Sleeping in Airports

Kuching Airport Guide

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

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KCH Airport Overview

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

What to Expect

  • Kuching Airport (code: KCH) consists of a spacious and recently-renovated single-terminal with clean facilities and a wide variety of shops, restaurants and services.
  • Free WiFi is available.
  • Air-conditioning makes the terminal very cold! Bring a sweater.
  • Tons of mosquitoes inside and outside of the terminal. Make sure to wear mosquito repellent!
  • Economy class passengers can pay to enter one of the airport’s first class lounges. See our Airport Lounges section for locations and rates.

Where to Sleep

  • Padded, armrest-free seats are available in the Departures area.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. 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 Kuching 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 Kuching Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Place2Stay @ Airport – (5 minutes from the airport) A budget hotel close to the airport. No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Imperial Hotel Kuching – (5 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. Pre-book your place and register at the Bell Service Desk 15 minutes before departure. Bus departs every 2 hours between 8:00AM and 6:00PM from the hotel and every 2 hours between 8:30AM and 6:30PM from the airport. » Check Rates
  • Century Kuching Hotel – (5 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Kuching 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 by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or 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!

Passes  Plaza Premium Lounge – Location: Domestic Departures, Airside. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.

Airline Lounges

If you are a First or Business Class traveller you may have access to the lounges listed below. For more information, check the airline’s web site.

  • Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge – Location – Main Terminal, Airside.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available throughout Kuching Airport. Connect to the “[email protected]” network.

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

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs, operated by CIMB Bank, 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: Level 1.

Baby Care Facilities – If you are travelling with an infant, there are baby care rooms for breastfeeding and diaper-changing. Locations: Landside, Level 1, Public Concourse • Level 1, International & Domestic Arrivals Area • Level 2, Departures Gates.

Currency Exchange – Foreign exchange services are provided by CIMB Bank

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free is available as well as a small variety of other shops to pass the time.

Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, we are unable to confirm the availability of any 24-hour dining options. Dining options include:
  • Level 1: McDonald’s • Old Town White Coffee • Secret Recipe
  • Level 2: Marry Brown
  • Level 3: KFC • Starbucks • Sumiran Cafe

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Massage Chairs – Look for the Rest N Go massage chairs available in a few locations throughout the airport (Level 1 and 2). Rates: unknown.

Mobile Charging – Two charging stations are available at the airport. Locations: Level 2, Departure Area • Level 2, Holding Lounge.

Prayer Room – Muslim prayer rooms are available. Locations: Level 1, East Wing • Level 1, West Wing • Level 2, Bay 4 • Level 3, Public Concourse • Level 3, Departures Area.

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.


Kuching airport is served by the following airlines: Air Asia • Malaysia Airlines • Malindo Air • Royal Brunei Airlines • Scoot • Wings.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Although not very reliable, public buses are an option if you are travelling light and on a tight budget. A list of bus routes that access the airport is available from the Tourist Information booth in Arrivals. Note: as of this update, it seems that there may be a short walk involved to access the buses, be sure to inquire when asking at the airport.

Car Rentals

There are eleven car rental companies with counters at the airport (Level 1, Arrivals area) including Ami • Avis • EPTA • Golden System • Hertz • Hornbill Tour • KA Rental • Kuching Holiday • Flexi • RG Car Rental • Thrifty.


Prepaid taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area. Stop at the taxi booth outside of Arrivals to pay for your ride. You will receive a ticket to give to your taxi driver before boarding the taxi.

Pro-Tip: A reader tells us, they have a fixed price for taxis, RM 26 for the farthest, but from 12:00AM – 6:00AM they charge 50% more.

Last updated: 2020-03-05

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.