Sleeping in Airports

Kilimanjaro Airport Guide

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

We had been warned about staying at the airport, but were pleasantly surprised. It was clean and safe. – a traveller

Airport Overview

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

What to Expect

The small terminal at Kilimanjaro Airport has been recently renovated. Parts of the terminal are open to the outdoors, so expect mosquitoes. Shops and eateries are located both inside and outside the terminal. Some reviews suggest waiting till close to your boarding time to pass through security, as the boarding area is small. Luckily, WiFi is free. For added comfort while you wait, economy class passengers can pay to enter an airport lounge. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for location and access information.

Where to Sleep

We have no reviews from travellers who have slept at this airport. If you’ve visited recently, write a review to help future travellers! For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer shuttle service. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info.

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.

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 by purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program (ie. Priority Pass). 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  Tanzanite Lounge – Location: Airside. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Kilimanjaro International Airport does not appeal to you, these are some of the closest hotels to the airport:

  • Kia Lodge – (5 minutes from the airport) Free airport transfers are available upon request and day rooms are available. » Check Rates
  • Airport Planet lodge – (8 minutes from the airport) Airport shuttle is available. ($) » Check Rates
  • Snow View Hotel – (18 minutes from the airport) Free airport transfers. » Check Rates

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

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free unlimited WiFi is available at Kilimanjaro Airport.

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

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available 24-hours a day. 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 Shops are available, as are a few bookshops, garment shops, curio shops and jewelry shops.

Food & Drink – At the time of writing, no 24-hour options are available. However, the airport does have a few restaurants inside and outside the passenger terminal.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Medical Care – First Aid and emergency medical care is provided at the AAR KIA Clinic. Hours: open 24 hours.

Mobile Charging – Power outlets are available for mobile charging.

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.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Airlines

As of December 2018, Kilimanjaro airport is served by the following airlines: Air Kenya • Air Tanzania • Condor • Ethiopian Airlines • Fast Jet • FlyDubai • Kenya Airways • KLM • Precision Air • Qatar Airways • Rwandair • Safarilink • Turkish Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

A reader mentioned that a taxi to Moshi/Arusha will cost approximately $US 50.00 each way. As a cheaper alternative (if you are travelling light), they also mentioned a bus (dalla dalla) to the KIA Bus Stop and from there a moto taxi to the airport area, all for approximately TSH 5,000. If you are familiar with other modes of ground transportation available at this airport, click here to update this airport guide.

Last updated: 2019-04-14

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.