Stuck on a Beirut layover at Lebanon’s Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport (BEY)? The airport is roughly 6 miles from the city center of Beirut, which makes the city an accessible destination for those stuck on long layovers. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Beirut layover, click here for useful tips.
If you’re stuck inside the airport during your Beirut layover, there’s plenty to do to. The airport has restaurants and cafes including a full service restaurant called Akle in the arrival zone. There is also a great deal of duty free shopping where you can purchase anything from electronics and food to beauty and luxury items. For more information, click here.
The airport also has two lounges, MEA’s Cedar Lounge and LAT Lounge. Both lounges are located in the second level of the departure area. Additional services in the airport include baggage wrapping, pay phones, prayer rooms, banking, and disabled facilities. The airport also offers postal facilities and public Internet WiFi and kiosks. A Tourist Information Center is available in the Arrivals Hall.
If you arrive at night, or are looking for a place to rest during your Beirut Layover, there are many hotel options at varying price points. There are many hotels near the airport, and you can also find a good comparison of Beirut hotels and pricing here.
If you’re planning on leaving the airport to explore Beirut, certified taxis are available in front of the terminals (they are marked with an airport logo on the side) and regular taxis are also available (rates are negotiable). Car rental from a number of companies is also available – click here for more information.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions For Things To Do On A Beirut Layover:
If you have a limited time to check out the sights, might want to take a tour of the city that will pack them all in a short time frame. There are many to choose from including day tours, historical and cultural tours, walking tours, private tours, and more.
One of the top tourist attractions in Beirut, you can explore these spectacular underground caves by boat. There’s also a cable car that will take you to an upper grotto.
Churches of Harissa
Looking for a gorgeous view, take the cable car up the side of the mountain to the Churches of Harissa. From here you’ll have an amazing view of Lebanon and on clear days you can see all the way to Cyprus.
Temples of Baalbek
Only for those on long layovers, you can travel roughly 55 miles from Beirut to Baalbek where you’ll find the Temples of Baalbek, a complex of ruins on the top of a hill in the Bekkaa valley.
Considered the city’s Grand Mosque, Al-Omari Mosque is one of the oldest and biggest mosques in the city. It was transformed from a church in 1291.
None of these interest you? For more suggestions of things to do on your Beirut Layover, click here.
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