Sleeping in Airports

Riyadh Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Riyadh 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 is amazing, and they will let you strip to your boxer shorts in public to attempt to get through the metal detector without it beeping. – Ade

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 about their time at Riyadh King Khaled International Airport.

What to Expect

Riyadh King Khaled International Airport consists of five terminals (1, 2, 3, 4 and 5), though as of May 2018, only 1, 2 and 3 were in operation. The terminals are connected by more than 1,100 metres (3,800 feet) of moving walkways contained in three link buildings. Food and shopping options can be found on the landside and airside of all three operational terminals, though the dining choices are considered “uninspiring” at best, and retail merchandise “expensive.” The airport has been undergoing near constant renovation and construction for years, and reviewers have recently begun describing the terminals as clean and efficient, though airport staff are sometimes rude and unhelpful. WiFi is available and there are plenty of mobile device charging stations. Comfort can be found through fee-based access to one of the airport’s first class lounges. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.

Where to Sleep

We have few reviews related to actually sleeping in this airport, though the seating is described as limited, uncomfortable and with armrests, and at least one reviewer suggested the floor may not be a good option due to the tendency of people to spit on it. If you have had experience sleeping in this airport, please write a review to help future travellers. For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

  • A ban on luggage trolleys in certain areas means you have to carry your baggage by hand to check-in counters, so try to travel light if you can!
  • Although head covering is not required, females should dress modestly when traveling through this airport.

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

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 (ie. Priority Pass). 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  Plaza Premium Lounge – Location: Terminal 1, Airside, Mezzanine, Departure Hall. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Passes  Wellcome Lounge (Terminal 1) – Location: Terminal 1, Airside, Mezzanine Level. Showers are available. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Passes Wellcome Lounge (Terminal 2) – Location: Terminal 2, Airside, 2nd Floor. Showers are available. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Passes naSmiles Lounge – Location: Terminal 5, Airside. Open to Domestic flights only. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Riyadh Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Makarim Riyadh Hotel – (5 minutes from the airport) Located next to the airport terminal. No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Meral Crown Hotel – (10 minutes from the airport) Airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • Holiday Inn Riyadh Izdihar – (15 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Mercure Value Riyadh – (15 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Madareem Crown Hotel – (15 minutes from the airport) Airport shuttle is available on request ($). » Check Rates

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

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Riyadh Airport with purchase at Starbucks.

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: Both Landside and Airside, in all Terminals.

Barber Shop – The arrivals area of Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 both offer barbershop services. Hours: unknown.

Currency Exchange – Currency exchange counters can be found in Terminal 2, Airside and are provided by Alinma Bank, Al Rajhi Bank and Al Bilad Bank.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free is available at the airport as well as a small selection of shops. Exact Location: unknown.

Food & Drinks – The airport provides a good variety of restaurants and coffee shops in all terminals both landside and airside. At the time of this update, we did not have the hours.

Information Desk – Service centers can be found in the arrivals area of all three terminals. Hours: unknown.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Luggage Wrapping – Luggage wrapping service is available in the departures area of all three terminals. Rates and hours are not known.

Medical Services – Medical services may be available at the Airport Hospitals which is located in a separate building across from the airport.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, write a review or email us at [email protected]

Mosque – Yes

Porters – A reader tells us “For carrying large amount of luggage, Riyadh airport has staff to carry luggage at low cost right at the outside of security zones.”

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Showers are available at some of the airport lounges. See Airport Lounges above.

Travel Agencies – If you are arriving in Riyadh and need local arrangements or help planning a really last minute trip abroad, there is a travel agency in the Arrivals area of all Terminals.

Airport Hours

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, please send an email to [email protected] and we will update this airport guide.

Airlines

As of March 2018, Riyadh airport is served by the following airlines: British Airway • Cathay Pacific • EgyptAir • Ethiopian Airlines • Etihad Airways • Gulf Air • Air India • Kuwait Airways • Lufthansa • MEA • Air NAS • Nile Air • Oman Air • PIA • Royal Jordanian • Shaheen Air • Singapore Airlines • SriLankan Airlines • Sudan Airways • Syrian Air • Turkish Airlines • Emirates • Air Arabia • Air Cairo • Air Blue • Jazeera Airways • Ariana • Biman Airlines • Felix Airways • FlyDubai • Air France • Jet Airways • Korean Air • Nesma Airlines • Philippines Airlines • Rak Airways • Royal Air Maroc • Spice Jet • Yemenia.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

Hertz offers service onsite in the Terminal 1 Arrivals Hall. Many local car rental agencies also offer service onsite, in the Arrivals Halls of Terminals 1 and 3.

Hotel Shuttles

Some local hotels offer shuttle service to and from the airport. Contact your hotel of choice for availability and details.

Taxis

Both flat-rate taxis and metered taxis (who usually offer a flat rate anyway) are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area of the airport. A reader wrote to us to share a bit more info about the taxis:

“From airport to the city you can take a formal taxi in the taxi queue for about 70 SAR (Saudi riyals). There is also a little desk at the airport exit inside the terminal that belongs to London Taxi, it is maybe 80 SAR but the taxi is a London cab with extra space for luggage and legs and better accessibility. There is a lot of informal cars picking passengers at the exit doors of airport but it is not recommended to trust them. Observe only one stop is included in the price.

To go to airport you can call London taxi or the taxi companies to pick you or also use the app Uber.”

Last updated: 2018-10-29

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, write a review or send an email to [email protected] and we will update this guide.