Sleeping in Airports

Sleeping in Montreal Airport

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Airside (photo credit: SleepingInAirports / December 2018)

Are you searching for a place to snooze during your flight delay or layover? You shouldn’t be stuck for places to sleep; this guide will tell you all you need to know about sleeping in Montreal Trudeau Airport.

Thanks to reviews from travellers who have been there, this sleep guide offers tips and advice from real-life sleep experiences at Montreal Airport. Consider writing a review if you have your own airport experience or photos to share. This will help us keep this guide up-to-date for future travellers.

Check out our Montreal Airport Guide for information, including lounge access and food options.

Can You Sleep Overnight at Montreal Trudeau Airport?

We have reports of many travellers spending a night at Montreal Airport. Whether they’ve had a long layover or want to avoid paying for a hotel before an early morning flight, the airport is accommodating to night dwellers looking for somewhere to rest their heads.

Where Are The Best Places to Sleep in Montreal Airport?

There are plenty of comfortable (ish) sleeping options throughout the airport, both airside and landside. There are a few different options for places to sleep if you’re at this airport overnight. Benches, armrest-free chairs, loungers and designated rest areas in various areas of the airport make the perfect sleeping spot.

If you’re landside, the best place to sleep will be around the terminal’s check-in area. Reports state that if you are landside looking for a snooze, your main options will be granite benches (with no armrests!), and there seems to be plenty of them. There are usually a few in each location, making it easier if you are travelling in a group. Keep in mind the benches are cold and hard, so they will not make for the most comfortable rest. Make sure you have a few extra layers if you try sleeping on them, as the cold granite will make you a bit chilly!

A traveller has also reported some cushioned benches landside, but competition is high, and these tend to be the first to go. If you see an available one, pounce on it quickly, as this could be your most comfortable option for a good night’s sleep.

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Landside (photo courtesy of a guest reviewer / October 2022)

Airside, your options are a bit better (and comfier). Reports state that there are plenty of cushioned benches and some recliners.

Regardless of which side you sleep on, travellers have reported that the airport staff are friendly and won’t disturb you. You’ll have a good chance of getting some decent shut-eye at Montreal Trudeau Airport.

It’s reported that the airport can get very chilly through the night, so keep this in mind before you arrive and bring an extra layer or two. Travellers have also reported noisy airport staff and regular announcements, so noise-cancelling headphones will be a welcome addition.

Generally, it is reported that airport staff are friendly and accommodating to travellers looking for a night’s rest and shouldn’t disturb you unless for cleaning or once the airport starts getting busy again.

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Airside (photo credit: SleepingInAirports / December 2018)

Does Montreal Airport Have Airport Lounges?

YUL Airport has some lounges you can pay to access, but none have designated rest or sleep zones. If you want a more comfortable seat and refreshments, it’s worth paying to enter. Learn more about the lounges in our Montreal Airport Guide.

Is There Anything Open 24 Hours at Montreal Airport?

If you’ve given up trying to sleep and the midnight munchies have kicked in, you can find a Subway (Landside, near Arrivals) that serves food and refreshments throughout the night. We can’t confirm that there are 24-hour food options located airside. The airport website reports most airside options are open from around 4 am – 10 pm. Consider this if you spend the night here, and come prepared with snacks and drinks.

There are vending machines which might be suitable for quick snacks and refreshments if you’re desperate!

Are There Any Hotels Within Walking Distance of Montreal Airport?

The Montreal Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel is connected to the terminal and accessible via the US Departures section on the public side of the terminal. You will likely pay a premium for the convenient location, so you may want to consider a nearby hotel, some of which offer a free airport shuttle.

  • Sheraton Montreal Airport Hotel   (free airport shuttle) » Check Rates
  • Comfort Inn Aeroport Dorval  » Check Rates
  • Aloft Montreal   » Check Rates
  • Holiday Inn & Suites Montreal Airport   (free airport shuttle) » Check Rates
  • Double Tree by Hilton Montreal Airport  (free airport shuttle) » Check Rates
  • Fairfield by Marriott Montreal Airport  » Check Rates
  • Quality Inn & Suites  (free airport shuttle) » Check Rates

For more hotel options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Trudeau Airport that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Is It Safe to Sleep in Montreal Airport?

We do not have any reports of safety issues at YUL Airport. However, it’s always best to keep your wits about you, and if you’re not feeling safe, let airport security know.

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 only earphones and a laptop bag strap, but without the attached iPods or laptops. 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, making it hard for someone to access it.
  • Choose to Stay Alert. If you don’t feel safe, drink coffee, stay alert, and stay awake. You can always sleep on the plane!

Have you been to Montreal Trudeau Airport?

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