Sleeping in Airports

Dakar Blaise Diagne Airport Guide

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

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 Dakar Blaise Diagne Airport.

What to Expect

Dakar Blaise Diagne Airport is newly built, having opened in late 2017. Its terminal offers regional and international flight service. Facilities include a cafeteria, two cafes, and a couple shops. We can confirm that WiFi is available in three airport lounges, which economy class passengers can pay to enter. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for location and access information.

Where to Sleep

Overnight campers seem to have no issue staying here. Landside, head to the baggage claim area for some floor space, as benches are limited. Stay safe by sleeping near others and watching your bags. Airside is more comfortable, with carpeted floors and comfortable armchairs near a few gates, but security may not allow passengers to stay overnight. Common complaints are bright lights and noise, but nothing that an eye mask and ear plugs can’t combat. For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels 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.

Airport Lounges

  • Salon Signare – Location: Main Terminal, Airside. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (€30.00).
  • Salon Top Kapi – Location: Main Terminal, Airside. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (€30.00).
  • Salon Odyssee – Location: Main Terminal, Airside. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (€30.00).

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Blaise Diagne International Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Sargal Hotel – (2 minutes from the airport) This is the closest hotel to the airport. Free airport meet & greet service available which includes an escorted walk to the hotel or they will accompany you in a taxi (approx, 3,00€ each way). When the hotel is not full they offer day rates, valid until 6:00pm only. » Check Rates
  • Hotel du Phare Les Mamelles – (5 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers can be arranged ($). » Check Rates
  • Onomo Dakar Airport – (5 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates

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

Airport WiFi/Internet

WiFi is available at Blaise Diagne Airport inside the lounges. At the time of this update, we did not have any information about WiFi availability elsewhere in the terminal.

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

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Location: unknown. 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.

Baggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage trolleys are available free of charge at the airport. Find them in the arrival hall, car park area and and in the check-in area.

Banking Services – A banks is available at the airport. Location: unknown.

Duty Free & Shopping – Two Duty Free shops are available, as well as a Relay Convenience Store. Hours: Unknown.

Food & Drinks – At the time of this update, we do not have any information about 24 hour food concessions, but you will find these open during flight operational hours:

  • Landside: Seco Cafeteria (Arrivals and Departures)
  • Airside: MIA Bakery and Cafe • LEO Bistro Bar

Information Desk – An Information Desk is available in the main hall.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Information not available.

Luggage Wrapping – Two luggage wrapping stations are available landside in the Check-In area. Fee: 1500 FCFA per piece of luggage.

Medical Services – A staffed medical center is available on site. Location and Hours: Unknown.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, write a review or email us at [email protected]

Pharmacy – A pharmacy is available outside of the airport, near the parking lot.

Rest Zones – Not available.

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, please send an email to [email protected] and we will update this airport guide.

Airlines

As of November 2018, Blaise Diagne airport is served by the following airlines: Air Algérie • Air Burkina • Air France • Air Italy • Air Senegal • ASKY Airlines • Binter Canarias • Brussels Airlines • Camair • Corsair • Delta • Emirates • Ethiopian Airlines • Eurowings • Fly Mid Africa • Iberia • Kenya Airways • Lufthansa • Mauritius Airlines • Royal Air Maroc • South African Airways • TAP Portugal • Transair • Tunisair • Turkish Airlines.

Transportation

Taxis

Taxis are readily available at the airport.

Bus

Shuttle buses are available at the airport. Buses run between the airport and several hotels throughout the city. Ask for assistance at the airport.

Last updated: 2018-11-20

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,  write a review or send an email to [email protected]