Kuwait International Airport Guide (KWI)

Airport info
Code: KWI
Kuwait International Airport, Gazali Expressway, Kuwait City, Kuwait

Kuwait International Airport is located 16km (10 miles) south of Kuwait City.

No. of terminals: 1 Dialling code: +965
+965 2431 9829
Timezone: GMT ++03:00

The only commercial airport in Kuwait, Kuwait International Airport is located south of the capital, Kuwait City. Our Kuwait International Airport guide is a handy tool for visitors to the airport, with useful information regarding terminal facilities, public transport access and nearby accommodation options.

Airport news

After several lengthy delays major expansion plans (including the building of a second terminal) are back on track and are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016.


Airport information desks are located in the arrivals area on the ground floor of the terminal building, in the departures area, and in the transit area.

Driving directions

From central Kuwait City, take the southbound Route 50, also known as King Faisal Road and follow it to the designated westbound turn off for the airport. The total drive time to the airport from the city centre is approximately 20 minutes.

Public Transport

Public transport road

Bus:Buses to Kuwait City (route 501) depart from outside Arrivals. The journey time is about 30 minutes, and the fare is around KD0.25.

Taxi:Taxis (tel: +965 2431 9829) are readily available; the taxi desk is located in Arrivals on the ground floor. The fare to the city centre is around KD6-7. It is recommended to agree this fee in advance with the driver before entering a vehicle.

Terminal facilities


There are two banks that also provide currency exchange services within the large terminal.


Free Wi-Fi internet access is available at numerous points within Kuwait International Airport, including the entrance hall, departure areas and luggage collection points. Additionally, public telephones are located at various points in the terminal and there are two mobile telephone hire outlets.


There is a good choice of restaurants and cafés at Kuwait International Airport, predominantly in the food court after the security area. Numerous eateries are also available in the Commercial Centre next to the arrivals hall. Options at the airport include popular fast food outlets, coffee shops and an Italian restaurant.


There are two duty-free shops in the terminal, as well as a wide range of shops in the Commercial Centre adjacent to the terminal building.


Reports or enquiries of lost or found items can be made to the lost property office (tel: +965 2474 4256). An online submission form for lost items is available on the airport’s website.


Other facilities at the airport include a nursery, several prayer areas and a medical centre. A children’s play zone is situated in the departures hall.

Airport facilities

Conference and business

There are two first-class lounges with fax and internet facilities. Internet and business services, as well as secretarial support, courier services and a conference room, are also available from the business centre at the on-site Safir Airport Hotel (tel: +965 2227 1000; www.safirhotels.com).

Disabled facilities

The airport is accessible to physically disabled passengers. Lifts take passengers from the ground floor to the first floor, wheelchairs are available on request, and reserved car parking is available close to the terminal. Any passengers who may require additional assistance are advised to notify their airline before travelling.

Car parking

Short- and long-term parking, with a capacity of around 2,500 vehicles, is available at Kuwait International Airport. Among the options is a multistorey car park immediately adjacent to the Commercial Centre, and a car park located on street level next to Arrivals. Passengers can reach the departures hall using escalators, travelators and lifts to the first floor of the terminal building. A long-term car park is situated a short distance away from the terminal building. Valet parking is also available.

Car rental

International car hire companies: Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz and National are represented at Kuwait International Airport, along with a handful of local operators. Desks for all operators are located in the arrivals area.


There is one hotel located on-site at Kuwait International Airport, but this is for the use of transit passengers only. Another option is located nearby, but most hotels are in the city – some of these offer shuttle services to the airport.

Sheraton Kuwait Hotel & Towers

+965 2242 2055

The opulent Sheraton Kuwait Hotel & Towers is located in Kuwait City's business district. As well as a range of on-site dining options, from English afternoon tea to Lebanese cuisine, there are various business services and a health club. The hotel shares its outdoor pool with the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, which is located nearby.

Fahd Al-Salem Street, Safat, Kuwait City 13060, Kuwait

Hilton Kuwait Resort

+965 2225 6222

Boasting its own private beach, Hilton Kuwait City is 30 minutes from Kuwait International Airport by free shuttle bus. Hotel facilities include extensive on-site dining options, two swimming pools, a fitness centre and a spa.

Fahaheel 64009, Mangaf 7887, Kuwait

Safir Airport Hotel

+965 2227 1000

The Safir Airport Hotel is located within the airport's restricted zone, next to the east part of the runway. It can be reached by courtesy bus, but can only be used by transit passengers. Under Kuwaiti air transport law, passengers facing a wait of more than eight hours for a connecting flight are entitled to free rooms at the hotel, courtesy of the airline.

Kuwait International Airport, Kuwait City, Kuwait