Sleeping in Airports

Mombasa Airport Guide

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

Very Clean. Toilets were pretty smelly, but well maintained. – Felix

MBA Airport Overview

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

What to Expect

Mombasa Airport (code: MBA) has two small terminals: Terminal 1 primarily handles international traffic and Terminal 2 serves domestic routes. Facilities are outdated but clean, with a few basic eateries and shops. WiFi is available inside two airport lounges, one of which has a shower. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.

Where to Sleep

We do not yet have any sleep-related airport reviews. 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.

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 Mombasa 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 Mombasa Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotel near the airport:

  • Jambo Village Hotel – (7 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are available ($). » Check Rates
  • CoastGate Hotel – (15 minutes from the airport) Airport shuttle is available upon request, cost depends on length of stay. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Mombasa 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 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!

Safari Comfort Lounge – Location: Terminal 1, Airside, 1st Floor. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.

Passes  Safari VIP Lounge – Location: Terminal 1, Airside, 1st Floor. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Mombasa 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.

Baggage Trolley – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage trolleys are available free of charge.

Business Center – Yes

Children’s Play Areas – Not available.

Currency Exchange – Yes

Food & Drinks – Yes

Information Desk – There are desks available for both arriving and departing passengers. Hours: unknown.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – A reader (March 2021) tells us there is no luggage storage available.

Medical Services – Emergency medical services and vaccinations (fee associated) are available 24 hours a day at the Port Health Clinic. Location: 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.

Prayer Room – 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 – Freshen up with a shower before your flight. You can find one in the Pall Lounge. [ see Airport Lounges above ]

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.


Mombasa airport is served by the following airlines: Air Arabia • Air Mauritius • Air Mozambique • Astral Aviation • British AirwaysBrussels Airlines • China Southern • Condor • Egypt Air • EmiratesEtihad Airways • Ethiopian Airlines • Jubba Airways • Kenya Airways • Lufthansa • Precision Air • Qatar Airways • Rwanda Air • Saudi Arabian • South African Airways • SWISS • Turkish Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

Car rental companies offer onsite rentals. At the time of this update, no further details are known.


“Matatus” (shared-ride minibus taxis) and “tuk-tuks” (auto-rickshaws) are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area.

Last updated: 2021-10-20

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.