Sleeping in Airports

Sleeping in Stockholm Arlanda Airport

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 Stockholm Arlanda Airport.

Our guide is updated with the help of airport sleepers who tell us about their experiences at Stockholm Arlanda 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: 9 September 2019. Read the latest traveller reviews.

Sleeping inside Stockholm Arlanda Airport

Locations & Seating

Airport Sleep GuideThe good news is the seating here is plentiful – you should find chairs and lounges for relaxing. SkyCity, located between Terminals 4 and 5, has the most options, and upstairs areas tend to be much quieter. If you can make it inside Security before it closes for the night, you’ll probably a bit more comfortable, particularly in Terminal 5. Prefer the floor? Bring an extra layer, sleep mat, or sleeping bag to provide some much-needed cushion and warmth.

Here are good sleep spots that travellers have reported:

  • Gate F33 is comfortable and quiet.
  • Grab a bench or couch in a cafe that closes for the night.
  • In Gate area F26-F69 they are benches near some cafes and shopping areas that are decent.
  • From SkyCity, walk towards the hotels to find some circular lounges.
Rest Zones

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

Temperature

The temperature ranges from chilly to downright cold.

Pro-tip: Arrive prepared with a blanket or even a sleeping bag. A hoodie provides extra warmth if the terminal gets even colder.

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

Travellers report the usual noise during the day. At night, the airport does quiet down considerably, but cleaning crews and occasional announcements can still be heard, depending on your sleep location. Bring earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones if you’re serious about sleep.

Showers

Freshen up (and loosen those stiff muscles) with a shower before your flight. Head to the Rest and Fly, near Terminal 4 and SkyCity, for a shower for 100 SEK.

Food & Drink

When you get the midnight munchies or give up trying to sleep and need a coffee to stay awake, your best bet is the 7/11 that is open 24 hours. Location: T5, Landside. Otherwise, the Sky Cafe, located in Sky City, is open daily from 2:30 AM until 1:30 AM (1 hour closed for cleaning).

Security & Safety

Airport staff seem tolerant of sleepers and overnight campers.

At the time of this update, we have no reports from travellers commenting on safety issues at Stockholm Arlanda 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

Stockholm Arlanda Airport has a few 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 Stockholm Arlanda 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 leaving the airport behind, you have a few options. Clarion Hotel Arlanda and Radisson Blu Sky City are both connected to the airport, at SkyCity, located between Terminals 4 and 5. Overnight and day rooms are available. For a budget option, check out Rest and Fly, a more basic facility located between Terminal 4 and SkyCity, offering overnight rooms and hourly day options.

Several more hotels are located within a 10-minute drive of the airport, with free airport shuttle services. See our Stockholm Arlanda Airport Guide for information on nearby hotels.

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