Sleeping in Airports

Banjul Airport Guide

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

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BJL Airport Overview

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

What to Expect

Banjul Airport (code: BJL) has a single terminal with service to regional and European destinations. You’ll find a range of casual eateries, a restaurant, and a few shops, though nothing is open 24 hours. Internet is available in the business center for a fee. For added comfort, economy class passengers can pay to enter an airport lounge. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for its location and rates.

Sleeping in Banjul Airport

Unfortunately, we do not have any recent reviews from travellers who have slept at this airport.  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 Banjul 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 Banjul Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Gambia Coral Beach Hotel & Spa – (20 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers can be arranged through the hotel. ($) » Check Rates
  • Leo’s Beach Hotel & Restaurant – (20 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers can be arranged through the hotel. ($) » Check Rates
  • Baobab Holiday Resort – (20 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers can be arranged through the hotel. ($) » Check Rates

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

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter 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!

First Class Lounge – Location: Airside, 1st Floor. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.

Related Pages: Banjul Airport Lounges

Airport WiFi/Internet

Internet is accessible from the airport’s business center. SIM cards and 3GB USB sticks, widely available for purchase in The Gambia, can be activated at participating shops in the airport for use in the airport. Prices start at 2,00€.

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

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs dispense local currency only (GMD). 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: Landside, Main Hall.

Currency Exchange – Trust Bank provides currency exchange services. Location: Landside, Main Hall.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available in the International departures area. A variety of newsstands and retail shops are available in the Departures and Arrivals main halls throughout the airport.

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 – Welcome Desk – 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.

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.


Banjul airport is served by the following airlines: Brussels Airlines • Jetairfly • Royal Air Maroc • Vueling Airlines.


Car Rentals

Hertz has a kiosk onsite at the airport. Some local car rental agencies offer pick up on arrival.

Hotel Shuttles

Some local hotels offer shuttle service to and from BJL airport. Contact your hotel of choice for availability and details.


Taxis are available for all scheduled arrivals. Taxis are not metered but main destinations have a fixed rate indicated outside the terminal. Any ride outside the fixed destinations must be negotiated with the driver before entering the vehicle. Pay with Dalasi if possible as fares are higher when paid with foreign currency. For fares, routes and schedule information, visit the Banjul Airport website.

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.