Sleeping in Airports

Erbil Airport Guide

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

Baggage handling is very slow, and in case of delayed baggage you need to go collect your things, no matter how much it will cost you to travel back to Erbil – a traveller (2016)

EBL Airport Overview

erbil airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Erbil International Airport.

What to Expect

Erbil Airport (code: EBL) has a recently-built, modern terminal for commercial flights to and from the Middle East and Europe. Security and check-in queues may be slow, so arrive early for peace of mind. Facilities include a few shops and eateries, all of which are open 24 hours. For added comfort while you wait,  economy class passengers can pay to enter an airport lounge. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.

Where to Sleep

We do not yet have any sleep-related airport reviews. 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

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

  • Ankawa Royal Hotel & Spa – (15 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Darin Plaza Hotel – (15 minutes from the airport) Free airport transfers are available upon request. » Check Rates
  • Grand Palace Hotel– (15 minutes from the airport) The hotel can arrange taxi pick-up ($30 each way). » Check Rates
  • Best Western Plus Erbil – (15 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle. » Check Rates

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

Airport Lounges

  • Diwan Lounge – Location: unknown. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: unknown

Airport WiFi/Internet

A reader sent us this update (Jan 2019): “There is a travelers WiFi but it looks like you need to purchase something at the closest coffee to get a login and password, which is expensive (around $4 an espresso).”

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

Baby Care Facilities – Facilities are available and accessible 24 hours a day.

Currency Exchange – Foreign currency services are available 24 hours.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free shopping is available 24 hours.

Food & Drinks – Food concessions are open 24 hours.

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.

Prayer Room – A room for prayer is open 24 hours.

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

The airport is open 24 hours.


Erbil airport is served by the following airlines: Air Arabia • Air Olympic • Al Arabia Jordan • Armenia Air Company • Atlasglobal • Austrian Air • Azerbaijan Airlines • Bora Jet • Blue Air • Caspian Airlines • Cham Wings • Cyprus Air • Egypt Air • EmiratesEtihad Airways • Fly Baghdad • Fly Dubai • Fly Erbil • Fly Georgia • Fly Miran • Fly Olympic • Flynas • Gulf Air • Iraqi Airlines • Lufthansa • Mahan Air • Middle East Airlines • Pegasus Airlines • Petra Airlines • Qatar • Royal Falcon Airlines • Royal Jordanian Air • Saudi Air • Starlight Airlines • Start Airlines • Transavia • TunisAir • Turkish Airlines • Zagrosjet.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Taxis are available for hire 24 hours a day just outside of the terminal or at the taxi reservation center. At the time of this update, the average one-way fare from the airport to the city center is about US$ 25. Payment is by cash only. Important note: All vehicles travelling to the airport are required to stop at a security checkpoint for a baggage search before reaching the airport. You will be required to exit the vehicle, but will be allowed to re-enter the taxi after the search is conducted.

Last updated: 2021-10-20

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 or  write a review.