Sleeping in Airports

Sleeping in Orlando Airport

sleeping in orlando airport

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

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Sleeping in Orlando Airport Overnight

You can stay inside the airside zones overnight. But, if you do leave the airside areas while checkpoints are closed overnight, you’ll have to wait until they reopen in the early morning.

Locations & Seating

The seating here is decent. The landside and airside areas have a range of wooden benches, armchairs, and small couches. If you prefer the floor, you’ll be happy to know that much of it is carpeted. Still, a sleep mat, blanket, or sleeping bag will provide extra cushion.

Here are good sleep spots that travellers have reported:

  • The food court in the main terminal has some padded benches.
  • Airside: The area around Gates 70-150 has a long padded bench for many people to rest on.
  • Landside: Leave the Departures level for warmer temperatures and head to the car rental level.
  • Landside: Check-in areas; there are many nooks you can tuck into for some privacy.

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Rest Zones

Orlando Airport offers a designated rest zone where tired travellers can relax and enjoy some stress-free time before their flight. Head to the hotel atrium between Terminals A and B.


orlando airport hotelsWould you prefer some privacy and comfort? If you want a good, solid sleep between flights without the stress of leaving the airport, head to the Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport. This hotel, located landside by the Gates 60-129 entrance, offers overnight stays and day rooms. You will have to exit the airside zone to access this hotel. Other hotels are within a 5-minute drive of the airport, with free shuttle service available. Here are a few:

  • Sheraton Suites Orlando Airport » Check Rates
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Orlando Airport @ Gateway Village » Check Rates
  • Fairfield Inn by Marriott Orlando Airport » Check Rates
  • Marriott Orlando Airport Lakeside » Check Rates
  • Holiday Inn Orlando-International Airport, an IHG Hotel » Check Rates
  • Hilton Garden Inn Orlando Airport » Check Rates
  • Hampton Inn Orlando-International Airport » Check Rates
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton Orlando Airport » Check Rates
  • La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Orlando Airport North » Check Rates
  • Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando Airport » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Orlando Airport, search for deals and read traveller reviews.


Orlando airport loungesIf you are looking for a private place to nap for a few hours between flights, check out the Club at MCO (2 locations). Lounge. In addition to offering a comfortable place to hang out, they have a designated rest zone. For more information, check out our Orlando Airport Guide.

More Airport Services & Facilities

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

Airport Conditions

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

  • Temperature – Temps are cold round the clock here, likely to compensate for the hot Florida weather outside. Arrive prepared with a blanket or even a sleeping bag. A hoodie provides extra warmth if the terminal gets even colder. 
  • Lighting – At the time of this update, we have not received reports from travellers related to terminal brightness. Come prepared with eyeshades or something else to cover your eyes, such as a shirt or towel.
  • Noise – Noise can be an issue day and night, with frequent announcements, music and news blaring, and ambient noise from other travellers. Come prepared with earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones if you’re serious about getting some sleep.

Security & Safety

Airport staff seem to have no issue with sleeping travellers, even those staying overnight.

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