Sleeping in Airports

Sleeping in Stuttgart Airport

Sleeping in Stuttgart Airport

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

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Sleeping inside Stuttgart Airport

Locations & Seating

You’ll find some solid sleep spots here. However, sleeping airside seems much preferable to sleeping on the landside due to fewer amenities and homeless or refugees wandering the area. Still, the airside is quite comfortable, with plenty of seating. If you prefer the floor for stretching out, you’ll find several nooks and corners that offer 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.


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 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 hotel deals at Stuttgart Airport.


stuttgart airport loungesWhile Stuttgart Airport has a few lounges, 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 Stuttgart 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 Stuttgart Airport Guide.

Airport Conditions

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

  • 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, eyeshades, or something else to cover your eyes, such as a shirt or towel.

Security & Safety

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

Sleeping in any airport can include a certain level of risk, especially when travelling alone. It’s important 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 located 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. 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 woke up 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 awake, 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.

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