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Bishkek Manas Airport Guide

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

It’s quiet in the night time, personnel and security people were there all the time – no homeless or drug addicts. – kiterunner

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 Bishkek Manas Airport.

What to Expect

Bishkek Airport has a single terminal that services domestic and international flights. Travellers report slow security queues, so arrive early for peace of mind. Facilities include a range of bars and eateries, all open 24 hours, plus a few souvenir and convenience shops. Free WiFi helps pass the time. Economy class passengers can pay to enter two airport lounges. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and access information.

Where to Sleep

With frequent late-night departures, overnight campers here are the norm. The good news is that there are a lot of armrest-free seats for stretching out, particularly landside, and travellers mention feeling safe. Noise is a common complaint, so bring along earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones. For uninterrupted sleep, you’ll have to head back into Bishkek city center for hotels, about 40 minutes away, but several do offer shuttle service. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info.

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 are lounges 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!

If sleeping in Bishkek Manas International Airport does not appeal to you, it is best to head back towards Bishkek city center, as there are no hotels near the airport. Here are some hotel suggestions based on Tripadvisor reviews:

  • Southside Guest House – (45 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers can be arranged directly with the hotel ($). » Check Rates
  • Onyx Hotel – (45 minutes from the airport) Free one-way airport transfer when booking for more than 3 days, otherwise contact the hotel and they will arrange service for $10.00USD each way. » Check Rates
  • Golden Dragon Hotel – (45 minutes from the airport) Free roundtrip airport transfers. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Manas Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Free WiFi is available at Bishkek Manas Airport. If you have difficulty connecting, there is a cafe next to the main exit that offers free WiFi with purchase.

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. Locations: unknown.

Baby Care Facilities – Two rooms are available at the airport including sleeping places, change tables, microwaves, hot and cold water. Note, rooms are available for mothers and their children to a maximum age of 7. Locations: Airside, 1st Floor, Departure Hall • Airside, 2nd floor. Hours: 24 hours.

Bank Services – An Aiyl Bank provides full-service banking. Locations: 2nd Floor, East Wing. Hours: 24 hours.

Children’s Play Area – Let your children burn off some energy before flying. The play room offers games, play structures and TVs. Location: Airside, 3rd Floor. Hours: 24 hours.

Currency Exchange – 3 providers offer services at four locations in the airport. Location: 1st and 2nd Floors. Hours: 24 hours (daily).

Duty Free and Shopping – The airport offers two duty free shopping outlets as well as a small selection of souvenir and convenience type shops. All shops operate 24 hours a day.

Food & Drinks – There are a total of twelve cafes and restaurants available at the airport. All food and beverage concessions operate 24 hours a day.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Luggage Wrapping – Services include wrapping, luggage protection insurance and sale of luggage accessories. Locations. Domestic Terminal, 1st Floor • International Terminal, 2 locations near the check-in counters. Hours: 24 hours (daily).

Medical Services – Free medical services are provided at the airport. Location: West Wing, 1st Floor, near domestic airlines. Hours: 24 hours (daily).

Mobile Charging – A reader tells us there are mobile charging stations, but they don’t always work. Apparently, only some of the cables work. There are at least two stations: one before and one after security screening.

Pharmacy – There is a pharmacy available in the East Wing and West Wing. Hours: 24 hours (daily).

Post Office – Yes. According to a recent reviewer (2016), the hours are from 7:00AM – 5:00PM.

Prayer Rooms – Yes

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Available in the Business Lounge. [ see Airport Lounges above ]

Smoking – Smoking is permitted airside in designated smoking lounges. Locations: Airside, 2nd Floor • Airside, 3rd Floor, this location also offers a bar, shelves for hand luggage and TV’s. Hours: 24 hours (daily).

The airport is open 24 hours.

As of October 2018, Manas airport is served by the following airlines: Aeroflot • Air Astana • Air Manas • Avia Traffic • China Southern • Emirates • Fly Dubai • Pegasus Airlines • S7 Airlines • Tez Jet • Turkish Airlines • Ural Airlines.

Bus

Bus 380 travels between the airport and Beyshenaliyeva, where you can connect to the city’s public transit system. Journey time is approx. 40 minutes. This line operates leaves the airport approx. every 15 minutes from 6:40AM – 9:00PM. The fare is 40 soms per person.

Hotel Shuttles

There are several hotels that provide an airport shuttle or transfers either for free or with a charge. [ See Airport Hotels above ]

Taxi

Taxis are readily available in the ground transportation area. The ride from the airport to the city center is approximately 500 soms and takes about 30 minutes.

Last updated: 2019-02-14

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.