Sleeping in Airports

Sleeping in Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport

sleeping in moscow sheremetyevo airport

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

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Sleeping in Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport

Locations & Seating

Thanks to the 2018 World Cup, the airport instituted a “good behaviour” policy, which included fines of 100-500 rubles for travellers for “offences” such as sleeping in the airport. Just to let you know, we’re still deciding how long this policy will remain. Travellers often report on the South Terminals of D, E, and F, as these house more international flights and overnight sleepers than the North Terminals. Terminals D, E, and F are more comfortable and have more amenities. Generally, each departure gate has a good amount of seating, including a few armrest-free and padded seats. The floor is mainly tiled, so bring an extra layer or sleep mat for cushion and warmth.

Here are sleep spots that travellers have reported:

  • A carpeted area where Terminals D and E meet, though it may now be a shop.
  • Terminal F has some corners near gates with armrest-free seating.
  • A Burger King near Gate 40 in Terminal D may have padded benches suitable for overnight sleep when the eatery closes.

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Rest Zones

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


Moscow Sheremetyevo airport hotelsWould you prefer some privacy and comfort? Short-term stays inside the airport are possible at several sleep pods and sleep capsule hotels in Terminals B, C, D, E and AeroExpress.  These include AeroSleep (Terminal B), V Express Hotel (Aeroexpress Terminal and Terminal E), GettSleep Capsule Hotel (Terminal B • Terminal C •  Aeroexpress Terminal •  Terminal D) and GoSleep pods (Terminal E). See the hotel section in our Airport Guide for rates and exact locations. If you prefer a more traditional hotel, check out the Radisson Blu Hotel Sheremetyevo Airport, which is connected to Terminals D, E and F by a walkway and shuttle. Other nearby hotels include:

  • Park Inn by Radisson Sheremetyevo Airport Hotel  » Check Rates
  • Novotel Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport  » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to find hotel deals at Sheremetyevo Airport.


Moscow Sheremetyevo airport loungesIf you are looking for a private place to nap for a few hours between flights, check out the Baikal Lounge, located in Terminal D. Besides offering a comfortable place to hang out, they have a few private sleep rooms that can be rented. Rooms can be booked at the lounge door. Check out our Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport Guide for more information on pay-to-use lounges.

More Airport Services & Facilities

For information about drinking water, 24-hour food & drink options, luggage storage, showers, mobile charging and WiFi, visit our Sheremetyevo Airport Guide.

Airport Conditions

If you plan to spend the night at the airport, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Temperature – Anticipate cold temperatures, especially overnight. Terminal F may be warmer than Terminals D and E.  Arrive prepared with a blanket or sleeping bag. A hoodie provides extra warmth if the terminal gets even colder. 
  • Lighting – Travellers report bright lights throughout the airport. Come prepared with eyeshades or something else to cover your eyes, such as a shirt or towel.
  • Noise – This busy airport is noisy most of the time. Daytime sleepers can expect to hear frequent announcements; it may quiet down at night. A few overnight travellers mentioned announcements that continue at all hours and cleaning crews with no problem getting close to a sleeping person to get their job done. Be prepared and have earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones.

Security & Safety

In general, the airport staff seem to tolerate or ignore airport sleepers, but with the 2018 World Cup “good behaviour” policy, we’re unsure whether this has changed. Most travellers report no issues with security guards and police.

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