Sleeping in Airports

Bissau Airport Guide

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

I checked in 3 hours before flight and am at gate past security 2 hours before flight. Not a problem to get here earlier than an hour – Ashwin

OXB Airport Overview

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

What to Expect

Bissau Airport (code: OXB) consists of a tiny terminal with just three gates. Security queues are slow and outdated, so arrive early for peace of mind. Facilities are lacking, with few modern conveniences – there aren’t even digital flight displays. Mosquitoes are common, so pack repellant. It seems there is a small cafe/bar, open until the last flight. Otherwise, there are no shops, WiFi, or airport lounges.

Sleeping in Bissau Airport

The terminal seems to have a few rows of bucket seats, which aren’t exactly comfortable for sleeping. Overnight campers may have better luck on the floor or even outside – just remember the mosquitoes. For uninterrupted sleep, hotels are nearby. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

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.

For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Bissau 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 attempting to sleep in the Bissau Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Ledger Plaza Bissau Hotel– (10 minutes from the airport) According to reviews, free transfers are available to and from the airport. » Check Rates
  • Hotel Ancar– (15 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Azalai Hotel 24 de Setembro – (15 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

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

Airport Lounges

At the time of this update, pay-per-use lounges were not available.  If this information is not correct, click here to update this airport guide.

Airport WiFi/Internet

WiFi is not available at Bissau Airport.

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

Children’s Play Areas – Not available.

Food & Drink – A reader tells us there is a small cafe bar at the gate that serves beer and has reasonable prices. Hours: open past 10:00PM (last flight at 11:50PM).

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – A reader tells us there are a few points near the gates where you can charge your devices.

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.


Bissau airport is served by the following airlines: Atlantic Airways • TAP Portugal • Royal Air Maroc.


Car Rentals

Several car rental agencies are located on-site. No further information is available.


Shared-ride taxis and minibuses are readily available in the ground transportation area. A reader (June 2018) suggests that the minibuses (tocatocas) are not so comfortable and more importantly, have limited space for luggage if you are not travelling light.

Last updated: 2020-10-23

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.