Sleeping in Airports

Ashgabat Airport Guide

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

some scum bag had been through my bag and stolen my mini-disc player, leaving my bag open as it come around the carousel. – Ian

Airport Overview

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

What to Expect

Ashgabat Airport has two terminals: a brand new main building that serves regional and long-haul destinations, and a small, older structure that’s used for charter flights. Amenities include several eateries, bars, and shops. WiFi is available for a fee.

Where to Sleep

Head to the Turkmenistan Airlines office, which reportedly has benches and feels safe. Due to the many early and late night domestic flights, there are usually other passengers sitting or sleeping in this area, so you won’t feel alone. For uninterrupted sleep, check out the nearby hotels. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info.

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

In September 2018, a reader inquired about the availability of a lounge when he was at the airport and was told that one did not exist.

Airport Hotels

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

  • Hotel Lachin – (5 minutes from the airport) An airport shuttle is available upon request.   » Check Rates
  • Ak Altyn Hotel – (15 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Grand Turkmen Hotel – (15 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Nissa Hotel – (15 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

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

Airport WiFi/Internet

WiFi is available in Ashgabat Airport. A reader tells us “WiFi was available but it was not possible to access it for free. It was provided by TM Cell and there was an Internet cafe downstairs by the arrivals exit where one might be able to buy activation codes but I did not investigate.”

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

Baby Care Facilities – A Mother and Child Room is available in the airport. Location: unknown.

Children’s Play Area – The airport offers a Child Zone in the Airside of the airport.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available, along with a small variety of retail shops.

Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, we were unable to confirm the availability of 24-hour dining.

Information Desk – An information desk is available.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Luggage storage is available on the 1st Floor of the Terminal. Hours: 24 hours. Rates: vary depending on the size.

Luggage Wrapping – Services are available 24 hours a day. Rates: Unknown.

Medical Services – First Aid services are available. Location: Unknown.

Mobile Charging – Power outlets are available in all waiting areas and restaurants throughout the airport will also allow you to use their outlets for charging.

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Not available.

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 [email protected] and we will update this airport guide.

Airlines

As of October 2018, Ashgabat airport is served by the following airlines: Turkmenistan Airlines • Lufthansa • Turkish Airlines • S7 Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Taxis

Metered taxis are available for hire in the ground transportation area of the airport, during airport hours of operation. At the time of our 2016 update, the typical one-way fare between the airport and city center is about 10 – 20 manat.

Pro-tip: This came to us from a reader – “We got a taxi from the Ak Altyn hotel. The staff said the price should be 20 – 30 manat and we paid 24. NB the taxi driver tried to charge us 50 but if you’re firm and take pictures of the official rates then they will give in.”

Hotel Shuttles

At the time of this update, we were unable to find any hotels that provide hotel shuttle service.

Last updated: 2018-10-23

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,  write a review or send an email to [email protected]