If you’re dealing with a long layover or an early morning flight departure at Bogota airport, you might be wondering if it is possible to sleep in the airport. Our guide to sleeping in Bogota airport provides essential information for seasoned airport sleepers and newbies to help travellers arrive prepared for the experience.
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Sleeping in Bogota Airport
Locations & Seating
Airside areas tend to be more comfortable sleeping than the landside areas. There are quieter corners, armrest-free seating and benches, carpeted floors, and smart lights that allow for dimly lit areas. 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, a nook 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.
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At the time of this update, the airport has no designated rest zones.
If you’d rather ante up and spend some money for a good, solid sleep, you must exit the terminal 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 hotel deals at Bogota Airport.
While Bogota Airport has several lounges open to all travellers, none have 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 Bogota Airport Guide that you can pay to access.
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 else to cover your eyes, such as a shirt or towel.
Food & Drink
We cannot confirm whether 24-hour food concessions are available, so you may want to stock up on food and water beforehand.
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.
Security & Safety
Airport staff and security tolerate overnight sleepers, so you likely won’t be bothered trying to rest.
At the time of this update, we have no reports from travellers commenting on safety issues at Bogota 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.
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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