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Kigali International Airport Guide

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


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


What to Expect

It seems the only current dining option within the airport are landslide cafes. WiFi is free in the waiting area. For added comfort while you wait, economy class passengers can pay to enter an airport lounge.


Where to Sleep

Seating is metal and mostly equipped with armrests, so it is not exactly meant to be slept on. But if you are staying the night, bring a pillow and wear some mosquito repellants. Airport staff may move you to a designated area. Complaints include poor air conditioning and loud announcements. 


For uninterrupted sleep, you can find nearby accommodation services which offer shuttle service. 


Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships


Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter 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!


Pearl Lounge – Location: Airside, next to Gate 1. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.


Airline Lounges

If you are a First or Business Class traveller you may have access to the lounges listed below. For more information, check each airline’s website.

RwandAir Dream Lounge – Location: Main Terminal, Airside.


Airport Hotels

If sleeping in the Kigali Airport does not appeal to you, there are motels, apartments, and inns within a walking distance from the airport:

Kigali Airport apartments– (across the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. 

Martin Aviator Motel – (1-5 minutes walk from the airport) 24-hour airport transfers are available. 

Airport Inn Motel – (5 minutes from the airport) Free airport pick-up available upon request. 

Hotel Chez Lando – (5 minutes drive from the airport) Free roundtrip airport shuttle is available upon request. 

To choose from a list of hotels in kigali, visit www.isarotrips.rw and filter through, according to what you are looking for. 


Airport WiFi/Internet


Free WiFi is available throughout the Kigali Airport.


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


ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? An ATM is available; The airport website mentions that Mastercard and Visa cards can be used at the machines, but there have been complaints about that it not accept international cards. 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.

Currency Exchange – There is an Express Forex Bureau offering services. Location: airside , Hours: 24 hours.

Duty Free and Shopping – Duty Free is offered at 2 Airside locations. Several shops selling newspapers, souvenirs, clothing, stamps, etc, are also available.

Food & Drink – Bourbon Cafe has a shop both Landside and Airside. Additional bars and restaurants are available as well as a sandwich shop which is open 24 hours a day.

Information Desk – An information desk can be found in the main hall of the airport.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Luggage Wrapping – Services are available at 2 stations. 

Medical Services – Trained medical personnel are available 24 hours a day. Defibrillators are also available.

Mobile Charging – charging points located Airside, near the shops, and within the shops.

Postal Services – Drop off your last minute postcards, buy stamps, send money transfers, and more at the airport’s post office. The IPOSITA is open 5:00AM – 10:00AM and 11:00AM – 3:00PM.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones.

Showers – Not available.

Travel Agencies – If you are arriving in Kigali and need local arrangements or help planning a really last minute trip abroad, there Rwandan Tourist Office (open 7 days a week) at the airport that can be of assistance. If you walk outside of the airport, there is Nziza Safaris, and ….


Airport Hours


The airport is open 24 hours.


Kigali airport is served by the following airlines: Brussels Airlines • EgyptAir • Ethiopian Airlines • Kenya Airways • KLM • Qatar Airways • Rwandair • Turkish Airlines • ZanAir.


Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport




The airport is connected to the general Central Business District via city bus. If you know where you are going and your load is light, you can travel like locals do, at a fraction of the price of a taxi by taking a “Zonda”  (shared-ride buses), which pass along a road just a short walk from the airport terminal. These have designated cards that locals tap and pay, you may have to buy one at arrival.


Car Rentals


There are several car rental companies with counters at the airport, some of which are open 24 hours. Alternatively, other companies offer “car on arrival” services when planned ahead.




moto-taxis and cabs (These are within the airport facilities, colored blue) are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area of the airport. Rates must be negotiated before entering the vehicle.