Sleeping in Airports

Sleeping in Glasgow International Airport

sleeping in glasgow airportWhether your situation calls for a short nap or an overnight slumber, this sleep guide will give you the essential information needed to prepare you for sleeping in Glasgow International Airport.

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This guide was last updated: 02 October 2019. Read the latest traveller reviews.

Sleeping in Glasgow International Airport

Locations & Seating

This airport is generally friendly to overnight sleepers, with a decent amount of seating throughout the airport. Some areas have more comfortable options, like benches and couches. Consider pushing a couple chairs together for a makeshift bed.

Here are good sleep spots that travellers have reported:

  • Floor 2’s food court is where many overnight sleepers congregate, as restaurants here close for the night.
  • Terminal 2 had some carpeting where travellers spread out, but a recent review suggests this area may be temporarily or permanently closed.
  • Pre-Security, there are rows of benches near the Tesco Express.

Rest Zones

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


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.


The pre-Secure zones in particular seem to be brightly lit throughout the night. Come prepared with eyeshades or something else to cover your eyes, such as a shirt or towel.


Noise seems to be the biggest complaint, especially overnight. Even if you are getting some good shuteye on a comfortable couch or bench, restaurant crews arrive between 2:00 AM – 3:00 AM, chatting and playing loud music. Occasional cleaning crews come through, too. If you can find a quieter corner, you may have better luck. 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.


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, head to the Tesco Express Supermarket. Open 24-hours in the pre-Security area.


glasgow international airport hotelsIf you’d prefer to spend money on privacy, comfort, and a good sleep, you’ll have to exit the airport for a hotel. Luckily, the Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express are located within short walking distance. See the hotel section in our Airport Guide for locations or visit Tripadvisor to find hotels deals at Glasgow International Airport.


glasgow international airport loungesGlasgow International Airport has one pay-to-use lounge, but it does not have a designated sleep room or rest area. If you just want to relax in a comfortable lounge environment, our Glasgow International Airport Guide has the details.

Security & Safety

Travellers report that the airport staff is generally tolerant of sleepers. Security guards seem to mill about for much of the night, adding to the sense of safety.

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 or close to security.
  • 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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