Sleeping in Airports

Sleeping in Tallinn Airport

Sleeping in Tallinn 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 Tallinn Airport.

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

Sleeping in Tallinn Airport Overnight

The Tallinn Airport technically closes overnight, from 1 hour after the last flight until 2 hours before the first morning flight. You can stay the night inside the terminal only if you arrived on an evening flight and you are ticketed on a morning departure.

Locations & Seating

Tallinn Airport Gate Seating
Photo courtesy of Tallinn Airport

Travellers are impressed at the themed gate areas and variety of seating options, from cushioned seats and benches to armchairs and bean bags. Several free sleep pods are also located throughout the terminal. If you prefer to stretch out on the floor, you’ll find mostly carpeting, though a sleep mat or sleeping bag can provide extra warmth and cushion.

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, other than to report how cozy and comfortable it is. 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. Pay to enter the Business Lounge and you can access the shower facilities inside. See our Tallinn Airport Guide for details.

Food & Drink

No 24-hour food concessions are available, so be sure to stock up on food and water before the food concessions close for the night.


Tallinn Airport Sleep Pods
Photo courtesy of Tallinn Airport

tallinn airport hotelsPrefer some privacy and comfort? If you would like a good solid sleep between flights, check out the Sleep Pods, located in a few areas once you’re inside Security. These pods are free and first-come-first-served. For a more traditional hotel sleep, several hotels are located within a few minutes drive of the airport, with shuttles to most available on request. See the hotel section in our Airport Guide for locations or visit Tripadvisor to find hotels deals at Tallinn Airport.


tallinn airport loungesWhile Tallinn Airport has one lounge, it does not have designated sleep rooms or rest areas. If you just want to relax in a comfortable seat, get details on the pay-to-use lounge in our Tallinn Airport Guide.

Security & Safety

Travellers report feeling safe and welcomed at this airport. If you are able to stay the night due to a late night arrival and an early morning departure, several security guards do watch the area.

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