Sleeping in Airports

Sleeping in London Luton Airport

sleeping in london luton 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 London Luton Airport.

Our guide is updated with the help of airport sleepers who tell us about their experiences at London Luton 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: 29 June 2018. Read the latest traveller reviews.

Sleeping inside London Luton Airport

Locations & Seating
London Luton Airport
(Photo courtesy of a Guest traveller / 03Nov2008)

With very limited seating, a small terminal full of shops, and many travellers, good sleep spots are few and far between. Keep your eyes peeled for a seat, even if it’s hard and has armrests. In general, there is more seating in the pre-Secure areas. Most travellers point to the benches in the Arrivals area as the best area for napping. Sleeping or simply sitting on the hard floor is the likeliest option, so bring along an extra layer or two, or even a sleeping bag, to make the best of your time here.

Here are good sleep spots that travellers have reported:

  • Gates 5-6, there are a couple sofas and 3 soft armchairs.
  • Push together chairs in the food court at night, when cafes and eateries are closed.
Rest Zones

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

Temperature

Do plan on cold temps inside the airport, particularly at night.  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.  Arrive prepared with eyeshades or something else to cover your eyes, such as a shirt or towel.

Noise

Noise is pretty much nonstop here, but nothing that your earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones can’t fix for you. During the day, it’s the usual sounds of boarding calls on loudspeakers, travellers chatting, and music and TVs blaring. At night, the loudest sounds come from the other travellers around you and occasional cleaning crews. The airport starts waking up around 3:00 AM, so beyond this point, don’t expect much quiet.

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. Locations: the pay-to-enter Aspire Lounge. See our London Luton 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 in the pre-Security areas: Starbucks (2 locations), the Great British Sausage Company, and M&S Simply Food grocery store. Wasabi is open 24-hours inside Security.

Security & Safety

Airport staff and security do seem to tolerate a lot of overnight sleepers. (In fact, it’s more about whether you can tolerate this airport!)

We have no recent reports from travellers commenting on safety issues at London Luton Airport. Older reports indicated some homeless or vagrant folks wondering the public, pre-Secure zones, especially at night. 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 Aspire Executive & VIP Lounge. In addition to offering a comfortable place to hang out, they have a few semi-private sleep pods that can be rented for 20 minutes at a time (talk about a cat nap!). Rooms can be booked at the lounge door. For more information, check out our London Luton Airport Guide.

Hotels

Prefer some privacy and comfort? If you would like a good solid hotel sleep, you have some options, but you will have to leave the airport. Several hotels re located within a 10-minute walk or a 5-minute drive, and some offer free or paid shuttle service. See our London Luton Airport Guide for details and locations.

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