Kuwait International Airport
Kuwait International Airport is making extensive expansions and modernizations. The project (including a new, large terminal) will be completed in 2014.
IATA airport code: KWI
ICAO airport code: OKBK
There are no trains in Kuwait.
Car and bus
The airport is situated 16 kilometers south of Kuwait City and is easily accessible. From the city center the Airport Road leads to the airport. The way to the Airport Road is signposted at different locations in the city.
Bus 501 connects the airport with Kuwait City. The ride takes about half an hour and costs only 0.25 dinar.
Car rental Kuwait Airport
You can find the counters of car rental companies in the Arrivals Hall. Several rental companies are present at Kuwait Airport, including Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National/Alamo, Thrifty and Sixt. You can also book a rental car in advance using the service provided by EasyTerra; they compare the rates of several providers in a single quote.
There are plenty of taxis (Tel. +956 2431 9829) outside the Arrivals Hall. A ride to Kuwait City's center costs about 6 dinar. Make sure to agree with the driver on the price though before you get in.
A large short-term parking lot with places for 2500 cars is connected with the airport's Commercial Center. A bit further out you'll find a long-term parking lot.
At Kuwait Airport lies the Safir Airport Hotel (Tel. +965 2472 5000) mainly intended for transit passengers. Other hotels nearby the airport include Crowne Plaza Kuwait (Tel. +965 2184 8111), Ramada Kuwait Hotel (Tel. 965 2182 1111), Hawthorn Hotel & Suites (Tel. +965 2262 6111) and The Palms Beach Hotel & Spa (Tel. +965 2564 6266). For more hotels and to book online, you can go to Booking.com. They offer a large range of hotels, at competitive internet rates.
Shops and restaurants
With the opening of the Commercial Center Kuwait Airport has acquired an enormous shopping area: no less than 30,000 square meters! Apart from large duty-free shops you'll find mainly luxury shops: designer clothes, designer shops and jewelers. At Kuwait Airport you also have a large choice of restaurants, (snack) bars and coffee shops, both in the terminal and in the Commercial Center.
For lost-and-found objects you need to turn to the airport security. You can check online if your suitcase or other objects have been found.
There are three information desks: in the Arrivals Hall, in the Departure Hall and in the Transit Hall. Here you can inquire about Kuwait Airport, flight schedules and airport services. You can also get information by telephone via the airport's general telephone number: +965 2433 6699.
There are several luxury VIP lounges at Kuwait Airport. The Safit Airport Hotel has a business center and you can rent small meeting rooms. Extensive business facilities, including conference rooms, are available at the business hotels in Kuwait City (see Hotels).
Kuwait Airport has excellent accessibility for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps, adapted elevators and toilets, and also low-hanging telephones. There are also text telephones.
You'll find banks, exchange offices and ATM's scattered around the terminals. There are also baby rooms, prayer rooms for Muslims, showers and silence rooms. The First Aid station can be reached via one of the information desks or one of the telephones (the direct, short number is listed on the telephones). There's a children's playground in the Departure Hall.