Sleeping in Airports

Abuja Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Abuja Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

Local taxi mafia is efficient and you don’t have to start your trip in the usual Nigerian fashion with a monster argument with the driver about the fare. – a traveller

ABV Airport Overview

abuja airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Abuja Airport.

What to Expect

Abuja Airport (code: ABV) is divided into an international terminal and a domestic terminal. The international terminal is a brand new building having opened in December 2018. Unfortunately, there is not a lot of information to be found regarding the new terminal. For added comfort, economy class passengers can pay to enter a few airport lounges. A few lounges have showers and sleeping areas. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and rates.

Sleeping in Abuja Airport

We do not have any recent sleep-related airport reviews.  Past reviews describe the terminal as hot, crowded and dirty.  Sleeping here is not advised.  For uninterrupted sleep, area hotels offer shuttle service. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Coronavirus Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. If you have some time to spare please write a review, send a tip or share photos to help future travellers.

For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Abuja Airport Guide.

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.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Abuja Airport does not appeal to you, it is best to head back into the city center, as there are no hotels near the airport. Here are some Abuja hotel suggestions based on Tripadvisor reviews:

  • Adanma Hotels & Suites House 11 – (20 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • Western Dreams Hotel – (25 minutes from the airport) Airport shuttle is available upon request. ($) » Check Rates
  • Lake Crescent Hotel – (32 minutes from the airport) Airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates

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

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 purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. 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!

International Terminal

Gabfol Lounge – Location: International Terminal, Airside, 2nd Floor. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the door.

SDS Lounge – Location: International Terminal, Airside, Module C Wing, opposite the International Gate. Showers and sleeper beds are available. International flights only. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.

Domestic Terminal

Airspace Lounge –  Location: Domestic Terminal, Landside, Module D Wing, 1st Floor. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.

@9tysix Lounge – Location: Domestic Terminal, Airside, 2nd Floor, Departure Hall. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.

Lounge One – Location: Domestic Terminal, Airside, opposite the Boarding Gate, on the right hand side after Security Checks. Domestic flights only. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.

Airport WiFi/Internet

A reader tells us that at Free WiFi at Abuja Airport throughout new arrival terminal. (September 2019)

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

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free shopping is available.

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, click here to update this airport guide.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Showers are available in a few of the lounges. [ see Airport Lounges above ]

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, click here to update this airport guide and we will update this airport guide.


Abuja airport is served by the following airlines: Aero Contractors • African World Airlines • Air Côte d’Ivoire • Air France • Air Peace • Arik Air • ASKY Airlines • Azman Air • British Airways • Dana Air • Egypt Air • Emirates • Ethiopian Airlines • Lufthansa • Overland Airways • RwandAir • Turkish Airlines.



Green-colored official taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area. There are no meters, so negotiate a fare with the driver before starting your journey.

Last updated: 2020-10-21

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   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/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.