read traveller airport reviews for more tips.  For uninterrupted sleep, a hotel is opposite the Terminal 3 entrance and others nearby. See the Airport Hotels section below for locations.

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 Stuttgart 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 Stuttgart airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels within walking distance of the terminal:

  • Movenpick Hotel Stuttgart Airport – 50m walk from the terminal. No airport shuttle.  » Check Rates
  • Wyndham Stuttgart Airport Messe Hotel – 300m walk from the terminal.   No airport shuttle.   » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Stuttgart Airport 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 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!

  • Airport Lounge – Location: Terminal 3, Airside, Gallery. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door.

Related Pages: Stuttgart Airport Lounges

Drinking Water

Information is unavailable. Does Stuttgart Airport have water fountains or water bottle refill stations? Click here to update this guide.

Food & Drinks

Food concessions throughout the airport operate on varying schedules, with many opening as early as 4:00 AM. There are no 24-hour food options.

Luggage Storage & Lockers

Self-service lockboxes are available. Rates: 2€ —6€, depending on the dimensions required. Credit cards and cash (Euros) are accepted for payment. Location: Right side of Terminal 1, behind the guard house. Payment by cash or card.

Mobile Charging

Power outlets to recharge your mobile devices can be found throughout the terminals, both landside and airside.

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.

Showers

Freshen up (and loosen those stiff muscles) with a shower before your flight, but you’ll have to leave the airport. Shower facilities are adjacent to the Airport Bus Terminal, a 5-minute walk from the main terminal. You’ll get a speedy blast of water for 2 euros or pay for more time.

WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Stuttgart Airport for three hours. Connect to the “AIRPORT-FREE-WIFI” network.

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

Chapel – A multi-faith prayer room is available for travellers. Location: Terminal 3, Landside, Level 2. Hours: Unknown.

Family Services

  • Baby Care Facilities – There are 20 baby care rooms, both Landside and Airside and some feature bottle warmers. It’s possible to borrow a buggy – which can be used right up to the gate and left there – from the oversize luggage counter in Terminal 3.
  • Children’s Play Area – When you want to ensure your kids burn off all their energy before their flight, take them to one of the children’s play areas. The bright and colourful Kiddielands have fun toys for riding, climbing and playing. Locations: Terminal 3, Landside, Arrivals • Terminal 3, Landside, Terrace • Terminal 4, Landside, Arrivals. Hours: Open 24 hours. The SkyLand is a fun place for kids to learn more about flying. Location: Terminal 3, Airside, Gallery. Hours: 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM (Thurs-Sun).

Luggage

  • Baggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your luggage?  Baggage trolleys are free of charge but require a refundable deposit of 1€, 50 Euro cents, 25 US cents or 1 CHF. Locations: Parking lots, terminal entrances, Baggage Claim.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers – see “Luggage Storage & Lockers” above.
  • Luggage Wrapping – Wrap & Fly Location: T3, landside, Level 3. Hours: 5:30 AM – 6:00 PM. Rates: starting at 6,00€per bag.
  • Porter Service – A personal luggage porter can be booked for a fee.

Medical Services – Urgent and emergency medical care is available at the Airport Medical Center. Location: Terminal 1, Landside, Departures. Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Mon-Fri).

Money

  • 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:
    • Terminal 1: Landside, Arrivals & Departures • Airside, Departures
    • Terminal 3: Landside, Departures
  • Currency Exchange – ReiseBank offers currency exchange. Location: Terminal 1, Landside, Arrivals. Hours: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM.

Massage Chairs – Location: Terminal 3, Landside, Arrivals. Hours: Open 24 hours. Rate: Unknown.

Pharmacy – AeroAtoll Apotheke is available. Location: Terminal 2, Landside, Departures. Hours: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM (Mon-Fri) & 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM (Sat & Sun).

Post Office – Location: Terminal 3, Landside, Level 3, Fly Kiosk. Hours: 4:00 AM – 8:00 PM.

Shopping – Travel Value & Duty-Free Shop offers duty-free shopping airside in Terminals 1, 3 and 4. Hours: 5:00 AM – 9:00 PM. A variety of retail shops are also available throughout the airport.

