Sleeping in Airports

Pyongyang Airport Guide

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

by the way I and the others were treated at this airport, you’d had thought we were all the royal family. – a traveller

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at Pyongyang Sunan International Airport.

What to Expect

  • A large, newly-built multi-story airport with connected Domestic and International terminals, served solely by flights from Air Koryo and Air China.
  • The airport appears to be overstaffed and super clean, yet a bit rundown. Shopping and dining options are available.
  • You will be monitored every step of the way, hurried through some airport procedures and waiting around through others.
  • Expect a very thorough search of your belongings, be sure to hang on to your luggage tag, the airport is very strict in controlling you have picked up the correct luggage.

Where to Sleep

  • Don’t even think about it! Overnight stays are not permitted in this airport.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

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

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.

  • Air Koryo Lounge – Location: Main Terminal, Airside, after the shops.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Pyongyang Sunan International Airport does not appeal to you, it is best to head back to Pyongyang city center (about 30 min south of the airport), as there are no hotels in or near the airport. To find a cheap room, there is a list of hotel deals in Pyongyang on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport WiFi/Internet

At the time of this update, the airport had some “internet stations” that were not operational. We do not have any information about WiFi availability elsewhere in the terminal. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

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

ATMs / Cash Machines – Not available.

Currency Exchange – There is a Korea Trade Bank (hours: 9:00AM – 6:00PM)

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free is available along with several other shops selling Korean specialities, clothing and convenience style items.

Food & Drinks – The airport offers western style and Korean style cuisine. Head to the restaurant level where you can enjoy a meal, a cup of coffee or a cocktail before your flight. At the time of this update we did not have any information about whether 24-hour food concessions are available.

Information Desk – Not available.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Yes (according to wikipedia)

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 – Not available.

Showers – Not available.

Smoking – Smoking is permitted in designated rooms (Arrivals area for example).

Airport Hours

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 and we will update this airport guide.


As of February 2019, Pyongyang airport is served by the following airlines: Air China • Air Koryo.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

When it comes to foreigners, transportation options are extremely limited to what is offered through the agency you are travelling with. If you are familiar with the modes of ground transportation available to foreigners at this airport, click here to update this airport guide.

Last updated: 2019-02-06

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.