Sleeping in Airports

Sleeping in Helsinki Airport

sleeping in helsinki 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 Helsinki Airport.

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This guide was last updated: 29 August 2019. Read the latest traveller reviews.

Sleeping inside Helsinki Airport

Locations & Seating
Helsinki Airport South Pier Relaxation Zone
Photo courtesy of Finavia

The sleek and modern airport offers a good amount of seating, including armrest-free benches and reclining chairs scattered throughout. Not all gates have seating areas, so look about for a decent spot. If you want to sprawl out on the floor for some rest, seek out some carpeted areas, like in the Kainuu Lounge, or consider using a sleeping bag or sleep mat. If you wind up spending the night in the pre-Security public zone, you likely won’t be alone. The benches at the check-in desks fill up first, so arrive early to grab one.

Rest Zones

The Kainuu Lounge, at Gate 31, is a quieter place for travellers looking to unwind before their flight. Seating is pretty limited, but there are a few reclining lounge chairs. Travellers report that the carpet is fairly comfy for some rest.

Temperature
Helsinki Airport Kainuu
This place is pretty nice with some birds sounds that make you feel in the middle of the nature (Photo courtesy of sergiu / 21Sep2014)

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

At the time of this update, we have not received reports from travellers related to terminal brightness. During the summer months of June, July, and August, the summer sun only sets for a few short hours each night, and the effect is certainly felt thanks to the airport’s large windows.  Come prepared with eyeshades or something else to cover your eyes, such as a shirt or towel.

Noise

Overnight sleepers report that the airport is surprisingly quiet overnight, both in the pre-Secure and Secure areas. Still, it’s better to anticipate some staff arriving to open eateries around 3:00 AM – 4:00 AM, or for a cleaning crew to pass you. It’s always a good idea to travel 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. Head to the pay-to-enter [email protected] Lounge or the Aspire Lounge in Terminal 2. See our Helsinki Airport Guide for details.

Food & Drink

When you get the midnight munchies or give up trying to sleep and need a coffee to stay awake, 24-hour food concessions are available. Check out these vendors:

  • Cafe Tori (Terminal 2, inside Security, Gates 26-27)
  • Nordic Kitchen (Terminal 2, inside Security, Gate 24)
  • Ulappa (Terminal 2, Departures Level).
  • Alepa grocery store (Terminal 2, pre-Security, Arrivals Hall 2B)
Security & Safety

Airport staff are quite tolerant of overnight sleepers, and a few travellers report that the security contributes to the overall feeling of safety. Staff generally leave you alone, but don’t be too surprised if you get a wake-up for ID and ticket checks.

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

If you are looking for a private place to nap for a few hours in between flights, check out the Finnair Lounge in Terminal 2, open to any Finnair ticket-holder. In addition to offering a comfortable and relaxing environment, they have a few private sleep rooms that can be rented. Rooms can be booked at the lounge door. For details on this lounge and other pay-to-enter lounges, check out our Helsinki Airport Guide.

Hotels

Helsinki Airport: GoSleep pods
Photo courtesy of Finavia

Prefer some privacy and comfort? If you would like a good solid sleep between flights without the stress of going through security, in-transit sleep pods are available. GoSleep Pods are individual sleep chairs with their own covers that offer privacy and a place to securely store your personal items. Rent for 1 hour or longer, and choose from a couple different packages. Location: Terminal 2, Airside, 3rd Floor, near Gate 28 (Schengen Zone).

Traditionals hotels are also located at the airport, with day rooms available. They are located in pre-Secure areas, so you’ll have to re-enter Security for your next flight. For details and locations, see our Helsinki Airport Guide.

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