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Kuwait City Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Kuwait Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

Kuwait airport has grown to become a shopping mall.
- a traveller

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us about their time at Kuwait City International Airport.

What to Expect

Kuwait International Airport consists of two terminal: its main terminal and a smaller, and newer, Sheikh Saad Terminal. While Terminal 1 has plenty of eateries and shopping options, overall the airport facilities are described as dingy, and the airport staff and security have a reputation for being rude and unhelpful. Expect long check-in and security line-ups, and double-check to ensure that you are being properly processed, otherwise you may have to start again at the back of the line. Delayed flights are a regular occurrence at this airport, a problem compounded by a lack of airside seating. Comfort may be found through fee-based access to one of the airport’s first class lounges. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates. WiFi is also available to help pass the time.

Where to Sleep

Foreign nationals are not allowed to remain in the airport for more than three hours, and overnight stays are not allowed. Any foreign traveller who tries to spend the night will be escorted to a nearby transit hotel. For Kuwaiti nationals who wish to spend the night at the airport, there is a sleeping area near the big round mosque above the security checkpoints on the departures level. For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

While smoking is not permitted in the terminals, smokers often break the rule, so don’t be surprised to smell cigarette smoke.

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Kuwait Airport Information

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.

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 (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!

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Airport Hotels

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

  • At Airport Safir Airport Hotel - Located on airport grounds between the Main Terminal and the Amiri Terminal, and directly accessible from the runway, this hotel is for transiting passengers. » Check Rates
  • Holiday Inn Kuwait Al Thuraya City - (5 minutes from the airport) Airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • Continental Suite Farwaniya - (5 minutes from the airport) Free airport transfers. » Check Rates

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

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Kuwait Airport. Connect to the "free.airport.wi-fi" network.

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

  • Airport Mall - You name it, it’s available here: Duty-free shopping, retail stores, a food court, restaurants, banking, currency exchange, ATMs, car rental agencies, pharmacy, medical clinic, barbershop, mobile phone kiosks and hotel reservation desks. 24-hour shopping and dining options are available! Location: Connected to both Arrivals and Departures Halls of the main passenger terminal. Easily accessible by passengers, airport staff and the public.
  • 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. Locations: thoughout the airport and the Airport Mall.
  • Banks - There are five banks offering services at the airport. Location: unknown. Hours: unknown.
  • Car Rentals - Yes.
  • Currency Exchange - Yes, there are 3 locations providing currency exchange.
  • Duty Free & Shopping - See “Airport Mall”
  • Food & Drinks - See “Airport Mall”
  • Luggage Packing - 24-hour luggage packing service available. Rate: 750 fils. Hours: 24 hours.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - Not available.
  • Medical Care - The Health Center offers 24-hour medical care to all passengers and airport staff.
  • Mobile Charging - At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, write a review or email us at guides@sleepinginairports.com.
  • Pharmacy - Yes, located in the Airport Mall.
  • Rest Zones - Not available.
  • Showers - Showers can be found in the lounges. [ see Airport Lounges above ]
  • Travel Agencies - If you are arriving in Kuwait City and need local arrangements or help planning a really last minute trip abroad, there are a number of travel agencies with offices at the airport that can probably be of assistance. Alsayed Travel & Tourism, Qiblah, Global Holidays, AlMaktab Travel and National Aviation Travel Services.

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Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

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As of March 2018, Kuwait City airport is served by the following airlines: Srilankan Airlines • British Airways • Kuwait Airways • Emirates • Oman Air • Qatar Airways • EgyptAir • Royal Jordanian • Turkish Airlines • Jet Airways • Atlasglobal • KLM • Pegasus Airlines • Ethiopian Airlines • Etihad Airways • Saudia • Air India • Lufthansa • MEA • Gulf Air • Alitalia.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Kuwait Public Transport bus lines 13, 99, and 501 access the airport. Bus service runs from 4:30AM - 11:45PM. At the time of this update, a one-way bus ticket is 250 - 300 fils.

Car Rentals

These car rental agencies offer service onsite: Al-Khalijia • Araba • Avis • Behbehani Group • Budget • Dollar • Drive • Hertz • Makfm • National • Rekab.


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

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Last Updated: 25 April 2018

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning and is subject to change at any time. 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/change any items mentioned in the guide, please contact us .