Sleeping On Airport Floors? UGH! My Back! Well, here’s a Travel Tip!
After a long unexpected and involuntary hiatus from my site, it feels good to be back. My internet is also ‘iffy‘ so let’s see how this goes and lasts. This travel tip is about an amenity that I figured a lot of weary travelers who haven’t used or or even heard about it would be interested in learning about.
As we all know, long layovers in airports can be a drag, especially if you didn’t get much sleep the night before because you had to pack after work or close up some loose ends. In Munich airport they have come up with a solution for people to catch some rest while waiting for their flight versus nesting on a hard and maybe dirty airport rug or folding yourself up in an airport chair. There is also the other solution some people utilize of getting intoxicated to take away the pain of waiting. Well, I guess you could get intoxicated too and still do this. :)
Napcabs are small sleeping cubicles located in the Munich airport in Germany that you can rent for fifteen Euros an hour between the hours of 0600 – 2200 (6:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M.) and ten Euros an hour between the hours of 2200 – 0600 (10:00 P.M. – 6:00 A.M. Napcabs afford you a place to catch up on some sleep without having to leave the terminal building. Napcabs also provide you an escape and privacy from all the traveler hustle and bustle; a secure place for your belongings while you sleep; a high speed internet connection; a complimentary bottle of water, and a pretty comfortable bed with clean linen and comforter. All this versus trying to nap in a chair or trying to sleep on the terminal floor.
The napcabs are located in Terminal 2 on the 4th level Gate G 06 and 5th level at Gate H 32. The one I tried out was on Level 5 and was in the Lufthansa gate areas.To the left of the entry door of the napcab here is an ATM look-alike payment panel that you insert your credit or debit card into. Just be sure to follow the instructions which are provided in English or German. Napcabs will initially charge your debit or credit card for one hundred Euros. There is a two hour minimum usage and a 12 hour maximum usage limit and they “charge to the minute“. You will also enter a reentry code should you want to exit the cab to use the WC (bathroom) or maybe grab a drink other than the water provided. Don’t forget your reentry code and be aware there is a time limit you can be out of the cab; however, they do not post what the time limit is anywhere that I saw.
The door to the cab has a privacy blind you pull down from inside. The door will automatically lock when you enter so no one will be able to open it on you while you are resting or temporarily leave the napcab. It also provides a safe haven for your valuables while you sleep. There is a thermostat on the wall which provides you the luxury of setting the temperature of the cab to make it as comfortable for you as possible. A large touch screen monitor is located on the wall at the foot of the bed which provides flight information, adjust the light level, and the convenience of setting an alarm to wake you up. Next to the head of the bed is a small work desk attached to the cab wall. This is where you connect to the included high-speed internet or you can dock your iPod or iPhone to play music on a speaker in the wall. Passengers have to pay for the available WiFi internet service in the terminal, so internet being included in the Napcab cost is definitely an added bonus.
Once you are finished with your stay, all you do is check out at the same terminal panel outside of the napcab. The instructions will initially warn you to make sure you don’t forget to check out or your card will continue to be charged which could make your 2, 3 or 4 hour stay more expensive than you anticipated and there is no recourse for forgetting.
Napcabs might not be the best solution for someone on a strict travel budget, but if you have the means they are well worth trying out. In the same area as the Nap Cabs are small cubicle type areas you can use to catch up on some sleep and there are work stations as well. Unfortunately these may be full of ‘travel squatters’ when you get there and your only other choice would be the floor or a chair.
So, the next time you have a layover in Munich, be sure to to check out Napcabs if you maybe have a little extra money and you don’t relish the idea of catching up on some sleep on the floor or a chair. As of the date of this travel post, Munich is the only location for napcabs, but hopefully the idea will spread around.
Happy and safe ‘wanderings’! :)
Disclaimer: this is an unsolicited, uncompensated review based on personal experience. I just wanted to share this travel tip with all the other wanderers and business travelers out there.