Sleeping in Airports

Harare Airport Guide

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

After two “Scheduled Meetings” with both am and pm heads of security, it was decided that we could stay. – DK

HRE Airport Overview

harare airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Robert Gabriel Mugabe Airport, formerly Harare International Airport.

What to Expect

Harare Airport (code: HRE) is a mid-sized international airport with dedicated terminals for domestic and international travellers.  There are limited shopping and dining options, all of which close by 10:00PM. A reviewer (April 2017) reported that WiFi is available for a fee at the Harare Airport. Economy class passengers may be able to access the airport’s first class lounge. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and access information. 

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.  If you’ve visited this airport recently, write a review to help future travellers! For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels 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.

For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Harare Airport Guide.

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

  • N1 Hotel – (20 minutes from the airport) A new budget hotel. No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Sunbird Guest House – (20 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are available, rates start at $35.00 USD each way for a minimum of 2 passengers, up to $70,00 USD if pick-up is after midnight. » Check Rates
  • Holiday Inn Harare – (20 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Harare 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 is a lounge 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!

Airline Lounges

If you are a First or Business Class traveller you may have access to the lounges listed below. For more information, check the airline’s website.

  • SAA Baobab Premium Class Lounge – Location: International Terminal, Airside.

Related Pages: Harare Airport Lounges

Airport WiFi/Internet

WiFi is available at the Harare Airport.

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

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? An ATM is 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.

Currency Exchange – Yes

Duty Free & Shopping – Yes

Food & Drinks – At the time of this update, the airport has 3 coffee shops available. Hours: unknown.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Luggage Wrapping – Yes

Medical Care – Yes

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 – Yes

Post Office – Drop off your last minute postcards and more at the airport’s post office. Location: International Terminal. Hours: unknown.

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.

Smoking Lounges – Yes.

Travel Agencies – If you are arriving in Harare and need local arrangements or help planning a really last minute trip abroad, there are a few travel agencies with offices at the airport that can probably be of assistance. LED Travel and Tours and Traverze Travel.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.


Harare airport is served by the following airlines: Air Namibia • Air Zimbabwe • British AirwaysEmirates • Ethiopian Airlines • Kenya Airways • South African Airways/Link.


Car Rental

The following car rental companies have counters onsite: Avis, Europcar, Image and LED Car Rentals.


Only flat-rate taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area. However, shared-ride taxis offer an alternative way to reach the airport for much less.

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.