The principal airport serving the country is the Kuwait International Airport.

It is about 10 miles south of Kuwait City and moving time is about 20 minutes. There are regular shuttle busses leaving the airport for the city or it is possible to rent a taxi for the trip as an alternative. The airport itself has many of the amenities a country's main airport would expect, such as banks and currency exchange facilities, restaurants , shops and even a post office.
Kuwait Airways is the main airline; this is the national airline of the country although there are other airlines available. Kuwait has a private-owned no-frills airline, Jazeera Airways, with routes around the Middle East and parts of the Indian Subcontinent.
Direct flights are available from London and some of the larger European airports and there are many airlines which fly into Kuwait. These include British Airways, Emirates, and EgyptAir. Travellers will probably find that fares into Kuwait are not cheap.


For those wishing to travel by sea, Kuwait City is the main shipping port. Although most of the shipping to Kuwait is commercial it is possible to get there on some passenger ships. There is a speedboat service between Kuwait and Bahrain and costs 45KD, the trip takes around 5 hours. The Combined Shipping Company operate a service that runs twice a week from Kuwait into Iran, tickets cost approximately 70 USD one way and 140 USD return, but travelling with a car is extra. These tickets can be booked very simply online for those wishing to travel this way.


Travelling overland is also not very simple to do. Kuwait has border crossings with Iraq, although due to the current problems within the country this is closed to visitors. If wishing to travel through Iraq, although it is not recommended to do so, then checking with the embassy beforehand is worthwhile as the border crossing situation changes frequently. Travellers may find that even if the border crossing is open, access will not be allowed.
Border crossings with Saudi Arabia are located at Al-Nuwaisib and Al-Salmy although a valid visa or transit visa for Saudi Arabia is required. An onward ticket and visa for Kuwait will have to be shown and these are not available at the border so must be in order before arrival.
Kuwait has several bus services which run through to other destinations such as Cairo in Egypt and also Saudi Arabia, but again all paperwork must be in order before reaching any border crossing.

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