Sleeping in Airports

Tehran Airport Guide

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

No-one minds if you curl up on the floor as sleeping on floors in the mosques or on the grass in the park seems quite accepted all over Iran. – Ian

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 Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport.

What to Expect

  • A busy and modern single-terminal international airport with limited shops and dining options. At the time of this update, two additional terminals are currently under construction, due to be completed within the next three years.
  • Lines for check-in and security checkpoints can be long and slow during peak times, so allow plenty of time to get to the airport!
  • The restaurant’s cafes are pricey. Have some snacks and beverages handy to save money!
  • WiFi is available. See WiFi information in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

  • Sleeping is common in this airport, and although no specific spot for sleeping was mentioned, reviewers who spent the night here slept comfortably. Have a sleeping bag or travel blanket and mat handy for added comfort!
  • There are recliners near the gates and around the duty free shop.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there is a hotel opposite Terminal 1. 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

  • CIP Loungedetails are unknown

Airport Hotels

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

At Airport Novotel Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport – Located opposite Terminal. A free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates

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

Airport WiFi/Internet

WiFi is available at Tehran Airport in the arrival and departure lounges. A mobile phone number is required to receive a password via text message.

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

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Machines only dispense Rial. Due to US sanctions, ATMs don’t work with international cards.  Locations: unknown.

Banks – There are two banks offering currency exchange services at the airport: Saman Bank • Meli Bank.

Currency Exchange – see banks above

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty free is available at this airport. There are a few shops that are open 24 hrs but regardless of the opening hours, there is not much to buy, only snacks or soft drinks between 11:00PM to 7:00AM except 30 days a year (Ramadan) that currently coincides with July. (thanks to a reader for this info).

Food & Drinks – At the time of this update it was not known if there are any 24-hour food concessions at the airport. There is a Segafredo, Deli and Persian food concessions.

Information Desk – Hours: open 24 hours.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Medical Services – Services are available 24 hours a day. Location: Unknown.

Mobile Charging – Available in the departures and arrivals areas.

Prayer Rooms – Available to all passengers – departures, arrivals and transit areas.

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.


As of February 2018, Tehran airport is served by the following airlines: Aegean Airlines • Aeroflot • Air Arabia • AirAsia • Air Astana • Air France • Air India Express • Alitalia • Armenia Aircompany • Ata Airlines • AtlasGlobal • Austrian Airlines • Belavia • British Airways • Caspian Airlines • Cham Wings • China Southern Airlines • Emirates • Etihad Airways • Fly Baghdad • FlyDubai • Germania • Iran Air • Iraqi Airways • Kish Air • KLM • Kuwait Airways • Lufthansa • Mahan Air • Meraj Airlines • Oman Air • Pegasus Airlines • Qatar Airways • Qeshm Airlines • S7 Airlines • Taban Air • Tajik Air • Thai Airways • Turkish Airlines • Ukraine International Airlines • UM Airlines • Zagros Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Shared-ride minibuses run between the airport and Shahed metro station, where connections are available on the Tehran Metro to and from points within the city. No further information is available at this time.


Prepaid flat-rate taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area of the airport. Stop at the taxi booth in the Arrivals hall to pay for your ride. You will receive a ticket to give to your taxi driver before boarding the taxi. You can also negotiate a fare with incoming taxis who are dropping off passengers at the airport.

Last updated: 2019-02-28

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.