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Sleeping in Nice Airport

sleeping in nice airport

Whether 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 Nice Airport.

Our guide is updated with the help of airport sleepers who tell us about their experiences at Nice Airport. If you have a tip or photos to share, write a review to help us keep this sleep guide up-to-date!

Covid-19 Update: This sleep guide was written before Covid-19, so the information may have changed.  In October 2021, we will be starting our first guide update since March 2020.  A lot has changed, so it’s going to be a massive update.  If you are interested in helping,  click here to add or update information or write a review to add tips or share photos to help future travellers .

This guide was last updated: 18 November 2020.  Read the latest traveller reviews.

Sleeping in Nice Airport Overnight

Depending on France’s national security considerations at the time of your visit, you may not be allowed to sleep overnight at the airport unless you have proof of an early morning flight or are in transit between flights. If you’re not allowed to stay inside, you’ll have to wait until the airport reopens around 4:00AM, so have a back-up plan ready.

Locations & Seating

Nice Airport
Landside, armrest seating.  (Photo courtesy of Philip Broughton-Mills / 13May2019)

Seating is decent, especially if you can grab an armrest-free seat for a nice lie-down. Overnight travellers may prefer the floor, in which case a sleep mat or extra layers will provide necessary comfort and warmth. Or, head to a closed cafe or eatery, where you may be able to rest on a padded bench or push chairs together for a makeshift bed.

Rest Zones

There are no designated rest zones within the airport.

Airport Environment

  • 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

Unfortunately, there are no showers available to freshen up.

Food & Drink

With no food concessions open 24-hours, you’ll need to stock up on food and water before the eateries and convenience stores close for the night.

Hotels

Nice Cote d'Azur airport hotelsPrefer the privacy and comfort of a hotel room?  Luckily, there are several hotels located nearby, some with free airport shuttles. See the hotel section of our Airport Guide for locations or visit Tripadvisor to find hotels deals at Nice Airport.

Lounges

Nice Cote d'Azur airport loungesWhile Nice 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 Nice Airport Guide that you can pay to access.

Security & Safety

Security staff seem to have no problem with travellers sleeping in the airport. Still, don’t be surprised if they ask for your boarding pass to confirm you can be inside, especially overnight when flights aren’t coming or going.

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

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