Airports in Beirut
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: 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.
Bus: 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. Bus fares into town are generally LBP 750 (less than $1). Passengers arriving during the day can also walk from the airport to the nearest roundabout, and catch a minibus into town from there for LBP 2000 (less than $2).
GMT +2 (GMT +3 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).
Tel: +961 (0)1 628 195.
Beirut International Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.
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