Sleeping in Airports

Sleeping in Stuttgart Airport

Sleeping in Stuttgart 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 Stuttgart Airport.

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Covid-19 Update: This sleep guide was written before Covid-19, so the information may have changed.  In October 2021, we will be starting our first guide update since March 2020.  A lot has changed, so it’s going to be a massive update.  If you are interested in helping,  click here to add or update information or write a review to add tips or share photos to help future travellers .

This guide was last updated: 13 November 2019. Read the latest traveller reviews.

Sleeping inside Stuttgart Airport

Locations & Seating

You’ll find some solid sleep spots here, though it seems that sleeping inside Security is much preferable to sleeping before Security checkpoints, due to fewer amenities and the presence of homeless or refugees wandering the area. Still, inside is quite comfortable, with plenty of seating. If you prefer the floor for stretching out, you’ll find several nooks and corners that offer a bit of privacy, but bring a blanket or sleep mat for added cushion.

Here are good sleep spots that travellers have reported:

  • Terminal 4 is quieter and has some armrest-free benches.
  • Head to the upper-level of the observation area for some privacy and peace.

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.


Freshen up (and loosen those stiff muscles) with a shower before your flight, but you’ll have to leave the airport. Shower facilities are located adjacent to the Airport Bus Terminal, which is a 5-minute walk from the main terminal. You’ll get a speedy blast of water for 2 Euros, or pay for more time.

Food & Drink

When you get the midnight munchies or give up trying to sleep and need a coffee to stay awake, a 24-hour McDonald’s is located on airport grounds, but you’ll have to exit Security. Other cafes and eateries begin opening as early as 4:00 AM.


stuttgart airport hotelsIf you prefer the comfort and privacy of a hotel room, check out the Mövenpick Hotel Stuttgart Airport or Wyndham Stuttgart Airport Messe Hotel, both located a short walk from the airport. Several more hotels are located within a 7-minute drive of the airport, with free shuttle service available. See the hotel section in our Airport Guide for locations or visit Tripadvisor to find hotels deals at Stuttgart Airport.


stuttgart airport loungesWhile Stuttgart Airport has a couple 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 Stuttgart Airport Guide that you can pay to access.

Security & Safety

Airport staff seem to tolerate overnight sleepers. In fact, they seem to be quite strict with their Security procedures and checkpoints. Travellers have mentioned seeing refugees, homeless, and vagrant folks wandering the pre-Secure areas of the main terminal, so you may want to arrive early enough to get into the Secure areas for an overnight stay.

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 or close to security.
  • 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.

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