Sleeping in Airports

Surat Thani Airport Guide

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

Free wifi at cafe up near departures lounge and also downstairs at a snack shop.
– a traveller

Sleeping in Surat Thani airport is not permitted. You will be kicked out and forced to camp outside the terminal.

URT Airport Overview

surat thani airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Surat Thani Airport.

What to Expect

Surat Thani Airport (code: URT) has a small terminal that handles a few domestic and regional routes. Amenities include a few cafes and snack bars, a mini-library, and a few shops, including duty-free. WiFi is available in some cafes as well as the airport lounge.

Where to Sleep

This airport seems to close nightly, so overnight stays are not permitted. Have a backup plan if you’re camping out. For uninterrupted sleep, hotels are in the vicinity. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info 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.

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 Surat Thani Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • S Tara Grand Hotel – (21 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • 100 Islands Resort & Spa – (24 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Siam Thani Hotel – (27 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Surat Thani Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

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.

Thai Airways Royal Orchid Lounge – Location: Domestic Terminal, Airside.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available in Surat Thani Airport at participating cafes and inside the lounge.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

Duty Free & Shopping – Limited duty-free shopping is available, along with a few souvenir shops.

Food & Drinks – There are two small cafes and quite a few coffee and snack shops available in the airport. At the time of this update, we are unable to confirm the availability of 24 hour dining.

Library – Bookworms rejoice! A mini-library is available at the airport.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – A reader tells us there are “Plenty of sockets for charging downstairs. 1 restaurant, 1 cafe, several coffee shops).  (November 2019)

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

A  reader tells us the airport “closes at 11:30pm (anyone inside the airport will get kicked out and forced to stay outside) The airport opened again at 4:30 am. ”  (March 2019)


Surat Thani airport is served by the following airlines:  Air China • New Gen Airways • Nok Air • Spring Airlines • Thai AirAsia • Thai Smile • Thai Lion Air.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Shared minivan and bus transfers are available to Surat Thani city, Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Krabi, Pang Nga and Phuket. Visit the booth in the Arrivals area for more information.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies are available onsite: Avis • Budget • Europcar • Hertz • Sixt • Thai Rent A Car.


Taxis and tuk-tuks are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area.

Last updated: 2019-12-13

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.