En route to Poland this week we had a very short layover in Munich and while running from one gate to another I noticed something curious: “napcabs.”

These pod-like sleeping containers are located in a couple of different places in the airport. They cost 10 euros per hour over night and 15 euros per hour during the day, with a minimum charge of 30 euros.
I thought they looked fairly comfortable, at least compared to sleeping on the terminal floor.

I’ve heard about nap pods in airports before but this is the first time I specifically recall seeing them. I didn’t have time to try them myself, though I could have really gone for a nap after the 11 hour nonstop flight from Los Angeles. I also would have especially liked to see how quiet they are.
The rates seem a little steep if you were looking for, say, a two hour nap in the afternoon. However, these pods would come in handy if you were stuck overnight; if you wanted to sleep for seven hours you’d pay 70 euros, which is less than many hotel rooms.

In any case, I don’t know why more airports don’t have these. Travel is inherently exhausting and people are always getting stuck in airports. Nap pods are an obvious addition that could make the experience a little more enjoyable.

— Jim Dalrymple II


Written by Jim Dalrymple II

Urbanism and travel writer. Also a journalist covering the news.


  1. That looks good! But for the price, I still think it’s too expensive.
    In Chile, at the airport, there are a lot of “VIP rooms” that only cost about 30 USD to get in (no extra requirements), and they offer free unlimited WiFi, drinks, food, showers and nap rooms with comfy couches (a la Joey Tribbiani). Maybe that’s a more complete experience, but for the same price I’d go for the whole package 🙂

    Great post! Keep them coming!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s