Sleeping in Airports

Lusaka Airport Guide

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

I wouldn’t want to sleep in the airport or even be there late at night. – Bill

Airport Overview

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

What to Expect

The single terminal at Lusaka Airport handles flights across Africa and the Middle East, though a brand new terminal, with a hotel and mall, is expected to open in 2019. Some reviews describe slow, unclear security processes and bathrooms that aren’t exactly clean. Current facilities are limited to a few eateries, cafes, and shops, though we can’t confirm if any are open 24 hours. WiFi is free but not always reliable.  For added comfort while you, a few lounge are available. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for location and access information.

Where to Sleep

One review describes a cold terminal with just a handful of benches, which means you’ll likely have to spread out on the floor, so bring a sleeping travel blanket. For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer shuttle service for a fee. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info.

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.

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 (ie. Priority Pass). 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!

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.

  • SAA Baobab Premium Class Lounge – Location: Main Terminal, Airside.
  • Kenya Airways Simba Lounge – Location: Main Terminal, Airside.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Lusaka Airport does not appeal to you, there are no hotels at the airport.  You’ll need to drive 25+minutes for:

  • Cresta Golfview – (25 minutes from the airport) Airport transfer service is available upon request (via e-mail) for $18.00 USD each way. » Check Rates
  • Radisson Blu Hotel Lusaka – (25 minutes from the airport) Airport shuttle is available upon request (email) for $30.00 USD each way. » Check Rates
  • Mika Hotel & Convention Center – (30 minutes from the airport) No airport transfers. » Check Rates

To find a cheap room, there is a list of hotels near Lusaka Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Lusaka Airport.

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

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: One machine (at least) can be found Landside and Airside.

Business Center – Yes

Currency Exchange – Yes

Duty Free & Shopping – Dufry offers Duty Free shopping at the airport. In addition, you will find shops selling books, newspapers, souvenirs, etc.

Food & Drinks – Landside:  Awale and Akwabar snack bars.  Airside: Air Lounge Café. Hours: Unknown.

Information Desk – Yes

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Luggage Wrapping – Available in the check-in areas. Rates: 1500FCFA (approx. € 2.25)/bag.

Medical Services – Available in the main hall, departures area. Hours: unknown.

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 – Available both Landside and Airside.

Postal Services – Drop off your last minute postcards, ship packages and send/receive money orders at the airport’s post office. Location: Landside. Hours: 7:30AM – 4:30PM with reduced hours (afternoons only) on the weekends.

Prayer Room – Yes. Ask for access at the Information Desk.

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.

Smoking – A designated smoking room is located airside.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Airlines

As of May 2019, Lusaka airport is served by the following airlines: Air Namibia • Airlink • Emirates • Ethiopian Airlines • FastJet • Kenya Airways • Mahogany Air • Malawian Airlines • Proflight Zambia • Rwandair • South African Airways • TAAG • Turkish Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Minibus

Travel like the locals do! If your load is light, you can travel at a fraction of the price of a taxi by taking a shared-ride minibus to the airport. Minibuses run on a fixed-route system, so make sure your minibus is going to the airport before you hop in! Note, the minibuses are not available from the airport, only to the airport.

Taxis

Taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area of the airport, and it is the only method of transportation available when leaving the airport. There are no meters, so negotiate a fare with the driver before starting your journey.

Last updated: 2019-05-17

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.