Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Kuwait City 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.
Kuwait airport has grown to become a shopping mall. – a traveller
KWI Airport Overview
To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Kuwait City International Airport.
What to Expect
Kuwait City Airport (Code: KWI) consists of two terminal: its main terminal and a smaller, and newer, Sheikh Saad Terminal. While Terminal 1 has plenty of eateries and shopping options, overall the airport facilities are described as dingy, and the airport staff and security have a reputation for being rude and unhelpful. Expect long check-in and security line-ups, and double-check to ensure that you are being properly processed, otherwise you may have to start again at the back of the line. Delayed flights are a regular occurrence at this airport, a problem compounded by a lack of airside seating. Comfort may be found through fee-based access to one of the airport’s first class lounges. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and rates. WiFi is also available to help pass the time.
Sleeping in Kuwait City Airport
Foreign nationals are not allowed to remain in the airport for more than three hours, and overnight stays are not allowed. Any foreign traveller who tries to spend the night will be escorted to a nearby transit hotel. For Kuwaiti nationals who wish to spend the night at the airport, there is a sleeping area near the big round mosque above the security checkpoints on the departures level. For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the guide below or read some traveller reviews for more tips.
Good to Know
While smoking is not permitted in the terminals, smokers often break the rule, so don’t be surprised to smell cigarette smoke.
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. If you have some time to spare please write a review, send a tip or share photos to help future travellers.
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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.
If sleeping in Kuwait City Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:
At Airport Safir Airport Hotel – Located on airport grounds between the Main Terminal and the Amiri Terminal, and directly accessible from the runway, this hotel is for transit passengers. As per Kuwait air transport law, transit passengers with more than 8 hour layover are entitled to free room at the hotel.
Near Airport Holiday Inn Kuwait Al Thuraya City – (5 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available.
Near Airport Continental Suite Farwaniya – (5 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers can be arranged ($).
To see more options there is a list of hotels near Kuwait City Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.
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, 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!
Dasman Lounge – Location: Terminal M, Airside, after Gate 26. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.
Passes Pearl Lounge – Location: Terminal M, Airside, opposite Gate 2. Showers are available. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.
Passes Pearl Lounge Sheikh Saad – Location: Sheikh Saad Terminal, Airside. Fly Dubai International passengers only. Showers are available. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.
Al Mubarakiya Lounge – Location: Terminal 4, Airside, near Gates B5. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.
Free WiFi is available at Kuwait Airport. Connect to the “free.airport.wi-fi” network.
Airport Mall – You name it, it’s available here: Duty-free shopping, retail stores, a food court, restaurants, banking, currency exchange, ATMs, car rental agencies, pharmacy, medical clinic, barbershop, mobile phone kiosks and hotel reservation desks. 24-hour shopping and dining options are available! Location: Connected to both Arrivals and Departures Halls of the main passenger terminal. Easily accessible by passengers, airport staff and the public.
ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs 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: throughout the airport and the Airport Mall.
Banks – There are five banks offering services at the airport. Location: unknown. Hours: unknown.
Currency Exchange – Yes, there are 3 locations providing currency exchange.
Duty Free & Shopping – See “Airport Mall”
Food & Drinks – See “Airport Mall”
Luggage Packing – 24-hour luggage packing service available. Rate: 750 fils. Hours: 24 hours.
Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.
Medical Care – The Health Center offers 24-hour medical care to all passengers and airport staff.
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.
Pharmacy – Yes, located in the Airport Mall.
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 – Showers can be found in the lounges. [ see Airport Lounges above ]
Travel Agencies – If you are arriving in Kuwait City and need local arrangements or help planning a really last minute trip abroad, there are a number of travel agencies with offices at the airport that can probably be of assistance. Alsayed Travel & Tourism, Qiblah, Global Holidays, AlMaktab Travel and National Aviation Travel Services.
The airport is open 24 hours.
Kuwait City airport is served by the following airlines: Air Arabia/Egypt • Air Cairo • Air India • AlMasria Universal Airlines • Armenia AirCompany • AtlasGlobal • Azerbaijan Airlines • Biman Bangladesh Airlines • British Airways • Cham Wings Airlines • Egypt Air • Emirates • Ethiopian Airlines • Etihad Airways • Flydubai • FlyBosnia • FlyEgypt • Flynas • Gulf Air • IndiGo • Iran Air • Iran Aseman Airlines • Iraqi Airways • Jazeera Airways • Jordan Aviation • KLM • Kuwait Airways • Lufthansa • Mahan Air • Middle East Airways • Nile Air • Oman Air • Onur Air • Pegasus Airlines • Qatar Airways • Royal Jordanian • Salam Air • Saudia • Syrian Air • SriLankan Airlines • Turkish Airlines.
Kuwait Public Transport bus lines 13, 99, and 501 access the airport. Bus service runs from 4:30AM – 11:45PM. At the time of this update, a one-way bus ticket is 250 – 300 fils.
These car rental agencies offer service onsite: Al-Khalijia • Araba • Avis • Behbehani Group • Budget • Dollar • Drive • Hertz • Makfm • National • Rekab.
Taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area. Flat rates are available.
Last updated: 2020-10-20
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.