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Paramaribo Airport Guide

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

the security guards offered me some water and managed to let me in – a traveller

PBM 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 Paramaribo Airport.

What to Expect

paramaibo airport guideThe small terminal at Paramaribo Airport (code: PBM) handles regional and international flights. Facilities are limited to a few eateries, a duty-free area, and a souvenir shop. Free WiFi helps pass the time.

Where to Sleep

This airport may close nightly, so have a backup plan if you’re camping out. One reviewer had no trouble staying the night, using his sleeping bag in a corner of the terminal. For uninterrupted sleep, the closest hotels are one hour away in the city center. 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.

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 Paramaibo Airport does not appeal to you, a reader tells us there are camping and bush lodge type accommodations near the airport.  For a hotel you would need to return to the city center. Here are some suggestions based on Tripadvisor reviews:

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Paramaribo Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

As of this update we were unable to confirm whether the airport has any first class or business lounges. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Paramaribo Airport. Connect to the ”Digicel” network.

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

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? An ATM, operated by DSB, is 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. Location: Landside, Ground Floor.

Currency Exchange – Location: Landside, Arrivals Hall. Hours: open 24 hours.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty-free liquor and tobacco are sold at Kings Duty Free, and duty-free perfume can be purchased at Paris Gallery. A souvenir shop is also available in the airport.

Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, we are unable to confirm the availability of any 24-hour dining options.

Information Desk – There is a Tourism Desk and office offering airport services that may be able to assist you.

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.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

The airport appears to have very sporadic hours of operation. As of this update, we were unable to confirm airport hours of operation. If you know the airport hours, click here to update this airport guide.


Paramaribo airport is served by the following airlines: Caribbean Airlines • Copa Airlines • Fly All Ways • GOL • KLM • Surinam Airways • Trans Guyana Airlines • TUIFly.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Garage Ashruf operates a 24-hour airport bus service for transporting passengers between the airport and the city center. A one-way journey takes about an hour, or longer during rush hour. Arriving passengers can check in at Unit 32 in the Arrivals Hall. A reservation is required for rides back to the airport. In addition to the Garage Ashruf tourist buses, some local city buses also serve the airport, stopping at the road in front of the airport.

Car Rentals

The following companies offer onsite car rental services: Avis • Budget • Europcar • Ross Rentals.


Travel like the locals do! If your load is light, you can travel at a fraction of the price of a taxi by taking one of the shared-ride minibuses that pass along the main road in front of the airport.


Taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area. There are no meters, so negotiate a fare with the driver before starting your journey.

Last updated: 2019-07-17

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.