EUROPE’S BEST AIRPORT EXPERIENCES
Airports are pretty essential if you want to explore far-flung corners of the world. In a bid to arm passengers with advice, website SleepinginAirports asked travelers to rate airports based on their overall experience, taking into account comfort, services, and facilities, food options, security, customer service, cleanliness, ease of transit and ‘sleepability’. Starting with the most popular, we bring you their ten highest rated airports in Europe.
10TH BEST: VIENNA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, AUSTRIA
Vienna International Airport scores a place at number 10 thanks to its “excellent quality” restaurants and clean bathrooms. One grateful reviewer rated the comfortable couches, which are next to floor-to-ceiling windows, with views over the runway. Another rated the two supermarkets, with a hot counter and delicatessen.
9TH BEST: PORTO FRANCISCO SÁ CARNEIRO AIRPORT, PORTUGAL
The intuitive layout, amenable staff, water dispensers and cozy atmosphere all score points for Porto’s airport. Passengers recommended the metro for easy access to the city center, while overnighters appreciated the fact the lighting on the upper level gets switched off at midnight. As one reviewer glowingly said: “the more I travel, the more I value this airport”.
8TH BEST: DUBLIN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, IRELAND
Overnight travelers rated Dublin International Airport for its plentiful sleeping spots, with one reviewer even praising the airport police for watching over snoozing passengers to “make sure they are ok”. Other positive mentions included the speedy wi-fi, comfy café armchairs in Terminal 2 and the “tranquil” food court in Terminal 1. The friendly staff, efficient queues and wide range of shops are also well received.
7TH BEST: COPENHAGEN KASTRUP AIRPORT, DENMARK
The plentiful shops, free fast wi-fi, soft sofas and comfortable padded “bed shaped structures” in Terminal 2 have all earned Copenhagen Airport a place in the top ten. Passengers also praised the convenient hand-luggage carts, as well as the on-site Burger King.
6TH BEST: STOCKHOLM ARLANDA AIRPORT, SWEDEN
Travelers report reasonable sleeping conditions at Stockholm Arlanda Airport, although many reviews mentioned the chilly temperatures. The friendly staff also get a special mention, as do the abundant plugs, sofas, and wi-fi.
5TH BEST: AMSTERDAM SCHIPHOL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, THE NETHERLANDS
Passengers rated the soft leather sofas, easy navigability and airside library at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. The variety of couches and chairs proved popular for travelers hoping to catch up on sleep, with one reviewer saying that the airport “feels like home”.
4TH BEST: ZURICH KLOTEN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, SWITZERLAND
The efficient train service to the city center, comfortable benches and supermarket all earn points for Zurich International Airport. Family-friendly facilities also include playrooms kitted out with toys and a PlayStation, as well as paid-for showers.
3RD BEST: TALLINN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, ESTONIA
Travelers rave about how cosy Tallinn airport is. From the free library to the beanbags, children’s play area, themed gates and boutique shops, it seems every effort has been put into making people comfortable. One reviewer even went so far as to say that “Tallinn airport public area is like the worlds best airport business lounge, without the extra cost”.
2ND BEST: MUNICH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, GERMANY
Munich may hold the number two spot on the SleepinginAirports top rated in Europe list, but one reviewer considers it “the best”. Another gushed that “the airport gleams – it’s beautiful”, while there were special mentions for the polite staff, “awesome” shopping and clean restrooms.
THE BEST: HELSINKI VANTAA AIRPORT, FINLAND
It’s perhaps not surprising that Helsinki Vantaa Airport hits the number one spot. In a clever attempt to accommodate weary travelers, the bright bods there have gone the extra mile by introducing sleep pods. The seats convert to a bed, with a pull-up cover to block out the terminal noise. Travelers praised the airport for its cleanliness, efficiency, free wi-fi and the handy rail link to the city.
Source: This story was originally published by the MSN