Sleeping in Airports

Sleeping in Perth Airport

sleeping in perth 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 Perth Airport.

Our guide is updated with the help of airport sleepers who tell us about their experiences at Perth 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 Perth Airport Overnight

The Perth Airport is technically open 24-hours, but Terminals 3 and 4 may close overnight. In that case, you may have to relocate to to the public, pre-Security zone of Terminals 1 or 2 for some overnight shuteye.

Locations & Seating

Airport Sleep GuideTravellers agree that Terminal 1 is the most comfortable spot for sleeping, with many seating options, including armrest-free benches and comfortable sofas with headrests. Terminals 3 and 4 have limited seating options. Wherever you are, you may want to plop onto the floor for some sleep, as long as you’re prepared with a sleep mat, blanket, or even an air mattress.

Here are good sleep spots that travellers have reported:

  • In Terminal 1, head towards the gallery for a hallway that’s dimmer and quieter than other areas.
  • The Arrivals area in Terminal 1 has couches with headrests.
Rest Zones

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

Temperature

At the time of this update, we have not received reports from travellers related to terminal temperature. Still, you can likely expect the airport to cool down at night, as air conditioning continues to run and fewer people are inside.  Arrive prepared with a blanket or even a sleeping bag. A hoodie provides extra warmth if the terminal gets even colder.

Lighting

Most lights stay on throughout the night, but you may be able to tuck into some dimmer corners.  Come prepared with eyeshades or something else to cover your eyes, such as a shirt or towel.

Noise

Expect to hear standard announcements, music, and workers and travellers during the daytime hours. By night, the airport quiets down considerably, but annoying announcements about unattended baggage do seem to run frequently. As a precaution, you should come prepared with earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones.

Showers

Freshen up (and loosen those stiff muscles) with a shower before your flight. Free shower facilities are located in Terminal 1, International Arrivals Hall, Ground Floor and Terminal 1, Airside, International Departures, 2nd Floor, near Gate 54.

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 these vendors:

  • Terminal 1 (International), pre-Security: Maccinetta and Local Food Store.
Security & Safety

Airport staff generally don’t mind airport sleepers. At the time of this update, we have no reports from travellers commenting on safety issues at Perth 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 Perth Airport has a few 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 Perth Airport Guide that you can pay to access.

Hotels

Go Sleep pods are available in the public area of Terminal 1.  Rates from $12 (1 hour) to $45 (4 hours).  The design of the pods is basically like a business class seat with a privacy shield.  Charging points for both USB and GPO plugs are available inside the pod, so you can charge your devices while you rest.  Storage for hand luggage is also available.

If you prefer the comfort of a hotel room, you’ll have to leave the airport behind. Check out our Perth Airport Guide for details on nearby hotels.

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