Islamabad Airport Guide
In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Islamabad Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!
upright plastic lumbar devastating 'chairs' add to your foul mood after negotiating the carnage to actually end up in the departure lounge. - Col. Stewart
March 2015 - "Arrived at entrance for departures at 5am, crowd of travellers pushing at the door. Rescued by a tout who led me through security (no check) and then fought his way through the crowds of people trying to check in. We finally reached the Qatar airways queue, although the sign was broken. The tout then demanded money, i gave him 5. I saw a policeman leading a couple through the same process, assume he was tipped too. Immigration check was another scrum. At last went up stairs and another tout offered me a haven in the executive lounge for 10. I have never known an airport as awful as this one."
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In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.
If you are an economy class traveller, you can enter these lounges at Islamabad airport either by purchasing a day pass or through a membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):
- CIP Lounge - Location: International Terminal, Airside. Showers are available. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (International flights - $6 per person and Domestic flights - Rs. 200 per person) • Priority Pass.
Free WiFi is available at Islamabad Airport.
If sleeping in Islamabad Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:
- Hotel Regent - (10 min from the airport) Airport transfers available
- Pearl Continental Hotel - (10 min from the airport) Airport transfers available
- Royalton Hotel - (15 min from the airport) Airport transfers available
To find a cheap room, there is a list of hotels near Islamabad Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price.
- ATMs / Cash Machines - Yes, available 24 hours.
- Baggage Trolleys - Free baggage carts can be found at the Drop Lane to Check-in Counters and Baggage Claim to Pick-up Lane.
- Car Rentals - No
- Currency Exchange - Yes, there are foreign exchange offices in the Arrivals Hall and International Departures Concourse.
- Food & Drinks - There are 6 food concessions that are open 24 hours. Rawal Restaurant (1st Floor) • Sareena Refreshment Counter (Rawal Lounge) • TR Shop (Concourse Hall) • The Elbow Room (International and Departure Lounges) • Snack Bar (International and Departure Lounges) • Airport Canteens (Beside the Car Park).
- Information Desk - Information not available
- Luggage Storage & Lockers - not available
- Prayer Rooms - There are separate prayer rooms for men and women. Locations: Domestic and International Lounges. Hours: open 24 hours.
- Showers - not available
The airport is open 24 hours.
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Islamabad Travel Resources
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Last Updated: 06 October 2015
The information in this Airport Guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airport's and their web sites. The information above is subject to change without notice. Use it for informational purposes only to help you during your stay. To report errors, or to add/change any items quoted in the guide, email me.