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About Nouakchott Oumtounsy Intl. Airport

Nouakchott Airport was an airport located in Nouakchott, the capital of Mauritania. After the year 2010, with the opening of Nouakchott-Oumtounsy International Airport which is located 25 km north of the city, flight activities were stopped. Since this date, all domestic and international flights were transferred to the new airport. Today, Nouakchott-Oumtounsy International Airport serves nearly 100 thousand passengers.

Getting to the City Center from Nouakchott Oumtounsy Intl. Airport

Nouakchott is the capital of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. City is located on the Atlantic Ocean coast of this northwest African country neighboring Senegal, Mali and Algeria. Pescheus Beach is not only the most beautiful beach of Nouakchott but also the country. Fishing, iron mining and date palm production are the most important commercial activities in the city.

Safari tourism is also common in the city and it is one of the greatest pleasures of the visitors. Asphalt roads are not common in Nouakchott, which is a desert town. There is also a train route which is used mainly for intercity and commercial transportation. Public transport is provided by small, crowded and old minibuses or by buses, but it is not highly recommended for the tourists because of security reasons.

You can find a taxi in the city center. There is no taximeter in the taxi, so you should agree on the place and the fare before starting your trip. You can bargain. You should ask for a taxi from your hotel or from someone you know, if possible, in order not to be misled about both your safety and the fare.

Car rental is the most preferred transportation method for tourists in Nouakchott. By renting a car you can both go to the city easily and do safari tour. Since most of the roads are not paved, even if you do not enter the desert, you have to pass through the dune roads. For this reason, 4x4 style vehicles are the most preferred. It is recommended that you choose an international car rental company instead of local companies. You may encounter stolen cars with European plates at local companies and you may have problems later. You should remember that if you rent a car you will often encounter police control and asked a lot of questions.

Speaking French would help you in the city. However, if you have an information form that you have prepared beforehand, you can get over these checks easier. This form, which you can find on the internet or you can prepare yourself, should include passport information, visa information and information about the car that you use. The car rental company can help you with this; preparing multiple forms in French or local language would facilitate the process.

Nouakchott International Airport is just 4 kilometers from the city center. There is no public transport service from the airport to the city center. However, you can reach the city center quickly and easily by taxi or renting a car.

Taxi

If you do not intend to rent a car and you do not have someone to pick you up from the airport, you can get to the city center by taxi. You should remember that there are no taximeters in the taxis and that you will have to negotiate the fare in advance. By taxi you can reach the city center from the airport in only 10 minutes.

Car Rental

Renting a car is very common in Nouakchott, because public transport is not a preferred means of transportation by tourists and there are no taximeters in taxis. You can rent a car at the airport. However, it is recommended that you do this on the internet with an international company before coming to town.

Approximately 3.5 kilometers after taking the N1 road at the airport exit, you will encounter a turn. Here you should take the N3 road at the west direction of the turn and follow the city center sign. After about 400 meters you can reach the city center. The journey takes about 10 minutes.

Last Updated: 10 Jan 2017
Getting to Nouakchott Oumtounsy Intl. Airport from the City Center

Nouakchott International Airport is very close to the city center; only 4 kilometers and 10 minutes away. There is no public transport from the city center to the airport. But by taxi or renting a car, you can reach the city center very easily and quickly.

Taxi

You can easily find a taxi in the city center. If you ask your hotel, they can arrange one for you. Since there is no taximeter in the cars, you have to bargain and negotiate the fare in advance. It takes only 10 minutes to get to the airport by taxi.

Car Rental

Renting cars is a common method of transportation for foreigners in Nouakchott. There are offices in the city center where you can rent a car. It is recommended that you deal with an international company. You can also make reservations in advance via the internet. If you ask your hotel, they can help you with this. With the car you rent, you can reach the airport in just 10 minutes from the city center.

The route you need to follow is quite easy. Take the N3 road to the west of the city center and connect to the N1 motorway after about half a kilometer. Only after 3.5 kilometers, you can see the airport on your right

Airport Information

Nouakchott International Airport is the only airport in Mauritania. On the other hand, it is a very small airport and serves only with basic units. It is important to remember that at the airport, where no extra service is provided, very strict searches are made.

Almost all of Mauritania’s population is Muslim, and as in other Muslim countries there is the practice of reading verses from the Qur'an on the plane before the flight at the Nouakchott International Airport.

Last Updated: 10 Jan 2017

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