Sleeping in Airports

Sleeping in São Paulo Guarulhos Airport

Sleeping in Sao Paulo Guarulhos 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 São Paulo Guarulhos Airport.

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This guide was last updated: 7 November 2019. Read the latest traveller reviews.

Sleeping in São Paulo Guarulhos Airport Overnight

Locations & Seating

Airport Sleep GuideIn such a large airport, the seating is definitely limited. Most benches are equipped with armrests, so you’ll have to contort yourself or opt for the floor. The more modern Terminal 3 may have more comfortable seating. Try pushing some rows of seats together to create a makeshift bed with a bit of privacy. If you do wind up on the floor, carpeting is practically non-existent, so a sleep mat, blanket, or sleeping bag provide much-needed cushion. Travellers sometimes find the layout confusing thanks to many hallways, but these may provide some privacy and quieter sleep spots.

Multiple locations of Starbucks have comfortable chairs and sofas – just be sure to buy something small if you’re going to stay for awhile.

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

Freshen up (and loosen those stiff muscles) with a shower before your flight. Shower facilities are located inside several pay-to-enter lounges as well as the Slaviero Fast Sleep cabins. See our São Paulo Guarulhos 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, you have plenty of 24-hour food concessions to choose from. Check out these vendors:

  • Terminal 1, inside Security: Rei do Mate
  • Terminal 2, pre-Security: Ballon Cafe, Cafe Kopenhagen, McCafe, Pizza Hut, Starbucks (2 locations), Subway (2 locations), and Vienna Snacks (2 locations).
  • Terminal 2, inside Security: 365 Deli (2 locations), Bleriot, Burger Boss, Rei do Mate, Starbucks, To Go Coffee & Deli (2 locations).
  • Terminal 3, pre-Security: Burger King, Cafe Kopenhagen, Pizza Hut, Rei do Mate, Suplicy, and Vienna Snacks.
  • Terminal 3, inside Security: 365 Deli (2 locations), Bleriot, Starbucks, Subway, and Vienna Cafe
Security & Safety

Airport staff seem to take no issue with the many travellers who spend the night here and it seems to be quite safe. We have no reports from travellers commenting on safety issues at São Paulo Guarulhos Airport. One traveller from 2016 reported seeing a group of teenagers who were in the airport but weren’t travellers, but it may be an isolated incident.

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 São Paulo Guarulhos Airport has several 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 São Paulo Guarulhos Airport Guide that you can pay to access.

Hotels

Prefer some privacy and comfort? If you would like a good solid sleep between flights without the stress of leaving the airport, you have a couple options. The Slaviero Fast Sleep hotel, located in Terminal 2, has sleep cabins with bunk beds, bathroom, and free WiFi that are rentable by the hour or longer blocks. The Tryp by Wyndham São Paulo Guarulhos Airport is a more traditional hotel located in Terminal 3, but you must have an international boarding pass or international connection to access this hotel. Overnight and hourly rates are available.

Additional hotels are located within a short drive from the airport. See our São Paulo Guarulhos Airport Guide for locations and details.

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