Sleeping in Airports

Gassim Airport Guide

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

ELQ Airport Overview

gassim airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down of what to expect during your time at Gassim Prince Nayef Bin Abdulaziz International Airport.

What to Expect

The single-terminal Gassim Airport (code: ELQ) is an aviation hub for central Saudi Arabia and has been undergoing expansion since 2003 to offer flights to several destinations in the Middle East.  WiFi is available to help pass the time.

Where to Sleep

We do not yet have any sleep-related airport reviews. For uninterrupted sleep, there is a hotel near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the guide below 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 Gassim Airport does not appeal to you, these are some of the closest hotels to the airport:

  • Golden Tulip Buraidah Al Qassim – (25 minutes from the airport) Roundtrip airport shuttle is available ($). » Check Rates
  • Moevenpick Hotel Qassim – (25 minutes from the airport) Airport shuttle service is available – approx. $28 USD each way. » Check Rates
  • Boudl Buraydah – (25 minutes from the airport) Airport shuttle is available ($). » Check Rates

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

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 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!

  • Tasheel Lounge – Multiple Locations – (1) Domestic Terminal and (1) International Terminal

Related Pages: Gassim Airport Lounges

Airport WiFi/Internet

WiFi is available at Gassim Airport.

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

Bank Services – Alahli Bank has a branch at the airport, there may be an ATM and currency exchange services available. Location and hours: not known.

Currency Exchange – The Ben Yaala Company provides exchange services. Location and hours: not known.

Food & Drink – A restaurant and a Baskin Robbins ice cream shop are available. Locations and hours: not known.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Luggage Wrapping – Peace of Mind offers luggage wrapping services. Location and hours: not known.

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.

Pharmacy – Alkhoiled Pharmacy is available. Location and hours: not known.

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.

Travel Agencies – If you are arriving in Gassim and need local arrangements or help planning a really last minute trip abroad, there is a Al Tayyar International Transport Agency at the airport that can probably be of assistance.

Airport Hours

Although it appears that the airport is open 24 hours, we were unable to confirm this information at the time of this update. If you know the airport hours, click here to update this airport guide.


Gassim airport is served by the following airlines: Almasria Airlines • Egyptair • Qatar Airlines • Saudia Airlines • Turkish Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

The following agencies have offices onsite: Abdullah Al Rahaily Est • Al Wefaq Rent A Car • Budget • Hanc • Theeb.

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.