About Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport (BEY)
Lebanon's only commercial airport, Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport is a short distance from central Beirut. A useful guide for travellers, our Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport guide provides information on a number of key aspects of the airport, including terminal facilities, public transport access and nearby accommodation options.
There is a tourist information office in the arrivals hall.
Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport is directly served from central Beirut by the southbound airport highway known as Hafez El Asad. The total drive time from central Beirut to the airport is approximately 12 minutes.
Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport is located 9km (6 miles) south of Beirut city centre.
+961 1 628 000
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Shuttle:Unofficial shared-ride minibuses, known as service taxis, operate to and from the airport to various city destinations upon request. These minibuses depart once they are full.
Taxi:Official airport taxis, recognisable by the airport logo on their sides, offer controlled price transfers to the city centre from outside Arrivals. Other taxis are available, but it is necessary to haggle with the drivers over the fare. Expect to pay around US$25/LBP35,000 for the trip into the city centre. The journey time into the city is approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
A bank offering foreign exchange and ATMs is available in Arrivals. A full-service bank is located in Departures.
There are several restaurants and cafés located throughout Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport. These sell both Lebanese and international fare and include a full-service restaurant in Arrivals and a Japanese seafood eatery in Departures.
There is a large duty-free shopping area airside in Departures, offering a wide range of goods and gifts, from jewellery and electronics to food items and cigars. Two smaller outlets are available prior to the immigration area in Arrivals.
Airport security desks (tel: +961 1 628 000) provide lost luggage tracking services – passengers must first collect a paper slip verifying their loss from the Middle East Airline office in the arrival hall. Baggage wrapping services are available in the check-in area.
There are 24-hour first aid facilities within the airport. Christian and Muslim prayer rooms are located on level 2, in the main departures area.
Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport is accessible to physically-disabled travellers, with ramps, lifts and specially adapted toilets and telephones. Passengers requiring wheelchairs and special assistance should inform their airline prior to travel.
Long and short-term parking is currently available for 2,350 vehicles. Access from the terminal building to the car parks is via a pedestrian tunnel.
International car hire firms: Avis, Budget, Hertz and National are represented at the airport, alongside several local operators. Desks for these companies are grouped together in the main terminal building.