Beirut International Airport
Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport (BEY) is located in the southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital, six miles (9km) from the city centre. The airport has one U-shaped terminal, comprised of the East Wing and West Wing with a connecting mid-section, and has four floors. Although Beirut International Airport is the only airport in Lebanon, its facilities are somewhat limited. This is because the airport has had a limited number of passengers over the past decade or so, particularly when tensions with Israel have run high. However, as the country undergoes a tourism renaissance of sorts, Beirut International Airport is transforming itself into a suitably stress-free gateway to a laid-back holiday in Lebanon.
The airport is situated four miles (7km) south of the city.
Getting to the city
Taxis are available outside the arrivals hall and can be organised through hotels or reputable companies online prior to arrival, and Uber is also available in Beirut. Authorised vehicles bear the airport logo on their side and charge an official rate, other taxis are also available but their charge is subject to bargain.
GMT +2 (GMT +3 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).
Tel: +961 0 1 628 000 or 150 from inside Lebanon.
Car rental companies located at the airport include Dealers, Budget, City Car, National, Avis, Europcar and Hertz. The car rental operators' desks can be found in the arrivals hall.
Organising taxis through reputable companies online or through hotels prior to arrival is the easiest way to get a reliable taxi. Otherwise, taxis are usually available outside the arrivals hall; be sure to agree on a price before getting into the taxi as the fare shouldn't be more than LBP 30,000 to LBP 40,000 ($20 to $25) for a trip into downtown Beirut. Uber is an increasingly afforable and reliable option.
Airport facilities include ATMs, currency exchange services, offices, a bank, pay phones, a post office, luggage wrapping services, lost baggage complaints, business lounges, public internet access, a prayer room, first aid and emergency medical services. The Information Centre staff members are multilingual (generally speaking Arabic, French and English). There are a number of cafés and restaurants open to the public, located in the arrival zone. There are also a number of shops, including duty-free.
Parking for 2,350 cars is available at the airport. The parking area is connected to the terminal by an underground walkway. Parking rates start at LBP 8,500 for an hour, and go up to LBP 22,000 per day.
A wide range of airlines offer flights to Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport, including European airlines such as Lufthansa, Air France, LOT Polish Airways, Alitalia, Bulgaria Air and Czech Airlines. Low-cost carriers such as Flydubai and Pegasus Air provide cheap flights to Beirut International. Middle East Airlines flies from Beirut to Paris, Rome, London Heathrow, Doha, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Istanbul, as well as many other destinations.
Wifi internet access is available at Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport. The first half hour is free. For longer access passengers will need to buy an internet card at the airport or use their credit card for online payment and authorisation.
Airline business lounges have telephone, internet and faxing facilities. The airport does not have conference facilities, but there are a number of nearby hotels (such as the Movenpick Hotel and Resort and the Habtoor Grand Hotel) that do.
Beirut International Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.