Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Kinshasa N’djili 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.
upon getting to the airport we were told that yes, we had confirmed the flight, but not the seats. Apparently that is two completely separate things. – Melissa
To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Kinshasa N’djili Airport.
What to Expect
Kinshasa N’djili Airport has two terminals: an older domestic building and a brand new international terminal. Facilities are reportedly cleaner and security processes are less chaotic than past years, but corruption among airport staff is still a possibility. Inside the international terminal, you’ll find an expensive landside restaurant, an airside cafeteria, and a few shops. WiFi is available in two airport lounges, which economy class passengers can pay to enter. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for location and access information.
Where to Sleep
Sleeping here overnight is not possible as the airport closes nightly from 12:00AM until 6:00PM. For uninterrupted sleep, the closest hotels are in the Kinshasa city center. 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.
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. 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!
- VIP Commercial Lounge – Location: Airside. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door. [ more lounge info ]
- VIP Saloon Okapi – Location: Airside. Hours: same hours as airport. Notes: A user tell us that the facilities are “Dirty, poor and limited service despite a lot of personnel.” Lounge Access: Pay at the Door. [ more lounge info ]
If sleeping in N’Djili International Airport does not appeal to you, it is best to head back into Kinshasa city center, as there are no hotels near the airport.
WiFi is available at Kinshasa Airport inside the lounges. As of this update we were unable to confirm whether internet access is available elsewhere in the terminal. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.
ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. US dollars are dispensed. 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. Location: International Terminal, next to the “Rotonde”.
Food & Drinks – There are no 24-hour food concessions at this airport.
» Landside: restaurant operated by Grand Hotel durin airport opening hours. Count on 35 $ for a mediocre breakfast (dry bread, poor coffee).
» Airside: small cafetaria operated by RVA (Regie des Voies Aerienne) during the opening hours of the airport. Serves food (chicken or sausage with floppy fries) and local drinks.
Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available. Watch your personal belongings at all times, especially during check-in and (manual) baggage control.
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 – Not available.
Showers – Not available. Restrooms on land and airside are in disrepair and dirty. No running water.
The airport is open 6:00AM – 12:00AM.
As of March 2018, Kinshasa airport is served by the following airlines: Turkish Airlines • Ethiopian Airlines • Royal Air Maroc • Brussels Airlines • Kenya Airways • TAAG Angola Airlines • Air France • South African Airways.
Car rental is available at Kinshasa Airport. No further information is available at this time.
Taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area of the airport.
Last updated: 2018-10-23
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.