Sleeping in Airports

Sleeping in Orlando Sanford Airport

sleeping in orlando sanford airportHas bad weather or flight delays got you stuck at Orlando Sanford Airport? Need a nap to help pass the time and unsure whether you can sleep in the airport? Luckily, we’ve created this sleep guide with tips and advice from travellers who have spent the night at Orlando Sanford Airport (SFB).

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For more information, check out our Orlando Sanford Airport Guide.

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 very busy, 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 might not want to 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 past security 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 will need to re-clear security the next day when security re-opens.

If you choose to snooze on the floor, we’d suggest bringing a few extra layers with you, 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.

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.

Is There Anything Open 24 Hours in SFB?

No reports of any dining or shopping options being open 24 hours. If you plan a night here, ensure 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 Any Hotels Near Orlando Sanford Airport?

If you’ve read the reviews and it doesn’t sound like a promising experience, you may want to consider booking a nearby hotel. There are several nearby hotels, and a few provide airport shuttles. Visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Sanford Airport:

  • 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

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. Keep your wits about you, and if you’re not feeling safe, have an extra cup of coffee and sleep on the plane!

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 alone or with friends, it is good to know where security is. Know where their office is located and look for video cameras where 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 or close to security.
  • Hide Your Valuables. Don’t leave all your mobile devices out in plain view. We have received reports from people who woke up with only earphones and a laptop bag strap, but without the attached iPods or laptops. The same goes for important documents and money. Keep these secure on your body so no one can get them without waking you up.
  • Secure Your Bags. You may want to padlock your bag to something if you are a deep sleeper. If your bags have zippers, turn the bag upside down (zippers to the floor) or sleep with your bag up against the wall, making it hard for someone to access it.
  • Choose to Stay Alert. If you don’t feel safe, drink coffee, stay alert, and stay awake. You can always sleep on the plane!

Have You Slept at Orlando Sanford Airport?

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