Sleeping in Airports

Sleeping in Ottawa Airport

sleeping in ottawa 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 Ottawa Airport.

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

This guide was last updated: 5 November 2019. Read the latest traveller reviews.

Sleeping inside Ottawa Airport Overnight

The Ottawa Airport is open 24-hours, but if you arrive at the airport after Security checkpoints close, you’ll have to wait in the pre-Security public zones overnight, until the checkpoints reopen in the early morning.

Locations & Seating

Airport Sleep GuideThe small airport offers some seating, though if you’re sleeping overnight, you’ll likely be in the pre-Security areas. If so, head to the couches by the windows or the couches in the baggage claim area.

Rest Zones

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

Airport Environment

At the time of this update, we have not received reports from travellers related to the overall terminal environment, such as temperature, lighting, and noise. In general, here are some good expectations:

  • 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

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 the Tim Horton’s in the Arrivals area, on Level 1. You will have to exit and re-enter Security to reach this cafe.

Security & Safety

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

Lounges

While Ottawa Airport has a couple 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 Ottawa Airport Guide that you can pay to access.

Hotels

Prefer the privacy and comfort of a hotel room? You’ll have to exit the airport altogether, but a few hotels are located within a 5-minute drive of the airport. See our Ottawa Airport Guide for hotel locations and details.

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