Sleeping in Airports

Sleeping in Santiago de Chile Airport

Sleeping in Santiago Airport
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Whether 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 Santiago de Chile Airport.

Our guide is updated with the help of airport sleepers who tell us about their experiences at Santiago de Chile 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: 1 August 2018. Read the latest traveller reviews.

Sleeping inside Santiago de Chile Airport

Locations & Seating
Sleeping in Santiago Airport
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The areas inside Security offer more comfortable sleep spots than the pre-Security area. Inside Security, seating is generous, with padded, armrest-free seats near many gates. Try pushing seats together for a makeshift bed, with some privacy. If you want to stretch out on the floor, bring a travel mat or blankets for some cushion and warmth.

Rest Zones

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


Expect temperatures running from chilly to downright cold.  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 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 hum of a busy airport: workers and travellers chatting, frequent announcements playing, and music and TVs blaring. By night, travellers say that the music doesn’t stop. For decent rest, bring along earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones.


Freshen up (and loosen those stiff muscles) with a shower before your flight. Shower facilities are located in several pay-to-enter lounges. See our Santiago de Chile 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, you have your pick of the lot when it comes to 24-hour food concessions. Check out these vendors:

  • Pre-Security: Bakery & Co. (2 locations), Bricole (Domestic Terminal), Brioche Doree (Airport Lobby), Dunkin Donuts (2 locations), Gatsby (Airport Lobby), Pronto (International Terminal), and Starbucks (Domestic Terminal).
  • Airside: Bakery & Co. (2 locations), Deli & Cia (International Terminal), Gatsby (2 locations), Patagonia Cafe (International Terminal), Pronto (International Terminal), and Starbucks (3 locations).
  • Convenience stores: Mercadito/Brit Shop, Mini Market, and Maxis (5 locations).
Security & Safety

Airport staff don’t seem to mind airport sleepers during the day or at night.At the time of this update, we have no reports from travellers commenting on safety issues at Santiago de Chile Airport. (That said, many travellers reported on unfair pricing and aggressive sales tactics from private car companies inside the public areas of the terminals – it is best to avoid these drivers and salesmen.)

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.


Santiago de Chile Airport has several lounges, but 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 Santiago de Chile Airport Guide that you can pay to access.


If you prefer the privacy and comfort of a hotel room, check into the Holiday Inn Santiago Airport Terminal, which is located directly across from the main terminal. Several more hotels are located within a 10-minute drive of the airport, and these offer free shuttle service See our Santiago de Chile Airport Guide for hotel locations and details.

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