Sleeping in Airports

Praia Airport Guide

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

PAI Airport Overview

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

What to Expect

Praia Airport (code: PAI) has a small terminal that was renovated and modernized in 2018. Facilities are limited to a snack bar, a few small shops, and free WiFi.

Sleeping in Praia Airport

Travellers report no issue spending the night here, with a few lie-flat benches that seem to do the job. For uninterrupted sleep, hotels 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 Praia 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

The airport is open 24 hours.

Airport Hotels

There are no hotels at Praia Airport, but you will find several hotels in the city (approx. 10 minute drive away).  Visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels in Praia, search deals and read traveller reviews.

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.

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.


WiFi is available at Praia Airport.

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.

Currency Exchange – Yes

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

Duty Free & Shopping – Several shops for snacks and last minute items are available.

Food & Drinks – Food is limited to a snack bar. Bring your own snacks!

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Unavailable. If this is incorrect, click here to update this guide.

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.

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

SIM Cards – A reader tells us “There are SIM cards available at the arrivals area, just past the RX check.  The two national networks are present. It’s basically the same network, different names.  10 euro will buy 10Gb of internet data. If you are to make local phone calls, ask for a different SIM.” (October 2022)

Praia airport is served by the following airlines: Air Senegal • ASKY Airlines • Azores Airlines • Binter CV • Cabo Verde Airlines • SATA • Royal Air Maroc • TAP Air Portugal • TUI Fly.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

Intercity and Hertz have counters at the airport, near the Arrivals Hall.

Hotel Shuttles

See also Airport Hotels above.

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.