Sleeping in Airports

Baghdad Airport Guide

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

you have to pass like 4 or 5 checkpoints, and dogs have to sniff the hell out of you and your luggages. – a traveller

BGW Airport Overview

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

What to Expect

Baghdad Airport (code: BGW) has one commercial terminal, divided into Concourses A, B, and C, as well as two terminals for military and VIP use. Facilities like dining and shopping are limited for an international airport of this size, but the good news is that WiFi is free.

Sleeping in Baghdad Airport

We do not yet have any sleep-related airport reviews.   For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer shuttle service. See Airport Hotels in the guide below or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos.  For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Baghdad Airport Guide or read past traveller airport reviews.

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 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.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Baghdad Airport sounds like a nightmare, there are two hotels near the airport within the security zone:

  • Baghdad International Airport Hotel – Located within walking distance of the VIP Palm Jet Terminal. » Check Rates
  • Palm Hotel – Adjacent to the VIP Terminal and a 2 minute drive to both terminals.   » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Baghdad Airport that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

As of this update we were unable to confirm whether the airport has any first class or business lounges. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Food & Drinks

There is a restaurant, coffee shop, and snack bar in the airport. Hours and locations are currently unknown.

Mobile Charging

A reader says “You can find open outlets around the airport (airside) next to seats that the staff doesn’t mind you plugging into”. (December 2023)

Rest & Relaxation Zones

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


Free WiFi is available at Baghdad Airport.

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

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.

Currency Exchange – Yes

Drinking Water – Information is unavailable. Does the airport have water fountains or water bottle refill stations? Click here to update this guide.

Post Office – Yes

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Unavailable. If this is incorrect, click here to update this guide.

Medical Services – Available.

Prayer Rooms – Available.

Showers – Unavailable. If this is incorrect, click here to update this guide.

SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Baghdad airport is served by at least the following airlines: Air China • Iraqi Airways • Turkish Airlines • Emirates • Royal Jordanian • Saudia Airlines • Qatar Airways • Egyptair • Atlas Global • Air Arabia • ATA Airlines • Armenia Aircompany.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Public buses operate between BGW airport and the city center. Tickets are sold from a kiosk in the Arrivals area of the airport.

Cars for Hire

Due to the higher risk of carjackings and random attacks, it is highly recommended to hire a chauffeured car from a reputable car service instead of going with a self-drive car rental. Contact the private car service of your choice for rates and reservations.

Hotel Shuttles

At the time of this update there were no hotels that provided airport shuttle service.  See also Airport Hotel above.


It is recommended to pre-book your taxi. Taxis only accept cash in local currencies. Visit the Baghdad Airport website to see a list of taxis which operate at the airport.

Last updated: 2024-01-31

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, is 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 websites. 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.