Sleeping in Airports

Sleeping in Frankfurt Hahn Airport

sleeping in frankfurt hahn 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 Frankfurt Hahn Airport.

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

Sleeping in Frankfurt Hahn Airport Overnight

While the Frankfurt Hahn Airport technically stays open 24-hours, the areas secure zone closes when Security checkpoints close for the night. Any travellers in the secure zone will need to relocate to the public area until Security re-opens in the morning.

Locations & Seating

Frankfurt Hahn airport sleeper
(Photo courtesy of Nuno / 06oct2009)

In general, the seating here is somewhat limited, particularly at the Gates just before a flight departs. There are armrest-free benches scattered throughout Terminals 1 and 2, but many are metal. The airport is small enough that it’s easy to walk back and forth until you can find a sleep spot. Sleeping on the floor is a decent option, as long as you’ve brought something soft to cushion the hard tiles. There is some carpeting in certain corners, too. Surprisingly, more than one traveller had success sleeping on the luggage conveyor belts!

Travellers have specifically reported sleeping on the floor around the rental car counters, for some privacy.

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 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.

Showers

Unfortunately, there are no showers available to freshen up.

Food & Drink

When you get the midnight munchies or give up trying to sleep and need a coffee to stay awake, a McDonald’s is open 24-hours, in the pre-Security Area A.

Hotels

frankfurt hahn airport hotelsIf you’d prefer to spend money for the privacy and comfort a hotel offers, there are a few hotels located within a 3-minute drive of the airport, and one offers day rooms. See the hotel section in our Airport Guide for locations or visit Tripadvisor to find hotels deals at Hahn Airport.

Lounges

frankfurt hahn airport loungesThere are no pay-to-use lounges at Frankfurt Hahn Airport.

Security & Safety

Security staff are tolerant of the many overnight sleepers, though you’ll need to be in the pre-Secure areas. If not, they’ll be directing you where to head.

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