Sleeping in Airports

Lilongwe Airport Guide

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

This airport closes in the evening and then only re-opens around individual flights because the airport is so small. – a traveller

LLW Airport Overview

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

What to Expect

Lilongwe Airport (code: LLW) has a small, older terminal that offers several regional routes. Facilities are limited to a few eateries and shops, but we don’t have further details.  Economy class passengers can pay to enter an airport lounge. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.

Sleeping in Lilongwe Airport

We do not yet have any sleep-related airport reviews, but this airport seems to close nightly.  Have a backup plan if you’re planning to spend the night. For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer shuttle service for a fee. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos.  For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Lilongwe 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 Lounges

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!

Related Pages: Lilongwe Airport Lounges

Airport Hotels

There are no hotels at Lilongwe Airport and the drive into the city is 30+ minutes away.  Visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels in Lilongwe, search deals and read traveller reviews.

Airport WiFi/Internet

A  reader tells us that free WiFi is available at Lilongwe Airport.  (November 2021)

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

ATMs / Cash Machines – Yes

Banking Services – Yes

Currency Exchange – Yes

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free is available as well as a magazine shop and gift shop.

Food & Drink – The airport offers food and beverage concessions but location (landside or airside) and the hours are not known.

Information Desk – Information not available however there is a tourist information desk that may be of assistance.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Medical Services – There is a First Aid station; however, hours and location are not known.

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

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.

SIM Cards – A reader tells us there are Airtel and TNM shops where you can buy SIM cards and phone credit. (December 2022)

Airport Hours

While it appears that this airport closes at night, as of this update, we were unable to confirm airport hours of operation. We recommend that you read a few reviews before deciding to sleep in the airport overnight. If you know the airport hours, click here to update this airport guide.


Lilongwe airport is served by the following airlines: Ethiopian Airlines • Kenya Airways • Malawian Airlines • Proflight Zambia • South African Airways • Ulendo Airlink.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Hotel Shuttles

See also Airport Hotels above.


Taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area. A one-way trip between the airport and Old Town takes about 30 – 40 minutes.

Last updated: 2024-01-31

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, is 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 websites. 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.