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Sleeping in Melbourne Tullamarine Airport

sleeping in melbourne 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 Melbourne Tullamarine Airport.

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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 12:00AM 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 pre-Secure areas. Be safe by having a backup plan ready!

Locations & Seating

Melbourne Airport Domestic Terminal
Domestic Terminal, Airside.  (Photo courtesy of diegosoria / 21Jan2014)

This isn’t the most sleep-friendly airport, as a lot of seating has armrests, and there are 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, pre-Security, there’s a corridor near the Security checkpoint that is relatively quiet.
  • The corridor connecting Terminals 3 and 4 is fairly quiet and may be carpeted.

Rest Zones

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

Airport Environment

At the time of this update, 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: 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, 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. Free shower facilities are located in Terminal 2, pre-Security, Departure Level near Nando’s, and inside Security, just beyond the Duty Free area. Provide your own towel and toiletries or purchase a kit from WHSmith or Rolling Luggage, located pre-Security.

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:

  • Terminal 2: Hudson’s Coffee (Landside), Hungry Jack’s (Airside), Subway (Landside), and Villa & Hut (Landside)
  • Terminal 3: Macchinetta (Landside)and McDonald’s (Landside)


Melbourne Tullamarine airport hotelsPrefer some privacy and comfort? If you would like a good solid sleep between flights, there are a few hotels located within walking distance of the airport. These aren’t part of the airport, so you will need to re-enter Security for your next flight. Some hotels offer day rooms. See the hotel section in our Airport Guide for locations or visit Tripadvisor to find hotels deals at Tullamarine Airport.


Melbourne Tullamarine airport loungesWhile Melbourne Tullamarine Airport has several lounges, none have designated sleep rooms or rest areas. If you just 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.

Security & Safety

Airport staff seem OK with overnight travellers, however there may be specific protocols on exactly 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. 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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