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Sleeping in Orlando Sanford Airport

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

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Can I Sleep Overnight at Orlando Sanford Airport?

Orlando Sanford Airport is open 24 hours and is not a busy or popular airport, but you shouldn’t expect a high-quality airport sleep if you need to spend the night here. Despite it not being hectic, travellers have reported noise and bright lights making it very difficult to get some sleep. There are also limited seating options; if you want to sleep, your best bet would be to stretch out on the carpeted floor.

Where is the Best Place to Sleep in Orlando Sanford Airport?

If you want a solid night’s sleep, you should not rely on sleeping in Orlando Sanford Airport as your first choice if you have an early morning flight out. There are reportedly hundreds of seats on the airside and upstairs, but they are said to be sagging, ripped and uncomfortable. For that reason, many passengers have opted to sleep on the carpeted floor instead.

As flights don’t run through the night from this airport, if you’ve cleared security but need to stay the night, you must return to the landside and re-clear security the next day when security re-opens.

If you choose to sleep on the floor, we suggest you have a few extra layers, as it can get cold inside the terminal. If possible, you may want to bring a sleep mat to make your floor sleep a bit more comfortable.

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Is There Anything Open 24 Hours in SFB?

There are no reports of any dining or shopping options being open 24 hours. If you plan a night here, please make sure you have brought supplies to see you through or visit the food concessions before they close for the night. During the day, Terminal A offers three restaurants; in Terminal B, you will find eight restaurants and cafes. For more information on what’s available during the day, check out our Orlando Sanford Airport Guide.

Are There Lounges at Orlando Sanford Airport?

Yes. While there is a lounge at Sanford Airport, it does not have a dedicated sleep or rest zone and is not open 24 hours. You can either pay at the door, purchase a lounge pass or get in through a lounge membership program. To learn more,  check out our Orlando Sanford Airport Guide.

Are There Any Hotels Near Orlando Sanford Airport?

If you’ve read the reviews and it doesn’t sound like a promising experience, consider booking a nearby hotel. There are several nearby hotels, and a few provide airport shuttles.

  • Extended Stay America Select Suites Orlando Sanford Airport » Check Rates
  • Budget Inn » Check Rates
  • Best Western Plus Sanford Airport/Lake Mary Hotel (shuttle available) » Check Rates
  • Extended Stay America – Orlando – Sanford » Check Rates
  • Woodspring Suites Sanford North I-4 » Check Rates
  • Comfort Inn & Suites Orlando North (shuttle available) » Check Rates
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Sanford – Lake Mary, an IHG Hotel » Check Rates
  • SpringHill Suites Orlando North/Sanford » Check Rates
  • Hampton Inn DeBary/Deltona (shuttle available) » Check Rates
  • Travelodge by Wyndham Deltona » Check Rates

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

Is it Safe to Sleep at Orlando Sanford Airport?

At the time of this update, we have no reports from travellers commenting on safety issues at Orlando Sanford Airport, but we have had reports of rude staff.

Sleeping in any airport can include a certain risk level, 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 to look for video cameras in the area 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.

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