Sleeping in Airports

Karachi Airport Guide

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

I was planning to sleep in the terminal, or the business lounge, but when I went next door to the terminal, I was told that only people with tickets were allowed inside, and only 3 hours prior to the flight. – mindlesswanderer

KHI Airport Overview

karachi airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Karachi Jinnah International Airport.

What to Expect

The terminal at Karachi Airport (code: KHI) is divided into the East Concourse for international flights and the West Concourse primarily for domestic traffic. Travellers report that the terminal is clean, but the air conditioning and escalators are often undergoing repair. Slow security processes may have improved in recent years. Amenities include a range of shops and eateries (some are 24 hours) as well as free WiFi. For added comfort while you wait, economy class passengers can pay to enter an airport lounge. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.

Where to Sleep

We do not yet have any sleep-related airport reviews.  For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer shuttle service. See the Airport Hotels section below for locations 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 Karachi 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 Karachi Airport does not appeal to you, there is a hotel near the airport. Other hotels require a drive of approx. 20-30 minutes to reach:

  • Ramada Plaza Karachi Airport – Located near Terminal 1. Airport transfers are available. » Check Rates
  • Embassy Inn – (20 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are available ($). » Check Rates
  • Karachi Marriott – (24 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. The hotel suggests a taxi for $15 USD. » Check Rates

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

  • CIP Lounge – Location: Jinnah Terminal Complex, Airside. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.

Other Lounges

Based on older information we received, there are other lounges. Unfortunately, at the time of this update, we do not have any information about lounge access.

  • Barclays Premier Airport Lounge – Location: Jinnah Terminal Complex, Airside. Showers are available.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Karachi Airport. Free WiFi is available in lounges, connect to the “Wateen-Free-Wi-Fi Network”.

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

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? 3 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: Domestic Arrival Concourse • Domestic Baggage Claim Area.

Baggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage trolleys are available free of charge. The can be found between the Drop Lane to Check-in Counters and between the Baggage Claim to Pick-up Lane. Porter services are also available if you require assistance. Rates: Domestic Passengers Rs. 200 • International Passengers Rs. 400.

Banking Services – The following banks provide full-service banking inside the airport: Habib Bank • National Bank of Pakistan • United Bank • State Bank of Pakistan. Locations: Departures and Arrivals Areas.

Currency Exchange – Currency exchange counters are available in the Arrivals and Departures areas.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free shopping is not available. There are other shops available; however, at the time of this update no information is available.

Food & Drinks – 24-hour food options are available. Locations are not known.

Information Desk – Not available.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Luggage storage is available to passengers in transit. Hours: 24 hours.

Medical Services – If you feel unwell or injure yourself, a medical center can be found. Location: International Concourse area, Level 2.

Mobile Charging – A reader let us know that mobile charging is available at the boarding gates.

Prayer Areas – Gender-separated prayer areas area available in all waiting lounges (both Domestic and International), the executive lounge, and the public meet/greet area. Arrangements for putting on the ihraam can be made.

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 – Complimentary shower services are available for passengers. Location: Departure lounge.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.


Karachi airport is served by the following airlines: Air Arabia • Air Blue Air Indus • Air ChinaEmiratesEtihad Airways • Fly Dubai • Gulf Air • Iran Air • Oman Air • Pakistan International Airlines • Qatar Airways • Saudi Arabian Airlines • Shaheen Airlines • Sri Lankan • Turkish Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Public buses are cheap and available from most points across Karachi, but prepare to leave early, as heavy traffic is common.


Taxis are available 24/7 at the Arrivals concourse Lane 3. The airport recommends checking with the CAA info desk inside the airport to get an approximate cost on taxis to your destination; some taxi drivers don’t know shortcuts or are looking to make some extra cash. At a minimum, you should ask for an approximate cost or agree to a fixed cost before getting in the taxi.

Last updated: 2020-06-17

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.