Sleeping in Airports

Changsha Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Changsha Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

CSX Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Changsha Huanghua International Airport.

What to Expect

Changsha Airport (code: CSX) has two terminals that are reportedly easy to navigate on foot. The recently renovated Terminal 1 serves some domestic routes, and the newly built Terminal 2 handles both domestic and international flights. A third terminal is in the planning and construction stages.

Airport facilities include a decent selection of eateries and shops, but it is unclear if any are open 24 hours. WiFi is free inside airport lounges, which economy class passengers can pay to enter. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and access information.

Where to Sleep

changsha airport guideOvernight sleepers seem to have no problem spending the night here. There are some armrest-free benches for spreading out. Expect security guards to wake you for an ID and boarding pass check. Complaints include temperature and noise, so dress in layers and bring earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones. For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer shuttle service. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Changsha Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Huanghua Airport Hotel – Pod hotel located inside the airport. » Check Rates
  • Holiday Inn Express Liuyang Development Zone – (10 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Huagang International Hotel – (14 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Changsha Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

  • No. 3 First & Business Class VIP Lounge – Terminal 1, Airside, Domestic Departures, 3rd Floor, near Gate 15. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.
  • No. 7 First Class VIP Lounge – Terminal 2, Airside, Domestic Departures, Level 3, near Gates 28. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.
  • No. 18 First & Business Class VIP Lounge – Terminal 2, Airside, International Departures, 3rd Floor, near Gate 46. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.
  • Business Lounge – Location: Terminal 2, Airside, Domestic Departures, 2nd Floor, near Gate 2.
  • Joyflight VIP Lounge – Location: Terminal 2, Airside, Domestic Departures. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.  

Related Pages: Changsha Airport Lounges

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Changsha Airport. Connect to the “Airport Free Wi-Fi” network and verify using your SMS or WeChat credentials to access the WiFi.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: either end of the Departures or Arrivals Halls.

Baby Care Facilities – Change and feed your baby in privacy and comfort in one of the airport’s nurseries. There are twelve of them, and you can find them in these locations: either end of the Departures Hall • Sections A, B, and C of the Departures Hall • outer Domestic Arrivals Hall • either end of the inner Domestic Arrivals Hall • International Arrivals Hall • in the sections of the Remote Boarding Gates.

Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available free of charge in 6 locations throughout the airport.

Children’s Play Area – When you want to ensure your kids burn off all their energy before their flight, take them to the children’s play area. Locations: Terminal 1, north boarding area • Terminal 2, near boarding area A.

Currency Exchange – Available. Hours: Unknown. Locations: Departure Hall, near Gate 4 • Arrivals Hall, near Gate 8.

Dressing Room – Three dressing rooms can be found at on either end of the Domestic Arrivals Hall and in the International Arrivals hall.

Drinking Water – Thirsty? Nineteen hot and cold drinking water dispensers are available free of charge. Locations: either end of the Departures Hall • Sections A, B, and C of the Departures Hall • Arrivals Hall • International Hall • Arrivals Hall mezzanine.

Duty Free & Shopping – China Duty Free offers duty-free shopping in the terminal. A small variety of retail and gift shops is also available.

Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, we are unable to confirm the availability of any 24-hour dining options.

Information Desk – Yes.  Locations: West of the check-in counters section A, B, C & D • Quarantined Zone Section B of the Departures Hall in T2.

Luggage Packing Counter – A luggage packing service is available Locations: Terminal 1, near Information Desk • Terminal 2, near Gate 2 • Terminal 2, near Gate 3.

Luggage Storage & Lockers -A left luggage rooms are available. Locations: Terminal 1, near Gate 4 • Terminal 2, near Gate 8. Rates: Unknown.

Medical Services – If you feel unwell or injure yourself, medical centers can be found throughout the airport. Locations:

  • Terminal 1: Airside, Departures Hall, near No.3 VIP Lounge • Landside, Arrivals Hall, near entrance.
  • Terminal 2: Airside, Departures Hall, between Gate 23-26 • Airside, Departures Hall, Gate 47 • Landside, Arrivals Hall, Baggage Claim Area.

Mobile Charging – Mobile charging ports are available for free at certain restaurants: Lemobar (Terminal 2, Arrival Hall, patio area) • Rongtai (Terminal 2, Departure Hall, Behind Island A). At the time of this update we cannot confirm the availability of mobile charging stations elsewhere in the terminals.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Showers are available in certain Joy Boarding Lounges:

  • Terminal 1: Lounge No.1 • No. 2 • No.3
  • Terminal 2: Lounge No. 7 • No. 9 • No. 17

Smoking – Smoking is permitted in the smoking rooms. Locations: Terminal 2, boarding area.

Telephones – the airport has 38 telephones located throughout the airport which provide free internet service, stock quotes, games and free local calls of up to 3 minutes.

Airport Hours

As of this update, we were unable to confirm airport hours of operation. We recommend that you read a few reviews before deciding to sleep in the airport overnight. If you know the airport hours, click here to update this airport guide.


Changsha airport is served by the following airlines: Air China • Air Macau • Asiana Airlines • Chengdu • China Eastern Airlines • China Southern • China West Airlines • Deer Air • Dragon Air • Grand China • Hainan Airlines • Hong Kong Airlines • Korean Airlines • Kunming Airlines • Lion Air • Lucky Air • Juneyao Airlines • Okay Airways • Shandong Airlines • Shanghai Airlines • Shenzhen Airlines • Sichuan Airlines • Spring Airlines • Thai Air Asia • Tianjin Airlines • Tibet Airways • Xiamen Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Airport Shuttle

Airport coaches offer convenient, scheduled service between CSX airport and downtown Changsha, railway stations, and more. The bus to Changsha operates from 7:30AM until the scheduled last flight. The fare ranges from CYN 16 – CYN 30.5 depending on destinations.

Hotel Shuttles

At the time of this update, we were unable to find any hotels that provide hotel shuttle service; however, there are several hotels that can arrange transfers for a fee.

See Airport Hotels above.


Maglev offers scenic views, although often in a blur, as trains travel with record speed between the airport and South Railway Station, with a stop along the way. Connection to Metro Line 2 available at South Railway Station. The fare to the Railway station is RMB 20. For more route and fare information visit the airport website.


Metered taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area, but this is an expensive and notoriously unsafe method of travel to and from the airport.

Last updated: 2022-01-25

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.