Sleeping inside or in nearby hotels (IST)


Possibility to spend the night at Istanbul international airport (IST), 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.

Spending the night at the airport

In situations where you have a flight scheduled for the early morning hours or a connection with a long wait, you can spend the night in the airport facilities without incurring accommodation costs, as the terminal is open 24 hours a day. However, it is important to note that this is not one of the most comfortable airports to rest.

Due to its role as a connecting point between Europe, the Middle East and the Americas, it experiences a constant flow of passengers throughout the day, making it a busy and noisy place. In addition, the amount of seating available is limited in relation to the influx of people, and lighting is abundant. It is advisable to bring a mask, earplugs and possibly blankets or a sleeping bag, as temperatures can drop during the night, especially if you choose to rest on the floor.

Where to rest: Boarding areas are usually the most suitable. In some places, such as baggage claim area 10, there are seats without armrests that allow you to use two or three of them to improvise a resting surface. On the other hand, gates 200 tend to be quieter. Next to the boarding gates, it is possible to find resting areas equipped with comfortable armchairs.

In addition, several VIP lounges are available 24 hours a day. If you have an access card or are willing to pay an additional fee, these lounges offer a more comfortable and private space. If your goal is to rest undisturbed, there are two hotels and private cabins within the terminal.

Baggage: The terminal has lockers to store your luggage in case you can't check in yet.

Eating and drinking: Some shops are open 24 hours a day.

Restrooms: Showers available inside some of the VIP lounges and in the airport spa.

Wi-Fi: The first hour of access is free. However, if you do not have a local telephone number for check-in, you will be required to pay for the service.

Other services available around the clock: ATMs, prayer rooms, children's playground, baby changing facilities.


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Nearby Hotels

The Yotelair Istanbul Airport offers rooms in the duty free area and through passport control, in the international area. In addition, IGA Sleepod sleeping cabins are available next to gates C, D and E. Some alternatives in the surrounding area are:

WOW Airport Hotel (1 km/0.6 miles)
Rox Hotel Istanbul (1.5 km/0.9 miles)
Baymari Suites Design Florya (1.8 km/1.1 miles)
Bricks Hotel Istanbul (1.9 km/1.2 miles)
Niconya Port Suite&Hotel (1.9 km/1.2 miles)


Latest updates: August 28, 2023

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