Sleeping in Airports

Sleeping in Manchester Airport

sleeping in manchester 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 Manchester Airport.

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This guide was last updated: 7 October 2019. Read the latest traveller reviews.

Sleeping in Manchester Airport

Locations & Seating

Of the airport’s three terminals, travellers report the best seating in Terminal 1, where you’ll find plenty of armrest-free seats and benches, especially inside Security. Terminal 2 has a good amount of benches, too, but can be louder at night. Terminal 3 is the least comfortable, with few seating options and limited amenities. If you’re arriving late at night or early in the morning, before Security lines open, expect full benches and many travellers scattered on the floors. Wherever you rest for the night, don’t forget your earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones, as noise is a common complaint.

One traveller specifically recommended the level above the bus station, where there’s a quiet corner or two, but beware that no airport announcements are broadcast here.

Rest Zones

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

Airport Environment

We have not received any recent 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: Anticipate the noise of other travellers, as well as announcements and cleaning crews, particularly at night.
  • 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.


Freshen up (and loosen those stiff muscles) with a shower before your flight. The Radisson Blu Hotel, connected via walkway to Terminals 1 and 2, offers a shower-and-change package for £6.50. For £12, you get access to the showers plus the hotel’s leisure facilities.

Food & Drink

When you get the midnight munchies or give up trying to sleep and need a coffee to stay awake, there are a couple options that stay open nearly all night: Inside Security in Terminal 1, Grain Loft is open from 6:00AM – 4:00AM, and pre-Security in Terminal 2, a WHSmith convenience store is also open from 6:00AM – 4:00AM.


Manchester airport hotelsDo you prefer the privacy and comfort of a hotel room? There is one hotel located directly at the airport.  The Radisson Blu Hotel Manchester Airport is connected to Terminals 1 and 2 by Skylink, a covered, elevated walkway. Additional hotels are located within a short walk or drive of the airport.  See the hotel section in our Airport Guide for locations or visit Tripadvisor to find hotels deals at Manchester Airport.


Manchester airport loungesThough Manchester Airport has several lounges, none offer designated sleep rooms or rest areas. If you just want to relax in a comfortable seat, check out this list of lounges in our Manchester Airport Guide that you can pay to access.

Security & Safety

Airport staff seem to tolerate most overnight sleepers, as evidenced by the many people who do camp out.

It seems that travellers do feel safe here. 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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