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 open 24 hours) and 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.

Sleeping in Karachi Airport

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 traveller airport reviews for more tips.

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. You can also visit the airport’s website for current information.  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 Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Karachi Airport:

  • Ramada Plaza Karachi Airport – Located near Terminal 1.  » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Karachi Airport that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter by purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and learn how to gain access with just an economy class ticket!

  • CIP Lounge – Location: Jinnah Terminal Complex, Airside. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.
  • Majestic Lounge – Location: Jinnah Terminal Complex, International Departures, Airside, 1st Floor.  Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge pass (US$ 26 – 3 hours) • Lounge membership programs.
  • Emirates Lounge – Location: International Terminal, 1st floor. Lounge Access: Free for Gold & Platinum Skywards Members but others can buy a day pass for PKR 7,000 (US$ 26)

Related Pages: Karachi Airport Lounges

Rest & Relaxation Zones

No dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones exist. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? Three ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so check your bank’s fee schedule and 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. They 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.

Drinking Water – Information is unavailable. Does the airport have water fountains or water bottle refill stations? Click here to update this guide.

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

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 are available in all waiting lounges (Domestic and International), the executive lounge, and the public meet/greet area. Arrangements for putting on the ihraam can be made.

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

SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

WiFi/Internet – Free Wi-Fi is available at Karachi Airport and in lounges. Connect to the “Wateen-Free-Wi-Fi Network.”

Airlines
Karachi Airport is served by the following airlines: Air Arabia • Air Blue Air Indus • Air China • Emirates • Etihad 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

Buses

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

Hotel Shuttles

See also Airport Hotels above.

Taxis

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 price before getting in the taxi.

Last updated: 2024-01-30

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, is 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 websites. 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.