Sleeping in Airports

Sleeping in Baltimore Airport

sleeping in baltimore airport

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

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Sleeping in Baltimore Airport

Locations & Seating

Travellers report plenty of seating, though much of it has armrests. Most benches are wooden or metal, so a layer of softness, like a sleep mat or sleeping bag, will help you rest. Here are a few sleep spots that travellers have recommended:

  • Concourse C has some armrest-free seating.
  • Concourses D and E have padded benches, narrow couches, and quieter corners for some privacy.
  • The observation deck isn’t as bright as other areas

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Rest Zones

At the time of this update, there are no designated rest zones within the airport.


Baltimore airport hotelsWould you prefer some privacy and comfort? There are no hotels directly at the airport, but there are several nearby hotels. Here are a few:

  • Aloft BWI Baltimore Washington International Airport » Check Rates
  • BWI Airport Marriott » Check Rates
  • Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, BWI Airport » Check Rates
  • Courtyard by Marriott Baltimore BWI Airport » Check Rates
  • Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport » Check Rates
  • Holiday Inn Baltimore Bwi Airport, an IHG Hotel » Check Rates
  • La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Baltimore BWI Airport » Check Rates
  • Red Roof PLUS+ Baltimore – Washington DC/BWI Airport » Check Rates
  • Wingate by Wyndham Baltimore BWI Airport » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to find hotel deals at Baltimore Airport.


Baltimore airport loungesWhile Baltimore Airport has a few lounges, neither has designated sleep rooms or rest areas. If you only want to relax in a comfortable seat for a few hours before your flight, check out this list of lounges in our Baltimore Airport Guide that you can pay to access.

More Airport Services & Facilities

For information about drinking water, 24-hour food & drink options, luggage storage, showers, mobile charging and WiFi, visit our Baltimore Airport Guide.

Airport Conditions

If you plan to spend the night at the airport, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • 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, eyeshades, or something to cover your eyes, such as a shirt or towel.

Security & Safety

Once checkpoints close late at night, travellers cannot enter areas airside, so you’ll be relegated to the public/landside area until morning.

At the time of this update, we have no reports from travellers commenting on safety issues at Baltimore 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 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.

Pro-tip: If you sleep 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 arrive for morning flights.

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