Whether 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 Venice Marco Polo Airport.
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This guide was last updated: 7 November 2019. Read the latest traveller reviews.
Sleeping in Venice Marco Polo Airport Overnight
The airport closes every night between 12:00AM (midnight) and 4:45AM. However, if you arrived before the terminal closes, you are allowed to stay inside overnight, though you may need to check in with the airport security staff.
Locations & Seating
For the many travellers and airport sleepers, the seating is very limited. 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.
At the time of this update, there are no designated rest zones within the airport.
Airport temperatures can be very cold, especially overnight. Arrive prepared with a blanket or even a sleeping bag. A hoodie provides extra warmth if the terminal gets even colder.
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.
At the time of this update, we have not received reports from travellers related to terminal noise. With 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.
Pro-tip: If you chose a spot near any eateries, keep in mind that the staff arrive early and they can get pretty loud in the kitchen.
Freshen up (and loosen those stiff muscles) with a shower before your flight. Shower facilities are located in the Marco Polo Club (pay-to-use lounge). See our Venice Marco Polo Airport Guide for details.
Food & Drink
As there are no 24-hour food concessions available, you will need to stock up on food and water before eateries and convenience stores close for the night.
If 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 located 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 hotels deals at Venice Airport.
While Venice Marco Polo Airport has a few 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 Venice Marco Polo Airport Guide that you can pay to access.
Security & Safety
Airport staff generally tolerate the many overnight sleepers, as long as you arrive before the airport technically closes at 12:00 AM (midnight).
At the time of this update, we have no recent reports from travellers commenting on safety issues at Venice Marco Polo Airport, but a few older reports do mention homeless and non-traveller folks hanging out in the front of the terminal. 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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