Sleeping inside or in nearby hotels (BCN)


Possibility to spend the night at Barcelona - El Prat airport (BCN), if open 24 hours. Services available, places to rest (free resting zones), or look for the list of nearby hotels and vip lounges.

Overnight layover guide. Sleeping facilities in the public zone or boarding area

Please note that some published services and schedules may be subject to change. If the idea is to spend the night in the public area, consider a plan B in case the stay inside the airport is only allowed for those who are about to board.


Access to the terminals is only allowed to passengers with a valid ticket or boarding pass, within 6 hours prior to the scheduled departure of the flight, and to strictly necessary companions of passengers requiring special assistance, minors or with duly justified cause, in accordance with Royal Decree-Law 26/2020. Access is also permitted to Rent a Car customers returning or collecting a vehicle, with supporting documentation. Access will be through Terminal 1 "Floor 3 Departures" through the central gate and the north gate during the day and only through the central gate at night and from floor 0 through the intermodal building (where the Metro station is located).

Is it possible to spend the night at the airport?

Although, as detailed on our website, there are alternative accommodation options directly connected to the terminals or nearby, not all passengers are willing to pay for an overnight stay when their flight departs early in the morning. In Barcelona, it is very easy to spend the night at the airport, as it is open 24 hours a day and even some shops stay open. Keep your passport and tickets handy in case security staff ask for them.

Where to rest?

Most seats are uncomfortable and have armrests, and the floor has few carpeted spots (except for the children's entertainment areas). Terminal 1 tends to be very crowded, so finding a place to sleep can be difficult, although there are cushioned benches near the B gates. In Terminal 2, you can find some comfortable (if scarce) seating at the food outlets. Blankets, a sleeping bag and an eye mask are recommended. You can also enter some of the VIP lounges, which are more comfortable, although they close at night. Private rooms are available in Terminal 1, and several accommodations in the surrounding area operate shuttle services.

Is there a 24-hour left luggage service?

There is currently no such service at Barcelona airport.

Are there places to eat and drink 24 hours a day?

There are eateries in both terminals that stay open throughout the night.

Are showers available at Barcelona airport?

Showers are only available in the VIP lounges.

Does El Prat airport have free Wi-Fi?

The airport has free and unlimited Wi-Fi.

Other services available around the clock

ATMs, currency exchange bureaux, children's play areas.


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Nearby Hotels

Sleep&Fly rooms are available in the business centre. Some accommodation within the city is serviced by shuttle buses to and from the airport.

Hotel Barcelona Aeropuerto (1.9 km/1.2 miles)
Centre Esplai Albergue (2.1 km/1.3 miles)
BAH Barcelona Airport Hotel (2.4 km/1.5 miles)
Hostal Cal Siles (3 km/1.9 miles)
Salles Ciutat del Prat Barcelona Airport (3.2 km/2 miles)


Latest updates: May 15, 2024

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