Sleeping in Airports

Durban King Shaka Airport Guide

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

This airport does not have seating for its passengers. I am disabled and had to resort to sitting on the floor along with my fellow passengers to wait for my flight. – a traveller

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us about their time at Durban King Shaka International Airport.

What to Expect

Durban King Shaka International Airport consists of a modern, two-level terminal that handles arrivals on the lower level and departures on the upper level. The terminal includes a reasonable number of eateries and shops, though all close at 11:00PM, so plan accordingly if you are staying in the airport later than that. WiFi is available, and additional comfort can be found through fee-based access to the airport’s first class lounge. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.

Where to Sleep

As of May 2018, we have no reviews from travellers who have slept in this airport. Please write a review to help future travellers! For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

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

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program (ie. Priority Pass). 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!

Passes  Bidvest Premier Lounge – Location: Domestic Terminal, Airside, 3rd Floor. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Passes  Umphafa Lounge – Location: International Terminal 1, Airside, 3rd Floor. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in King Shaka Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Shapes of Africa Rustic Stayover
    (5 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are available upon request. ($) Note: check-in closes at 8:00PM. » Check Rates
  • De Charmoy Estate Guest House
    (8 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are available upon request. » Check Rates

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

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at King Shaka Airport for up to 4 hours or 1GB, whichever comes first. Connect to the “[email protected]” network. Registration requires an email address and contact number.

The Tourist Information desk also offers internet services.

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

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. 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. Location: in the public area concourse.

Baby Care Facilities – Changing tables are located inside the ladies washrooms throughout the airport.

Chapel / Prayer Room – A prayer room is available for Muslim travellers. Ask a staff member for directions.

Currency Exchange – A bureau de change is located in the International Arrivals & Departures Terminal. Hours: when international flights arrive and depart. There is also an ABSA Bank which could be of assistance. Location: in the public concourse. Hours: 30 minutes before the first flight and 30 minutes after the last flight.

Duty Free & Shopping – The airport offers a variety of shops selling items including books, cellular services, clothing and souvenirs. Duty Free is available at The Big Five Duty Free store.

Food & Drinks – Food options are available both Landside and Airside. There is also a Woolworths Department Store which may have food and drinks available. At the time of this update it was not known if there are any 24 hour food or beverage concessions.

Information Desk – A tourism information kiosk is located in the arrivals area. In addition to providing local area information they also offer internet and fax services. Hours: Monday – Saturday 8:00AM – 9:00PM and Sundays 9:00AM – 9:00PM.

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, write a review or email us at [email protected]

Observation Deck – Relax and watch planes taking off and landing from the vantage point of the airport’s observation deck. Location: Domestic Terminal, first floor

Pharmacy – Link Pharmacy is located at the airport. Unfortunately, I do not have the location or hours.

Post Office – Location: Public Concourse. Hours: opens 30 minutes before the first flight and 30 minutes after the last flight.

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Available in the Bidvest Lounge and the Umphafa Lounge. [ see Airport Lounges above ]

Smoking – There is a smoking lounge available inside the Bidvest Lounge. [ see Airport Lounges above ]

Spa Services – If you have time for a manicure head to Yemaya Nail Express.

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.


As of March 2018, Durban King Shaka airport is served by the following airlines: Air Austral • Air Botswana • ​Air China • ​Air France • ​Air Madagascar • Air Mauritius • Air Namibia • Air Seychelles • Air Zimbabwe • SA Airlink • Arik Air • British Airways • Cathay Pacific • Cemair • Delta • Egypt Air • El Al Israel Airlines • Emirates • Ethiopian Airlines • Etihad Airways • Fastjet • ​​FlySafair • Kenya Airways • KLM • Korongo Airlines • LAM Mozambique Airlines • Lufthansa • Mango Airlines • Malawian Airlines • Qantas Airways • Qatar Airways • RwandAir • Singapore Airlines • Saudi Arabian Airlines • Solenta Aviation • South African Airways • Swiss • TAAG Angola Airlines • Turkish Airlines • Thai Airways • Virgin Atlantic Airways • Fly Blue Crane.


Airport Bus

Designated “airport buses” offer hourly service between the airport and city center at an affordable price. Airport Bus Shuttle Service and Margate Mini Coach also provide service at the airport. The airport bus stop is just past the taxi rank.


Metered taxis are readily available for hire at the taxi rank in the ground transportation area of the airport.

Last updated: 2018-10-23

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, write a review or send an email to [email protected] and we will update this guide.