Sleeping in Airports

Sleeping in Düsseldorf Airport

sleeping in düsseldorf airportWhether 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 Düsseldorf Airport.

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

This guide was last updated: 01 October 2019. Read the latest traveller reviews.

Sleeping inside Düsseldorf Airport Overnight

The Düsseldorf Airport technically stays open 24-hours, but the areas inside of Security do close for the night, around 10:00PM, when Security checkpoints shut down. Unfortunately, if you’re already inside the secure areas, you’ll have to relocate to the pre-Security areas and then re-enter Security when it opens around 4:00AM.

Locations & Seating

Airport Sleep GuideThe good news about spending the night in the pre-Security areas is that travellers agree it is the more comfortable side, with more sofas and benches, especially in the cafes and restaurants. It seems you can move some chairs around for makeshift beds. When you are inside Security and milling about the Gate areas, you’ll find a mix of seats with and without armrests.

One good sleep spots that travellers have reported in pre-Security are the benches that line the retail concourse, which runs behind and parallel to the main concourse.

Rest Zones

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

Temperature

At the time of this update, we have not received reports from travellers related to terminal temperature. Still, you can likely expect the airport to cool down at night, as air conditioning continues to run and fewer people are inside.  Arrive prepared with a blanket or even a sleeping bag. A hoodie provides extra warmth if the terminal gets even colder.

Lighting

The pre-Secure areas stay well-lit during the night, which may make it harder to sleep.   Come prepared with eyeshades or something else to cover your eyes, such as a shirt or towel.

Noise

Daytime sleepers can expect to hear frequent announcements and regular buzz from fellow travellers. No overnight flights means the airport quiets down significantly, with little overhead announcements or music. The only real noise may come from the cleaning crews, but they tend to pass by pretty quickly. As a precaution, you should come prepared with earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones.

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.

Showers

Freshen up (and loosen those stiff muscles) with a shower before your flight. Shower facilities are available in the pay-to-enter Hugo Junkers Lounge, in International Terminal B. See our Düsseldorf Airport Guide for details.

Food & Drink

When you get the midnight munchies or give up on sleep and need a coffee to stay awake, 24-hour food concessions are available. Check out these vendors: b2b in the Secure zone, and McDonald’s and McCafe in the pre-Secure areas.

Security & Safety

Airport staff are generally quite tolerant of airport sleepers, especially overnight, as long as you’re in the public pre-Secure areas.

Many travellers reported feeling safe at Düsseldorf Airport. One reviewer noted some shady characters and homeless folks milling about in the Baggage Claim area, but only saw travellers just one floor up, at the check-in areas

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.

Lounges

Düsseldorf Airport has a few lounges, but none 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 Düsseldorf Airport Guide that you can pay to access.

Hotels

If you prefer to shell out for some privacy and comfort, two hotels are located at the airport, though you will need to leave the Secure airport areas to reach them. The Maritim Hotel is connected to Terminal C by a pedestrian bridge, and day rooms are available. The Sheraton Düsseldorf Airport Hotel is on premises, located on the roof of the P3 Car Park, just a couple minutes’ walk from arrivals; day rooms are available between 8:00AM – 5:00PM.  See our Düsseldorf Airport Guide for information on additional nearby hotels.

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