Sleeping in Airports

Bujumbura Airport Guide

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

BJM Airport Overview

Bujumbura Airport Guide
(Photo courtesy of a SleepingInAirports contributor / November 2019)

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Bujumbura Melchior Ndadaye International Airport.

What to Expect

Bujumbura Airport (code: BJM) has a small, single terminal that serves a few regional destinations.  While waiting for your flight you can have a drink at the bar and use free WiFi. You can find a small shop with souvenirs.  There is are no showers and no transit area.

Sleeping in Bujumbura Airport

We do not yet have any sleep-related airport reviews.  Have a backup plan if you’re planning to spend the night.  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

Some airport reviews and tips in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos.

For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Bujumbura 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 the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Bujumbura Airport:

With Covid restrictions constantly changing, we recommend that you confirm shuttle availability prior to booking and/or prior to your arrival.

  • Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika – Free airport shuttle is available upon requests. » Check Rates
  • City Hill Hotel – No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Bujumbura Airport that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

As of this update we were unable to confirm whether the airport has any first class or business lounges. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Airport WiFi/Internet

A reader tells us that free WiFi is available at Bujumbura Airport. (November 2019)

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

Bujumbura Airport Guide
Cafe (Photo courtesy of a Guest Traveller / November 2019)

Food & Drink – A small cafe is available.

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.

SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

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 and we will update this airport guide.

Airlines

Bujumbura airport is served by the following airlines: Air Tanzania • Brussels Airlines • Ethiopian Airlines • Kenya Airways • RwandAir.

Transportation

Hotel Shuttles

See also Airport Hotels above.

Taxis

Taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area. Taxis are not metered, so you will have to negotiate your fare before you start the journey.

Last updated: 2022-10-31

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.