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Baghdad International Airport (BGW) to Najaf

Najaf is a city in Central Iraq, sitting west of the Euphrates River, only 179 km from Baghdad Airport. It’s famous for holding the Shrine of Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib, the Prophet of Muhammad’s son-in-law and cousin, and being the centre of Shi’ite Islamic scholarship.

One transport option is available for getting from Baghdad Airport to Najaf, which is a taxi or private transfer. It’s a speedy and efficient way to get there; the journey takes, on average, 2 hours and 20 minutes, and costs around €209 (IQD 293,782).

Welcome Pickups offers meet and greet services and a friendly introduction to Baghdad at the same price as a regular taxi. Click here to see the cost.

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Taxi €209 140min 24/7

How to get from Baghdad Airport to Najaf by taxi

Taking a taxi is the fastest and most comfortable way to get from Baghdad Airport to Najaf. The journey takes around 2 hours and 20 minutes in light traffic conditions, and you’ll be dropped straight to your desired destination smoothly without any hassle.

Taxi fare from Baghdad Airport to Najaf

The local drivers set taxi fares from Baghdad Airport to Najaf as their vehicles don’t have taximetres, so you can determine a set fee with your driver in advance so you don’t get surprised when you arrive in Najaf.

Usually, the fare between Baghdad Airport and Najaf costs around €209 (IQD 293,782) for up to four passengers, but it can vary based on traffic and the specific location of your accommodation in Najaf.

Instead of facing the uncertainty of the taxi price from Baghdad Airport and Najaf, you can pre-book a private transfer with Welcome Pickups for the journey at a low fixed price with flexible cancellation. Reserve your space in less than a minute and pay for it in advance with no cash required on the day you travel.



Trip Duration

140 Min.

*Taxi fares are subject to change unless you book your taxi beforehand.

Value for Money

Taxis from Baghdad Airport are available 24/7.

Where do I get a taxi from?

The designated taxi rank at Baghdad Airport is outside the Arrivals Hall. After picking up your luggage and passing through customs, you’ll walk out into the Arrivals Hall. From there, walk out of one of the exit gates, and the taxi rank will be in front of you.


If you’re in need of a direct and reliable transfer service from Baghdad Airport to Najaf, an airport taxi is an excellent option that will drop you at the door of your hotel within 2 hours and 20 minutes. Taxis are a safe and comfortable mode of transport and are easy to hail at the rank in Baghdad Airport.

For an English-speaking driver who can share with you about the area along your drive, you can pre-book a taxi at the same rate as a standard taxi with Welcome Pickups.

Editor’s Note

Make sure that the taxi driver you ride with is registered by looking for the registration number on the front of their dash. Always look out for this, even if the vehicle is labelled as a taxi, as some drivers aren't licenced.

Useful Tips

You must pay for your taxi fare in cash with Iraqi Dinar (IQD) unless you book in advance online.
Passengers aren't obliged to tip taxi drivers in Baghdad, but a tip of 5-10% is always appreciated.
Always take note of the driver's vehicle number in case you leave something behind.

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Frequently asked questions

How can I get from Baghdad Airport to Najaf?

You can go from Baghdad Airport to Najaf by taking a taxi or a private transfer. The drive takes approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes, but this is subject to change depending on traffic.

How much is a taxi from Baghdad Airport to Najaf?

The average flat rate for a taxi journey from Baghdad Airport to Najaf for up to four passengers is €209 (IQD 293,782). This price can vary from driver to driver; sometimes, you can haggle to get it lower if you’re lucky.

Secure low-priced private transfer from Baghdad Airport to Najaf with Welcome for a sense of security, so you don’t have to negotiate with a driver after a long flight.

What is the distance between Baghdad Airport and Najaf?

The distance between Baghdad Airport and Najaf is 179 km, although it can be longer if your driver takes a different route. If the traffic isn’t bad, drivers can cover this distance in 2 hours and 20 minutes, making it the most convenient method of transport.

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