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Sleeping in Venice Marco Polo Airport

Sleeping in Venice Marco Polo Airport

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

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Sleeping in Venice Marco Polo Airport Overnight

The airport closes every night between midnight and 4:45 AM. However, if you arrive before the terminal closes, you can stay inside overnight, though you may need to check in with the airport security staff.

Locations & Seating

The seating is limited for the number of travellers and airport sleepers. What does exist is standard wooden benches, so don’t expect much comfort. Many people choose to rest on the floor, but you’ll want a sleep mat or sleeping bag to provide much-needed cushion and warmth on the cold ground. Arrive early to get prime sleep spots. Otherwise, you’ll likely be surrounded by dozens of others looking for some shuteye.

Here are good sleep spots that travellers have reported:

  • Level 0 is darker and quieter than the more public areas.
  • The entrance area may have some leather benches.

Rest Zones

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


venice airport hotelsIf you prefer the privacy and comfort of a hotel room between flights, you’ll have to leave the airport behind. Luckily, a few hotels are within a quick 3-minute drive of the airport, and a few offer free shuttle service. See the hotel section in our Airport Guide for locations, or visit Tripadvisor to find hotel deals at Venice Airport.


venice airport loungesWhile Venice Marco Polo 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 Venice Marco Polo 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 Venice Airport Guide.

Airport Conditions

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

  • Temperature – Airport temperatures can be frigid, especially overnight. 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. Come prepared with eyeshades or something else to cover your eyes, such as a shirt or towel.
  • Noise – At the time of this update, we have not received reports from travellers about terminal noise. That said, daytime sleepers can expect to hear the usual airport hum. At night, when there are no more flights, you would think the announcements would be put to rest, but that is not always the case. As a precaution, you should come prepared with earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones.

Security & Safety

Airport staff generally tolerate overnight sleepers as long as you arrive before the airport technically closes at midnight.

At the time of this update, we have no recent reports from travellers commenting on safety issues at Venice Marco Polo Airport. Still, a few older reports do mention homeless and non-traveller folks hanging out in the front of the terminal.

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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