Traveling from Phoenix AZ > London > Barcelona Spain. In London there is a 17.5 over night layover. I am planning on using this time to explore the city. Can you stay in the airport over night? Or would it be better to book a room?

  • The other answers are good, I can add a few points but first -- just to check -- are you flying into and out of Heathrow? I'm guessing the Phoenix flight goes to LHR but to Barcelona could go from somewhere else -- depends on the airline.
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    Oct 1, 2013 at 0:11
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Can confirm from my personal experience today, there is a No. 1 lounge in Terminal 3 where you can stay overnight in Heathrow for £60 that includes sleeping pod, shower and some food.

Not the best option, but decent if you have visa issues or really early morning flight

  • Welcome to the site and thanks for sharing your experience. Jul 3, 2016 at 7:24
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    You must be flying out of terminal 3 though
    – Berwyn
    Jul 3, 2016 at 14:52

You can certainly stay in the airport. A friend detailed his 24 hours that he spent in Heathrow.

Of course, whether it's better or not is up to you. You'll probably get a better night's sleep in a hotel, but some people can sleep anywhere. I've slept in a variety of airports, or at least attempted to - some are better than others. Some have quiet corners, some are crowded, and others have security stopping you sleeping there.

You can always use sleepinginairports.net as a guide for your decision, if that helps.


If you want a more comfortable stay at Heathrow there are many hotels at Heathrow airport : http://www.heathrow-airport-guide.co.uk/hotels.html

  • and boy are they EXPENSIVE.
    – JohnFx
    Oct 21, 2013 at 3:53
  • I didn't check the location of this hotel.... But would it need a visitor visa or is it airside?
    – dearN
    Jun 9, 2017 at 11:38

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