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Kirkenes Airport Guide

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

The couches are a little short (two seats) but as theres never much people, you can just place two couches beside each other, or if your girlfriend/boyfriend is coming with you can even make a double bed….Jippee! – a traveller

KKN Airport Overview

Kirkenes Airport guide
(Photo courtesy of a SleepingInAirports contributor / July 2019)

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

What to Expect

The tiny terminal at Kirkenes Airport (code: KKN) handles domestic flights. Bring your own snacks as there are no eateries or shops. The free time-limited WiFi is probably your only saving grace.

Where to Sleep

Spending the night here is not possible as the airport closes at 12:30AM most nights and 5:00PM on Saturdays. For uninterrupted sleep, hotels are nearby. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info 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.

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 Kirkenes Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport.

  • Thon Hotel Kirkenes – (15 minutes from the airport) The hotel doesn’t have an airport shuttle but is located 5m from the Kirkenes Airport Express Bus stop.  » Check Rates
  • Scandic Kirkenes – (10 minutes from the airport) Airport shuttle is available. Bus runs according to flight schedule. 100 NOK per person each way. Seats cannot be booked, just be outside when the bus departs.  » Check Rates
  • Barents Frokosthotell – (15 minutes from the airport) This hotel does not have an airport shuttle, but is a short walk from the Kirkenes Airport Express Bus stop.  » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Kirkenes Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

There are no pay-per-use lounges in the airport.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Kirkenes Airport for two hours. Connect to the “Airport” network. After your 2 hours expires simply log back on again. Alternatively you can upgrade to a paid, faster service.

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

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.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 5:00AM-12:30AM (Mon – Fri) • 9:00AM – 5:00PM (Sat) • 9:00AM – 12:30AM (Sun). Overnight stays are not possible.


Kirkenes airport is served by the following airlines: SAS • Norwegian • Widerøe.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Flybussen Kirkenes offers bus service between the airport and key destinations within Kirkenes city center. For route map, schedule and fare information, visit the Snelandia website.

Car Rentals

Onsite car rental agencies include: Avis • Europcar • Hertz • Sixt.


Taxis are available in the ground transportation area during airport hours of operation. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required. A trip to the city centre is approximately 20 minutes.

Last updated: 2021-10-20

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.