Sleeping in Airports

Sleeping in Mexico City Airport

sleeping in mexico city 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 Mexico City Airport.

Our guide is updated with the help of airport sleepers who tell us about their experiences at Mexico City Airport. If you have a tip or photos to share, please take a moment to write a review to help us keep this sleep guide up-to-date!

This guide was last updated: 3 July 2018. Read the latest traveller reviews.

Sleeping inside Mexico City Airport

Locations & Seating

Airport Sleep GuideSeating 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 into 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 cushion on the hard surface.  [ update ]

Rest Zones

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

Temperature

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.  [ update ]

Lighting

At the time of this update, we have not received reports from travellers related to terminal brightness.  Come prepared with eyeshades or something else to cover your eyes, such as a shirt or towel.  [ update ]

Noise

At the time of this update, we have not received reports from travellers related to terminal noise. With that said, daytime sleepers can expect to hear frequent announcements regarding things like 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.  [ update ]

Showers

Freshen up (and loosen those stiff muscles) with a shower before your flight. Locations: pay-to-enter 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.  [ update ]

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-Eleven (5 locations), Circulo K (2 locations), Deli & Cia Daily Smart Food (2 locations), Dino Snack & Fast Food, Dotcom Cafe, El Fogoncito (2 locations), Juan Valdez Cafe, Ke Rico, Krispy Kreme (2 locations), La Bagatelle (2 locations), La Buena Tierra, Las Juanas Torteria, McDonald’s, Maison Kayser, Oxxo, Poxo, Pronto Gino’s (2 locations), Rock and Wok, Sala 21, Salute, Sbarro, Starbucks (3 locations), Sushi Roll, Tacañon, The Urban Deli, Urban Corner, and Wings (4 locations).
  • Terminal 1 (Lower Level): 7-Eleven, Baron Rojo, Cinnabon, Circulo K, El Globo Coffee Shop, Krispy Kreme, Oxxo (3 locations), Restotel, Starbucks, and Wings.
  • Terminal 2: 7-Eleven (4 locations), Baron Rojo, Kerico, Krispy Kreme, La Cochinita Pibil, Oxxo, Poxo, Salute, and Terraza MX.
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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 laying down to try and sleep. It’s apparently okay to sleep sitting up or at one of the few tables landside. Even if you lay 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 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. If you are sleeping in the public zone, make sure they are actual travellers and not homeless people – it is sometimes hard to tell in certain airports.
  • 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.

Lounges

Mexico City Airport has many lounges, but none have designated sleep rooms or rest areas. If you just 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.  [ update ]

Hotels

Prefer some privacy and comfort? If you would like a good solid sleep between flights without the stress of leaving the airport altogether, you have some options! There are three hotels located inside the airport, including a Hotel NH and a Hilton, as well as iZzzleep sleep capsules  (in Terminals 1 and 2)  that are rented by the hour.  Another hotel is connected by walkway to Terminal 1, and additional hotels are located in short proximity. See our Mexico City Airport Guide for locations and details.  [ update ]

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