Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Dhaka 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.
the upstairs transit area is the best area and completely different from the usual Asian chaos below. – poodlemark
DAC 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 Dhaka Airport (code: DAC).
What to Expect
Dhaka Airport has three small, outdated terminals that are easy to navigate on foot: T1 and T2, for international flights, and the Domestic Terminal. Travellers have reported that security guards sometimes ask for bribes or speak in a harassing manner, but this may be improving in the last couple years. The airport is notorious for its chaos, so expect disorganization, inefficient or non-existent security procedures, and odd policies like prohibiting water bottles in certain airport areas.
Facilities seem to be limited to a restaurant, a cafe, and a few small shops. Don’t expect clean toilets. Bring your own toilet paper and sanitizer just in case. The free WiFi helps pass the time. For added comfort while you wait, economy class passengers can pay to enter a few airport lounges, two of which have showers for freshening up. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.
Where to Sleep
Travellers that have reported staying the night here generally don’t recommend it due to the poor facilities, lack of safety and security, and the presence of locals who are looking to “sell” a variety of services. If you do risk spending the night, bring a sleeping bag and have a backup plan. For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer shuttle service. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller reviews for more tips.
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.
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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.
If sleeping in Dhaka Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:
- Best Western Plus Maple Leaf – (2 minutes from the airport) The closest hotel to the airport. Airport transfers are provided (4 seat sedan) upon request, $6.32 USD each way. » Check Rates
- Richmond Hotel & Suites – (5 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. You can make prior arrangements but it is suggested to call the hotel once you have landed to arrange the pick-up. » Check Rates
- Dhaka Regency Hotel & Resort – (3 minutes from the airport) Airport shuttle is available, for a fee, upon request. » Check Rates
To see more options there is a list of hotels near Dhaka Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.
Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships
Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter through a lounge membership program. 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!
Intercontinental Dhaka Balaka Executive Lounge – Location: Terminal 1, Airside, 2nd Floor. Showers are available. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.
MTB Air Lounge – Location: Terminal 1, Airside, International Departures, 2nd Floor. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.
Skylounge – Location: Terminal 1, Airside, 2nd Floor. Showers are available. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.
Free WiFi is available at Dhaka airport; however, a reader tells us that you must have a local telephone number to use it. (October 2019)
More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport
ATMs / Cash Machines – There is a bank on site which may have an ATM.
Baby Care Facilities – If you are travelling with an infant, there are baby care facilities available both Landside and Airside.
Baggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage trolleys are available free of charge throughout the airport.
Currency Exchange – There is a currency change office opposite the baggage claim area.
Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free is available in addition to a small variety of stores selling books, newspaper, snacks, etc.
Food & Drinks – According to a recent reviewer (Oct, 2016), a restaurant called Spices is the only restaurant available in the airport. There is also a coffee shop called Barista (location is unknown).
Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.
Luggage Wrapping – Protect your bags from theft and damage by having your bags wrapped in plastic.
Medical Services – First Aid services are available. Seek assistance from airport staff if necessary.
Mobile Charging – A reader tells us that mobile charging is available in the International departure area, landside.
Prayer Rooms – Male and Female prayer rooms are available in the Arrivals area of Terminal 1.
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 located inside the lounges. [ see Airport Lounges above ]
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.
Dhaka airport is served by the following airlines: Air Arabia • Air Asia • Air China • Air India • Biman Bangladesh Airlines • Cathay Dragon • China Eastern Airlines • China Southern • Druk Air • Emirates • Etihad Airways • flydubai • Gulf Air • Himalaya Airlines • IndiGo • Kuwait Airways • Malaysia Airlines • Maldivian • Malindo Air • Novoair • PIA • Qatar Airways • Regent Airways • Salam Air • Saudia • Singapore Airlines • Spicejet • Sri Lankan Airlines • Thai Airways • Thai AirAsia • Thai Lion Air • Turkish Airlines • US Bangla Air.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
There is a car rental desk outside the airport. The airport suggests that travellers “should beware of cheats and exorbitant rates. It is best if you have your guide (most hotels provide guide assistance themselves as a complimentary service) in Bangladesh to take care of this part of the journey”.
See Airport Hotels above.
Last updated: 2020-10-19
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.