Sleeping in Airports

Zanzibar Airport Guide

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

We were planning to sleep at the airport since we had a 7am flight, but the airport closes at night so we were told to wait outside. There are some benches but it does get chilly at nights so that is not really an option. – a traveller

ZNZ Airport Overview

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

What to Expect

Zanzibar Airport (code: ZNZ) has a single terminal that handles domestic and international flights. A second terminal is currently under construction and expected to take on international service upon completion. Facilities are limited to an eatery and we have no details on shopping options. WiFi is available inside two airport lounges, which economy class passengers may be able to access. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.

Where to Sleep

The airport seems to be open 24 hours, but travellers report that the doors are locked at night. We do not yet have any sleep-related airport reviews.  Have a backup plan if you’re planning to spend the night.   For uninterrupted sleep, a nearby hotel offers shuttle service. 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 Zanzibar Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Zanzibar Ocean View Hotel – (5 minutes from the airport) Airport transfer service is available. » Check Rates
  • Airport Place – (5 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

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

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 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!

Passes  Paradise Arrival Business Lounge – Location: Terminal 2, Airside, Ground Floor. Arrival flights only. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.

Passes  Dhow Lounge – Location: Terminal 2, International Departures, Airside. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.

Airport WiFi/Internet

WiFi is available at Zanzibar Airport.

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

Children’s Play Area – When you want to ensure your kids burn off all their energy before their flight, take them to the children’s play area. Location: Airside, by Gate 11.

Currency Exchange – Exchange booths are available both Landside and Airside.

Duty Free & Shopping – A duty free shop and at least one boutique are available to help passengers pass their time while at the airport.

Food & Drinks – There are restaurants available for both arriving and departing passengers.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

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 – There is a smoking lounge located by Gate 6.

Airport Hours

While the airport is open 24 hours, a March 2018 review indicates that the doors are locked at night and it is not possible to enter. If you know the airport hours, click here to update this airport guide.


Zanzibar airport is served by the following airlines: As Salaam Air • Coastal Aviation • Ethiopian Airlines • Fly 540 • flydubai • Flightlink Limited • Kenya Airways • Malawian Airlines • Mango • Oman Air • Precision Air • Qatar Airways • Regional Airline Services • Tropical Air • Turkish Airlines • ZanAir.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Hotel Shuttles

Some local hotels offer shuttle service to and from the airport. Contact your hotel of choice for availability and details.


Flat-rate taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area. You can use your bargaining skills here to negotiate a lower rate.

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.