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

WDH Airport Overview

windhoek airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport.

What to Expect

Windhoek Airport (code: WDH) 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 guide below for location and access information.

Sleeping in Windhoek Airport

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 or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos.  For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Windhoek Airport Guide.

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 Hours

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.

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. 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!

  • Amushe Lounge – Location: Terminal 2, Airside. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.
  • Oshoto Lounge – Location: Terminal 2, Airside. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.

Related Pages: Windhoek Airport Lounges

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Windhoek Airport:

  • Etango Ranch Guest Farm – Airport transfers are available for a fee. » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels in Windhoek, search deals and read traveller reviews.

Rest & Relaxation Zones

There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.


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.

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

Currency Exchange – Currency exchange services are provided by the bureau d’échange located onsite.

Drinking Water – Information is unavailable. Does the airport have water fountains or water bottle refill stations? Click here to update this guide.

Duty Free & Shopping – A modern duty free shop is available for passengers, as well as collection of other retailers.

Food & Drinks – A selection of restaurants are available. At the time of this update, it is unknown if there are 24-hour dining options.

Information Desk – Have any questions? An airport information desk is available to provide assistance. Location: unknown.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Unavailable. If this is incorrect, click here to update this guide.

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.

Showers – Unavailable. If this is incorrect, click here to update this guide.

Windhoek airport is served by the following airlines: Air Namibia • African Airways • British Airways • Condor • Ethiopian Airways • Eurowings • KLM • Qatar Airways • South African Airlines • TAAG Angola • Westair Aviation.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies are available onsite: Avis • Budget • Dollar • Europcar.

Hotel Shuttles

See also Airport Hotels above.


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

Last updated: 2024-01-31

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, is 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 websites. 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.