Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Kabul 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.
never, ever take a seat nearest to the toilets. – an aid worker
KBL 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 Kabul Airport (code: KBL).
What to Expect
Kabul Airport has two commercial terminals: the older, Soviet building handles domestic routes and the more modern terminal serves international flights. Past reviews warn of dirty bathroom facilities (bring tissues and hand sanitizer), frequent flight delays, and a steep language barrier. Shopping and dining options are basic. Free WiFi on the airside helps pass the time before boarding.
Sleeping in Kabul Airport
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 reviews for more tips.
Some airport reviews and tips in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos.
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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.
Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships
Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door.
- Pareal Lounge – Location: International Terminal, 2nd floor. Hours: During airport hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$ 30 per person)
If sleeping in Kabul airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels within a 20 minute drive from the airport:
With Covid restrictions constantly changing, we recommend that you confirm shuttle availability prior to booking and/or prior to your arrival.
- Kabul Star Hotel – Free airport transfers are available. » Check Rates
- Kabul Serena Hotel – No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels in Kabul, search deals and read traveller reviews.
Free WiFi is available at Kabul Airport near the departures gates (airside).
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.
Currency Exchange – Yes
Duty Free Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available.
Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, we are not able to confirm the availability of 24-hour dining.
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.
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.
SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.
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.
Kabul airport is served by the following airlines: Air Arabia • Air India • Ariana Afghan Airlines • Emirates • flydubai • Kam Air • Mahan Air • PIA • SpiceJet • Turkish Airlines.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
See also Airport Hotels above.
Taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area. There are no meters, so negotiate a fare with the driver before starting your journey.
Last updated: 2022-10-28
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.