Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Bamako 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 concept of politely queuing up at the check in counter is completely foreign to most passengers. – M. Davy
BKO 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 Bamako Modibo Keita International Airport.
What to Expect
Bamako Airport (code: BKO) has a single terminal that serves regional and international routes. The check-in and security processes can be chaotic and confusing, but airside tends to feel calmer. Facilities are basic, with a few shops and a cafeteria. WiFi is available in at least one of the airport lounges, which economy class passengers can pay to enter. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and rates.
Where to Sleep
We currently have no sleep-related reviews from travellers who have slept at this airport; however, one reviewer mentions that landside is not ideal for sleeping, due to the hectic atmosphere and aggressive vendors. For uninterrupted sleep, a nearby hotel offers shuttle service. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.
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.
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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.
If attempting to sleep in the Bamako Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:
- La Venise Malienne – (5 minutes from the airport) Airport shuttle can be arranged by the hotel, it is free when you stay more than 2 nights and 8,00€ each way when you stay 1 night. » Check Rates
- Hotel Le Baobob – (15 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
To find a cheap room, there is a list of hotels near Bamako Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.
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 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!
WiFi is available at Bamako Airport inside the Salon Zira lounge. In November 2018, a reader confirmed that WiFi was not available elsewhere in the terminal. If this information changes, click here to update this airport guide.
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, along with a few shops selling souvenirs, clothing, SIM cards, and crafts.
Food & Drinks – A cafeteria is located in the Departures area.
Luggage Carts – Available free of charge in the parking lots.
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 – Not available.
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.
Bamako airport is served by the following airlines: Afriqiyah Airways • Air Algérie • Air Burkina • Air Cote D’Ivoire • Air France • Blue Eagle • Corsair • Ethiopian Airlines • Kenya Airways • Mauritania Airlines • Royal Air Maroc • Tunisair • Turkish Airlines.
Many car rental companies will meet you at the airport if you have prebooked and provided your flight details in your reservation. Check with your rental agency.
Shuttles set up by the hotels run between BKO airport, the city center and the tourist areas. Check with your hotel if there is a shuttle available.
Metered taxis are available for hire in the ground transportation area, during airport hours of operation. At the time of this update, the average fare between the airport and the city center is between 6,000 – 7,500F CFA.
Last updated: 2020-10-23
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 or write a review.