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Sleeping in Rio de Janeiro Galeão Airport

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 Rio de Janeiro Galeão Airport.

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This guide was last updated: 6 November 2019. Read the latest traveller reviews.

Sleeping in Rio de Janeiro Galeão Airport

Locations & Seating

For a major international airport, the seating is certainly limited. What seating does exist likely is metal and equipped with armrests. Your best bet may be sleeping on the floor, but come prepared with blankets, a sleep mat, or a sleeping bag because most flooring is cold and not carpeted.

Here are good sleep spots that travellers have reported:

  • Head to the newly renovated concourse for rest zones with reclining chairs.
  • The food court in Terminal 1 (inside Security) has couch-like benches.
  • The Gate area of the Domestic Terminal has some armrest-free chairs and a few sofas.

Rest Zones

Rio de Janeiro Galeão Airport has a few rest areas with reclining chairs, perfect for resting before your next flight. Head to the new pier and look for chair groups lined along the windows.


Travellers report cold temperatures, especially at night.  Arrive prepared with a blanket or even a sleeping bag. A hoodie provides extra warmth if the terminal gets even colder.


At the time of this update, we have not received recent reports from travellers related to terminal brightness.  Come prepared with eyeshades or something else to cover your eyes, such as a shirt or towel.


Daytime nappers can expect the usual airport noise, like frequent announcements and music and chatter from workers and other travellers. At night, the airport has very few flights coming or going, so the terminals should quiet down considerably. As a precaution, come prepared with earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones.


Freshen up (and loosen those stiff muscles) with a shower before your flight. Shower facilities are located inside a few pay-to-use lounges as well as the Aerotel transit hotel. See our Rio de Janeiro Galeão Airport Guide for locations and details.

Food & Drink

When you get the midnight munchies or give up trying to sleep and need a coffee to stay awake, a reader tells us that a few restaurants are open 24 hours (Landside), we have not been able to independently confirm this. Plan ahead just in case.


Galeao airport hotelsPrefer the privacy and comfort of a hotel room? If you would like a good solid sleep between flights without the stress of going through security, a transit hotel is available. The Aerotel is located inside Security in the International Terminal, Floor 3. Each room has a private shower and you can book in 3-hour or 6-hour blocks. A shower-only package is also available.

Two more hotels are located at the airport: located in the pre-Security area, the Rio Aeroporto Hotel rents rooms overnight or during the day. Adjacent to the main terminal, the Linx Hotel is also available. See the hotel section in our Airport Guide for locations or visit Tripadvisor to find hotels deals at Galeão Airport.


Galeao airport loungesIf you are looking for a private place to nap for a few hours in between flights, check out the Plaza Premium Lounge, locate pre-Security in Terminal 2, Arrivals Hall. In addition to offering a comfortable place to hang out, they have a few private sleep rooms that can be rented for an additional cost. Rooms can be booked at the lounge door. For more information, check out our Rio de Janeiro Galeão Airport Guide.

Security & Safety

At the time of this update, we have no reports from travellers commenting on safety issues at Rio de Janeiro Galeão 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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