Sleeping in Airports

Sleeping in Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport

Paris CDG airport
(Photo courtesy of Przemek / 12Jun2008)

sleeping in paris charles de gaulle 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 Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.

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This guide was last updated: 30 July 2018. Read the latest traveller reviews.

Sleeping inside Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Overnight

The Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport is open 24-hours, but if you haven’t gone through Security before the checkpoints close for the night, around 11:00 PM or later, you will have to stay in the check-in or arrivals pre-Security.

Locations & Seating

Airport Sleep GuideThe availability of seating here varies widely across the many terminals and concourses, though by and large the seats are equipped with armrests. Some travellers have luck pushing seats with armrests together to form makeshift beds. Terminals 2A and 2E are reportedly the most comfortable for overnight stays, with T2E offering the most seating options.

Here are good sleep spots that travellers have reported:

  • In Terminal 2E, head to Gate L, upstairs from the train, for orange couches.
  • In Terminal 2E, a free rest area near Yotel has carpeting and is much quieter.
  • Also in Terminal 2E, head to the far end near Gate K30 for 3 rows of reclining lounge seats.
  • Pre-Security, many check-in counters have soft seating areas in front of them.

Travellers recommend avoiding the Metro stop for sleeping. The station itself may not be patrolled by security guards, so homeless and vagrants tend to gather here.

Rest Zones

Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport offers one or more designated rest zones with semi-reclined lounge chairs, perfect for relaxing and napping before your flight. At least one such rest zone is at the far end of Terminal 2E, near Gate K30.

Temperature

Expect chilly temperatures all night long, no matter the time of year.  Arrive prepared with a blanket or even a sleeping bag. A hoodie provides extra warmth if the terminal gets even colder.

Lighting

Lights seem to stay brightly lit throughout the night.  Come prepared with eyeshades or something else to cover your eyes, such as a shirt or towel.

Noise

The noise here is what you’d expect of a major international airport. During the day, you’ll hear the noise from frequent announcements, TVs and speakers, and other travellers and airport workers. At night, it does quiet down significantly, but still expect noise from cleaning crews, security guards, and other campers. Come prepared with earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones.

Airport Staff

Airport staff are quite tolerant of sleepers and overnight campers. Some travellers have mentioned specific reports of security guards helping them with their overnight stay, especially women and those who are travelling alone. Consider asking airport staff where they recommend you spend the night, as they may direct you away from dark corners or towards a more popular spot with better visibility and safety.

Weather Delays

Airport Sleep GuideParis Charles de Gaulle Airport sees more than its fair share of flight cancellations due to bad weather or transportation strikes, but this means they are more prepared than other airports. When mass cancellations happen at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, cots are available for stranded passengers who opt against getting a hotel room. To find them, ask an airline or airport employee or use a courtesy phone to reach someone who has access to this information.

Please note that cots cannot be reserved in advance and they are not available simply because you decided to spend the night at the airport before an early-morning departure.

Showers

Freshen up (and loosen those stiff muscles) with a shower before your flight. Showers can be found in a few of the lounges as well as the YOTELAIR transit hotel or inside a few pay-to-enter lounges. See our Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Guide for locations and details.

Food & Drink

No food concessions stay open 24-hours, so stock up on food and water before the eateries and convenience stores close for the night.

Security & Safety

At the time of this update, many travellers have felt safe at Paris Charles de Gaulles Airport, especially with airport security on patrol throughout the night. A few travellers have reported homeless and vagrants congregating in the Metro station. One incident in particular involved a person pretending to need help and asking for 15 Euro to “borrow” for a few minutes, only to disappear altogether.

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 Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport has several 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 Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Guide that you can pay to access.

Hotels

Prefer some privacy and comfort? If you would like a good solid sleep between flights without the stress of going through security, a transit hotel is available. YOTELAIR transit hotel has 80 rooms, rentable by the hour or overnight. The rooms are equipped with a private shower. YOTELAIR is located in Terminal 2E, Satellite L, so it is only accessible to for those travellers departing for or in transit to or from a destination outside of the European Union (excluding the UK) from Terminal 2E, K, L, or M.

If you don’t qualify for a transit hotel, 5 more hotels are located directly at the airport. Several more hotels are located within a short walk or drive of the airport. See our Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Guide for locations and details on nearby hotels.

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