Do you ever have a long layover or an unexpected delay that leaves you cuddled in an airport terminal, the comfort-equivalent of a high school desk, using your backpack as a pillow? It’s a crapshoot whether or not said airport will have lounge areas, free wifi, courtesy blankets or adequate snack options.
Fear no more—”The Guide to Sleeping in Airports” has graced us with their 2015 list of “Best Airports for Sleeping.” Every year, the site collects user surveys and reviews to identify the best and worst airports to get some shuteye.
At the top of the list this year are the Singapore Changi International Airport, Seoul Incheon International Airport, Helsinki Airport, the Munich International Airport and the Vienna International Airport.
Features likely to help boost an airport’s sleep-ability factor include amenities such as designated rest zones, comfortable couches, courtesy blankets, quiet corners in the post-security section and staff sympathy to the sleeper’s cause.
Singapore’s airport boasts free lounge chairs, free massage chairs and low-lit relaxation zones. Seoul’s airport has a “Spa in the Air” where visitors can take hot showers in between grueling flights and a possible snooze. Helsinki offers customers GoSleep pods, which are comfortable, futuristic and prevent theft.
Among the worst are the Reykjavik-Keflavik International Airport in Iceland, Paris Beauvais-Tille International Airport, Bergamo Orio al Serio International Airport in Italy, London Luton International Airport, Christchurch International Airport in New Zealand and New York City LaGuardia Airport just missing the top five worst airports for sleeping.
Sleeping in an airport is never a fully enjoyable experience, but these terminals’ over-air conditioning, ubiquity of armrests on chairs, concrete floors and cantankerous employees make trying to catch some ZZZ’s nearly impossible.
You can browse by the best and worst airports to sleep in by region, country, or the whole world at The Guide to Sleeping in Airports.