Sleeping in Airports

Sleeping in Melbourne Tullamarine Airport

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(photo courtesy of a guest reviewer / February 2021)

If you’re dealing with a long layover or an early morning flight departure at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, you might be wondering if it is possible to sleep in the airport. Our guide to sleeping in Melbourne airport provides essential information for seasoned airport sleepers and newbies to help travellers arrive prepared for the experience.

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Sleeping in Melbourne Airport Overnight

The Melbourne Tullamarine Airport technically stays open 24 hours, though Terminal 4 may shut down around midnight until security checkpoints re-open in the morning. If you’re already inside the other terminals before closing time, you may be allowed to remain inside the landside areas. Be safe by having a backup plan ready!

Locations & Seating

This is a less sleep-friendly airport, as a lot of seating has armrests and few quiet corners. Still, if you’re OK with sleeping on the floor, especially with layers to soften the tile floors, there should be plenty of space to stretch out.

Here are good sleep spots that travellers have reported:

  • Terminal 1 has benches in the Arrivals area, especially near the Qantas area.
  • Terminal 3, landside, there’s a corridor near the security checkpoint that is relatively quiet.
  • The corridor connecting Terminals 3 and 4 is relatively quiet and may be carpeted.

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Rest Zones

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


Melbourne Tullamarine airport hotelsDo you prefer some privacy and comfort? If you want a good, solid sleep before an early morning flight, the ParkRoyal Melbourne International Airport is within walking distance, and several more hotels are nearby. Here are a few options:

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to find hotel deals at Tullamarine Airport.


Melbourne Tullamarine airport loungesWhile Melbourne Tullamarine Airport has several lounges, none have designated sleep rooms or rest areas. If you want to relax in a comfortable environment, check out this list of lounges in our Melbourne Tullamarine Airport Guide that you can pay to access.

More Airport Services & Facilities

For information about drinking water, 24-hour food & drink options, luggage storage, showers, mobile charging and WiFi, visit our Melbourne Tullamarine Airport Guide.

Airport Conditions

If you plan to spend the night at the airport, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Temperature: Expect the airport to cool down at night, with air conditioning running and fewer people inside.
  • Noise: Even as overnight flights slow, the airport may still run announcements, and cleaning crews may make the rounds, so anticipate some noise.
  • Lighting: The airport may stay bright, but certain corners may be dimly lit.

Arrive prepared! We recommend earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones, an extra layer of warmth, eyeshades, or something else to cover your eyes, such as a shirt or towel.

Security & Safety

Airport staff seem OK with overnight travellers; however, there may be specific protocols on where they’ll let you stay overnight.

The good news is we have no reports from travellers commenting on safety issues at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport. However, sleeping in any airport can include a certain level of risk, especially when travelling alone. It’s important to take certain precautions to ensure your safety and the security of your valuables. Here are a few tips:

  • Safety First. It’s a good idea to know where the security office is and look for video cameras where you plan to sleep. You can also ask the security personnel for advice on the safest places to spend the night.
  • Don’t Seclude Yourself. If you’re travelling alone, we recommend you stay near other travellers or close to security. This will help you feel more secure and deter potential thieves.
  • Hide Your Valuables. It’s also important to hide your valuables. Don’t leave them out in plain view, as this could make you a target for theft. Additionally, if you are a deep sleeper, you may want to padlock your bag to something or sleep with your bag up against a wall to make it harder for someone to access zippers and pockets. We have received reports of sleepers who woke up without their phones and laptop bags. The travellers were left with just their headphones and laptop bag strap.
  • Stay Alert. It’s best to stay alert and awake if you feel unsafe or uncomfortable. Drink coffee or other caffeinated beverages to help you stay awake, and remember that you can always catch up on sleep during your flight. These simple precautions can help you enjoy a safe night at the airport.

Pro-tip: If you sleep 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 arrive for morning flights.

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