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

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.
Istanbul international airport (IST)

Spending the night at the airport

If you have an early morning flight or a connecting flight with a long wait, it is possible to spend the night inside the facilities of the airport without the need to pay for a hotel, as the terminal remains open 24 hours a day. However, this does not mean that it is one of the most comfortable airports for resting while you wait for your flight. As it is a connecting airport between Europe, the Middle East and America, it is usually very busy throughout the day and so very noisy, with few seats to accommodate everyone and with many lights. Therefore, it is advised to have a sleeping mask and earplugs, in addition to blankets or a sleeping bag, as at night it tends to get a little cold, especially if you have to lay on the floor.

Where to rest: The boarding areas are usually the most friendly for resting. In some spots (such as baggage claim area 10), there are seats without armrests, whereby two or three can be used to improvise a bed. On the other hand, gates 200 are quieter. Next to the Departure gates, there are napzones with comfortable couches. There are also several VIP lounges available around the clock, so if you have a membership card or if you pay a fee, you can enjoy a more comfortable and private space. If you want to get uninterrupted sleep, there are two hotels inside the terminal, in addition to private cabins.

Baggage: The terminal has lockers, giving you the possibility to leave your bags in case you have to wait for the check-in.

Eating and drinking: Some of the commercial stores are open 24 hours a day.

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

Wi-Fi: Access is free for the first hour, but if you do not have a local cell phone number for registration, you will have to pay for the service.

Other services available around the clock: ATMs, medical clinics, 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 after the passport control of the international area. In addition, there are sleeping cabins from IGA Sleepod next to gates C, D and E. Some of the alternatives in the surroundings are:

Menalo Hotel Premium Istanbul Airport (5.6 km/3.5 miles)
Plus Hotel Express (5.9 km/3.7 miles)
Melanj Airport Hotel (6.4 km/4 miles)
Acar Airport Otel (6.8 km/4.2 miles)
FRT Airport Otel (6.8 km/4.2 miles)

Latest updates: March 24, 2023

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