Guide to Sleep Pods in Munich Airport (NapCabs)

Air travel has been stressful since 2020 when COVID brought air traffic to a standstill. Still, airplanes seem to be canceling flights and that means more hours for you at the airport.

If you have some hours at Munich Airport and wondering if you can get some quiet sleeping pod to rent for a few hours, you’re in luck! Munich Airport has sleep cabins that offer privacy and a noise-free sleep environment that you to try for as low as EUR 34.

Munich Airport was ahead of most airports when it comes to designing a compact space for their transit passengers to get some short rest as they wait for the next flight. From as early as 2010, Munich International Airport had installed units of NapCity cubicles in one location.

As of this update in 2024, Sleeping pods at Munich Airport are in four locations within Terminal 2.

NapCab’s Pod Design:

Regular capsule hotel sleeping pods, like those designed by 9Hours, are similar to the capsule hotels commonly found in Japan. These pods are long and tubular, providing just enough space for a person to lie down comfortably. They offer essential amenities within a compact and efficient design, making them ideal for travelers seeking a private resting space in busy environments.

The sleeping pods at Munich Airport were designed by a German company called NapCabs, and they look more like small rooms than capsules.

Each pod is about 2.70 meters high, 1.65 meters wide, and 2.53 meters long and weighs about 1400 kgs. Below is a snapshot of the technical specifications and the image of the Napcabs sleep pods at Munich Airport.NapCabs has also installed sleep pods in Frankfurt Airport and Berlin Airport. Check out our guide on Frankfurt Airport Sleep Pods.

The pods are made of aluminum and glass, with a door that can be locked from the inside.

There is a small window in each pod so you can see outside, and the pods are also equipped with air conditioning and ventilation.

NapCab Amenities:

On NapCab’s website, they have listed the following 9 amenities you can expect to get when you pay for their Nacabs sleeping spaces.

  1. Multimedia 19-inch touchscreen monitor that you can use to watch videos and music
  2. Can take advantage of iPad docking or connect to MP3 directly and USB charging station
  3. An alarm clock to wake you up
  4. Free wifi included in the package
  5. Air conditioning
  6. Privacy window blings
  7. Storage for luggage underneath the bed
  8. Use the coat rack for your clothes
  9. Discover the soothing ambiance with customizable lighting choices available.

Cost

NapCab pricing for daytime and overnight stays offers options tailored to different travel schedules. Daytime rates apply from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm and start at EUR 17 per hour with a mandatory minimum of two hours, resulting in an initial cost of EUR 34. This rate incrementally increases by EUR 17 for each additional hour up to 12 hours, beyond which the increases are smaller, resulting in a cost of EUR 223 for 14 hours.

Overnight pricing, active from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am, is more economical at EUR 12 per hour, also with a two-hour minimum costing EUR 34. The incremental cost for each additional hour is lower compared to daytime rates, making longer stays more affordable overnight. For instance, a 14-hour stay would total EUR 203. This tiered pricing structure supports a range of needs, from short rests to extended overnight stays, providing flexibility for passengers transiting through or facing extended layovers at Munich Airport.

Here’s a breakdown of what the table would look like:

Duration (hrs)Daytime Pricing (6:00 am – 10:00 pm) (EUR)Overnight Pricing (10:00 pm – 6:00 am) (EUR)
23434
35136
46848
58560
610272
711984
8136101
9153118
10170135
11187152
12204169
13221186
14238203

This format allows you to compare the pricing for each duration at a glance, for both daytime and overnight periods. ​​

Where they are located:

4 Cabins at Terminal 2 – Level 05 – Gate H32

The pods area at Terminal 2 near Gate H32 at Munich Airport is marked by the sign “relax & work.” There are 4 cabins there positioned behind the security screening point as well as the passport control. Access to the cabins is only possible with a valid flight ticket, 24 hours before the departure of the flight and only for flights leaving Terminal 2.

4 Cabins at Terminal 2 – Level 04 – Gates G06

Sleep pods at Level 04, and next to Gate 06 are also positioned behind the security screening point as well as the passport control. Access to the cabins is only possible with a valid flight ticket, 24 hours before the departure of the flight and only for flights leaving Terminal 2.

2 Cabins at Terminal 2 – Level 03 – Service Center

On Level 03, you’ll find 2 more sleeping pods positioned in the public area. Access to the cabins is only possible with a valid visa for Germany.They are next to Edeka and Service Center and in front of the security check.

Level 03 - Service Center plan

2 cabins at Terminal 2 – SAT – Level 05- Gate L04Level 05- Gate L04 plan

How to Make a Booking

Munich Airport has outsourced the provision of sleeping technologies/equipment at the airport and you’ll have to book on the Napcabs website; https://booking.napcabs.com/. When you click on the link, the first thing you need to decide is the location of the pod you want to book. Napcabs are in three airports in Germany including Munich and Frankfort.

Once you choose Munich or MUC Airport, you’ll be shown available pods to book from all the four locations at Terminal 2:

I recommend getting one closest to your boarding gate.

Next you’ll need to enter your booking details including the date, time, and discount coupon – if you have one.

If it is during the day, you’ll pay $45 for 3 hours and $30 at night.

The last steps is to fill out your payment details and submit your booking.

How to pay for Napcab sleeping cabins at Munich Airport:

You can pay for your Napcab using MasterCard, Visa, or American Express. If you have a discount coupon, you can enter the code on the payment page to get a lower rate.

Canceling or rescheduling your booking:

If you need to cancel or reschedule your booking, you can do so on the Napcabs website. Click on the “My Bookings” tab and then select the booking you want to cancel or reschedule. From there, you’ll be able to cancel or reschedule your booking.

Napcab’s customer service:

If you have any questions about using Napcabs, you can contact customer service by email at info@napcabs.com or by phone at 49 89 975 90 528.

Pod Alternatives: Munich Airport Hotels:

If you’re looking for a place to sleep at Munich Airport, there are a few hotels located within the airport. The Novotel München Airport is located in Terminal 1 between Gates D and E. The Hilton Munich Airport is also located in Terminal 1 between Gates B and C. NH Muenchen Airport is close to the hotel and provides free airport shuttles.

Check out all hotels near Munich Airport here.

Munich Airport showers:

If you’re looking for a place to take a shower at Munich Airport, there are a few options. There are showers located in the Lufthansa First Class Lounge and Lufthansa Senator Lounge in Terminal 2. There are also pay-per-use showers located in the airport’s transit area located at Munich Airport Center in Terminal 2. It costs EUR 17 but you’ll need to put down a EUR 20 as a deposit.

Sleeping in Munich Airport for Free

If you do not want to pay the fees needed for sleep pods or in-airport hotels at Munich Airport, Terminal 2 should be your go-to location for catching some sleep. It’s well-regarded for its comfortable rest chairs and plenty of seating without armrests, making it a perfect spot for a peaceful rest.

Gate K12, in particular, is notable for its ample reclining chairs, allowing weary travelers to stretch out and unwind.

Furthermore, Munich Airport offers three specially designated rest zones, outfitted with reclining chairs, footrests, and even business stations that come complete with desks and power outlets, meeting a variety of traveler needs.

To ensure you get the relaxation you need, finding a spot in Terminal 2 or making your way to one of these rest zones is advised for a quiet and comfortable break.

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Nathan helps travelers find the most comfortable sleep setups during layovers, from cozy airport hotels to futuristic sleep pods. His insights aim to transform layovers into rejuvenating sleepcations, offering travelers an alternative to costly hotels and uncomfortable benches.