Keep It Clean, Travelers!
Posted by George Hobica on Tuesday, April 2, 2013
International travel can be harsh on the body and a quick freshening up during a connection or even upon arrival can do wonders. While many airports offer first and business class lounges with showers, these are not always open to the general public. Some do allow day passes for a fee, and other lounges that are independently operated sell their own passes. But, for those not interested in paying for lounge access or venturing to an airport hotel to pay for a day room or health club access, we have compiled a list of free shower facilities in airports across the globe. Some airports like Tokyo Narita and Zurich have shower facilities for a fee. However, to be included in this list, the shower must be free although towels and toiletries may cost extra. It is wise to know which facilities have towels before soaping up so you are not left high and dry…er, cold and wet. If you know of any others, be sure to let us know!
|Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (AUH)
||Near gates 32 and 37
||Towels, shampoo, and other toiletries are not provided.
||Transit passengers can access these facilities, but arriving passengers can also use them before passing immigration and exiting the airport.
|Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS)
||Non-Schengen side (second floor), near British Airways Lounge
||Towels, shampoo, and other toiletries are available for a charge.
||Transit passengers can access these facilities, but arriving passengers can also use them before passing through immigration and exiting the airport.
|Auckland, New Zealand (AKL)
||In the corridor where airline lounges are located (transit area)
||Towels, shampoo, and other toiletries are available for a charge.
||Arriving passengers can also use free showers on the ground floor of the arrivals area after immigration. Amenities are available for sale.
|Brisbane, Australia (BNE)
||In the international terminal, free showers are available on the second, third, and fourth floors. In the domestic terminal, free showers are on the first and second floors.
||Toiletries and towels are not provided.
||These are available to arriving, departing, and transit passengers.
|Christchurch, New Zealand (CHC)
||Showers are free of charge in the international arrivals hall of the male and female bathrooms.
||Toiletries and towels are available for a small fee.
||These are available to arriving passengers.
|Dubai, United Arab Emirates (DXB)
||In terminal 3 (the main Emirates facility) near gates 201 and 231.
||No towels, shampoo, or toiletries are available so visit an airport store before using them.
||These can be used by transit passengers. If traveling on an Emirates ticket, transit passengers with a connection over eight hours are eligible for hotel and meal vouchers.
|Frankfurt, Germany (FRA)
||In terminal 1 (Concourse B) in public area; in terminal 1 (transit area of Concourse B) near the Lufthansa Senator Lounge by Kuffler store; in terminal 2 (concourse D, level 3) behind passport control
||Towels and toiletries are included in the 6 Euro entry price.
||Frankfurt offers showers for both transit and arriving passengers.
London, UK (LHR)
|In terminal 4, after security, near the stairs leading to the mezzanine level. Also, in the arrivals area of terminal 4 near the Heathrow Express train station.
||Towels and toiletries are not provided, but are available for a fee.
||Getting access to terminal 4 can be difficult to access for passengers not departing from there. The showers in the arrivals area are a great alternative.
|Male, Maldives (MLE)
||Near the Mariyaad coffee shop.
||Towels are not provided.
||Perfect for departing passengers who must check out of their resorts early, but need a place to freshen up before long flights home.
|Melbourne, Australia (MEL)
||In the departure area of terminal 2, near Nando's.
||Toiletries and towels can be purchased in the Virgin bookstore nearby.
||Transit passengers can use these by heading to the departures level.
|Munich, Germany (MUC)
||In the central area (level 3) and in terminal 2.
||Towels and toiletries may be purchased from a vending machine.
||These can be used by departing, arriving, and transit passengers.
|Perth, Australia (PER)
||On the first and second floors of terminal 1, in the departures area.
||Towels and toiletries are not provided.
||These can be used by departing and arriving passengers.
|Seoul, South Korea (ICN)
||Three locations: Up the escalator on level 4 near the Asiana lounge and HUB lounge in the west wing, and near the Korean Air lounge in the east wing, as well as past the cafeteria on the 4th floor of the passenger terminal.
||Small towels and toiletries are complimentary. Larger towels are available for a fee.
||A great video tour can be found here, along with additional info here.
||In terminal 1 near the transit hotel. The airport swimming pool is on level 3. It is open from 7am to 11pm daily.
||By paying the small fee to use the swimming pool, you gain access to full shower facilities with toiletries and towels, the pool deck, and even a complimentary drink.
||There is a modest entry fee to use the pool area.
|Sydney, Australia (SYD)
||In the departures area after customs, near gate 24.
||The showers are free, but no towels or toiletries are provided.
||These are only available to departing passengers.
|Zurich, Switzerland (ZRH)
||In the service center for arriving passengers (multi-story parking garage 2, level 1) and in transit area D for passengers continuing onward.
||15 Swiss Francs covers showers, soap, shampoo, body lotion, and towels.
||For what it's worth, even visitors to the airport can even freshen up before the arrival of their special passenger.
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