Sleeping in Airports

Svalbard Airport Guide

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

We came there around 23h and it was pretty easy to find a couch to try to get some rest. – a traveller

LYR 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 Svalbard Longyear Airport.

What to Expect

svalbard longyear airport guideSvalbard Longyear Airport (code: LYR) has a small terminal that serves the Svalbard Islands and mainland Norway. Facilities are limited to a snack bar and two shops. WiFi is free for for two-hour sessions, but you can log in repeatedly.

Sleeping in Svalbard Airport

Due to very limited operating hours, overnight stays are not possible. For uninterrupted sleep, hotels are nearby. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Some airport reviews and tips in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. 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.

For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Svalbard 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

There are no hotels at Svalbard Airport, but all of the area hotels are within a 10-15 minute driving distance.  Visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels in Longyearbyen, search deals and read traveller reviews.

Airport Lounges

As of this update we were unable to confirm whether the airport has any first class or business lounges. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Svalbard Airport for 4 hours. Connect to the “Airport Free WiFi” network. Simply log in again after your 4 hours expires. Alternatively you can pay for an upgraded service.

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

ATMs / Cash Machines – Not available.

Food & DrinksAt the time of this update, there is only a food kiosk available at the departure hall.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free shopping is available as well as one souvenir shop.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – Should you need to charge your mobile phones or laptops, power outlets are available throughout the airport.

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.

SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Airport Hours

The airport hours are 10:00AM – 4:00PM.

Airlines

Svalbard Longyear airport is served by the following airlines: SAS • Norwegian.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

An airport bus is available for all departures and arrivals, connecting passengers to the city center with stops at hotels along the way. At the time of this update, the fare is NOK 75 for the 15 minute ride.

Car Rental

Arctic Autorrent offers car rental services onsite.

Hotel Shuttles

See also Airport Hotels above.

Taxis

Metered taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area. A one-way journey between the airport and the city center takes only five minutes and costs approximately NOK 200.

Last updated: 2022-10-28

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.