Sleeping in Airports

Sleeping in Portland Airport

sleeping in portland airportWhether your situation calls for a short nap or an overnight slumber, this sleep guide will give you the essential information needed to prepare you for sleeping in Portland 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 Portland Airport

Locations & Seating

Best Airports of 2015: Portland Airport
(Photo courtesy of Portland International Airport)

Good news for airport nappers! Armrest-free benches are plentiful here, though most tend to be slightly curved, so contort yourself just a little for some decent airport shuteye. The areas inside Security are a bit more comfortable the pre-Security areas. If you are staying overnight in the pre-Secure, public zones, do expect a wake-up front security guards to verify your ID and boarding passes. If you prefer spreading out on the floor, you’re in luck, as most of the airport is carpeted (and it’s an iconic PDX instagram shot, too).

Here are good sleep spots that travellers have reported:

  • Behind the ticket counter at Gates C19-21 is a row of seats that face the window, offering some privacy.
  • The far end of Concourse C has some rounded, red couches near a cafe, which closes and quiets down for the night.
  • Downstairs, near the International Baggage Claim area, several rows of benches are located alongside electric outlets.

Rest Zones

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

Airport Environment

Best Airports of 2017: Portland Airport
(Photo courtesy of Portland International Airport)

At the time of this update, we have not received recent reports from travellers related to the overall terminal environment, such as temperature, lighting, and noise. In general, here are some good expectations:

  • Temperature: Expect the airport to cool down at night, with air conditioning running and fewer people inside.
  • Noise: Even as overnight flights slow down or stop entirely, the airport may still run announcements and cleaning crews may make the rounds, so anticipate some noise.
  • Lighting: The airport may stay bright thanks to around-the-clock lights, but certain corners may be dimly lit.

Arrive prepared! We recommend earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones, an extra layer of warmth, and eyeshades or something else to cover your eyes, such as a shirt or towel.


Unfortunately, there are no showers available to freshen up.

Food & Drink

When you get the midnight munchies or give up trying to sleep and need a coffee to stay awake, a 24-hour convenience store is available. Check out Your Northwest Travel Mart, which is located pre-Security.


portland airport hotelsPrefer some privacy and comfort? If you would like a good solid sleep between flights, a few hotels are located within 3-minutes of the airport, including the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel, which is on airport property.  See the hotel section in our Airport Guide for locations or visit Tripadvisor to find hotels deals at Portland Airport.


portland airport loungesWhile Portland 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 Portland Airport Guide that you can pay to access.

Security & Safety

Airport staff seem to have no issue with sleepers and overnight campers. If you are staying in the pre-Secure areas overnight, do expect a wake-up call from airport security to verify your boarding pass and ID, otherwise you may be asked to leave.

At the time of this update, we have no reports from travellers commenting on safety issues at Portland 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 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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