Sleeping in Airports

Freetown Airport Guide

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

There were guards, but they were sleeping too. – dunxd

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 Freetown Airport.

What to Expect

The terminal at Freetown Airport previously functioned as a military airport but was updated in the last several years to serve commercial flights. Located on an estuary and surrounded by water, ferries are the most common way to reach the airport.

Restrooms can be dirty or non-functioning. There are a few basic shopping and dining options, including a landside restaurant and two airside options. WiFi is available in the Business Center and the airport lounge, which some passengers can pay to enter an airport lounge. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for location and access information.

Where to Sleep

With ferry service stopping by 1:00AM, travellers often camp out here until morning – but do arrive before the terminal closes for the night. Armrest-free benches are scattered throughout the airport and a blanket and pillow provided added comfort. For uninterrupted sleep, a nearby hotel 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

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

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter 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!

  • Sky Lounge – Location: Airside, 1st Floor. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs and Gold/Elite Alliance members.

Airport Hotels

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

  • Lungi Airport Hotel – (2 minutes from the airport) Located across from the airport. Airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates

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

Airport WiFi/Internet

Internet is available at the Freetown Airport in the Business Center and in the Sky Lounge

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

Business Center – Yes

Currency Exchange – In addition to the currency exchange kiosks in Arrivals, there are two full-service banks on airport grounds.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available in Departures.

Food & Drinks – One restaurant is available landside while airside offers at least 2 options. Hours: unknown.

Information Desk – Yes (Arrivals Hall)

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 – There is a mosque on the airport grounds. Location: unknown.

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

While it appears that this airport closes at night, as of this update, we were unable to confirm airport hours of operation. If you know the airport hours, click here to update this airport guide and we will update this airport guide.

Airlines

As of November 2018, Freetown airport is served by the following airlines: Africa World Airlines • Air Côte d’Ivoire • Air Peace • Air France • Arik Air • ASKY Airlines • Brussels Airlines • Fly Mid Airlines • Kenya Airways • KLM • Mauritania Airlines • Royal Air Maroc • Turkish Airlines.

Transportation

Ferry

The cheapest, but certainly not the fastest way to town is by ferry and bus. This mode of travel can take 3 hours or more.

Water Taxi

Sea Coach Express offers a water taxi service between the airport and town. You’ll see the water taxi station when you exit the airport and walk to the right. This option is faster than the ferry, taking about 30 minutes, but costs around $40 USD for a ticket. Unfortunately, at the time of this December 2017 update, we don’t have the current rate.

Last updated: 2019-03-09

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.