One of Africa’s most populated cities, and the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kinshasa is as chaotic as you would imagine. Hustle and bustle doesn’t quite cover it: the traffic is intense, the street hawkers are persistent, and there’s a sharp contrast between affluent modernity and heartbreaking poverty. Once the initial shock wears off, you’ll find plenty to love about this vibrant city. The people are friendly, the music scene is excellent, and the banks of the Congo are perfect for a barbecue.
Airports in Kinshasa
N'Djili International Airport (FIH) or Kinshasa International Airport is the largest international airport in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. During 1998 the airport played a key role in the Second Congo War, when rebel forces were chased off by Zimbabwean troops.
The airport is far from modern: in fact it still has some infrastructure remaining from the Belgian colonial era. In recent years there have been some improvements. Computers have been added to make passport control more efficient, and the airport experience is generally less chaotic than it once was.
Airlines that fly to Kinshasa
There are no direct flights from the UK to Kinshasa. From Europe you can fly with Air France from Paris, from Brussels with Brussels Airlines, and from Istanbul with Turkish Airlines.
Other airlines fly from a range of African airports, and include Air Cote d’Ivoire, Arik Air, ASKY Airlines, Camair-co, Compagnie Africaine d’Aviation, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, Korongo Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, South African Airways, TAAG Angola Airlines, and Westair Benin.
Getting into Kinshasa
The airport is an hour away from the city, so taxi journeys can be quite expensive (ranging from about £19 to 33 on average).* Many hotels in Kinshasa offer a shuttle bus service: it’s a good idea to confirm this with your accommodation before you fly. Another option is to hire a car at the airport and drive into the city. It’s always a good idea to reserve your rental car in advance.
*Prices subject to change
When to fly to Kinshasa
The best time to visit Kinshasa is from May until September, when the weather is a pleasant 18-26°C. The least comfortable time of year to visit is from October until April. The temperature can soar above 37°C and, as this is the wet season, the humidity can be quite unbearable.
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Airports near Kinshasa N'Djili
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