Sleeping in Airports

Sleeping in Boston Airport

sleeping in boston airport

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

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Sleeping in Boston Airport Overnight

Boston Airport technically stays open 24 hours, but the Security checkpoints for each terminal close nightly. Travellers staying the night at the airport are required to remain on the landside/public area. If you are already inside of the airside areas, be prepared to be asked to leave and spend the rest of the night in the landside area until security checkpoints begin opening around 4:00 AM.

Locations & Seating

The landside areas are not the most sleep-conducive, mainly thanks to limited seating, cold temps, and tiled floors. What seating does exist is likely equipped with armrests. You’ll probably end up trying to sleep on the floor, in which case your best scenario is finding a spot away from most foot traffic.

Here are good sleep spots that travellers have reported:

  • Terminal A, Floor 3, just before the people-mover heading to the Hilton Hotel, is a small, dark nook, perhaps with an art display in it. Bring an extra layer to cushion the tile floor.
  • Terminal C’s baggage claim area has a few benches without armrests.
  • Terminal E has a few armrest-free benches, particularly at the far end near the 9/11 banners.

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Rest Zones

Boston Airport has casual rest zones with rocking chairs located throughout the terminals. Unfortunately, there are no recliners.

Hotels

Boston airport hotelsPrefer some privacy and comfort? If you would like a good, solid sleep between flights without straying far from the terminal, the Hilton Boston Logan Airport Hotel is on airport property. You can access the hotel by climate-controlled sky bridge from Terminals A and E or by calling the hotel for free shuttle pick-up. This hotel is located on the landside/public side, so you must process through security before your flight. There are plenty of off-site hotels and many offer airport shuttle service.  Here are a few:

  • Courtyard by Marriott Boston Logan Airport » Check Rates
  • Embassy Suites by Hilton Boston at Logan Airport » Check Rates
  • Hilton Garden Inn Boston Logan Airport » Check Rates
  • Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor » Check Rates
  • TownePlace Suites Boston Logan Airport/Chelsea » Check Rates

For more options, visit TripAdvisor to find hotel deals at Boston Airport.

Lounges

Boston airport loungesWhile Boston Airport has several lounges, 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 Boston Airport Guide that you can pay to access.

Weather Delays

Boston Airport Cots
(Photo courtesy of Omar / 06Dec2011)

Boston Airport sees more than its fair share of flight cancellations due to bad weather, particularly in the winter, but this means they are more prepared than other airports. When mass cancellations happen at Boston Airport, cots are available for stranded passengers who opt against getting a hotel room, but they can be tricky to locate. Ask an airline or airport employee or use a courtesy phone to reach someone with access to this information. (Note: Cots cannot be reserved in advance, and they are not available nightly).

More Airport Services & Facilities

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

Airport Conditions

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

  • Temperature – Firstly, the airport can get quite cold at night, so bring a blanket, a sleep mat, or even a sleeping bag to keep yourself warm. Additionally, a hoodie or jacket can be helpful in case the terminal gets colder than expected.
  • Lighting – Most landside areas at the airport stay brightly lit throughout the night, so bring something to cover your eyes, such as eyeshades, a shirt, or a towel.
  • Noise – Although you might think that the noise level would decrease as flights stop for the night, that is not always the case. Airport announcements run frequently throughout the evening, and early-morning cleaning crews may make some noise. However, this may serve as a more polite wake-up call than security staff waking you up. Bring noise-cancelling headphones or a white noise app on your phone to block the noise.

Security & Safety

Airport staff seem to tolerate airport sleepers if you’re in the right spot. Security guards will relocate travellers in the Secure zone to the pre-security/public areas for the night.

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