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.

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Covid-19 Update: This sleep guide was written before Covid-19, so the information may have changed.  In October 2021, we will be starting our first guide update since March 2020.  A lot has changed, so it’s going to be a massive update.  If you are interested in helping,  click here to add or update information or write a review to add tips or share photos to help future travellers .

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

Sleeping in Panama City Airport

Locations & Seating

Seating 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.


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.


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.


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.


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

Food & Drink

Restaurants close be 10:00PM, although, they appear to be open 24 hours during high season, either way, play it safe by stocking up on food and water just in case.


panama city airport hotelsIf you prefer the privacy and comfort that a hotel room offers, you’ll have to leave the airport behind. You won’t need to go far as the Crowne Plaza is located 2 minutes from the airport and offers free, 24 hour shuttle services. See the hotel section in our Airport Guide for locations or visit Tripadvisor to find hotels deals at Panama City Airport.


panama city airport loungesWhile 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.

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 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 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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