Whether you are an experienced airport sleeper or new to the game, this sleep guide will give you the essential information to better prepare you for sleeping in Adelaide Airport.
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Sleeping in Adelaide Airport Overnight
Adelaide Airport closes every night from 11:00PM – 4:00AM, though it seems that if you’re already inside the terminal before closing time, you are allowed to remain inside the public area/landside. Be safe by having a backup plan ready!
Locations & Seating
Most seats have armrests, which makes it difficult to spread out, but travellers have reported success in finding quiet nooks and corners for resting.
At the time of this update, there are no designated rest zones within the airport.
At the time of this update, we have not received reports from travellers related to the overall terminal environment, such as temperature, lighting, and noise. In general, here are some good expectations:
- Temperature: Expect the airport to cool down at night, with air conditioning running and fewer people inside.
- Noise: Even as overnight flights slow down or stop entirely, the airport may still run announcements and cleaning crews may make the rounds, so anticipate some noise.
- Lighting: The airport may stay bright thanks to around-the-clock lights, but certain corners may be dimly lit.
Arrive prepared! We recommend earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones, an extra layer of warmth, and eyeshades or something else to cover your eyes, such as a shirt or towel.
Pro-tip: If you chose a spot near any eateries, keep in mind that the staff arrive early and they can get pretty loud in the kitchen.
Freshen up (and loosen those stiff muscles) with a shower before your flight. The Qantas Club has shower facilities, though you’ll need to be flying elite status or belong to the Qantas’ lounge program to gain entry.
Food & Drink
As there are no 24-hour food concessions available, you will need to stock up on food and water before the food concessions close for the night.
Prefer the privacy and comfort of a hotel room? The Atura Adelaide Airport Hotel is connected to both terminals and offers day use rooms between 9:00AM and 5:00PM. Several hotels are located within a 15-minute drive of the airport, some with paid shuttle services. See the hotel section in our Airport Guide for locations or visit Tripadvisor to find hotels deals at Adelaide Airport.
While Adelaide Airport has a couple lounges, neither have sleep rooms or rest areas. If you just want to relax in a comfortable seat, check out this list of lounges in our Adelaide Airport Guide that you can pay to access.
Security & Safety
Because the airport closes nightly between 11:00 PM and 4:00 AM, there are Security guards who make sure you are allowed to spend the night. If you can get inside the airport before 11:00 PM curfew and security check, you should be able to stay the night. Still, it’s a good idea to have a backup plan for somewhere else to sleep.
Pro-tip: If you are sleeping in the public zone, don’t be surprised if you receive an early morning wake-up call. Security is known to make the rounds waking people up as travellers begin to arrive for morning flights.
At the time of this update, we have no reports from travellers commenting on safety issues at Adelaide Airport. As a precaution, here are a few tips to ensure you have a safe airport sleeping experience:
- Know Where Security is Located. Whether you are sleeping in the airport by yourself or with friends, it is good to know where security is. Know where their office is located and look for video cameras in the spot you decide to stay the night. Ask security where it is safe to spend the night. They’ve probably seen many airport sleepers before you and they will direct you to a safe spot.
- Don’t Seclude Yourself. If you are travelling alone we recommend that you sleep near other travellers or close to security.
- Hide Your Valuables. Don’t leave all your mobile devices out in plain view. We have received reports from people who woke up with earphones and no ipod and a laptop bag strap and no laptop bag (or laptop). Same goes with important documents and money. Keep these secure on your body, so that no one can get them without waking you up.
- Secure Your Bags. If you are a deep sleeper, you may want to padlock your bag to something. If your bags have zippers turn the bag upside down (zippers to the floor) or sleep with your bag up against the wall, so that it would be hard for someone to access.
- Choose to Stay Alert. If you don’t feel safe, drink coffee and stay awake and be alert. You can always sleep on the plane!
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