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Sleeping in Montreal Airport

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Airside (photo credit: SleepingInAirports / December 2018)

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

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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 generally accommodating to night dwellers looking for somewhere to rest their heads.

Where Are The Best Places to Sleep in Montreal Airport?

If you’re stranded overnight at the airport, various comfortable-ish sleeping options are available both airside and landside. You can choose from benches, armrest-free chairs, loungers and designated rest areas throughout the airport.

The check-in area is the best place to sleep for travellers on the landside. Granite benches with no armrests are plenty and scattered throughout the terminal. However, they can be cold and hard, making it less comfortable, so bring extra layers. A few cushioned benches are also available, but competition for them is high. So, if you see an available one, grab it quickly 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 to your airport survival kit.

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)

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!

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 comfortable seat and refreshments, it’s worth paying to enter. Learn more about the lounges in our Montreal Airport Guide.

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.

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.

Safety & Security

We do not have any reports of safety issues at YUL Airport. However, sleeping in any airport can include a certain level of risk, especially when travelling alone. It’s important 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 located 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. 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 woke up 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 awake, 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.

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