Beirut Airport Guide
In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Beirut 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!
You'd almost be fooled into thinking half of Beirut isn't still a mess of blasted buildings when you enter this rather small but recently renovated airport. - Sean
To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport.
What to Expect
- A clean and modern U-shaped passenger terminal with two wings: East and West.
- This busy international airport has a small variety of very pricey shops and restaurants. Bring your own food and beverage to save money!
- Extra security checkpoints at the airport means you should get to the airport early if you want to make your flight!
- One reviewer reported getting ill after drinking the airport’s potable water, and advises travelers to drink only bottled water while at the airport.
- Free WiFi is available. See WiFi in the airport guide below.
Where to Sleep
- A comfortable, padded bench can be found in the rental car area and also on the far right (when facing the street) of the Arrival terminal. These benches are limited and may be occupied.
- On an upper floor near the restrooms, there is a quiet corridor with lots of empty space. Perfect if you have a sleeping bag or travel mat handy!
- For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.
Good to Know
- Economy class passengers can pay to enter one of the airport’s first class lounges. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.
- For safety reasons, take care when hailing a taxi to or from the airport if you are an American, British or from another country recently at war with the Middle East. Reviewers report that sentiments vary between taxi drivers and that citizens of those nations can put themselves at risk. Use only the services of a licensed and reputable taxi service.
For more information about the services and facilities available, scroll down to continue exploring our Beirut Airport Guide. Send us your airport tips to help us keep this information up to date.
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.
- Cedar Lounge - Location: Airside, 2nd Floor. Hours: open 24 hours.
- LAT Lounge - Location: Airside, 2nd Floor, East Side. Hours: open 24 hours.
Free WiFi is available at Beirut Airport for 30-minutes per 24 hours. For more access time you can purchase internet cards in the airport duty-free zone for $5 (30 minutes) or $10 (75 minutes). Additionally, there are 15 internet kiosks available in the departure hall.
If sleeping in Beirut Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:
- Assaha Hotel - (6 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are available for a fee - $25.00 (pick-up) and $17.00 (drop-off).
- Coral Beach Hotel and Beach Resort - (6 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle.
- Lancaster Tamar Hotel - (13 minutes from the airport) Free shuttle is available.
To see more options there is a list of hotels near Beirut Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.
- ATMs / Cash Machines - Yes
- Car Rentals - Yes, see our Airport Transportation section below.
- Currency Exchange - BankMed provides currency exchange. Location and Hours: unknown.
- Duty Free & Shopping - Two duty free shops are available to arriving passengers, while departing passengers can shop at the airport’s five zone “duty-free shopping street”. If you like cigars, La Casa Del Habano has a wide selection of them, along with two walk-in humidors and a VIP cigar lounge!
- Food & Drinks - Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, we are unable to confirm the availability of 24-hour dining.
- Luggage Wrapping - Protect the contents and exterior of your luggage! Rates are between 7500 LBP and 15000 LBP per bag. Location: Two machines located in the east and west sides of the Departures Hall. Hours: Open 24 hours.
- Medical Services - Urgent and emergency medical care is available at the airport health stations. Locations: Arrivals Hall East and West • Departure Hall East and West . Hours: Open 24 hours.
- Post Office - Liban Post. Location: Departure Hall East. Hours: 8:00PM - 8:00PM (Mon - Sat) • 8:00AM - 5:00PM (Sun).
- Prayer Rooms - There are two prayer rooms: one for Muslims and one for Christians. Location: Airside, second level, above the Duty Free Zone
- Showers - Showers are available in the Cedar Lounge. [ see Airport Lounges above ]
The airport is open 24 hours.
The following car rental agencies provide rental services onsite: Avis, Budget, City Car, Dealers, Europcar, Hertz and National.
Certified airport taxis are parked at the arrival gate of the airport terminal. These taxis are easily identifiable by the airport logo on the sides of the vehicle and charge a unified official rate. Regular taxis, also available at the airport, charge negotiable rates.
Last Updated: 09 March 2017
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