Sleeping in Airports

Accra Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Accra 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.

The airport is possibly the cleanest building in Accra. – unknown

Airport Overview

accra airport guideTo 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 about their time at Accra Kotoka Airport.

What to Expect

Accra Kotoka Airport consists of two mid-size terminals (T1 and T2 connected by an internal walkway. A third terminal (T3) is reportedly under construction). The terminals feature about a half dozen eateries and eight shops, with the majority on the airside and four of the eateries advertising 24-hour service. WiFi is available at the various lounges in the departures areas, and there are reportedly plenty of power outlets to charge mobile devices. Additional comfort and services—including showers—can be found through fee-based access to one of the airport’s first class lounges. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.

Where to Sleep

Sleeping at Accra Kotoka Airport may prove difficult due to uncomfortable and limited seating, a hard tiled floor, and apparent periodic closed access to portions of the terminals for cleaning purposes. While public service announcements stop during the overnight hours, the terminal can still remain noisy, so consider earplugs/noise-cancelling earphones, along with a travel mat and/or sleeping bag for additional comfort. For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

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!

Passes  Sanbra Duty Free & Priority Lounge – Location: International Terminal, Airside, Mezzanine Level beside the Departure Gates. Showers are available ($). Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.  [ more lounge info ]

Adinkra Lounge – Location: International Terminal, Airside. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Akwaaba Lounge – Location: International Terminal, Airside, near Gate 1. Showers are available. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Airport Hotels

If sleeping at the Accra Airport does not appeal to you, there are a few hotels near the airport:

  • Holiday Inn Accra Airport -(3 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available on request. » Check Rates
  • Airport View Hotel – (4 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available upon request. » Check Rates
  • Best Western Premier Accra Airport Hotel – (6 minutes from the airport) Airport shuttle is available 24 hours a day. » Check Rates

To find a cheap room, there is a list of hotels near Accra Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport WiFi / Internet

WiFi is available at Kotoka Airport for a fee. Service vouchers can be purchased from several shops found within the airport. Free WiFi is only available in the lounges.

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. Locations are available in both terminals.

Banking Services – Zenith Bank Ghana provides full-service banking and currency exchange services. Locations: Arrivals Hall Hours: 8:00AM – 5:00PM (Mon – Fri) • 9:00AM – 1:00PM (Sat – Sun).

Duty Free & Shopping – Dufry and Microcell offer duty-free shopping options and can be found in both terminals of the airport. A small variety of shops selling clothing and local goods is available throughout the departures area.

Food & Drinks – Food concessions in Terminal 2 and 3 operate with varying schedules. These options are open during flight operation hours: Wok Inn • Muttina Bacci • Fresh Juice Lounge • Cassba • La Tante Royale • Café Allenoo • Alf and Gina.

Information Desk – An information desk is available in each terminal. As of this update exact locations are unknown.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Luggage Wrapping – Wraprite luggage wrapping service is located in Terminal 3 in the Check-In area. Hours: unavailable.

Medical Care – Urgent and emergency medical care, as well as travel immunizations, are available at the Medical Facility at KIA airport clinic. Location: 500m from the terminal. Hours: Open 24 hours.

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.

Pharmacy – An airport pharmacy is available in Terminal 3.

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

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

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Airlines

As of October 2018, Accra airport is served by the following airlines: Afriqiyah Airlines • Air Burkina • Air Cote D’Ivoire • Air France • Air Namibia • Air Via • Aklak Air • Arik Air • British Airways • Brussels Airlines • Ceiba Continental • Cronos Airlines • Delta Airlines • Egypt Air • Emirates Airlines • Ethiopian Airlines • Kenya Airways • KLM • Meridiana • Middle East Airways • Qatar • Royal Air Maroc • RwandAir • South African Airways • TAP Portugal • Trast • Turkish Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

Many bus lines run between the city center and the airport. The bus stop is located on Liberation Road, 500m outside Terminal 2.

Cars for Hire

For those wishing for a more private and comfortable mode of transportation, chauffeured cars are available for hire. For more information, published rates, or to hire a car and drive, visit the car hiring booth in Arrivals Hall.

Car Rentals

Several car rental agencies are located at Accra airport.

Taxis

Two types of taxis are available in the arrivals area: Metered taxis which charge per kilometer/meter and public pool taxis which are shared taxis with negotiable fares (settle on a price before starting your journey).

Last updated: 2019-01-17

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.