Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Rabat 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.
security asked me to leave, but I stayed. About noon the security was back and asked me to leave, ready to hand me over to the police. – Olvar
RBA 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 Rabat – Sale Airport.
What to Expect
Rabat Airport (code: RBA) has a bright, modern terminal that opened in 2012, replacing a former structure. Facilities include three cafes/eateries and a few shops, including duty-free. WiFi is available inside two airport lounges, which economy class passengers can pay to enter (one has showers for freshening up). See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.
Where to Sleep
Airport staff seem to have no issue with overnight sleepers. If you’re sleeping landside, arrive early to grab one of the handful of small, circular benches. Airside, head to the padded chairs and power outlets near Gates 1 and 2 or the duty-free area, which has a couple couches. Earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones will help combat airport noise. 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.
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. If you have some time to spare please write a review, send a tip or share photos to help future travellers.
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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.
If sleeping in Rabat Airport does not appeal to you, there are no hotels at the airport to seek refuge. The nearest hotels are:
- Le Dawliz Hotel & Spa – (10 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are available ($). » Check Rates
- Riad A La Belle Etoile – (10 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are available. for 200 Dhs (for up to 4 people). » Check Rates
- Riad Marlinea – (10 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are available upon request for 18,00 € each way to/from Rabat Airport and to/from Casablanca Airport for 65,00€ each way. » Check Rates
To see more options there is a list of hotels near Rabat Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.
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!
Passes Pearl Lounge (Departures) – Location: Terminal 1, Airside, Ground Floor. Showers are available. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.
Passes Pearl Lounge (Arrivals) – Location: Terminal 1, Airside, 1st Floor. Hours: open 24 hours. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.
WiFi is available at Rabat Airport. It is not known if there is a fee associated with WiFi. 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 – 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: Landside, Arrivals area.
Baggage Trolleys – Available. Location and fees are unknown.
Banking Services – There are 3 banks operating at the airport (landside, Arrivals Hall) that may be of assistance for currency exchange services.
Currency Exchange – Foreign currency counters are available at the airport. Locations: unknown.
Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free is available in two locations in addition to a small selection of souvenir type shops. The Hudson News may come in handy for last minute snack and drink needs.
Fast Track Service – As part of the lounge service (Convives de Marque Lounge), customers with Fast Track security passes will be given priority service to ensure that waiting is kept to a minimum. Cost: included with the lounge entrance fees.
Food & Drinks – There is a cafe/bar both before and after security.
Medical Care – A medical unit is on site and is available 24 hours.
Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.
Mobile Charging – Yes
Prayer Room – Location: outside the terminal
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 – Showers are available inside one of the lounges. [ see Airport Lounges above ]
Smoking Lounge – Yes
The airport is open 24 hours.
RBA airport is served by buses that meet daily flights. A reader tells us “There is a bus service for 20dh that goes from the center of town (kitty-corner from the main train station) directly to the airport and vice versa. The schedule is posted on the wall at the stand and I’m sending a picture of the current schedule (although this may change as flights are added/removed/changed). It takes about a half hour to get between the airport and train station. ” (May 2019)
Car rental counters can be found in the Arrivals Hall. The following car rental agencies are available onsite: Air Car, Avis, Budget, E Boking Car, France Car, Hertz, Location Auto, Marloc and Rabat Cartour.
Taxis are located outside the Arrivals Hall. Set rates are posted in the public hall. As of this update, sample rates are: Downtown Rabat (150DH) and Salt (100DH).
Last updated: 2020-10-21
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.