Sleeping in Airports

Sleeping in Rome Fiumicino Airport

Rome Fiumicino Airport sleepers
Terminal C (Photo courtesy of Alireza / 03Oct2011)

sleeping in rome fiumicino 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 Rome Fiumicino Airport.

Our guide is updated with the help of airport sleepers who tell us about their experiences at Rome Fiumicino 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: 10 September 2019. Read the latest traveller reviews.

Sleeping inside Rome Fiumicino Airport

Locations & Seating

Seating varies across the 4 terminals, but generally seating is a bit limited, and most seats are equipped with armrests. If you prefer to stretch out on the floor, note that most of it is tiled, so bring blankets, a sleep mat, or sleeping bag to provide some necessary cushion and warmth. Expect fewer sleep spots if you’re staying in the pre-Security area.

Here are good sleep spots that travellers have reported:

  • In Terminal 1, head to Gates E12 and further for big red sofas. Gate E52 might have lounge chairs, too.
  • The best seating may near the B and D Gates. Gates B9, B11, and D1 are specifically noted for reclining chairs.
  • Lounge-style chairs may be located near Gate H3.
  • In Terminal 2, head upstairs for about a dozen reclining chairs, and it may be a little quieter, too.
  • Most cafes and restaurants close for the night, so try grabbing a couch or soft bench inside one for the evening.
Rest Zones
Rome Fiumicino Rest Zone
(Photo courtesy of a Guest Reviewer / 10May2017)

A few designated rest zones with reclining seats are available, one is located near Gate D1 in Terminal 3, but we don’t have details on where the others are located.

Temperature

Expect the airport to cool down at night, as air conditioning continues to run and fewer people are inside.

Lighting

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

Noise

During the day, expect the usual hum of airport activity: music blaring, frequent announcements playing in multiple languages, and workers and travellers chatting. At night, the airport quiets down considerably, but it’s still best to bring earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones for some decent rest.

Showers

Freshen up (and loosen those stiff muscles) with a shower before your flight. Shower-only packages are available at the HelloSky hotel, located pre-Security, across from Terminals 1 and 3. For €20, you get shower access, towels, haridryer and toiletries. A few pay-to-enter lounges also offer shower facilities. See our Rome Fiumicino Airport Guide for lounge details.

Food & Drink

When you get the midnight munchies or give up trying to sleep and need a coffee to stay awake, 24-hour food concessions are available. Check out these vendors:

  • Terminal 3, pre-Security: Semplicemente Roma
  • Inside Security: Caffe Kimbo (E Floor 2), Rosse Intenso Food and Wine (Gate D2), and GranCafe Platinum (Gates E37-38)
Security & Safety

Airport staff seem generally quite tolerant of airport sleepers. One traveller from 2016 noted that she was told to leave the airport overnight because she had EU citizenship, which meant she was able to come and go from the airport with no problem. No other travellers have reported this issue to us.

At the time of this update, we have no reports from travellers commenting on safety issues at Rome Fiumicino 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 Rome Fiumicino 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 Rome Fiumicino Airport Guide that you can pay to access.

Hotels

Prefer the privacy and comfort of a hotel room? If you would like a good solid sleep between flights without straying far from the airport, a couple hotels are located on airport premises. The Hilton Rome Airport is connected to Terminals 1, 2, and 3 via a covered moving walkway. The hotel offers overnight and day rooms, as well as free shuttle service to the Rome city center. The HelloSky hotel is located across from Terminals 1 and 3, offering day rooms in 3- and 6-hour blocks. Several more hotels are located within a quick 10-minute drive of the airport. See our Rome Fiumicino Airport Guide for details and locations.

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