Whether 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 Vienna Airport.
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Sleeping in Vienna Airport
Locations & Seating
You’ll find a whole range of seating options here, some of which are quite comfortable for sleeping. Some are simple armrest-free seats or benches and others are couches and reclining lounges. If you prefer to spread out on the floor, look for a private nook or corner and bring along a sleep mat or sleeping bag for extra cushion.
Here are good sleep spots that travellers have reported:
- The designated rest zones in Terminals 1 and 3.
- Terminal 3’s Concourse F has a long hallway with big couches, near Gates F27-30.
Vienna Airport offers designated rest zones where tired travellers can relax and enjoy some stress-free time in comfortable deck chairs or couches. Locations: Terminal 1, B, C, and D Gates; Terminal 3, F and G Gates.
It can get quite cold, particularly 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 lighting in the terminals. Many couches are located next to big windows, so in summer, expect to rise (but maybe not shine) with the early sun! Come prepared with eyeshades or something else to cover your eyes, such as a shirt or towel.
This busy airport does have the usual hum of frequent announcements and many travellers coming and going. It may quiet down a little at night, but it will depend on your sleep spot. Bring along earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones to help.
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 inside the pay-to-use lounges. See our Vienna Airport Guide for details.
Food & Drink
When you get the midnight munchies or give up trying to sleep and need a coffee to stay awake, 24-hour food concessions are available. Check out these vendors:
- Pre-Security: Cafe + Co Bar and McDonald’s/McCafe
- Inside Security: Cafe + Co Bar (3 locations)
Prefer some privacy and comfort? If you would like a good solid sleep between flights without leaving the airport altogether, check out the NH Vienna Airport. This hotel is located directly across from the Arrivals Hall, and both overnight and day rooms are available. Additional hotels are located within a short walk or drive of the airport. See the hotel section in our Airport Guide for locations or visit Tripadvisor to find hotels deals at Vienna Airport.
While Vienna 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 Vienna Airport Guide that you can pay to access.
Security & Safety
Airport staff seem to tolerate overnight sleepers here. At the time of this update, we have no reports from travellers commenting on safety issues at Vienna 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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