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