Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport Guide (DAC)

Airport info
Code: DAC
Airport Road, Sector 1, Kurmitola, Dhaka, 1229, Bangladesh

Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport is located around 8km (5 miles) north of Dhaka, approximately 30 minutes by car, depending on traffic conditions.

No. of terminals: 3 Dialling code: +880
+880 2791 1042
Timezone: GMT ++06:00
Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport map

Formerly known as Zia International Airport, Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport is the biggest and busiest airport in Bangladesh. A useful resource for travellers, our Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport guide includes details of terminal facilities, public transport access and nearby hotel accommodation options. 

Driving directions

From central Dhaka, head north on the DHOS Bypass then take a right-hand turn onto Tongi Diversion Road (N3). Continue northwards, turning left at the roundabout signposted for the airport. The journey time is approximately 30 minutes. 

Public Transport

Public transport rail

Opposite the airport, on the other side of the Dhaka-Mymensingh Highway, is the Airport Railway Station. The distance between the two is about 1.7km (1 mile), takes about 20 minutes to walk. There are daily train services to and from downtown Dhaka. 

Public transport road

Bus: There are several buses connect the airport to various places in Dhaka. The journey can take an hour (or longer). The bus stop is about five minutes’ walk from the airport. The bus routes are in Bengali so it can be challenging for tourists who don’t speak the language.

Shuttle: Many of the larger hotels offer a shuttle service from the airport which is the easiest and most comfortable option.

Taxi: There is a pre-paid taxi counter in the arrivals area, with fares to the city ranging from TK 1,000 to 1,500, depending on location and time of day. Cheaper taxis can be found outside the domestic terminal, but check if they are legitimate cabs and agree on the fare before setting off.

Auto-rickshaws, locally known as CNGs, are abundant. Find them on the main road (Dhaka-Mymensingh Highway). They are fitted with meters but the drivers may not want to use it, so it is best to agree on the fare before getting on. From the airport, it costs roughly TK 100 to the city centre. 

Terminal facilities


There are several bank desks and currency exchange booths near the luggage collection area in the arrivals hall. There are also a few on the first-floor in the departures area. 


Wi-Fi is available inside the (paid-for) executive lounges on the second floor.


There is one restaurant, located on the first floor, serving local as well as international cuisine; and several cafes can be found in the departures area before and after immigration.



There are several shopping outlets at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, including duty-free shops selling brand products. 


There are prayer rooms on the second floor, as well as a baby-changing room. 

Airport facilities

Conference and business

A couple of the airport/airline lounges offers basic meeting facilities. Meeting rooms are also available at the nearby hotels.

Disabled facilities

Services such as wheelchair hire and luggage porters are available in the first-floor departures area. 

Car parking

There are car parking facilities for international and domestic travellers. The multi-storey international parking garage is at the northern end of the airport building. The rates are TK 50 for the first three hours. The domestic parking garage is small so finding a space may be tricky. A drop-off area is also available at the entrance to the arrivals lounge. 

Car rental

There are four car rental companies authorised to operate at the airport, with desks at both terminals. Among them Europcar, Baba Autogas, Green Bangla Limousine and BM Transport. 


There are several hotels near the airport and most of them provide a free shuttle service.  

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Dhaka Regency Hotel & Resort

+880 17 1333 2651

This smart, extensive hotel lies just a few minutes’ drive from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, with 214 plush rooms. There are several dining options on offer, including a rooftop restaurant, as well as a pool, spa, hookah lounge and meeting facilities.


Airport Road, 1206, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Le Méridien

+880 2890 0089

This luxury hotel is only ten minutes away from the airport by car. Apart from stylish rooms, several restaurants, spa and infinity pool, it also has nine meeting rooms cater to conferences and seminars. Hotel shuttle to and from the airport costs US$18 per person per way.


79/A Commercial Area, Airport Road, 1229, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Best Western Plus Maple Leaf Hotel

+880 2791 4855

This business-friendly hotel offers a free shuttle service to the terminal despite it is only a few hundred metres from the airport. The rooms and suites are modern, and there is a restaurant, fitness centre, spa, as well as meeting facilities.


Plot 1B, Road 1, 1230, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Richmond Hotel

+880 1974 246663

 This 3-star hotel is 3km (2 miles) from the airport. The rooms are basic but clean. There is a function room for business travellers and the hotel also provides free shuttle to the airport.

House 02, Road 1, 1230, Dhaka, Bangladesh

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