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Airport of arrival: Kuwait International Airport
Flight time from Istanbul to Kuwait: 3 hours 20 minutes

Kuwait City is the capital of the Persian Gulf country Kuwait whose origins date back to the 18th century. The city owes its rapid development to growing petroleum industry in the country following the Second World War. Today, Kuwait owns one of the biggest oil industries in the world. Kuwait City, the prominent metropolitan area of the country with its glamorous skyscrapers, is easily connected by cheap flights from Turkey.

There are frequent direct flights from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Kuwait and International Airport offered by Pegasus Airlines.

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About the Airport

Kuwait International Airport is situated about 15.5 km south of the city.

Kuwait International Airport

Kuwait International Airport was initially established in 1927. The current airport became operational in 1979 and has been through a series of renovation works which resulted in the inclusion of additional terminals as well as the increase of its total passenger capacity up to 25 million people per year. As of May 2018, the airport consists of five terminals.

Transport from Kuwait International Airport to the City Center

The public transport is not very well developed in Kuwait. However there are some buses providing transfer to the city center. Bus lines number 13, 99 and 501 operate from 4.30 am until 23.45 pm. There are also pre-arranged private transfers of the hostels.  Alternatively, you can take a taxi or benefit from car rental services offered by Pegasus Airlines.

Public Trransport

Public transport network lacks a railway system and buses are usually the only public means of transport. The Kuwait Public Transport Company offers bus services covering an extensive area but unfortunately the traffic get a bit hectic in the city.

Taxis are also widely utilized to move around in the city. You can negotiate on a price beforehand.  The local taxi app Careem is commonly used for moving around the city.

Kuwait City is famous for its chain hotels that provide its customers with all the comfort. There are a great variety of options ranging from en suite hotels to luxurious apartments. Unless you want to spend your holidays at a beach spa hotel you can choose among the centrally located accommodation opportunities suitable to your budget. Many hotels are located along the coastal area.

If you would like to have further assistance to plan your trip, you can book your hotel through Pegasus Airlines.

Local restaurants in Kuwait City offer a variety of savory local plates. Traditional Kuwaiti food include machboos, quozi, muttabaq samak, khubz, maglooba.  There are also many fast food chains and restaurants with international cuisine that appeal to any preference.

You can have a look at  Kuwait Food Guide for more suggestions about all the local foods.

There may be some information you need to know before your travel:

About Visa

Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman and the UAE are the only countries listed among those visa-exempt nationalities who can enter Kuwait.

Turkish citizens who are holding public passports are subject to an entry visa to travel to Kuwait. Please contact the local authorities in your country to learn about the required documents.  Please take note that persons who have an Israeli visa or stamp of entry on their passports are not allowed to enter Kuwait.

Neighboring Cities

  • Abadan/ Iran (114 km)
  • Az Zubayr/ Iraq (116 km)
  • Khorramshahr/ Iran (121 km)
  • Basra / Iraq (127 km)


Kuwait City demonstrates the typical hot desert climate with soaring temperatures throughout summer. Starting from April until October the weather gets warm, reaching to far over 45 celsius degrees with frequent sandstorms in summer time. For this reason, most hotels do have the air conditioner in order to combat hot summer temperatures.

Essential Numbers

  • Country Code: +965
  • Kuwait City Area Code:
  • Airport Contact: +965 2431 9829
  • Emergency Line: 112
  • Airport Shuttle Service: 22328866

Kuwait Towers, Liberation Tower, National Museum, Seif Palace and Grand Mosque are the prominent attraction points of the city. There are a number of modern luxury malls as well as traditional markets for those who would rather spend time doing shopping. Spending time indoors might be a good idea during the hot summer days. If you get overwhelmed staying indoors, Kuwait has marvellous beaches to enjoy the fresh breeze coming from the sea.

You can have a look at  Kuwait Travel Guide for further details on more places to visit.


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