8 Ways to Kill Some Time at the Airport!

10th May 2013

Whether you’re cursed with a flight delay, have time to kill before a connecting flight or just want to get the best from the two hours between check in and departure, we’ve put together 8 ways to make the most of your time at the airport, aside from the usual shopping, drinking and eating that is! What suggestions do you have for ways to kill some time at the airport?

Ways to kill time at the airport

Woman at the airport window waiting for her flight.

Go to the book shop

Most of us usually pack a book or two for the trip, but if you have quite a long time to kill, you might not want to start reading the book reserved for your flight. Why not visit the book store and pass some time in a different way; read a chapter of a book in each section. Not only will it broaden your mind, you might learn something new and get some ideas for books to read in the future too.

Find out about any exhibitions

Some airports join forces with local establishments to bring exhibitions into their airports! At the moment, London Heathrow Airport has collaborated with the Royal Horticultural Society to bring you the best of British gardens into the airport until the 25th May! Certainly, this isn’t something you’ll come across at every airport you visit but it’s certainly worth enquiring to see if any exhibitions or shows will be happening when you travel!

Start a holiday journal

If you’ve got 20 minutes or so, why not start a holiday journal which you can update throughout your trip? It will be easy to fill once you’ve arrived in your destination and it might make a great keepsake to look back on once you’re home!

Pamper yourself

Why not explore the airport and see whether there are any massage parlours or spa treatment centres around so you can pamper yourself! I can’t think of a better way to kill half an hour!


Perhaps easier said than done, but I have known people to sleep in far stranger places. If you have an hour or two to kill, it is definitely worth considering taking a nap. Track down a quieter section of the airport or pay for access to an airport lounge to enjoy comfy sofas as well as free snacks and drinks!

Catch up on your chores

Most airports now offer Wi-Fi or computers in departures and we all know how easy it is to while a few hours online. Why not use that time productively instead however and cross off a few chores! Whether you choose to clear your email inbox, do your weekly shop online and arrange for it be delivered when you arrive home, or pay some bills, a little bit of time online can definitely be put to good use.

Hire a car and escape

If you’re unlucky enough to be slapped with a long delay or connection, why not start your holiday early by heading to the car hire desks and going on a whirlwind trip into the local city or to a nearby attraction! Fresh air and the opportunity for a bit of sightseeing are definitely worth the price of a hire car!

Chat with a stranger

Use the opportunity to chat to a stranger. Airports are filled with people from all walks of life and from all over the world so you might meet someone amazing! At the very least, talking is a great way to pass the time and it provides an opportunity to vent about your flight delay!

If you are due to travel soon it might be worth taking a look at the facilities at your transit airports. With a little preparation you might discover some amazing opportunities that you might otherwise miss out on! These tips should help you kill some time at the airport in the meantime however.

What suggestions do you have for passing time at the airport?

By Kerri Ware from Economy Car Hire

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4 Responses to “8 Ways to Kill Some Time at the Airport!”

  1. helen turner

    Love reading all your monthly articles Kerri. Its good to see a website that isn’t just for hiring vehicles. Keep up the good work.

  2. Colin

    Find yourself a seat where you can see both the departure information screen and a steady stream of passers-by. Keep one eye on your flight departure details and the other on the public at large. Let your imagination run riot inventing stories about who these people are, where they’re from, why they’re travelling; in fact, write a mental novel about the characters wandering back and forth in front of you. The time will pass before you get to the second chapter!Don’t forget to periodically check that departure screen.

  3. Duncan

    My tip for airport delays

    Use your time to research the duty free prices.

    If on your way out you can establish whether it is better to buy at your destination or wait until you come back but through.

    Even if you have already bought it can be valuable information for a future trip

    But be warned – you cannot bring liquids through in your hand baggage so remember to pack them in your hold luggage or buy at the airport/on the plane.

  4. David Davidson

    Great Article… As president and CEO of a travel website (www.comparetoptravel.com) I have an appreciation for articles such as this one. Keep up the good work Kerri.

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