Sleeping in Airports

Bangui Airport Guide

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

Customer service is very poor and everything moves very slowly. Yet there are resources to hire people to check my passport 9 times between arrival at the airport and boarding of the flight. – a traveller

BGF Airport Overview

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

What to Expect

Bangui Airport (code: BGF) has a single, small terminal that seems ill-prepared for travellers. Expect long security lines (arrive early), crowds, dirty facilities, limited air conditioning, and a lack of seating.   One reviewer commented that his passport had been checked 9 times, so visitors should have their passport ready.   Tissue and hand sanitizer are also recommended when visiting the washrooms.  WiFi is available in the airport lounge, which economy class passengers can pay to enter. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for its location and access information.

Sleeping in Bangui Airport

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

Covid-19 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. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Bangui Airport Guide.

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 Hotels

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

  • Hotel Ledger Plaza Bangui – (15 minutes from the airport) Free roundtrip airport shuttle is available upon request. » Check Rates
  • Karakandji Guest House – (15 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers can be arranged. ($) » Check Rates
  • Oubangui Hotel – (20 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers can be arranged. ($) » Check Rates

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

Airport Lounges

VIP Lounge – This lounge is available to first and business class passengers of certain airlines and/or holders of a VIP lounge card. Location: Departure Hall, Boarding Area, Airside. Hours: Unknown. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (5000 FCFA/approx. US$8).

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Bangui Airport inside the lounge. Outside of the lounge, you will need to pay for internet access. SIM cards are sold throughout the airport. Fee: Unknown.

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

Currency Exchange – Currency exchange services are available. Locations: Main Hall and Arrivals Hall.

Information Desk – Have any questions? Staff at the information desk should be able to answer any of your airport-related questions. Location: Landside, Main Hall.

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.

Post Office – Send your last minute postcards to friends and family from airport’s post office. Hours: 8:00AM – 5:00PM (Mon – Sat).

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.

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.


Bangui airport is served by the following airlines: Air France • ASKY • Kenya Airways • Royal Air Maroc.


Car Rental

Car rental agencies are available onsite.

Hotel Shuttles

Hotel shuttles and minibuses can transport you between BGF airport and the city center. Shuttle services must be arrange beforehand with the hotel. [ See Airport Hotels above ]


Taxis are available outside the terminal. They are recognizable by their yellow colour. The taxis are not metered, so you should establish the fare before entering the taxi! Although typical fares vary, a typical ride from the airport to the city costs 2500 – 5500 FCFA (approx. $5 – $10 USD).

Last updated: 2021-10-20

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.