Sleeping in Airports

Sleeping in Panama City Airport

Sleeping in Panama City Airport
(Photo by Joel Carillet, iStock / May 4, 2009)

Whether 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 Panama City Airport.

Our guide is updated with the help of airport sleepers who tell us about their experiences at Panama City 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: 30 July 2018. Read the latest traveller reviews.

Sleeping inside Panama City Airport

Locations & Seating

Airport Sleep GuideSeating is somewhat limited for the number of travellers awaiting flights. The bad news is that all airport seating is equipped with armrests, so your best bet for sleeping may be the floor. The better news is a lot of areas are carpeted. A blanket, travel mat, or extra layer will provide some welcome cushion and warmth.

Rest Zones

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

Temperature

Prepare for cold temperatures! The airport’s air conditioning seems to stay on full blast around the clock.  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

Travellers report near-constant noise. During the day, expect the standard airport hum of music and TVs, announcements, and travellers and workers chatting all around you. At night, it may quiet down a little, but travellers report that many people stay awake chatting and the cleaning crews aren’t much quieter. Do come prepared with earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones.

Showers

Freshen up (and loosen those stiff muscles) with a shower before your flight. Shower facilities are located in the pay-to-enter Copa Club, located inside Security. Check out our Panama City Airport Guide for details.

Food & Drink

We’re unable to confirm whether any 24-hour food concessions are available, so play it safe by stocking up on food and water before the eateries and convenience stores close for the night.

Security & Safety

Airport staff seem to tolerate travellers who sleep in the airport, even overnight campers. At the time of this update, we have no reports from travellers commenting on safety issues at Panama City Airport, though many warn of a taxi price gouging.

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 Panama City Airport has a couple lounges, neither 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 Panama City Airport Guide that you can pay to access.

Hotels

If you prefer the privacy and comfort that a hotel room offers, you’ll have to leave the airport behind. Several hotels are located within a 10-15 minute drive from the airport, and many offer free or paid shuttle services. See our Panama City Airport Guide for locations and details.

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