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 terminal, with four floors. The terminal has two wings that branch off from the main building. They are known as the East Wing and the West Wing. 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 five miles (8km) south of the city.
Getting to the city
Taxis are available outside the arrivals hall. Be sure to agree on a price before getting into the taxi. No official buses run between downtown Beirut and the airport. However, there are buses which travel to Charles Helou Bus Station that can sometimes be found outside the departures section of the terminal building. Passengers arriving during the day can also walk from the airport to the nearest roundabout, and catch a minibus into town from there.
GMT +2 (GMT +3 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).
Tel: +961 (0)1 628 195.
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.
Taxis are available outside the arrivals hall. Be sure to agree on a price before getting into the taxi - the fare shouldn't be more than LBP 30,000 for a trip into downtown Beirut. A helpful tip: catching a taxi from outside the departures section of the airport can be significantly cheaper.
Airport facilities include ATMs, currency exchange services, offices, a bank, pay phones, a post office, luggage wrapping services, lost baggage complaints, business lounges, 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, which are located on the ground floor of the terminal building. The departures level has a couple of snack bars, and there is a Lebanese restaurant on the third floor of the terminal building. 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 8,000 for an hour, and go up to LBP 21,000 per day.
Since 2008, all departure taxes levied at Beirut International Airport have been included in ticket prices.
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 Airways. Low-cost carriers such as bmi, Flydubai, Edelweiss Air 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 30 minutes are free. For longer access passengers will need to buy an internet card, available in the duty free area, or use their credit card.
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.