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

THR Airport Overview

tehran airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport.

What to Expect

The larger airport in the city, Tehran Airport (code: THR) primarily handles international flights from Terminal 1. Two additional terminals are under construction. Travellers report long, slow security queues, so arrive early. You’ll find a few eateries and shops, including duty-free. Some shops seem to be open 24 hours for snacks and drinks. WiFi is free in the arrival and departure lounges, but you may need a mobile number to receive the password.

Where to Sleep

Overnight sleepers are common here. Travellers report reclining chairs near the duty-free shop and some gates. Otherwise, bunk on the floor with the comfort of a sleeping bag or travel mat. For uninterrupted sleep, a hotel is located just opposite the terminal. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

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. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

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 Hotels

Tehran Airport Hotels
(Photo courtesy of a Guest Traveller /06 April 2019)

If sleeping in Tehran Airport does not appeal to you, there are two hotels at the airport.  Located side-by-side, the hotels are opposite the main terminal.

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

At Airport Ibis Hotel Ibiza Tehran – A free shuttle bus is available every 20 minutes. Day rooms are available in 3 and 6 hour blocks. » 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 Lounges

  • CIP Loungedetails are unknown

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. 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. Note: machines only dispense Rial and Due to US sanctions, ATMs don’t work with international cards. Locations: Terminal 1 • Terminal 2 • Terminal 4 • Terminal 6.

Baby Care Services – If you are travelling with an infant, there is a baby care room for breastfeeding and diaper-changing. Location: 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 are several dining options available in all terminals.

Information Desk – If you have any questions, visit the airport information for assistance. Hours: open 24 hours.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Medical Services – If you feel unwell or injure yourself, first aid 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 – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.


Tehran airport is served by the following airlines: Aegean AirlinesAeroflotAir ArabiaAir AsiaAir AstanaAir China • Air India Express • Alitalia • Armenia Aircompany • Ata Airlines • AtlasGlobal • Austrian Airlines • Belavia • British Airways • Caspian Airlines • Cham Wings • China Southern Airlines • EmiratesEtihad Airways • Fly Baghdad • flydubai • 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

Car Rental

Europcar has an agency located onsite at 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. 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: 2021-10-20

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.