Sleeping in Airports

Sleeping in Prague Airport

Prague Airport sleepers
(Photo courtesy of Giovanni / 30Jul2009)

Sleeping in 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 Prague Airport.

Our guide is updated with the help of airport sleepers who tell us about their experiences at Prague 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: 5 November 2019. Read the latest traveller reviews.

Sleeping inside Prague Airport

Locations & Seating

Airport Sleep GuideSeating is generous here, though most are equipped with armrests. Inside Security offers more creature comforts, including a few rest areas offer seating with headrests or footrests, so grab one if you can. Pre-Security, the seating is limited so the floor may be your best bet – a blanket, sleeping mat, or even sleeping bag will help cushion the hard ground.

Here are good sleep spots that travellers have reported:

  • Gate A4 may have some seats with footrests.
  • In Terminal 2, head to the Rest Area between Piers C and D.
Rest Zones

Prague Airport offers a designated rest zones called the Kooperativa Relaxation Zone. You’ll find comfortable seating, high-speed WiFi, and flight info display screens. Location: Terminal 2, inside Security, between Piers C and D.

Airport Environment

At the time of this update, we have no 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.

Showers

Freshen up (and loosen those stiff muscles) with a shower before your flight. Locations:

  • The Rest & Fun Center, located inside Security in Terminal 1. A fee of 99 CZK gets your 30 minute access, plus towels and toiletries.
  • A free shower is located in Terminal 2, Pier D, in the ESTE Premier Lounge. Towels and key require a refundable deposit of 10 Euro.

Additional pay-to-enter lounges offer shower facilities. See our Prague Airport Guide for details.

Food & Drink

When you get the midnight munchies or give up trying to sleep and need a coffee to stay awake, 24-hour eateries are available. Check out these vendors: Costa Coffee (Terminal 1, Departure Hall • Terminal 1, pre-Security, Arrivals), Bread & Co. Bistro Cafe (Terminal 2, pre-Security) and Restaurant Praha (Terminal 1, pre-Security, Arrivals Hall).

Security & Safety

Airport staff don’t seem to mind overnight campers, but in pre-Security areas they may wake you to check your ID and boarding pass.

At the time of this update, we have no reports from travellers commenting on safety issues at Prague 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 Prague 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 Prague 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 for transit passengers or travellers departing from Terminal 1. Head to the Rest and Fun Center to check into one of 9 rooms, available for an overnight stay (48-hour reservation required) or day rooms (no reservation required).

Other hotels are located nearby, with a Ramada Hotel at the South Terminal 3, and a Courtyard and Holiday Inn between Terminals 1 and 2. See our Prague Airport Guide for information on nearby hotels.

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