Sleeping in Airports

Dili Airport Guide

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

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DIL 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 Dili Airport.

What to Expect

Dili Airport (code: DIL) has a small, semi-open-air terminal that handles a few regional flights. The terminal has a tiny duty-free shop. The closest eatery is a Burger King located just opposite the main entrance.

Dili Airport guide
(Photo courtesy of a guest traveller / 13Apr2018)

Where to Sleep

It seems that this airport is only open for a couple daily flights, closing for the night. The airport is open-air and is not designed for overnight stays. If you are waiting for a flight, it seems like seating is armrest-free, so you can catch some Z’s. 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.

Good to Know

The internal parts of the airport are closed when flights are not departing or arriving, so travellers have to wait outside until boarding time for their flights. For this reason, reviewers recommend not to show up too early for your flight, or you will have a long and uncomfortable wait outside.

Covid-19 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. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

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 Dili Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Timor Lodge Hotel – (Less than 2 miles from the airport) Free airport pick-up/dropp-off is available upon request, driver will meet you there. » Check Rates
  • Timor Plaza Hotel & Apartments – (Less than 2 miles from the airport) Free airport transfer shuttle service is available upon request. » Check Rates
  • Arbiru Beach Resort – (Less than 3 miles from the airport) Airport transfers are available.. » Check Rates

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

Airport Lounges

There are no pay-per-use lounges in the airport.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Information not available

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

Duty Free & Shopping – A tiny duty-free shop, located airside, is the only shop in the airport.

Food & Drink – At the time of this update, there are no food concessions inside of the airport terminal, but there is a Burger King with clean facilities located opposite the front of the airport.

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.

Airport Hours

November 2015 – A reader tells us “The internal areas are only open when an aircraft is arriving / departing, which is 2-3 times a day. Travellers can wait outside the terminal at anytime; however, it is semi open to the elements.”


Dili airport is served by the following airlines: Airnorth • Citilink • NAM Air • Qantas • Sriwijaya Air.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Shared-Ride Shuttles

Travel like the locals do! Called “mikrolets”, these shared-ride vans are an economical way to travel to and from the airport. Mikrolets stop along the main road just outside of the airport.


Taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area. Fares must be negotiated before starting your journey, as taxis are not metered.

Last updated: 2020-01-26

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.