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About Al Najaf

Al Najaf, one of the important capitals of Islamic culture, is located in the south of Baghdad. It is especially known for religious education given in world famous education institutions. This led to the referral of Al Najaf as the "science basin". Shiite thought has become the main focus of Islamic teaching here. Religious education is especially important in the city. Al Najaf, built on the edge of the Euphrates, is located on a high hill. Al Najaf, which spreads over a wide area, is also an interesting city with its graves designed as miniature mosque-shaped small tombs. It is striking that these graves are dominated by pink and green colors.

The currency of Iraq is the Iraqi Dinar. Turkish citizens traveling to northern Iraq have a chance to visit the city by getting a visa up to 10 days from the border. You can find traces of Anatolian dishes in the Al Najaf cuisine. Among the main dishes of the city cuisine are red meat, kebab and pilaf. Roasted vegetables are also consumed in this city in abundance. Red meat is consumed too much in Al Najaf where spices are frequently used. With regards to climate, hot and dry weather is dominant in the south. In the northern regions, winter is very though and long. In these regions where snowy days are frequent, the winters last quite long. If you are planning to visit the city, we recommend you to choose summer months.

Transportation to Al Najaf City Center from Airport

In order to go to Najaf city center from Najaf Airport, you need to choose from options such as taxi, rental car or transfer services, as there is no public transportation from the airport to the city center. If the transfer services or renting a car from car rental companies is not reasonable in terms of time, taking a taxi will be a better choice for you. You can reach the city center from the airport in maximum 10-15 minutes.


You can easily see the taxis when you go outside the terminal building of Najaf International Airport. Many of these taxis are run by the private taxi companies and there are also the taxis that do not use taximeter. To an extent, Najaf is also famous for its expensive taxis. The taxi drivers take the passengers from the airport for Najaf city center for 13-17 dollars. Hello Taxi (+964 750 418 0000) is the most convenient and reliable one of these private taxi companies. Transportation by taxi takes about 10-15 minutes.

Rent a car

The only way of reaching the city center from Najaf Airport both economically and comfortably is to rent a car. There are not many alternatives at the airport; however, you can make a quick search on internet before your flight. Renting a car, which is more economical compared to taking a taxi, also allows you to save time during your journey. You can drive to Najaf city center in just 10 minutes by the car you can rent at Najaf Airport.

Last Updated: 06 Feb 2017

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To which airport are the flights to Al Najaf arranged?

Al Najaf flights are organized to Al Najaf Intl. Airport.

How many hours does it take to travel to Al Najaf by plane?

London-Al Najaf 5 hour 10 minutes.

Which airlines have direct flights to Al Najaf from which cities?

Jazeera Airways organizes direct flights to Al Najaf from Kuwait. Middle East Airlines organizes direct flights to Al Najaf from Beirut.

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