SIM Cards – Prepaid SIM cards from various networks can be purchased at ONE Travellers Electronics. Location: Terminal 3, Airside, Departures. Hours: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Smokers’ Lounge – There are two designated places to smoke in the airport. Locations: Terminal 1, Landside, Arrivals • Terminal 3, Airside, Gate 330.

Supermarket – If you are arriving and need to grab some groceries on the way home, there is an Edeka Supermarket in the airport. Location: Terminal 3, Landside, Arrivals. Hours: 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM (10:00 PM – 6:00 AM self-service is available).

Things to do & see

  • Airport Tours – Find out what happens at the airport during a behind-the-scenes airport tour. Bookings must be made in advance. Days: Tuesday – Sunday. Tour Duration: 2 hours. Rates: Unknown.
  • Arcade – Pass the time playing the slots at Fair Play airport casino. Locations: Terminal 3, Landside, Level 2 (Hours: 6:00 AM – 12:00 AM) • Terminal 4, Landside, Level 3 (Hours: 6:00 AM – 12:00 AM).
  • Observation Deck – Enjoy the panoramic views atop the Visitor’s Terrace. Seating is available. Location: Outdoor area, Landside. Hours: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM.

Tourist Office – The Tourist Information desk offers general advice and assistance in booking transport and accommodation. Location: Terminal 3, Landside, Arrivals. Hours: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Mon-Fri).

Travel Agencies – If you are arriving in Stuttgart and need local arrangements or help planning a last-minute trip abroad, there are several travel agencies with offices at the airport that can be of assistance. Terminal 3, Landside, Gallery: Neckar Travel (Hours: 10:00AM – 6:00PM) • TUI Travel Star (Hours: 10:00AM – 6:00PM) • L’Tur Tourismus AG (Hours: 10:00AM – 7:00PM) • Schwabenland Reisen (Hours: 10:00AM – 7:00PM). Terminal 2, Landside, Departures: Jet Setter Travel (Hours: 5:00 AM – 8:00 PM).

Airlines
Stuttgart airport is served by the following airlines: Aegean Airlines • Air Cairo • Air France • Air Serbia • Austrian Airlines • Avantiair • British Airways • Chair • Condor • Corendon Airlines • Dan Air • Delta Air Lines • Enter Air • Eurowings • Freebird • Freebird Europe • gp aviation • ITA Airways • KLM • LOT • Lufthansa • Marabu • MGA • Nouvelair • Pegasus • SAS • skyalps • Smartwings • Southwind Airlines • Star East Airlines • SunExpress • Swiss • Tailwind • TRADEAIRl • TUIFly • Turkish Airlines • Volotea • Vueling.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

The Stuttgart Airport Busterminal (SAB) is between Flughafenstrasse and Terminal 4, beneath the P14 car garage. Regional, national, and international long-distance buses are available here. Night bus line 8 runs between the city centre and Stuttgart Airport early in the morning and late in the evening. For fares, routes, and schedules, visit the Stuttgart Airport website.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies are located onsite in Terminal 3 (Level 2): Avis • Buchbinder • Budget • Enterprise • Europcar • Hertz/Thrifty • SIXT.
There are also various e-vehicle car-sharing options at Stuttgart Airport. For more information, visit the Stuttgart Airport website.

Hotel Shuttles

See also Airport Hotels above.

Taxi

Taxis are readily available 24 hours a day outside Terminal 1, Departures Level. Total one-way trip time to the city centre is about 20 minutes.

Train

S-Bahn commuter trains S2 and S3 connect the airport with Stuttgart Central Railway Station (Hauptbahnhof), running from around 5:00 AM to just after midnight. Departures are available every 15 minutes on weekdays and every 30 minutes on weekends. There is an S-Bahn station on Level 1 of Terminal 1. For fare and route information, visit the VVS Transit website.

From Hauptbahnhof, passengers can change to numerous Deutsche Bahn, ICE, EC and IC high-speed trains travelling to Baden-Württemberg and beyond. For Deutsche Bahn train timetables, routes and fares, visit the Deutsche Bahn website.

Last updated: 2024-02-28

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.