Sleeping in Airports

Sleeping in Heraklion Airport

sleeping in heraklion airportHas your flight out of Heraklion Airport been cancelled? Or do you have an early morning flight departure? If you don’t want to spend the last of your holiday money on an airport hotel and fancy roughing it for a night at the airport, our sleep guide will tell you all you need to know about sleeping at Heraklion Airport Nikos Kazantzakis.

Thanks to reviews from travellers who have attempted to sleep here, we have collated all their tips and advice to help you find the best places to sleep in Heraklion Airport.

If you have slept here and want to share tips or photos about your experience, write a review. This helps us keep our sleep guides up-to-date for future sleepy travellers.

For more information about what to do at the airport, visit our Heraklion Airport Guide.

Can I Sleep Overnight at Heraklion Airport?

Although the airport has recently undergone renovations, it would appear that these haven’t made it any more sleeper-friendly. Reviews of Heraklion Airport have gone downhill in recent years, with many travellers reporting a lot of garbage everywhere, dirty toilets and even stray cats and dogs wandering around the terminal building. The consensus is that this airport isn’t the best place to sleep overnight, so if you are unfortunate enough to get stuck here for long, you may want to consider a night at a hotel.

Where Can I Sleep at Heraklion Airport?

A few travellers say several couches are on the second floor before security. The rest of the chairs available are uncomfortable and not suitable for sleeping.

One traveller has reported that due to the airport’s layout, there is plenty of space for you to hide away while you try to get some shut-eye, so that’s a positive. If you want to spend the night sleeping here, we’d recommend bringing a sleeping mat to make the floor a bit more comfortable and ensure you have plenty of layers and maybe a blanket.

Read traveller reviews for more tips on where to sleep in Heraklion Airport.

Are There Lounges in Heraklion Airport?

You can pay to access a few lounges at Heraklion Airport. Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. The lounges offer a comfortable seat to relax before your flight.   Neither provides any sleep facilities. Learn more about lounges at Heraklion Airport.

Is There Anything Open 24 Hours in HER Airport?

Dining and shopping options are open throughout the airport at varying schedules. The airport has one restaurant, five bars, and an ice cream shop. There is one report of a food stall open late before security, but this can’t be guaranteed.

Where is the Nearest Airport Hotel?

If you’ve read past traveller reviews and decided that spending a night at Heraklion Airport is not for you, there are hotels within a short drive from the terminal. Visit our hotel partner, Tripadvisor, to see a list of hotels near Heraklion Airport that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Is it Safe to Sleep at Heraklion Airport?

At the time of this update, we have no reports from travellers commenting on safety issues at Heraklion Airport. However, always keep your wits about you, and if you’re not feeling safe, have an extra cup of coffee and sleep on the plane!

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 alone or with friends, it is good to know where security is. Know where their office is located and look for video cameras where 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 only earphones and a laptop bag strap, but without the attached iPods or laptops. The same goes for important documents and money. Keep these secure on your body so no one can get them without waking you up.
  • Secure Your Bags. You may want to padlock your bag to something if you are a deep sleeper. If your bags have zippers, turn the bag upside down (zippers to the floor) or sleep with your bag up against the wall, making it hard for someone to access it.
  • Choose to Stay Alert. If you don’t feel safe, drink coffee, stay alert, and stay awake. You can always sleep on the plane!

Have You Slept at Heraklion Airport?

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