Sleeping in Airports

Sleeping in Munich Airport

Sleeping in Munich Airport
Terminal 2, Airside. (Photo by / 01Nov2016)

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

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Sleeping in Munich Airport


Finding an excellent sleeping spot can sometimes take time and effort, leaving you with less time to sleep.

  • Terminal 2 – This section of MUC is said to be a good location for sleepers due to the number of comfortable rest chairs and armrest-free seating. One reviewer reported that Gate K12 has a large number of reclining chairs.

Reports indicate that MUC provides its travellers with plenty of seating, but the situation may vary according to the terminal.   There are far greater chances to find a generous number of sleep-friendly seating options, such as benches, reclining chairs, and basic seats with and without armrests, in Terminal 2.

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Rest Zones

Munich Airport offers three rest zones where tired travellers can relax before their flight. These designated areas include reclining chairs, footrests, and business stations with desks and power outlets. You can find the rest zone in your area of the airport.

Weather Delays

Due to the location of Munich Airport, weather-related cancellations can be expected, and they are prepared with hundreds of cots. These cots are only distributed during mass cancellations and are unavailable for travellers who decide to spend the night in the airport. If you are stranded due to the weather, contact an airport employee to direct you to their cots.

Hotels & Sleep Cabins

Munich airport hotelsIf you are in transit and are okay with paying for comfort and privacy, Munich Airport features Nap Cabs. Located Airside in Terminal 2, these self-service sleep pods come equipped with a bed, small desk, WIFI, privacy blinds, and air conditioning. The Hilton Munich Airport is the only on-site hotel option. The hotel is between Terminals 1 and 2, just a short distance from baggage claim.

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


Munich airport loungesWhile Munich Airport has several lounges, none have any sleep rooms. If you want to relax in a comfortable seat or enjoy the amenities, check out our Munich Airport Guide to view their access requirements and rates.

More Airport Services & Facilities

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

Airport Conditions

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

  • Temperature – You can expect the airport to cool down at night, as the air conditioning still runs and fewer people are inside. Even when travelling during warm weather, it’s best to come prepared with items such as a blanket or sleeping bag, warm clothes or a hoodie. If you are unsure what the airport temperature will be, dress in layers.
  • Lighting – Airport lighting is generally bright, but it’s common for airports to dim their lights in the late evening hours and turn them back to full brightness in preparation for the early morning flights. Come equipped with something to shield your eyes from bright lights. Helpful items can include eyeshades, a shirt, or a hand towel.
  • Noise – Daytime sleepers can expect frequent announcements about boarding calls, passenger pages, safety warnings, etc. In the evening, these announcements and foot traffic tend to slow down, making it easier to get some sleep. Come prepared with earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones.

Security & Safety

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 woke 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.

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