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Sleeping in Moscow Domodedovo Airport

sleeping in moscow domodedovo airportWhether you are an experienced airport sleeper or new to the game, this sleep guide will give you the essential information to better prepare you for sleeping in Moscow Domodedovo Airport.

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This guide was last updated: 8 October 2019. Read the latest traveller reviews.

Sleeping inside Moscow Domodedovo Airport

Locations & Seating

Airport Sleep GuideThanks to the 2018 World Cup, the airport had a “good behavior” policy, which included fining travellers 100-500 rubles for “offenses” such as sleeping in the airport. We’re not sure this policy is still in effect, but be aware. Otherwise, travellers have reported plenty of seating, but most options have armrests. In general, the areas inside Security are more comfortable than the pre-Secure check-in areas, both for sleep spots and amenities. If you prefer to spread out, the floor before the chapel on the departures level is a popular spot.

Rest Zones

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

Airport Environment

At the time of this update, we have not received reports from travellers related to the overall terminal environment, such as temperature, lighting, and noise. In general, here are some good expectations:

  • Temperature: Expect the airport to cool down at night, with air conditioning running and fewer people inside.
  • Noise: Even as overnight flights slow down or stop entirely, the airport may still run announcements and cleaning crews may make the rounds, so anticipate some noise.
  • Lighting: The airport may stay bright thanks to around-the-clock lights, but certain corners may be dimly lit.

Arrive prepared! We recommend earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones, an extra layer of warmth, and eyeshades or something else to cover your eyes, such as a shirt or towel.

Showers

Freshen up (and loosen those stiff muscles) with a shower before your flight. Shower facilities are located in the International Arrivals area, in the left wing. A fee of 350 rubles gets you a towel, slippers, and a toiletry kit, or you can just change your clothes for 50 rubles. Open nearly 24-hours (closed between 1:00 AM and 3:00 AM for cleaning.)

Additional shower facilities are located in at least one pay-to-enter lounge. See our Moscow Domodedovo Airport Guide for locations.

Food & Drink

When you get the midnight munchies or give up trying to sleep and need a coffee to stay awake, 24-hour food concessions are available. We believe the majority of eateries stay open around the clock, but we aren’t able to confirm exactly which eateries do.

Security & Safety

It seems that most airport staff tolerate overnight sleepers, though we’re not sure if this has changed thanks to the 2018 World Cup “good behavior” policy. Some reviewers who spent the night reported being woken up by police or security guards, likely because it was the early morning and more travellers began arriving at the airport.

At the time of this update, we have no reports from travellers commenting on safety issues at Moscow Domodedovo 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

While Moscow Domodedovo Airport has a few lounges, none have designated sleep rooms or rest areas. If you just want to relax in a comfortable seat, check out this list of lounges in our Moscow Domodedovo Airport Guide that you can pay to access.

Hotels

Prefer the privacy and comfort of a hotel room? If you would like a good solid sleep between flights, there is a hotel within a 3 minute walk of the airport (a free shuttle is also available). A few other hotels are located within a 5-minute drive of the airport, with free shuttle service. See our Moscow Domodedovo Airport Guide for details and locations.

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