Sleeping in Airports

Sleeping in Mexico City Airport

sleeping in mexico city airport

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

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Sleeping in Mexico City Airport

Locations & Seating

Seating is scant in the landside areas but somewhat more plentiful on the airside. 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) airside 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 landside, you’ll likely wind up on the floor, so bring an extra layer or sleep mat as a cushion on the hard surface.

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Rest Zones

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


Mexico City airport hotelsWould you prefer some privacy and comfort? You have some options for a good, solid sleep between flights without the stress of leaving the airport! Three hotels are inside the airport, including a Hotel NH and a Hilton, and sleep capsules at IZzzleep (Terminal 1) and IZzzleep (Terminal 2), which can be rented by the hour. A walkway connects Courtyard Mexico City Airport to Terminal 1.  Additional hotels are within a short walk or drive.  Here are a few:

  • Camino Real Aeropuerto – connected by a pedestrian bridge (Terminal 1, Gate B) and free 24-hour shuttle from Terminal 2. » Check Rates
  • Fiesta Inn – free airport transfer. » Check Rates
  • We Hotel Aeropuerto – free airport transfer. » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Mexico City Airport, search for deals and read traveller reviews.


Mexico City airport loungesMexico 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.

More Airport Services & Facilities

For information about drinking water, 24-hour food & drink options, luggage storage, showers, mobile charging and WiFi, visit our Mexico City 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 cooler temperatures inside, especially overnight in the landside 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. 
  • Noise – 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.

Security & Safety

In July 2019, a reader told us, “Police and security wander around the airport, waking up everyone and anyone lying down to try and sleep.” It’s 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. However, sleeping in any airport can include a certain level of risk, especially when travelling alone. It’s essential 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. Please 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 awoke 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 sharp, 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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