Sleeping in Airports

Varanasi Airport Guide

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

There’s a staff of 2 security/military per square foot. – The Global Trekker

VNS Airport Overview

varanasi airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Varanasi Airport.

What to Expect

The single terminal building at Varanasi Airport (code: VNS) serves domestic and international flights. Amenities include two casual eateries, a few small shops, and vending machines.

Where to Sleep

We do not yet have any sleep-related airport reviews.  For uninterrupted sleep, a hotel is nearby. 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

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

  • Hotel Runway Inn – (5 minute walk from the airport) No airport shuttle but just a short walk to the terminal. » Check Rates
  • KJ International Hotel – (8 minutes from the airport) Reviews are mixed about this hotel. No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

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

Airport Lounges

As of this update, there are no pay-per-use lounges at this airport.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Varanasi Airport; however, you need an Indian phone number to connect. (Information provided by a reader – November 2019)

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

Baggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage trolleys are available free of charge.

Child Care Room – Yes.

Duty Free & Shopping – It is not known if Duty Free shopping is available. The airport offers a small variety of shops to pass the time.

Food & Drinks – There is a snack bar and fast food restaurant available in the Domestic terminal. Vending machines are also available.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Medical Services – Yes.

Mobile Charging – A reader let us know that mobile charging is available. (May 2019)

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.

Smoking – A reader tells us there is a smoking hub located Airside, on the 1st Floor.

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, click here to update this airport guide.


Varanasi airport is served by the following airlines: Air India/Express • Buddha Air • IndiGo • Malindo Air • SpiceJet • SriLankan Airlines • Thai Smile • Vistara.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

Car rental services are available in the arrivals hall. At the time of this update, no further information is available.


If you’re on a tight budget, there is a bus stand located about a 10-minute walk from the airport terminal. Both public and privately-operated buses offer service to and from Varanasi city center.


Taxis and auto-rickshaws are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area.

Last updated: 2022-01-25

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.