Sleep-On-The-Go with Sleep Pods at Airports
If you’ve had to spend a long time at an airport then you know how uncomfortable they can be. It’s almost impossible to have a nap out in the open in an airport. Even if you could somehow get to sleep on a bench, there’s still the risk that someone will steal your belongings or you’ll miss your flight.
The good news is that more airports around the world are starting to install sleep pods. These great little sleeping options give passengers the chance to relax and catch a few zzz’s while they wait to catch their next flight due to early morning flights, missed flights, flight delays or cancellations, or long layovers.
Whether these rooms are called airport sleep pods, capsules, or cubes, they all provide a safe spot to sleep in privacy and dignity. So there’s no need to spread yourself across a bench or some chairs and become an amusing sideshow for passersby. These pods are generally found past airport security and they can be booked by the hour or for a full night.
Sleep Pod Providers and Prices
You’ve got some options when it comes to size, amenities, and – of course – price. Some of them even have big high definition TVs and feel more like a hotel room than anything else. Most of the capsules found in airports are from chain providers, such as YotelAir, one of the major players in the capsule hotel industry.
Some airport sleep pods or capsules are self-service while others come with staff and even wake up calls. Of course, the more Spartan the sleeping capsule or pod, the cheaper it is. Airport sleep pods/capsules can cost anywhere between $15 per hour to $50+ per hour. Some airports also offer fixed nightly rates, such as the 9Hours capsule hotel at Narita airport.
Some sleeping pods can be booked online via booking sites, such as Booking.com, or directly from the sleep pod company. Keep in mind that conditions may apply when booking a sleep pod or capsule, such as minimum or maximum booking time, next flight needing to depart from the terminal that the sleep pod accommodations are located in, and so on..
Which Airports Have Sleep Pods?
Interested in taking a nap in an airport? Keep an eye out for sleeping pods at the following airports:
- Abu Dhabi (AUH): GoSleep pods can be found at Gate 35 in Terminal 3.
- Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS): A Yotel capsule hotel can be found at the main terminal of Lounge 2, near Pier D. There are also GoSleep pods for your napping pleasure in Concourse D.
- Atlanta Airport (ATL): Gate B16 has some staffed Minute Suites.
- Beijing Capital Airport (PEK): catch some zzz’s in sleep pods found in Terminal 2
- Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL): Relax at the Napcabs in the main hall on level 3
- Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW): Minute Suites can be found at Gate D23
- Don Mueang Thailand Airport (DMK): There’s Sleep Box by Miracle on 4th floor, domestic area Terminal 2
- Dubai (DXB): Find a Snoozecube to relax in at Terminal 1 by Gate C22. There’s also some GoSleep Pods in the Emirates Maharba Lounge.
- Dublin Airport (DUB): catch a nap in the sleep pods found in Terminal 1
- Hanoi (HAN): The Vietnam Aviation Tourism Corp has their own pods for sleeping at the departures terminal
- Helsinki (HEL): GoSleep pods can be found at Gate 31 and Gate 37
- Italy Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport (BGY): relax in ZzZleepandGo
- London Gatwick Airport (LGW): There’s a Yotel capsule hotel at the south terminal by international arrivals
- London Heathrow (LHR): Heathrow also has a Yotel capsule hotel. It’s on the ground floor at Terminal 4.
- Mexico City Airport (MEX): izZzleep sleep capsule accommodations in Terminals 1 and 2
- Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO): GoSleep can be found in Terminal E
- Munich (MUC): There are Napcabs in Terminal 2
- Narita (NRT): There’s a 9Hours capsule hotel near Terminal 2
- New Delhi (DEL): Snooze at My Space pods can be found opposite Gate 17 in the international departures section
- Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG): Yotelair capsule hotel can be found in Terminal 2E
- Philadelphia (PHL): Terminal A-B link has some great Minute Suites
- Singapore Changi Airport (SIN): There’s Haven By JetQuay in Terminal 3
- Thailand Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK): There is Avagard Capsule Hotel on the B1 floor
- Vnukovo Moscow Airport (VKO): Aerosleep Capsule Hotel is situated in Terminal A
The above list is by no means a comprehensive list. More and more airports are “waking up” to the power of sleep pods, so expect these capsule hotels to pop up in more airports around the world.
If you relaxed or slept in a sleep pod or capsule at an airport that is not on the above list, please let us know!
Travelers can now get a nap in the new sleep pods in the domestic terminal at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, also known as Ahmedabad Airport.
Good to know! Travelers all around the world can now get some much needed rest conveniently and safely in these new sleep pods in Ahmedabad Airport when they are in transit in India. Thanks Arjun for the info!
Great post! I myself stayed at an airport sleep pod. A year ago, I had a long 18 hour layover at Narita Airport. I stayed at 9h capsule hotel inside the airport, Teminal 2. It was safe, accessible, and affordable. It had complete amenities: free wifi, locker, soap, shampoo, conditioner, towels, sleepwear, slippers, toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper, and hairdryer. There were many restaurants and convenience stores nearby. Comfortable pods, clean facilities, and friendly staff. Had a great sleep. Recommend to anyone traveling to Japan.
Thank you for sharing your sleep-on-the-go experience with sleep pods at Narita airport. Sounds like you had a pleasant, enjoyable stay and sleep! Located right inside the airport, no need to rush for the plane!
Sleep pods at airports are a brilliant idea! Do they have air running in them, like AC? I wonder. I love this idea so much. I hope LAX will offer sleep pods soon.
Napcabs in Munich Airport, Germany, for example, have air conditioning, in addition to a bed, desk, USB charging station, and Internet access. It’s a good idea to call the sleep pod company ahead to confirm amenities.
More and more airports around the world are starting to embrace the sleeping pod concept. Sleep pods are becoming increasingly common at airports. LAX airport may be next! Stay tuned for updates!