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 Bogota Airport.
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This guide was last updated: 20 June 2018. Read the latest traveller reviews.
Sleeping in Bogota Airport
Locations & Seating
Areas inside Security tend to be more comfortable sleeping than the pre-Security areas. There are quieter corners, armrest-free seating and benches, carpeted floors, and smart lights that allow for dimly-lit areas. It seems you can’t enter the International Departures area until 5 hours before your flight, so you may have to pass some in the less comfortable Domestic Departures area.
Here are a few sleep spots that travellers have reported:
- Gate 32 has lounge chairs.
- The floor space near the food court is said to be comfortable.
- In front of the Police Station, there’s a nook that offers some peace and quiet.
- The Domestic Arrivals area, before you reach Baggage Claim, is quiet and has armrest-free seats conducive for stretching out.
At the time of this update, the airport has no designated rest zones.
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. Locations: the Avianca Sala VIP Lounge and the Sala VIP LATAM Lounge, both in the International Departures area, Floor 3. See our Bogota Airport Guide for details on entering these lounges.
Food & Drink
We are unable to confirm whether 24-hour food concessions are available, so you may want to stock up on food and water ahead of time.
If you’d rather ante up and spend some money on a good solid sleep, you’ll need to exit the airport and head to a nearby hotel. Many nearby hotels offer free airport shuttle service. See the hotel section in our Airport Guide for locations or visit Tripadvisor to find hotels deals at Bogota Airport.
While Bogota Airport has several lounges open to all travellers, none have designated sleep rooms or rest areas. If you simply want to relax in a comfortable seat, check out this list of lounges in our Bogota Airport Guide that you can pay to access.
Security & Safety
Airport staff and security tolerate overnight sleepers, so you likely won’t be bothered for trying to rest.
At the time of this update, we have no reports from travellers commenting on safety issues at Bogota 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. If you are sleeping in the public zone, make sure they are actual travellers and not homeless people – it is sometimes hard to tell in certain airports.
- 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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