Sleeping in Airports

Sleeping in Rome Ciampino Airport

sleeping in rome ciampino 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 Rome Ciampino Airport.

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

Sleeping in Rome Ciampino Airport Overnight

The Rome Ciampino Airport closes every night from 12:00 AM to 4:30 AM, so it is not possible to sleep inside the airport overnight. If you’re already inside, airport security will likely ask you to leave.

Locations & Seating

This secondary Rome airport has very limited seating, so grab a seat as soon as it’s free, but don’t expect much in the way of comfort. Napping seems to be OK during the day, but by night you’ll have to exit the airport altogether until it reopens at 4:30 AM. If you choose to sleep on the floor, bring a sleep mat or sleeping bag – apparently some travellers had success sleeping outside at night, during the summer, just across from the terminal.

Rest Zones

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

Airport Environment

At the time of this update, we have not received 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

Unfortunately, there are no showers available to freshen up.

Food & Drink

As the airport closes overnight, no 24-hour food concessions are available.

Hotels

rome ciampino airport hotelsPrefer the privacy and comfort of a hotel room? You’ll have to leave the airport behind altogether to get a decent sleep in a hotel bed. Several hotels are located within a 12-minute drive of the airport, all with shuttle services, though you’ll have to pay a fee for most. See the hotel section in our Airport Guide for locations or visit Tripadvisor to find hotels deals at Ciampino Airport.

Lounges

ciampino airport lounges Rome Ciampino Airport does not have any pay-to-use lounges for Economy Class travellers.

Security & Safety

Airport security does not allow anyone to sleep inside while the airport is closed, from about 12:00 AM – 4:30 AM. If you are already inside the airport before midnight, you’ll be asked to leave, though it seems security tolerates people sleeping outside – as long as you are prepared for the weather.

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

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