Sleeping in Airports

Bangalore Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Bangalore 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 new Bengaluru airport is a nice thing to happen at last! – maddalam

BLR 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 Bangalore Bengaluru Kempegowda Airport (Code: BLR).

What to Expect

Passenger services at Bangalore Airport are provided in a large, modern, easy-to-navigate multi-level terminal (Terminal 1) with 20 departure gates. A separate “Hajj Terminal” provides charter services for pilgrims. The ground level is used for arrivals and check-in, the second level handles departures, and the third level is the gate area, with higher numbered gates generally serving international departures. The terminal features a broad selection of dining options and shops, as well as duty-free shopping. Some airside dining offers 24-hour service, while the WiFi may be your only saving grace to help pass the time. For additional comforts, economy class passengers can pay to access one of the airport’s private lounges. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.

Sleeping in Bangalore Airport

bangalore airport guideWhile we have not yet received any sleep-related airport reviews, we’ve heard the airside may prove the better option for sleeping due to the few numbers of overnight departures.  If you’ve visited this airport recently, write a review to help future travellers!   For uninterrupted sleep, there is a “Day Hotel” at the domestic departure check-in area and several other hotels within a quick shuttle ride of the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below or read some traveller reviews for more tips.

Good to Know

Coins may be needed to access some bathrooms.

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.

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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.

If sleeping in the airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near Bangalore airport, in addition to some sleep pods inside the secure zone:

Inside Airport Sleep Pods – Aviserv has a sleep lounge equipped with sleep capsules for sleepy travellers to get some zzzz’s.  Location:  exact location is unknown.  Check the nearest Information Desk.

Near Airport Taj Bangalore – (3 minute from the airport) Airport transfer service is available upon request, INR 500 each way.

Near Airport Hotel Presidency – (5 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are available. for INR 450 each way. Day rooms available for use, INR 1800 + taxes per single person for any four hours within 6:00AM to 6:00PM.

Near Airport Fantasy Golf Resort – (10 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are available upon request, rates depend on if you require round-trip, drop-off or pick-up and also the type of vehicle ordered.

Near Airport Clarks Exotica – (15 minutes from the airport) Airport transfer service available upon request, INR 600 each way.

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Bangalore 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, 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!

Plaza Premium Lounge (International) – Closed until March 2021 Renovation – Location: Terminal 1, International Departures, Airside, Level 1, near Gate 18. Showers are available for an additional fee. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.

Plaza Premium Lounge (Domestic)  – Closed until March 2021 for Renovation –Location: Terminal 1, Domestic Departures, Airside, Level 1, Mezzanine, near Gate 2. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.

BLR Lounge (Domestic) – Location: Terminal 1, Airside, Domestic Departures, opposite Gate 3, Mezzanine Level. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.

BLR Lounge (International) Location: Terminal 1, Airside, International Departures, Level 1, near Gate 18. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.

Airline Lounges

Kingfisher Airlines, Jet Airways, Air India, and Oberoi Group also have private lounges that are members or elite status flyers only. For more information, check the airline’s web site.

Free WiFi is available at Bengaluru Kempegowda airport for 45 minutes. Connect to the “BLR Airport” network . After registering, a password will be sent to your mobile phone.

Free internet stations are also available, Airside in both Terminals.

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. Location: Arrivals Halls and Curbside.

Baby Care Facilities – If you are travelling with an infant, there is a baby care room for breastfeeding and diaper-changing. Locations: Domestic Terminal, Airside, behind Mithastop • Domestic Terminal, Airside, across from Gate 9 • International Terminal, Airside, next to main shopping hall • International Terminal, Airside, across from Gate 25.

Business Center – Domestic Terminal, near the Above Ground Lounge. Hours: Unknown.

Currency Exchange – Centrum provides exchange services in the Arrivals Area, Departures Area and Airside in both International and Domestic Departures. Hours: Unknown.

Drinking Water – Thirsty? Water fountains can be found beside most of the washroom facilities.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available in multiple locations throughout International Departures and Arrivals. A small variety of retail shops are available in both International and Domestic Departures.

Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. These options are open 24 hours:

  • Arrivals: Barley & Grape Cafe • Cafe Coffee Day • Chai Point • Doner & Gyros • Harvest Market • Hatti Kaapi • Krispy Creme •  Nandi Upachar • Ooru Canteen • Pizza Hut • Samosa Singh •  Smoor • Street Foods by Punjab Grill • Subway • Windmills •  Bhartiya Jalpan.
  • Domestic Terminal, Airside: Bar •  Fressh & Healthy •  Krispy Creme •  Puro Gusto.
  • International Terminal, Airside: 7 Tawas •  Bar 380 •  La Tapenade •  Starbucks •  Urban Food Market.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Luggage can be stored for up to five days at the Left Luggage storage facility in the airport. Photo ID or passport, copy of flight ticket or boarding pass, and local address required. Rates start at Rs. 240 per standard-sized piece of luggage for 6 hours; Rs. 945 for 24 hours. Higher rates apply for oversized luggage. Location: Arrival gates, near Kaati Zone Hours: unknown.

Luggage Wrapping – Protect your bags from theft and damage by having your bags wrapped in plastic by Securewrap. Rates: Rs.450/ per bag. Location and Hours: Unknown.

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 – Domestic Terminal, beside the Relay Convenience Store. Hours: unknown.

Prayer Room – Prayer rooms are available to passengers in both terminals. Locations: International Departures, near the Relay News Shop • Domestic Departures, near the BLR Lounge.

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 the Plaza Premium Lounge [ see Airport Lounges above ]

Smoking – There are designated smoking rooms available. Locations: International Terminal, Airside • Domestic Terminal, Airside.

Spa & Salon Services – Reflexology, massage, manis, pedis and more are available at O2 Spa! Location: Domestic Departures Hours: 24 hours.

Visitor Ticket – People who wish to enter the airport in order to meet and greet arriving friends and family can do so with the purchase of a visitor’s ticket, good for up to 2 hours from time of purchase. Visitor’s tickets cost Rs.100 and are sold curbside near the Arrivals Hall.

The airport is open 24 hours.

BLR airport is served by the following airlines: Air Arabia • Air Asia • Air Costa • Air France • Air India • Air Mauritius • Air Pegasus • Air Vistara • British Airways • Cathay Dragon • Emirates • Etihad • Go Air • IndiGo • Jet Airways • KLM • Kuwait Airways • Lufthansa • Malaysia Airlines • Nepal Airlines • Oman Air • Qatar Airways • Saudia Airlines • Silkair • Singapore Airlines • SpiceJet • Sri Lankan Airlines • Thai Air • Tigerair • Trujet.

Bus

Flybus provides service from the airport to Mysore and Manipal. For more information, visit the Flybus website.

Vayu Vajra is a 24-hour bus service that connects the airport to Bangalore City via eleven different routes. More information about schedules, fares and routes can be found here.

Car Rentals

Carzonrent offers car rental services onsite.

Hotel Shuttles

At the time of this update, we were unable to find any hotels that provide hotel shuttle service; however, there are several hotels that can arrange transfers for a fee.   See Airport Hotels above.

Taxi

Karnataka Taxi, MegaCabs and Meru Cabs are the official taxi service providers for the airport, providing safe and easy transportation to the Bangalore city area. Passengers can opt for non air-conditioned service or pay a slightly higher fare for an air-conditioned taxi. BLR airport provides a suggested rate chart for planning purposes. See the Bengaluru Airport website.

Last updated: 2020-10-19

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.