Even though smoking has a significant, but totally bad, impact on a person’s health, many still light up and enjoy cigarettes. What’s worse, it not only damages the smoker’s health but also of those who are around him. Well, that’s not big news. Thankfully, society has been building smoking areas where smokers can practice this habit without damaging other people and making the public areas a smoke-free zone.
The same applies to airports. If you are a smoker, you’d be banned from performing this activity in the airport, except for areas where smoking is allowed. When traveling to Europe, it’s good to know where you can take a pull on a cigarette, so you and everyone else are absolutely satisfied with it. So, here we step in to provide you with the required information on smoking lounges in the biggest airports in Europe, so look no further.
Copenhagen Airport (Denmark)
If you want to light up a cigarette at Copenhagen Airport, you can do it both before and after the security check. If you decide to do it prior to the security check, search for the yellow outdoor smoking area in Copenhagen Airport near Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 (also near the train station and metro).
After the security check, at Copenhagen Airport, smoking areas are located near the gates A18-A34. Alternatively, several airport lounges provide their customers with smoking cabins.
Although e-cigarettes are less harmless, they are considered smoking products anyway. That’s why you would have to light up your e-cigarette in a specially designed smoking area at Copenhagen Airport, the same way you would do with a regular one. So, if you are searching for a smoking are, Copenhagen Airport is offering some.
Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (Italy)
Along with other countries in the EU, Italy’s Fiumicino Airport is a smoke-free one to protect air passengers from passive smoking. For this reason, there are several indoor smoking areas around the airport.
You can smoke at Terminal 1, immediately after security in the departures area, or at Terminal 3, on the upper level of the departures area. Smoking lounges are located close to the gates B09, D05, E14, E38, and E51.
Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (Spain)
Compared to the two above mentioned airports, at smoking at Madrid Airport is much more restricted. Barajas Airport smoking areas are locates outdoor of all terminals before the security check. After the security, travelers are only allowed to smoke in VIP lounge areas. Thus only passengers who possess priority passes, and specific class tickets (like, business or first-class tickets), can benefit from this offer.
These you can find near T1, thus no smoking area Madrid Airport T2, T3, T4, or T4 is providing.
Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (Turkey)
You won’t be able to find smoking lounges inside the Sabiha Gökçen International Airport, as smoking is highly prohibited in closed areas in Istanbul. Nonetheless, there is a smoking area outside the building. Be careful as it is not covered, thus, you won’t be able to light up a cigarette in bad weather conditions.
Frankfurt International Airport (Germany)
You can either smoke outside the terminals in specially designed areas for airport smokers, or in smoking lounges that are located around the airport. You can find these lounges accordingly the information below:
- Terminal 1, Area C, Level 2
- Terminal 1, Area A, Level 2, near gate A11
- Terminal 1, Area A, Level 2, near gate A25
- Terminal 1, Area B, Level 2, near gate B24
- Terminal 1, Area B, Level 2, near gate B42
- Terminal 1, Area A, Level 2, in front of gate A52
- Terminal 1, Area A, Level 2, in front of gates A66 and A68
- Terminal 2, Area E, Level 2, near Gate E21
- Terminal 2, Area D, Level 2, between Gate D24 and D25
- Terminal 1, Area Z, Level 3, in front of gates Z66 and Z68
- Terminal 2, Area D, Level 3
- Terminal 2, Area E, Level 3
- Terminal 1, Area Z, Level 3, near gate Z11
- Terminal 1, Area Z, Level 3, between gates Z23 and Z25
- Terminal 1, Area Z, Level 3, in front of gate Z52
Frankfurt International Airport is one of the airports with smoking lounges inside the building, which facilitates the proceeding time in the airport of air passengers who travel through Germany.
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (The Netherlands)
Before security, you would be able to smoke only outside the terminal building, in specialized smoking areas. After security, if you crave a cigarette, you would be able to enjoy one at B-pier (Level 1), D-pier (Level 1), E-pier (Level 1), F-pier (Level 1), G-pier (Level 1), Holland Boulevard (Level 1) near Lounge 3 and near Privium Airside Lounge. Also at Lounge 1 on Level 2 near the gate D59 and at Level 1 in front of gates D59-D87, Lounge 2 on Level 2 and Level 1, Lounge 3 (Level 1), Lounge 4 (Level 1). Take a look at your watch when you decide to perform this activity, as all the lounges are available from 7AM till 9PM.
Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (France)
At Charles de Gaulle Airport, you’d have to look for specialized areas for smokers. Head to Paris CDG Airport smoking areas, as mentioned below:
- Terminal 1: Smoking cabins at Level 10 (after passport control but before security check); smoking areas at boarding level, near Gates 50-58, as well as at Level 11, which is a boarding level;
- Terminal 2A: At games area, near Fauchon Resto;
- Terminal 2C: Near McDonald's;
- Terminal 2D: Near Gates D62/63: On Level 1, downstairs and near Gate 58;
- Terminal 2E: Close to AF service counter, pier L, areas K45 and K37, Gates L21 - L53, Gates M21, and M50;
- Terminal 2F: Right beside Gates F21 and F46;
- Terminal 2G: In the main waiting area, at the far end away from the gate area;
- Terminal 3: After security, right in front of Gate 8.
As you can see, at Charles de Gaulle Airport, smoking is possible at many places. Hopefully, you found the answer on your "Can you smoke in Charles de Gaulle Airport?" question.
London Heathrow Airport (United Kingdom)
The same rule related to smoking in enclosed public spaces is applied to Europe’s busiest airport - Heathrow Airport. Hence, there are several designated areas outside the terminal building for airport smokers. It is to be noted that, after the security, smoking is permitted in specialized smoking lounges. At Terminal 1, 2, 3, and 5, you are absolutely unable to take a pull on a cigarette. At Terminal 4, turn left, look for a smoking sign and follow it to find the smoking area.
If you have a connecting flight at Heathrow Airport, smoking areas can be found outside the building. That’s why you’ll have to pass the security control to go back to the departure lounge.
There you have it, a guide to European airports with smoking areas and lounges. Now that you know what airports you can smoke in, you will be able to find the areas without much hassle, and hopefully, that will save your time a bit.
We have also made a blog post about Asian and US airports with smoking areas and lounges for your delight. You may check it out if you are traveling to some of the busiest airports in the US and Asia.
Last Updated on January 9, 2020.