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.

Where to Sleep

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

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 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

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

  • Svalbard Hotell | Polfareren – (10 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen Longyear – (10 minutes from the airport) Airport shuttle available for NOK 60 per person, one way. Return ticket is available at discount price. » Check Rates
  • Basecamp Hotel – (10 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle.» Check Rates
  • Coal Miner’s Cabins – (10 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle.» Check Rates
  • Spitsbergen Hotel – (10 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle.» Check Rates

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

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 & Drinks – The airport offers a snack bar. Location: unknown.

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

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

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.

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

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


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

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


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.


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: 2021-10-20

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.