Sleeping in Airports

Zagreb Airport Guide

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

on the first floor, there is a space with comfortable deck chairs where you can sleep. no security came to bother me. – sasukebaka

The airport’s official comment about sleeping in the airport: “Yes, it is possible to stay overnight in the airport. Zagreb Airport is open 24 hours, 365 days/year. However, passengers can stay in the landside area, immediately before the body check. Once passengers get to the airport our employees at the Information desk will provide them with relevant information regarding conditions of overnight stay at the airport.”

ZAG 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 Zagreb Airport Franjo Tuđman.

What to Expect

The brand new terminal at Zagreb Airport (code: ZAG) opened in 2017 and primarily handles European routes. Amenities include free WiFi and a few shops and eateries, though none are open 24 hours. Economy class passengers can pay to enter an airport lounge. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.

Zagreb Airport Guide
(Photo courtesy of a guest traveller / July 2019)

Sleeping in Zagreb Airport

The airport is OK with travellers spending the night, but campers are restricted to the landside area and should inform airport staff at the information desk. Seating is metal, so consider a sleeping bag for extra comfort. The mezzanine level on Floor 2 may provide some peace and quiet and an eye mask can help with bright lights. For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer shuttle service. See the Airport Hotels section below for locations or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

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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 the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are a few small hotels near Zagreb Airport.  The city center is 20+ minutes away.  Visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels in Zagreb, search deals and read traveller reviews.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge 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 to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Passes  Primeclass Lounge – Location: International Terminal Airside, opposite Gate 23. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.

Related Pages: Zagreb Airport Lounges

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free, unlimited Wifi is available at the Zagreb Airport, connect to the “Zagreb_Airport_Free” network.

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

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: Ground Floor • 2nd Floor.

Baby Care Facilities – If you are travelling with an infant, there are baby changing facilities available throughout the terminal.

Baggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage trolleys are available in the International and Domestic Arrivals areas.

Chapel – Available on the ground floor, to the left. Hours: unknown.

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. Locations: Airside, near Gate 12/13 and Airside, Gate 4/5.

Currency Exchange – ICE provides currency exchange services. Locations: Departures and Arrivals Halls. Hours: according to flight schedules.

Duty Free & Shopping – Aelia offers Duty Free shopping. In addition, a few shops are available including a Tisak Convenience shop in the Arrivals area.

Food & Drinks – It is not known if there are any 24 hour food concessions available. You will find:
» Landside: Antonia • Cafe Nero • Cakes & Bakes • POM.
» Airside: Brewmark Pub • Cafe Nero • Needstop • Spread.

Information Desk – Have any questions? Visit the airport information desk for assistance. Location: Ground Floor.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Medical Services – If you feel unwell or injure yourself, first aid services are available. Location: Ground Floor.

Mobile Charging – A reader tells us that in Terminal 1 (Airside)  “There are chairs and tables with USB A ports as well as power outlets located just after the duty-free. There are also standard power outlets and USB ports in front of the gates themselves.” (May 2022)

Postal Services – Drop off your last minute postcards to friends and family from airport’s mailbox. Location: Landside, Ground Floor.

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.

Smoking – Smoking is prohibited inside the airport, except in the designated smoking booths located on the 2nd Floor of the International/Domestic Departure Halls.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Airlines

Zagreb airport is served by the following airlines: Aeroflot • Aegean Airlines • Air Canada • Air France • Air Serbia • Air Transat • Austrian Airlines • British Airways • Brussels Airlines • Croatia Airlines • Czech Airlines • El Al AI Israel Airlines • Emirates • Eurowings • Iberia • KLM • Korean Air • LOT • Lufthansa • Norwegian • Qatar Airways • Sun d’Or • Swiss • Trade Air • Turkish Airlines • Vueling.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Buses

“Pleso prijevoz” airport shuttles offer scheduled service between the airport and Zagreb Central Bus Station. A one-way journey takes about 25 minutes. ZET (Zagreb Electrical Tram) line 290 runs between Kvaternik Square and Velika Gorica, stopping at Zagreb Airport and nearly 20 other stops along the way. Buses depart every 35 minutes in either direction.

Car Rentals

There are close to twenty car rental agencies onsite including: Active • Alamo / National / Enterprise • Avis / Budget • Dollar / Thrifty • Europcar • Fleet • Hertz • Last MInute • Nova & Right Cars • Sixt • UniRent and more.

Hotel Shuttles

See also Airport Hotels above.

Taxis

Metered taxis are readily available for hire on the ground floor, Arrivals level of the tournament.

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.