Sleeping in Airports

George Airport Guide

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

GRJ Airport Overview

george airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down of what to expect during your time at George Airport.

What to Expect

George airport (code: GRJ) consists of a single, small terminal and primarily connects the Western Cape with larger airports in South Africa. The airport’s amenities are limited, but do include: WiFi, a few restaurants/cafés, a small selection of shops and an observation deck. For economy class travellers seeking additional comfort and services, there is the option to pay for use of the airport’s lounge. For more information regarding the location and rates, see our Airport Lounge section below.

Where to Sleep

We do not yet have any sleep-related airport reviews.  Have a backup plan if you’re planning to spend the night.  For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels within 15 minutes of the airport, though none of them provide airport shuttles. See our Airport Hotel 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 George Airport does not appeal to you, there are no hotels directly at the airport. However, the drive into town is only 12 to 15 minutes. Here are the nearest hotels:

  • Fancourt – (8 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Protea Hotel George King George – (10 mins from airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Oakhurst Hotel – (12 mins from airport) No airport shuttle. However, the hotel will arrange a taxi for you, approximately R140 each way, contact the Hotel with your flight details. » Check Rates
  • Protea Hotel Outeniqua Hotel – (12 mins from airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

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

Airport Lounges

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

If you are an economy class traveller, you can enter these lounges at George airport either by purchasing a lounge pass or 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!

Passes  Bidvest Premier Lounge – Location: Airside, 2nd Floor, Domestic Departures. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at George Airport for up to 4 hours or 500MB, whichever comes first. Connect to the “Airports Free” network. Registration requires an email address and contact number. Once you have reached the maximum (hours or data) you may purchase additional service.

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. Locations: in both the Main and Arrivals halls.

Baby Care Facilities – Baby care facilities are available on request. Ask an airport staff member for assistance.

Conference Facilities – A conference and boardroom are located on the first floor and can seat 30 and 10 people respectively. Reservations can be made over the phone.

Currency Exchange – Imali Express foreign exchange is located in the arrivals hall.

Disabled Services – Lifts and ramps make George airport accessible. Additional services can be requested when booking.

Duty Free & Shopping – Shopping is limited to a shop that sells sunglasses, a golf/clothing store and a telephone shop.

Food & Drink – At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour food options available. However, there are two restaurants and one coffee shop available.

Information Desk – Located in the arrivals terminals and open during the day.

Medical Services – A basic first aid unit is available in the airport.

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.

Observation Deck – Relax and watch planes taking off and landing from the vantage point of the airport’s observation deck. Location: unknown.

Prayer Rooms – Available on request. Ask an airport staff member for assistance.

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 – Unavailable.

Airport Hours

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


George airport is served by the following airlines: Cemair • Fly Safair • Kulula • Mango Airlines • South African Airways • South African Express.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

Car rental kiosks are found in the main terminal building. The following companies are represented at the airport: Avis • Bidvest • Europcar • First • Hertz • Tempest/Sixt • Thrifty.

Airport Shuttles

A number of shuttle services connect the airport with various locations and other public transportation connections.


Taxis are available.

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.