Sleeping in Airports

Sleeping in Oslo Gardermoen Airport

sleeping in oslo gardermoen airportWhether 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 Oslo Gardermoen Airport.

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This guide was last updated: 4 November 2019. Read the latest traveller reviews.

Sleeping in Oslo Gardermoen Airport

Locations & Seating

This efficient airport has a good amount of sleep spots. Seating is plentiful, especially considering the few travellers who generally stay here overnight.

Here are good sleep spots that travellers have reported:

  • A few couches are located near the Duty Free area, opposite the exit to the Arrivals Hall.
  • Several restaurants have padded booths, which you may be able to sleep on once they close for the night. Travellers have specifically mentioned Peppe’s Pizza, Starbucks, and FlyBar as being sleep-friendly.
  • In the baggage claim area of the International Terminal, but before you exit through Customs and Declaration, there are several full-length padded benches near arousel 1.
  • In the Arrivals Hall, look for the few lounge chairs with leg rests opposite the Exchange Office.
  • In Arrivals, near the train ticket kiosks, there’s an office with some carpeting around it, good if you’re preparing to nap on the floor.

Rest Zones

At the time of this update, there are no designated rest zones within the airport.

Temperature

Expect the airport to cool down at night, as air conditioning continues to run and fewer people are inside. Arrive prepared with a blanket or even a sleeping bag. A hoodie provides extra warmth if the terminal gets even colder.

Lighting

The cafes seem to have dimmer overnight lighting than the more public areas, but no travellers reported that the general lights were too bright for sleeping.  Come prepared with eyeshades or something else to cover your eyes, such as a shirt or towel.

Noise

During the day you’ll hear the typical hum of workers and travellers in the airport. By night, it quiets down significantly, and the only noise may be pleasant background music or nearby travellers chatting the night away. Cleaning crews may come by, but by many accounts, they don’t disturb sleepers. As a precaution, you should come prepared with earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones.

Showers

Unfortunately, there are no showers available to freshen up.

Food & Drink

When you get the midnight munchies or give up trying to sleep and need a coffee to stay awake, 24-hour food concessions are available. Check out these vendors: Everyday Kitchen and Point Kiosk (location near Duty Free), both located inside International Departures, before Gate E8, and 7-Eleven and Point Kiosk, both in the Arrivals Hall before Security.

Hotels

oslo gardermoen airport hotelsIf you prefer the privacy and comfort of a hotel room, you can walk to two nearby hotels. The Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson are only a short 3-minute walk via covered walkway from the terminal. Day rooms are available. Additional hotels are located within a short 7-minute drive of the airport. See the hotel section in our Airport Guide for locations or visit Tripadvisor to find hotels deals at Gardermoen Airport.

Lounges

oslo gardermoen airport loungesWhile Oslo Gardermoen Airport has one lounge, it does not have designated sleep rooms or rest areas. If you just want to relax in a comfortable seat, see more details on the OSL Lounge in our Oslo Gardermoen Airport Guide.

Security & Safety

Airport staff seem quite tolerant of overnight sleepers. At the time of this update, we have no reports from travellers commenting on safety issues at Oslo Gardermoen 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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