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How to get from Baghdad Airport to the City Centre

The sprawling Iraqi capital of Baghdad is situated 27.3 km from Baghdad Airport. Steeped in history and rich in culture, the city is renowned for its sacred sites, including the Shrine of the Two Immams, and cultural attractions, such as the Iraqi National Museum.

Unless you’re renting your own vehicle, one transport option is available from Baghdad Airport to the city centre, which is a taxi from the line or a private transfer. Taking a taxi or private transfer is a quick and convenient option. The journey takes 25 minutes and costs, on average, around €45 (IQD 63,430), though prices can vary, and fares must be agreed upon in advance with the driver.

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How to get from Baghdad Airport to Baghdad city centre by taxi

The most convenient and fastest way to get from Baghdad Airport to Baghdad city centre is by taking a taxi, which only takes 25 minutes. You can find taxi ranks located outside of the Arrivals Hall at each of the two passenger terminals. Taxis in Baghdad aren’t metered, and you must agree on a fare with your taxi driver before departing from the airport.

Taxi fare from Baghdad Airport to Baghdad city centre

Taxis from Baghdad Airport to Baghdad city centre cost around €45 (IQD 63,430) on average, but you must agree on a fare with the taxi driver beforehand. Other factors, including the type of vehicle and the traffic conditions, can affect the price.

To avoid uncertainty, book your private transfer with Welcome Pickups and enjoy benefits like low fixed prices, flexible cancellation, and cash-free prepayment.



Trip Duration

25 Min.

The final fare may vary, unless you pre-arrange and pre-pay for your taxi ride.

Value for Money

Taxis from Baghdad Airport are available 24/7.

Where do I get a taxi from?

Taxi ranks with licensed drivers are available in front of both passenger terminals as you exit the Arrivals Hall. Only authorised drivers are permitted in these ranks.


Taxis are both a quick and convenient way to get from Baghdad Airport to Baghdad city centre. You can travel directly from the Arrivals Hall to your accommodation downtown within 25 minutes, without having to navigate bus routes and timetables.

Editor’s Note

Larger vehicles for bigger groups are available from Baghdad Airport, though they come with a higher fee.

Useful Tips

It's not uncommon for foreigners to be overcharged when taking a taxi from Baghdad Airport, so keep the average price in mind when negotiating with your driver.
Taxis won't accept card payments, so ensure you have some Iraqi Dinar on hand, to pay for your ride.
Always check your driver's registration before taking off to confirm they're licensed to take you in their vehicle.

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Frequently asked questions

How do I get from Baghdad Airport to the city centre?

There’s one way to get from Baghdad Airport to Baghdad city centre, which is to take a taxi. On average, local standard taxis cost €45 (IQD 63,430) for this route and take about 25 minutes to reach the city centre. The fare may be slightly higher if the traffic conditions are bad at the time, but you can avoid the uncertainty by pre-booking a private transfer and securing a competitive fixed fare in advance!

What's the cost of a taxi from Baghdad Airport to the city?

A taxi from Baghdad Airport to the city will cost €45 (IQD 63,430) on average, but the vehicle type and traffic conditions can affect this fare. Prices must be agreed between you and your driver before departing from the airport, as taxis in Baghdad don’t use meters.

To travel in comfort at a set fare, with an English-speaking driver who can give you a mini tour of the city on your way to the centre, pre-booking a private transfer with Welcome Pickups is recommended.

How far is downtown Baghdad from Baghdad Airport?

The drive from downtown Baghdad to Baghdad Airport, and vice versa, is 27.3 km, and this journey takes around 25 minutes, but this can take longer depending on the time of day and the traffic conditions.

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