Sleeping in Airports

Sleeping in Baltimore Airport

sleeping in baltimore airportWhether your situation calls for a short nap or an overnight slumber, this sleep guide will give you the essential information needed to prepare you for sleeping in Baltimore Airport.

Our guide is updated with the help of airport sleepers who tell us about their experiences at Baltimore Airport.  If you have a tip or photos to share, please take a moment to write a review to help us keep this sleep guide up-to-date!

Covid-19 Update: This sleep guide was written before Covid-19, so the information may have changed.  In October 2021, we will be starting our first guide update since March 2020.  A lot has changed, so it’s going to be a massive update.  If you are interested in helping,  click here to add or update information or write a review to add tips or share photos to help future travellers .

This guide was last updated: 11 November 2019. Read the latest traveller reviews.

Sleeping in Baltimore Airport

Locations & Seating

Travellers report plenty of seating, though a good amount 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 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

Rest Zones

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

Airport Environment

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 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. Pay to enter Roam Fitness, a state-of-the-art gym in Concourse D. For $25, you get access to the gym and complimentary workout gear and shoes, plus a 15-minute shower reservation, with included toiletries.

Food & Drink

When you get the midnight munchies or give up trying to sleep and need a coffee to stay awake, 24-hour food concessions are available. Check out this vendor: McDonald’s is located post-Security, near Gate A2.


Baltimore airport hotelsPrefer some privacy and comfort? There are several nearby hotels offering free airport shuttles.  See the hotel section in our Airport Guide for locations or visit Tripadvisor to find hotels deals at Baltimore Airport.


Baltimore airport loungesWhile Baltimore Airport has a couple lounges, neither have designated sleep rooms or rest areas. If you just want to relax in a comfortable seat, check out this list of lounges in our Baltimore Airport Guide that you can pay to access.

Security & Safety

Once checkpoints close late at night, travellers are unable to enter areas inside Security, so you’ll be relegated to the public, pre-Security area until morning.

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

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.

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