Sleeping in Airports

Port Moresby Airport Guide

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

“Beware of people offering taxi rides outside of the airport. You just might get robbed and mugged!” – (Mom)

POM 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 Port Moresby Jackson International Airport.

What to Expect

Port Moresby Airport (code: POM) consists of two small terminals (Domestic and International) linked by a covered walkway. There is a restaurant and some small shops in the recently renovated International Terminal, but limited amenities in the Domestic Terminal. Overall, the International Terminal is described as being much more clean and sanitary than the Domestic Terminal. One reviewer suggests only using the bathrooms in the International Terminal. WiFi is available to help pass the time. And if you don’t mind paying, comfort may be found through fee-based access to one of the first class lounges. See Airport Lounges in the guide below.

Sleeping in Port Moresby Airport

port moresby airport guideWe do not have any recent sleep-related airport reviews, but one past review (2014) from a former resident advised against sleeping at the airport due to personal security and hygiene reasons.  Have a backup plan if you’re planning to spend the night.   For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels below or read some traveller reviews for more tips.

Good to Know

Be wary of scam artists and pickpockets, and keep a close watch on your bags at all times, even when going through security. Pre-organize your ground transportation.

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 Port Moresby 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 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.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Port Moresby Airport:

  • Gateway Hotel & Apartments – Located across the road from the airport. Free 24-hour airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • Airways Hotel – Airport transfers are available upon request, airport pick costs Rs 200 and drop offs are free. » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels in Port Moresby, search deals and read traveller reviews.

Airport Lounges

  • VIP Lounge – Location: International Terminal
  • First Class Lounge – Location: Domestic Terminal

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 website.

Air Niugini Paradise Lounge – Locations: Domestic Terminal, Airside • International Terminal, Airside.

Drinking Water

Information is unavailable. Does the airport have water fountains or water bottle refill stations? Click here to update this guide.

Food & Drinks

Restaurant and Snack Bar are available at the airport.

Luggage Storage & Lockers

Luggage storage is available landside in the International Terminal. Rate: unknown. Hours: 6:00AM – 12:00PM and 1:30PM – 10:00PM every day except Thursday when it closes at 11:00PM.

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 & Relaxation Zones

There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.


Unavailable. If this is incorrect, click here to update this guide.


Free WiFi is available in both Domestic and International terminals. For access, you must present your boarding pass and photo ID or passport to the NAC Information Desk inside the departures lounge in order to get your username and password.

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

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: unknown.

Banking Services – Banque Socredo Location: T1/Domestic, Landside Hours: 8:00AM – 11:45AM and 1:30PM – 4:30PM (Mon-Fri).

Business Center – Location: T1/Domestic, Landside Hours: 7:30AM – 6:00PM (Mon-Fri), 7:30AM – 1:00PM (Sat) and 7:30AM – 12:00PM (Sun).

Currency Exchange – Yes, available.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available in the International Terminal.

Postal Services – Postal and telecommunication services are available at OPT. Location: T1/Domestic, Landside Hours: 6:30AM – 11:00AM/12:00PM – 3:00PM (Mon-Thurs) and 6:30AM – 11:00AM/12:00PM – 2:00PM (Fri).

SIM Cards – A reader says “there is a b-mobile shop for buying SIM card”. (September 2023)

Port Moresby airport is served by the following airlines: Air New Zealand • Air Niugini • Philippines Airlines • PNG Air • Qantas • Virgin Australia.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport shuttle service: Gateway Hotel & Apartments   • Ela Beach Hotel and Grand Papua Hotel.

See also Airport Hotels above.


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: 2024-01-30

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.