Situated approximately 16km south of the city centre, Kuwait International Airport serves as its main gateway, connecting the city around the world. Having undergone extensive developments and upgrades since its initial inauguration, Kuwait International Airport now has the ability to handle large-scale passenger capacities as well as air traffic. Airlines such as Kuwait Airways as well as Jazeera Airways have set up their bases at the airport, alongside the local Kuwait Air Force and its museum. Other prominent carriers that have included Kuwait International Airport as part of their flight routes include Air India, British Airways, Emirates and Lufthansa. Although there have been plans to install a new terminal, Kuwait International Airport currently runs most of its commercial operations from one main passenger terminal. Within the terminal, passengers will also be able to find a variety of dining options from fast food chains to dine-in restaurants, duty free shopping, currency exchange and banking services, medical attention services, travel agencies, baggage services, lost and found services, a transit hotel, and last but not least, complimentary WiFi access throughout the airport grounds. For those on longer transits at the airport in search of more entertainment sources, do check out the airport mall situated adjacent from the main terminal as well.
If you are flying into Kuwait or intend to do so, do take note of its strict visa policies and the ban on bringing alcohol into the city.
How to get around within Kuwait
Passengers arriving at Kuwait International Airport and seeking to get themselves downtown will not have much of a problem. For public transport, bus service number 501 (or 13 and 99 too) departs from the airport once every hour and takes you into the city in just half an hour. Passengers on a tight budget should consider this option as not only is it affordable, but also a reliable means of transport. Alternatively, passengers preferring convenience and privacy may choose to hop into a taxi instead. Car rentals are also available at the airport should you want the liberty of navigating Kuwait on your own.
Within the city, visitors may also choose to travel around either by public or private transport. With decent roads and network systems, getting around the city will be manageable even for first-timers. Bus services offered by three different operators are frequent and cover most attractions, providing visitors a convenient means of exploring Kuwait. Taxis are also in abundance throughout town, although you should decide upon a final fare with the drivers before embarking on your journey.
What to see & do
Kuwait is best described as a melting pot of cultures, having played host to a multitude of diverse communities from all over world who have come to call the city home. Throughout the city grounds, visitors will be able to experience both modernity and antiquity at the same time; as Kuwait embraces its advancements into the future but retains its traditions. The city is also popular for its strategic location next to the Persian Gulf and caters to those seeking a beach holiday with its sun-kissed golden beaches and stunning coastlines. While the city’s most famous icon is the Kuwait Towers standing at 187m tall, visitors tend to come here for the renowned shopping scene boasting retail brands from all around the world. Kuwait is also home to many museums and palaces that will a touch of culture to your otherwise already perfect trip.
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