Sleeping in Airports

Sleeping in Stockholm Arlanda Airport

Sleeping in Stockholm Arlanda Airport

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

We keep this guide up-to-date with the help of airport sleepers who have generously shared their experiences and airport reviews. If you have any tips or photos to contribute, please take a moment to write a review. Your feedback will help us stay informed about the latest advice for future sleepy travellers.

Sleeping in Stockholm Arlanda Airport

Locations & Seating

The 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 the upstairs areas are much quieter. If you can make it to the airside before it closes for the night, you’ll be more comfortable, particularly in Terminal 5. Would you prefer the floor? Bring an extra layer, sleep mat, or sleeping bag to provide 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 at night.
  • Gate area F26-F69 has decent benches near some cafes and shopping areas.
  • 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.


stockholm Arlanda airport hotelsDo you prefer some privacy and comfort? You have a few on-site hotel options for a good, solid sleep, albeit for a price. Clarion Hotel Arlanda and Radisson Blu Sky City are connected to the SkyCity terminal between Terminals 4 and 5. Overnight and day rooms are available. Several more hotels are situated within a 10-minute drive of the airport, with free airport shuttle services. See the hotel section in our Airport Guide for locations, or visit Tripadvisor to find hotel deals at Arlanda Airport.


stockholm Arlanda airport loungesStockholm Arlanda Airport has a few lounges, but none have designated sleep rooms or rest areas. If you only want to relax in a comfortable seat for a few hours before your flight, check out this list of lounges in our Stockholm Arlanda Airport Guide that you can pay to access.

More Airport Services & Facilities

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

Airport Conditions

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

  • Temperature – The temperature ranges 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.
  • 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. The airport quiets considerably at night, 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.

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.

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.

Write a Review

To help us keep this page up-to-date for future airport sleepers, write a review about your experience sleeping in Stockholm Arlanda Airport.

Airport Photo Gallery

Thank you to the airport sleepers who have written reviews and shared their airport photos to help future travellers. Click here to add your airport photos.