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Sleeping in Rome Ciampino Airport

sleeping in rome ciampino airport

If you’re dealing with a long layover or an early morning flight departure at Rome Ciampino airport, you might be wondering if it is possible to sleep in the airport. Our guide to sleeping in Ciampino airport provides essential information for seasoned airport sleepers and newbies to help travellers arrive prepared for the experience.

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Sleeping in Rome Ciampino Airport Overnight

The Rome Ciampino Airport closes every night from 12:00 AM to 4:30 AM, so sleeping inside the airport overnight is impossible. If you’re already inside, airport security will likely ask you to leave.

Locations & Seating

This secondary Rome airport has limited seating; therefore, grab a seat as soon as it’s free, but expect little in the way of comfort. Napping is 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 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.


rome ciampino airport hotelsDo you prefer the privacy and comfort of a hotel room? You’ll have to leave the airport behind to get a decent sleep in a hotel bed. Several hotels with paid shuttle service are within a 12-minute drive of the airport. See the hotel section in our Airport Guide for locations, or visit Tripadvisor to find hotel deals at Ciampino Airport.


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

More Airport Services & Facilities

For information about drinking water, 24-hour food & drink options, luggage storage, showers, mobile charging and WiFi, visit our Ciampino AirportĀ  Guide.

Airport Conditions

If you plan to spend the night at the airport, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • 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, eyeshades, or something else to cover your eyes, such as a shirt or towel.

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. However, sleeping in any airport can include a certain level of risk, especially when travelling alone. It’s essential to take certain precautions to ensure your safety and the security of your valuables. Here are a few tips:

  • Safety First. It’s a good idea to know where the security office is and look for video cameras where you plan to sleep. You can also ask the security personnel for advice on the safest places to spend the night.
  • Don’t Seclude Yourself. If you’re travelling alone, we recommend you stay near other travellers or close to security. This will help you feel more secure and deter potential thieves.
  • Hide Your Valuables. It’s also important to hide your valuables. Please don’t leave them out in plain view, as this could make you a target for theft. Additionally, if you are a deep sleeper, you may want to padlock your bag to something or sleep with your bag up against a wall to make it harder for someone to access zippers and pockets. We have received reports of sleepers who awoke without their phones and laptop bags. The travellers were left with just their headphones and laptop bag strap.
  • Stay Alert. It’s best to stay alert and awake if you feel unsafe or uncomfortable. Drink coffee or other caffeinated beverages to help you stay sharp, and remember that you can always catch up on sleep during your flight. These simple precautions can help you enjoy a safe night at the airport.

Pro-tip: If you sleep 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 arrive for morning flights.

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