If you have a long layover at Hong Kong Airport (HKG), you totally can sleep overnight inside the airport without paying for expensive lounges. To secure a comfortable spot, it’s advisable to arrive early in the evening. The landside or pre-security area has limited comfortable seating, so the airside area, accessible after passing security, is a better choice. Here, numerous seats and benches without armrests are available, along with some nooks and crannies for added privacy.
Here are some specific spots for a good rest:
You can find complimentary resting lounges throughout the airport. For instance, this is located at Gate 33 in Terminal 1, behind the bathrooms and water station. There are 4 permanently reclined lounge chairs here. The chairs face the tarmac, so it would be very bright in early morning. If you want to have a good sleep overnight, make sure to bring eyeshades and earplugs.
Although the recliner is unadjustable and doesn’t have any padding, I still find it comfortable enough for 2-4 hours of sleep. My only issue is that the recliner is a big short and it always leaves my feet dangling on the front. There is a side table with an power outlet and USB-C port but they were broken at the time I tried them.
This is my favorite area during longer transits because the area has a more modern design and the recliners are much more comfortable. The seat is adequately padded and there is a footstool for you to place your legs. There are a few recharge zones in the terminal, near gates 1, 6, 26, 45 and 66. Each of these zones has just 5 recliners and they are often occupied quickly at night.
In the Midfield Concourse in Terminal 1, relaxing bean bags are available for travelers looking for a spot to lie down. They are often placed in front of big screens playing animations, so it looks like these areas are designed for kids.
Finally, while airport staff are tolerant of sleepers, it’s crucial to be cautious, especially when sleeping alone. Tips for a safe sleep include staying near other travelers or security, hiding valuables, and remaining alert if feeling unsafe.
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