Sleeping in Airports

Sleeping in Winnipeg Airport

sleeping in winnipeg 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 Winnipeg Airport.

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Sleeping in Winnipeg Airport Overnight

Winnipeg Airport is technically open 24-hours, but once Security checkpoints close for the night, all travellers must relocate to the pre-Secure, public areas – even if you’re already in the Secure zone.

Locations & Seating

Travellers report comfier sleep spots inside Security, which is helpful during the day but a bit of a drag at night, when you’re stuck in the pre-Secure area. Inside Security, you’ll find armrest-free benches and carpeting flooring. Pre-Security, head to the carpeted areas by the Baggage Claim carousels.

Rest Zones

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


This airport can get downright cold at night.  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.


During the day, you’ll hear the regular noise of airport activity: travellers chatting, music playing, announcements blaring. At night, you’ll have to hang out in the pre-Secure zones, so whether it’s quiet depends on the other travellers camping out nearby. Do bring earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones.


Unfortunately, there are no showers available to freshen up.

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, both located pre-Security: Tim Horton’s and Stella’s Cafe Quick Service Take Out.


winnipeg airport hotelsPrefer the comfort and privacy of a hotel room? You’re in luck, with 2 hotels located directly at the airport. The Grand Winnipeg Airport Hotel is located just across from the main terminal. Additional hotels are located within a 3-minute drive of the airport, with free shuttle service available. See the hotel section of our Airport Guide for locations or visit Tripadvisor to find hotels deals at Winnipeg Airport.


lounges airport loungesWhile Winnipeg Airport has a couple lounges, neither 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 Winnipeg Airport Guide that you can pay to access.

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Security & Safety

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