Sleeping in Airports

Sleeping in Paris Orly Airport

sleeping in paris orly airport

If you’re dealing with a long layover or an early morning flight departure at Paris Orly Airport, you might wonder if sleeping in the airport is possible. Our guide to sleeping in Orly airport provides essential information for seasoned airport sleepers and newbies to help travellers arrive prepared for the experience.

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Sleeping in Paris Orly Airport

The Paris Orly Airport may close at night from 12:30 AM – 3:30 AM, though you can remain if you’re already inside before closing time. Be safe by having a backup plan ready.

Locations & Seating

What seating exists is mostly fit with armrests, making it hard to get comfortable. Get creative to prop yourself up or spread out on the floor for some decent shuteye – you won’t be the only person to do so! If you’re sleeping in the landside/public zones, the seating is much more limited, so bring an extra layer or cushion for the floor.

Here are good sleep spots that travellers have reported:

  • Try sleeping on the couches and benches inside cafes, especially once they close around 9:00 PM.
  • There’s a hallway just before Halls 3 and 4 with a few chairs offering a little privacy.
  • Landside, many people sleep in Terminal 1-2 on Floor 1.
  • In Terminal 4, landside, the check-in counters 15-17 are suitable for sleeping on the floor.

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Rest Zones

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

Hotels

paris orly airport hotelsIf you’re craving the privacy and comfort of a hotel room, you will have to leave the airport behind. Several hotels are within a 5-minute drive, including one within a 10-minute walk. Most offer complimentary shuttle service, too. See the hotel section in our Airport Guide for locations, or visit TripAdvisor to find hotel deals at Orly Airport.

Lounges

paris orly airport loungesWhile Paris Orly Airport has a few lounges, neither has designated sleep rooms or rest areas. If you want to relax in a comfortable seat for a few hours before your flight, check out the pay-to-use lounge details in our Paris Orly Airport Guide.

Weather Delays & Strikes

Paris Orly Airport
(Photo courtesy of a Guest traveller / 14Sep2010)

Paris Orly Airport sees more than its fair share of flight cancellations due to bad weather or transportation strikes. When mass cancellations happen,  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 with access to this information.

Please note that these 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.

More Airport Services & Facilities

For information about drinking water, 24-hour food & drink options, luggage storage, showers, mobile charging and WiFi, visit our Orly Airport Guide.

Airport Conditions

If you plan to spend the night at the airport, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Temperature – Plan for colder temperatures inside the airport, especially overnight. Floor sleeping will be much better with an extra layer of warmth. Arrive prepared with a blanket or even a sleeping bag. A hoodie provides extra warmth if the terminal gets even colder.
  • Lighting – Lights are bright throughout the night. Come prepared with eyeshades or something else to cover your eyes, such as a shirt or towel.
  • Noise – Travellers report standard airport noise during the day: frequent announcements, TVs and music playing, and the ambient noise of people, restaurants, and workers. By night, there are rarely any flights, so it does quiet down a good amount. You may hear cleaning crews or security guards, but they pass quickly enough.

Security & Safety

At the time of this update, we have no reports from travellers commenting on safety issues at Paris Orly Airport. Airport staff seem to be okay with sleepers and overnight campers. Several travellers mentioned feeling safer thanks to security patrolling the terminal at night.

Sleeping in any airport can include a certain level of risk, especially when travelling alone. It’s essential to take certain precautions to ensure your safety and the security of your valuables. Here are a few tips:

  • Safety First. It’s a good idea to know where the security office is and look for video cameras where you plan to sleep. You can also ask the security personnel for advice on the safest places to spend the night.
  • Don’t Seclude Yourself. If you’re travelling alone, we recommend you stay near other travellers or close to security. This will help you feel more secure and deter potential thieves.
  • Hide Your Valuables. It’s also important to hide your valuables. Please don’t leave them out in plain view, as this could make you a target for theft. Additionally, if you are a deep sleeper, you may want to padlock your bag to something or sleep with your bag up against a wall to make it harder for someone to access zippers and pockets. We have received reports of sleepers who awoke without their phones and laptop bags. The travellers were left with just their headphones and laptop bag strap.
  • Stay Alert. It’s best to stay alert and awake if you feel unsafe or uncomfortable. Drink coffee or other caffeinated beverages to help you stay sharp, and remember that you can always catch up on sleep during your flight. These simple precautions can help you enjoy a safe night at the airport.

Pro-tip: If you sleep 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 arrive for morning flights.

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