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

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all regular services and hours may be subject to change. Thus, 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 close to boarding.
Barcelona - El Prat airport (BCN)


Access. Only passengers with a valid ticket or boarding pass are allowed inside the passenger terminal, 6 hours before the scheduled flight departure, in addition to strictly necessary companions of passengers requiring special assistance, minors or with a justified cause, according to Royal Decree 26/2020. Access is also allowed to Rent a Car clients returning or picking up a vehicle, with a justificatory document. Access will be through the central and north doors of floor 3 - Departures of Terminal 1 during daily hours and only through the central door during night hours and from floor 0 of the intermodal building (where the Metro station is located).

Staying overnight at the airport?

Even though there are accommodation alternatives directly connected to the terminals or in the vicinity, not all passengers are willing to pay for one night when their flight leaves early in the morning. Barcelona El Prat is very friendly to spend the night, as it remains open 24 hours a day and some shops are even available around the clock. Have your passport and tickets handy in case the security staff asks you for them.

Where to rest?

Most seats are uncomfortable and have armrests, and the floor has few carpeted spots (except for the children's play areas). Terminal 1 is usually very crowded, so finding a place to sleep can be difficult. The best place is concourse U of Terminal 2, where there are many benches with no armrests and plenty of room. It is recommended to have blankets, a sleeping bag and a sleeping mask. You can also enter one of the VIP rooms, which have more amenities, although they close at night. On the other hand, in Terminal 1 there are private rooms, and several accommodations in the surroundings operate shuttle services.

Is there 24 hour left luggage service?

The luggage storage in Terminal 1 is open 24 hours a day, so you can leave your bags and sleep easily, not having to check on your belongings.

Are there 24 hour eating and drinking options?

There are eateries in Terminal 1 that stay open throughout the night.

Are there showers available in Barcelona airport?

Showers are available only in the VIP lounges.

Is Wi-Fi free of access?

The airport has free and unlimited Wi-Fi.

Other services available around the clock

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


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Nearby Hotels

On level 1 of Terminal 1, there are private suites from Premium Traveller, while inside the business centre there are rooms from Sleep & Fly. Some accommodations inside the city operate shuttle buses to and from the airport.

Hotel Barcelona Aeropuerto (1.9 km/1.2 miles)
Centre Esplai Albergue (2.2 km/1.4 miles)
BAH Barcelona Airport Hotel (2.4 km/1.5 miles)
Hostal Cal Siles (3 km/1.9 miles)
Ciutat del Prat Barcelona Airport (3.2 km/2 millas)

Latest updates: March 25, 2023

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