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King Shaka Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our King Shaka 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!

This airport does not have seating for its passengers. I am disabled and had to resort to sitting on the floor along with my fellow passengers to wait for my flight. - a traveller

Airport Overview

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 King Shaka International Airport.

What to Expect

  • A small, but modern and busy international airport with one main passenger terminal, split into two levels.
  • A good variety of shops and brand name restaurants are available in the airport, and open until about 11:00PM. Have some food and beverages handy for late-night snacking if you plan to spend the night.
  • One mobility-impaired reviewer reported a lack of seating in the airport terminal.
  • Free WiFi is available. See WiFi in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

  • As of May 2017, we have no reviews from travellers who have attempted to sleep in this airport. Write a review to help future travellers!
  • 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 more information about the services and facilities available, scroll down to continue exploring our Durban King Shaka Airport Guide. Send us your airport tips to help us keep this information up to date.

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King Shaka Airport Information

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.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program (ie. Priority Pass). Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

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Airport Hotels

If sleeping in King Shaka Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Shapes of Africa Rustic Stayover - (5 minutes from the airport) Stay in your own private rondavel (traditional Zulu hut). Airport transfers are available upon request for R100 each way. Note - check-in closes at 8:00PM.
  • De Charmoy Estate Guest House - (8 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are available upon request for R200.00 each way.

To see more options there is a list of hotels near King Shaka Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at King Shaka Airport for up to 4 hours or 1GB, whichever comes first. Connect to the “Airports@Vast” network. Registration requires an email address and contact number.

The Tourist Information desk also offers internet services.

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More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

  • ATMs / Cash Machines - Yes, there are at least 4 banks providing ATM’s. Location: in the public area concourse.
  • Baby Care Facilities - Changing tables are located inside the ladies washrooms throughout the airport.
  • Chapel / Prayer Room - A prayer room is available for Muslim travellers. Ask a staff member for directions.
  • Currency Exchange - A bureau de change is located in the International Arrivals & Departures Terminal. Hours: when international flights arrive and depart. ABSA Bank. Location: in the public concourse. Hours: 30 minutes before the first flight and 30 minutes after the last flight.
  • Duty Free & Shopping - The airport offers a variety of shops selling items including books, cellular services, clothing and souvenirs. Duty Free is available at The Big Five Duty Free store.
  • Food & Drinks - Food options are available both Landside and Airside. There is also a Woolworths Department Store which may have food and drinks available. At the time of this update it was not known if there are any 24 hour food or beverage concessions.
  • Information Desk - A tourism information kiosk is located in the arrivals area. In addition to providing local area information they also offer internet and fax services. Hours: Monday - Saturday 8:00AM - 9:00PM and Sundays 9:00AM - 9:00PM.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - Not available.
  • Mobile Charging - At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, write a review or email us at guides@sleepinginairports.com.
  • Observation Deck - Location: Domestic Terminal, first floor
  • Pharmacy - Link Pharmacy is located at the airport. Unfortunately, I do not have the location or hours.
  • Post Office - Location: Public Concourse. Hours: opens 30 minutes before the first flight and 30 minutes after the last flight.
  • Rest Zones - Not available.
  • Showers - Available in the Bidvest Lounge and the Umphafa Lounge. [ see Airport Lounges above ]
  • Smoking - There is a smoking lounge available inside the Bidvest Lounge. [ see Airport Lounges above ]
  • Spa Services - If you have time for a manicure head to Yemaya Nail Express.

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Airport Hours

As of this update, we were unable to confirm airport hours of operation. We recommend that you read a few reviews before deciding to sleep in the airport overnight. If you know the airport hours, please send an email to guides@sleepinginairports.com and we will update this airport guide.

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As of March 2018, Durban King Shaka airport is served by the following airlines: Air Austral • Air Botswana • ​Air China • ​Air France • ​Air Madagascar • Air Mauritius • Air Namibia • Air Seychelles • Air Zimbabwe • SA Airlink • Arik Air • British Airways • Cathay Pacific • Cemair • Delta • Egypt Air • El Al Israel Airlines • Emirates • Ethiopian Airlines • Etihad Airways • Fastjet • ​​FlySafair • Kenya Airways • KLM • Korongo Airlines • LAM Mozambique Airlines • Lufthansa • Mango Airlines • Malawian Airlines • Qantas Airways • Qatar Airways • RwandAir • Singapore Airlines • Saudi Arabian Airlines • Solenta Aviation • South African Airways • Swiss • TAAG Angola Airlines • Turkish Airlines • Thai Airways • Virgin Atlantic Airways • Fly Blue Crane.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Airport Bus

Designated “airport buses” offer hourly service between the airport and city center at an affordable price. Airport Bus Shuttle Service and Margate Mini Coach also provide service at the airport. The airport bus stop is just past the taxi rank.


Metered taxis are readily available for hire at the taxi rank in the ground transportation area of the airport.

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Last Updated: 13 November 2017

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning and is subject to change at any time. The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors, or to add/change any items mentioned in the guide, please contact us .