Whether your situation calls for a short nap or an overnight slumber, this sleep guide will give you the essential information to prepare you for sleeping in Mexico City Airport.
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Sleeping in Mexico City Airport
Locations & Seating
Seating is scant in the pre-Security areas, but a bit more plentiful inside Security. Arrive with plenty of time before your flight to grab a seat, though do anticipate armrests, which make sleep more elusive. Sometimes, travellers who arrive the night before an early-morning departure may be allowed to enter the (much more comfortable) Secure area, but there’s no guarantee. A few travellers have had some luck staying in 24-hour eateries as long as they purchase something, but others have been shooed away for trying to use their seating. If you are pre-Security, you’ll likely wind up on the floor, so bring an extra layer or sleep mat as a cushion on the hard surface.
At the time of this update, there are no designated rest zones within the airport.
Expect cooler temperatures inside, especially overnight in the pre-secure areas, where doors open and close throughout the night. Arrive prepared with a blanket or even a sleeping bag. A hoodie provides extra warmth if the terminal gets even colder.
At the time of this update, we have not received reports from travellers about terminal noise. That said, daytime sleepers can expect to hear frequent announcements regarding boarding calls and general airport announcements (safety warnings, passenger pages, etc.). At night, when there are no more flights, you would think the announcements would be put to rest, but that is not always the case. As a precaution, come prepared with earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones.
Freshen up (and loosen those stiff muscles) with a shower before your flight. Locations: pay-to-use lounges offer shower facilities, including Lounge 19 in Terminal 1 and Aeromexico Salon Premier in Terminal 2 (International Departures). See our Mexico City 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, pick from dozens of 24-hour eateries. Check out these vendors:
- Terminal 1 (Upper Level): 7-11 (x 2) • Circulo K • Deli & Cia Daily Smart Food (x 2) • Dino Snack & Fast Food • Dotcom Cafe • El Fogoncito (x 2) • Juan Valdez Cafe • Ke Rico • Krispy Kreme (x 2) • La Bagatelle (x 2) • La Buena Tierra • La Taba • Las Juanas Torteria • McDonald’s • Maison Kayser • Oxxo (x 2) • Poxo • Pronto Gino’s (x 2) • Rock and Wok • Sala 21 • Salute • Sbarro • Starbucks (x 3) • Sushi Roll • Tacañon • The Urban Deli • Urban Corner • Wings (x 4).
- Terminal 1 (Lower Level): 7-11 (x 2) • Baron Rojo • Cinnabon • Circulo K (x 2) • El Globo Coffee Shop • Krispy Kreme • Oxxo (x 2) • Restotel • Starbucks • Wings.
- Terminal 2 (Upper Level): 7-11 (x 5) • Kerico • Krispy Kreme • La Cochinita Pibil • Poxo • Salute • Terraza MX.
- Terminal 2 (Mezzanine): Baron Rojo • Toks.
- Terminal 2 (Lower Level): 7-11 • Oxxo
Prefer some privacy and comfort? You have some options if you want a good, solid sleep between flights without the stress of leaving the airport altogether! Three hotels are located inside the airport, including a Hotel NH and a Hilton, as well as sleep capsules at IZzzleep (Terminal 1) and IZzzleep (Terminal 2) that are rented by the hour. A walkway connects Courtyard Mexico City Airport to Terminal 1, and additional hotels are nearby. See the hotel section in the Mexico City Airport Guide for locations, or visit TripAdvisor to find hotel deals at Mexico City Airport.
Mexico City Airport has many lounges, but none have designated sleep rooms or rest areas. If you want to relax in a quiet and comfortable environment, check out this list of lounges in our Mexico City Airport Guide that you can pay to access.
Security & Safety
In July 2019, a reader let us know that “police and security wander around the airport waking up everyone and anyone who is lying down to try and sleep. It’s apparently okay to sleep sitting up or at one of the few tables landside. Even if you [lie] down and are not asleep they will come round and make you sit up. ”
At the time of this update, we have no reports from travellers commenting on safety issues at Mexico City 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 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 earphones and no ipod and a laptop bag strap and no laptop bag (or laptop). 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, so that it would be hard for someone to access.
- Choose to Stay Alert. If you don’t feel safe, drink coffee to stay awake and be alert. You can always sleep on the plane!
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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