Sleeping in Airports

Sleeping in Austin Airport

sleeping in austin airport

If you’re dealing with a long layover or an early morning flight departure at Austin Airport, you might be wondering if it is possible to sleep in the airport. Our guide to sleeping in Austin airport provides essential information for seasoned airport sleepers and newbies to help travellers arrive prepared for the experience.

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Can You Sleep at Austin Airport Overnight?

Austin Airport isn’t the most sleep-friendly airport, but staying in the terminal overnight is possible. Only passengers with a late connecting flight can sleep airside in the Barbara Jordan Terminal. Other travellers will be moved landside when the security checkpoints close.

Where Are The Best Places to Sleep in Austin Airport?

If you’re lucky to sleep airside while waiting for your next flight, you can rest on the leather chairs in the Southwest Boarding Area. These are the most comfortable options, but competition is fierce, so if you see a free chair, bounce on it and enjoy your rest.

Reviewers also suggest that Gates 1 and 8 are quieter than the others.

You’ll have better luck catching some shuteye on the landside in the baggage/check-in areas. While most of the seating has armrests, some armrest-free seating options can be found. If you spot one, grab it quickly, as they tend to be very popular with airport sleepers. Alternatively, you might need to sleep on the floor. If this is the case, come prepared with a sleep mat (or even a small blow-up mattress as another traveller did!) and extra layers.

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Is There Anything Open 24 Hours at Austin Airport?

If you’ve given up trying to sleep and the midnight munchies kick in, you won’t have much luck in AUS Airport as no dining options are open 24 hours a day. You will find some vending machines, but they are not always reliable.

Does Austin Airport Have Airport Lounges?

Austin Airport has a few lounges that you can pay to access. Although, none of these are reported to have dedicated sleep or rest areas. Check out our Austin Airport Guide for more lounge information.

Are There Any Hotels Within Walking Distance of Austin-Bergstrom Airport?

There are no hotels directly at the airport, but there are several nearby, with some offering shuttle service:

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Austin-Bergstrom Airport that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Safety & Security

We do not have any reports of safety issues at AUS Airport. However, sleeping in any airport can include a certain level of risk, especially when travelling alone. It’s important to take certain precautions to ensure your safety and the security of your valuables. Here are a few tips:

  • Safety First. It’s a good idea to know where the security office is located and look for video cameras where you plan to sleep. You can also ask the security personnel for advice on the safest places to spend the night.
  • Don’t Seclude Yourself. If you’re travelling alone, we recommend you stay near other travellers or close to security. This will help you feel more secure and deter potential thieves.
  • Hide Your Valuables. It’s also important to hide your valuables. Don’t leave them out in plain view, as this could make you a target for theft. Additionally, if you are a deep sleeper, you may want to padlock your bag to something or sleep with your bag up against a wall to make it harder for someone to access zippers and pockets. We have received reports of sleepers who woke up without their phones and laptop bags. The travellers were left with just their headphones and laptop bag strap.
  • Stay Alert. It’s best to stay alert and awake if you feel unsafe or uncomfortable. Drink coffee or other caffeinated beverages to help you stay awake, and remember that you can always catch up on sleep during your flight. These simple precautions can help you enjoy a safe night at the airport.

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