Sleeping in Airports

Windhoek Airport Guide

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

I am very pleased to announce Windhoek’s airport as being the hottest damned place I have ever been to. – Soren

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 Windhoek Airport.

What to Expect

Windhoek Airport has a small terminal that primarily handles international routes across Africa and Europe. Travellers report long, chaotic security queues, poor service, and overcrowding. A new terminal to replace the existing one may be in the planning or construction phase, hopefully alleviating these problems.

Facilities include a few dining and shopping options, but we have no further details. WiFi and showers are available inside an airport lounge, which economy class passengers can pay to enter. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for location and access information.

Where to Sleep

A recent traveller reported staying overnight in a quiet, through brightly-lit area with a few benches. A security guard checked on them twice overnight. For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer shuttle service. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info.

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.

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  Amushe Lounge – Location: Terminal 2, Airside. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Oshoto Lounge – Location: Terminal 2, Airside. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

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

  • Etango Ranch Guest Farm (5 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are available. » Check Rates
  • Airport Lodge – (15 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are available. upon request, starting at N$ 295.00 each way. » Check Rates

To find a cheap room, there is a list of hotels near Windhoek Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

WiFi is available at Windhoek Airport.  A recent review (2018) mentioned they obtained a password from the information desk  and were able to enjoy unlimited WiFi.

Currency Exchange – Yes

Duty Free & Shopping – Yes

Food & Drinks – Yes

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – A reader tells us that mobile charging is not available.  (April 2019)

Postal Services – Drop off your last minute postcards at the airport’s mailbox. Location: unknown.

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Not available.

While it appears that this airport closes at night, as of this update, we have heard from a reviewer that they were permitted to stay overnight. 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.

As of March 2019, Windhoek airport is served by the following airlines: Air Namibia • Airlink • British Airways • Condor • Ethiopian Airways • Eurowings • KLM • Qatar Airways • South African Airlines • TAAG Angola • Westair Aviation.

Car Rentals

Avis, Budget, and Imperial offer car rental services onsite.

Taxis

Taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area of the airport.

Last updated: 2019-03-22

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.