Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Beirut 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’d almost be fooled into thinking half of Beirut isn’t still a mess of blasted buildings when you enter this rather small but recently renovated airport. – Sean
To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport.
What to Expect
The terminal at Beirut-Rafic Hariri consists of three main levels with two wings housing the gate areas: East and West Wings. The ground level arrivals area has a few cafes and a full-service restaurant, while the Level 2 departures area contains ticketing and check in, some shops and cafes, and security screening for each wing. Both airside wings contain two cafes, a small duty-free shop, a newsstand, souvenir stands and Internet kiosks. Things to do at Beirut Airport is limited, but you will find WiFi and Airport Lounges that you can pay to enter. Travellers report that food at the airport cafes, shops and restaurants are exceptionally expensive, and recommend that those on a budget may want to bring their own food.
Where to Sleep
Comfortable padded benches located in the ground level arrivals area are noted as being popular for sleeping, as is a quiet empty corridor on an upper level near the restrooms. Perfect if you have a sleeping bag or travel mat handy! For privacy and comfort, albeit for a price, there are several nearby airport hotels. See our Airport Hotels section in the airport guide below.
Good to Know
- The airport takes security seriously and requests that all passengers arrive three hours before departure. Travellers from western countries should refrain from hailing a taxi to or from the airport, and instead only use the services of a licensed and reputable taxi services.
- One reviewer reported getting ill after drinking the airport’s potable water, and advises travellers to drink only bottled water while at the airport.
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.
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 by paying at the door or through a lounge membership program (ie. Priority Pass). 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!
Passengers flying Business/First Class/Elite Status on the following airlines may have access to the Cedar Lounge, be sure to check with your airline beforehand: Air France • Air Liban • Alitalia • Egypt Air • Emirates • Etihad • Iraqi Airlines • MEA • Qatar Airlines • Royal Jordanian • Saudi Airlines.
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If sleeping in Beirut Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:
- Assaha Hotel – (6 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are available for a fee – $25.00 (pick-up) and $17.00 (drop-off). » Check Rates
- Coral Beach Hotel and Beach Resort – (10 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
- Lancaster Tamar Hotel – (18 minutes from the airport) Free shuttle is available. » Check Rates
To see more options there is a list of hotels near Beirut Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.
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Free WiFi is available at Beirut Airport for 30-minutes per 24 hours. For more access time you can purchase internet cards in the airport duty-free zone for $5 (30 minutes) or $10 (75 minutes). Additionally, there are 15 internet kiosks available in the departure hall (same fees as WiFi applies).
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ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available 24 hours a day. 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. Locations: unknown.
Baby Care Facilities – If you are travelling with an infant, baby care facilities are available. Locations and hours are unknown at the time of this update.
Currency Exchange – BankMed provides currency exchange. Location and Hours: unknown.
Duty Free & Shopping – Two duty free shops are available to arriving passengers, while departing passengers can shop at the airport’s five zone “duty-free shopping street”. If you like cigars, La Casa Del Habano has a wide selection of them, along with two walk-in humidors and a VIP cigar lounge!
Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, we are unable to confirm the availability of any 24-hour dining options.
Information Desk – While we do not have any information about a dedicated airport Information Desk, there is a Tourist Information Center. Location: Arrivals. Hours: Unknown.
Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.
Luggage Wrapping – Protect the contents and exterior of your luggage! Rates are between 7500 LBP and 15000 LBP per bag. Location: Two machines located in the east and west sides of the Departures Hall. Hours: Open 24 hours.
Medical Services – Urgent and emergency medical care is available at the airport health stations. Locations: Arrivals Hall East and West • Departure Hall East and West . Hours: Open 24 hours.
Mobile Charging – A reader (January 2019) tells us there are no official charging points, but you can find a few power outlets near the gates to charge your mobile devices.
Post Office – Send your last minute postcards to friends and family from the airport’s post office. Location: Departure Hall East. Hours: 8:00AM – 8:00PM (Mon – Sat) • 8:00AM – 5:00PM (Sun).
Prayer Rooms – There are two prayer rooms: one for Muslims and one for Christians. Location: Airside, second level, above the Duty Free Zone.
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 Cedar Lounge. [ see Airport Lounges above ]
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As of January 2020, Beirut airport is served by the following airlines: Aeroflot • Air Algerie • Air Arabia • Air Baltic • Air France • Air Morocco • Al Naser Airlines • Air Serbia • Air Slovakia • Alitalia • Armenia Aircompany • AtlasGlobal • Austrian Airlines • Belavia • British Airways • Bulgaria Air • Czech Airlines • Cyprus Airways • Deutch Airlines • Egypt Air • Emirates • Ethiopian Airlines • Etihad Airways • FlyDubai • Gulf Air • Hamburg International Airlines • Iraqi Airways • Iran Air • Jazeera Airways • Kuwait Airways • Lufthansa • LOT • Malaysian Airlines • Middle East Airlines • NAS • Oman Air • Onur Air• Pegasus • Qatar Airways • Rotana Jet • Royal Jordanian • Russian Airlines • SAS • Saudi Arabian • Small Planet Airlines • Syrian Air • TAROM • Tunisair • Turkish Airlines • UM Air • Vueling • Yemen Airways.
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The following car rental agencies provide rental services onsite: Avis • Budget • City Car • Dealers • Europcar • Hertz • National.
Certified airport taxis are parked at the arrival gate of the airport terminal. These taxis are easily identifiable by the airport logo on the sides of the vehicle and charge a unified official rate. Regular taxis, also available at the airport, charge negotiable rates.
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Last updated: 2020-01-16
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.