Sleeping in Airports

Livingstone Airport Guide

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

there was only a small room with (to some extent) modern seats, but which did have armrests, a factor that leads to poor sleepability. – a guest traveller

LVI Airport Overview

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

What to Expect

Livingstone Airport (code: LVI) has a small, recently renovated terminal that handles a few regional flights. Facilities are limited to a couple eateries and shops, and free WiFi helps pass the time. For added comfort while you wait, there are a few lounges.  One lounge has showers for freshening up. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.

Sleeping in Livingstone Airport

Spending the night here is not possible as the airport is closed from 6:00PM until 7:00AM. For uninterrupted sleep, hotels and guesthouses are nearby. 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. You can also visit the airport’s web site for current information.  For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Livingstone 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 is a lounge that you can enter 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!

  • IAPCO Club Lounge – Location: International Terminal, Airside. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.
  • Livingstone Lounge – Location: International Terminal, Airside. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.

Related Pages: Livingstone Airport Lounges

Airport Hotels

There are no hotels at Livingstone Airport, but you will find a few guest houses and local hotels nearby.  The drive to the city center is 10 minutes away so you don’t necessarily need to stay at the airport. Visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels in Livingstone, search deals and read traveller reviews.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Livingstone Airport.

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

Chapel – A chapel is available at the airport. Location: Unknown.

Food & Drinks – At the time of this update it is unknown whether there are 24-hour dining options. The airport offers cafes for light meals and beverages as well as restaurants serving various cuisines.

Information Desk – If you have any questions, visit the airport information desk for assistance.

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.

Shopping – The airport has a variety of shops to fulfill your retail needs while waiting for your flight.

Showers – Showers are available in the Livingstone Lounge. [ See Airport Lounges above ]

SIM Cards – A reader tells us “there are a number of small mobile phone stores immediately outside the airport, where it is possible to buy local SIM cards, data and airtime”. (September 2022)

Smoking – Smoking is prohibited in the airport. However, there is a smoking lounge in the international departure zone and designated smoking areas outside the terminal building.

Airport Hours

The airport is open from 7:00AM – 6:00PM. Sleeping in the airport overnight is not possible.


Livingstone airport is served by the following airlines: Airlink • British Airways • Kenya Airways • Proflight Zambia • South African Airways.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rental

The following car rental agencies are located onsite: Avis • Europcar.

Hotel Shuttles

See also Airport Hotels above.


Taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area. Official taxis have an orange band to easily identify them. The fare for a ride to the city center starts at around K250.00 (about US$25.00).

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.