This might be a stupid question (or not) but from my very very limited experience there are only toilets and restaurants in most airports. I know Airports are a business and they exist so they can make money from f&b and any shopping you do between changing planes. Are there any airports which offer showering facilities (even if some small charge is there) so that you don't end up looking haggard after a long flight. I was thinking about my hypothetical run between BOM and Montreal, Canada.

  • Hi Shirish - yes, it's very common, but you do have to pay. Another common thing these days is "sleeping stalls" - kind of a mini-hotel where you can sleep for a few hours (again you pay of course).
    – Fattie
    Nov 5, 2016 at 10:58
  • If you are new to flying, note that Zach is explaining "Lounges", which is another thing. Airlines have "Lounges" which are luxurious waiting rooms, which can be used by people flying business class, etc. Or, you can just pay to use a Lounge. (A few lounges offer showers.) This is not relevant to you, you won't have Lounge access.
    – Fattie
    Nov 5, 2016 at 10:59
  • I just did a quick google for you and unfortunately there are no showers-for-hire businesses at IST airport. You would have to pay money to use a Lounge as Zach explains. I instantly googled info on this, example istanbultravelbook.com/… You'll pay about 4000 Inr to use a lounge.
    – Fattie
    Nov 5, 2016 at 11:08
  • same in Frankfurt, for only 7 euro you can take a hot water shower and shine bright like a rainbow to you final destination :) Nov 5, 2016 at 15:57
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    Asking about any airport in the world is overly broad and, in any case, not a useful question. Suppose you got the answer "All airports in Australia have showers." (I've no idea if that's actually true; it's just an example.) How would that help you if, say, you were flying from India to the UK? That also makes the question essentially hypothetical. Nov 5, 2016 at 16:06

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Many airports offer shower facilities as part of various lounges. Lounges are generally available to first/business class passengers and some frequent flyers, but some lounges are also accessible upon payment of a fee. Not all lounges have showers, but many do, especially those catering to long-haul international passengers.

There are hundreds of airports with lounges throughout the world, and every one has slightly different policies as to who can access what lounges, what services are available inside, and which lounges are physically reachable on a given journey (some lounges may be in a different terminal or only available to passengers before or after immigration or security). The app LoungeBuddy can help you find lounges, see what they offer, and purchase access if this is an option. You can also ask a specific question here if you give your detailed itinerary and need help finding your options.

In addition, some airports may have separate shower facilities, which aren't full lounges, but offer a shower, typically for a fee. You can look for these on an airport's website. The website sleepinginairports.net also has detailed information about many airports. If you scroll down to the page where it lists the airport's services and facilities, it may list any available showers. That site also has information about airport lounges that are accessible upon payment of a fee.

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    sleepinginairports.net is in my experience often out-of-date and inaccurate.
    – fkraiem
    Nov 5, 2016 at 7:27
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    I would always try to confirm something like sleepinginairports.net against the airport's website if I needed to rely on it. Some airports have horrible websites that don't always list this information though, so checking multiple places can help. Nov 5, 2016 at 7:34

Many do; see for example London Heathrow, Dubai International, or Tokyo Narita.

Strangely, I looked at a couple major North American airports, and couldn't find any that does.

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    unfortunately on the OPs run from BOM to Montreal, they'll realistically have to fly Turkish. I don't know if there's a shower-stall business in IST.
    – Fattie
    Nov 5, 2016 at 11:00
  • @Joe This wasn't the question, though.
    – fkraiem
    Nov 5, 2016 at 11:12
  • Sure - I didn't say it was. I voted up your answer as it's correct. Someone reading who transits IST a lot may specifically know and drop in a comment here; good use of comments area.
    – Fattie
    Nov 5, 2016 at 11:19
  • Because of US transit-visa requirements, and simple geography, US airports are rarely international layovers. Showers aren't that interesting during a short domestic layover between two short domestic flights. Nov 5, 2016 at 14:35
  • @joeBlow are you telling/sharing that turkish airlines has direct or inter-connecting flights from BOM to Montreal (single airline), if yes, that is good to know. Have upvoted you as at least one option gets narrowed down.
    – shirish
    Nov 5, 2016 at 18:18

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