Sleeping in Airports

Chengdu Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Chengdu 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.

Although it’s called an international airport, it really doesn’t strike me as such  – a traveller

CTU Airport Overview

chengdu airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport.

What to Expect

Chengdu Airport (code: CTU) is spread over two large, modern terminals: Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Amenities include massage chairs, a wide range of eateries, both Chinese and Western, plus a variety of shops. Most bathrooms feature squat toilets, but Western toilets are available to those willing to look. Free WiFi helps pass the time.  For added comfort while you wait, economy class passengers can pay to enter an airport lounge. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for its location and access information.

Where to Sleep

It is unclear whether overnight stays are permitted. If you want to risk it, know that some seats are armrest-free and it is generally quiet. Otherwise, for uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer shuttle service and most are quite affordable. 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 Chengdu Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Transfer Lounge – A reader tells us there is a transfer lounge in Terminal 1, where you can find showers, couches, hourly beds and more.  Unfortunately, we do not have exact location or rates.  If you know, click here to update this airport guide.
  • Chengdu Airport Hotel – (3 minutes from the airport) Located opposite Terminal 1. The hotel is a 5 minute walk from the airport, but you have to cross a main road. The hotel has a free airport shuttle; however, you must call the hotel for pick up. Unless you have a lot of luggage, it may be quicker to walk to the hotel. » Check Rates
  • Chengdu Airport Express Hotel – (4 minutes from the airport) Located east of Terminal 2. Free airport shuttle is available for pick up (on request) if you need it. » Check Rates
  • Civil Aviation Julong Airport Hotel – (2 minutes from the airport) Located 500m from Terminals 1 & 2. Free airport shuttle is available for pick up (on request) if you need it. » Check Rates
  • Jinjiang Inn Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport Branch – (7 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Chengdu 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 are lounges 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!

  • First Class Lounge – Location: multiple locations in Terminal 1 and 2. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.
  • Transfer Lounge – see “Airport Hotels” below.

Related Pages: Chengdu Airport Lounges

Airport WiFi/Internet

WiFi is available at Chendgu Airport inside the lounges. [ see Airport Lounges above ]

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: landside and airside in both terminals.

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

Business Center – Location: Terminal 2, 4F

Currency Exchange – Services are available at the following locations:

  • Terminal 1: Travelex – next to Door No. 1 on 2nd floor (departure hall)  •   ICE Currency – next to Exit No. 1 on 1st floor (entrance hall) •  Ice Currency – Check in Counter W20-21.
  • Terminal 2: Bank of China – next to Door No. 9  • ICE Currency – next to security Gate FG (domestic departure hall)

Drinking Water – Thirsty? Drinking water fountains are available free of charge. Locations: there are many locations in Terminals 1 and 2 (landside and airside).

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free is available in T2 while both Terminals offer a large variety of other shops to pass the time.

Food & Drinks – There are a variety of restaurants available both airside and landside. There are also vending machines available.

Information Desk – Yes. Location: Terminal 1, Check-in Hall, near Gate 5 • Terminal 2, Check-in Hall, near Gate 11 • Terminal 2, Airside, Corridor DE in Departures. Hours: unknown.

Luggage Packing – Yes. Location: Terminal 1, entrances of corridor B and C in Domestic check-in Hall • Terminal 2, services can be found at 5 entrances of the Check-in Hall. Hours: 2.5 hours prior to first flight departure and closes 45 minutes before the last flight. Rates: Not known.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Locations: Terminal 1, Departures Hall, between Gate 6 and 7 • Terminal 2, behind check-in counter N/P. Hours for both locations: 4:30AM – 11:00PM).

Massage Chairs – Massage chairs can be found scattered throughout both terminals. Rates: unknown.

Medical Services – Available in Terminal 1, Airside, near Gates 101 and 118 • Terminal 2, Airside, near Gates 138 and 168.

Mobile Charging – Yes

Prayer Room – Located beside Gate 104. Hours: unknown.

Rest Zones – A reader tells us there is a free transit lounge located Airside. Apparently, the lounge is equipped with loungers that you can sleep and lie down on.   Aside from it being located Airside, we do not have additional location details.  (January 2020)

Smoking – A smoking room is available. Location: Terminal 1, 2F Departures, Airside, Pier B and Pier C • Terminal 2, 3F, Pier D, E and between Piers F/G.

Showers – Showers are available in the lounges. [ see Airport Lounges above ]. A reader mentioned that showers are available Airside, near the Rest Zone with comfortable couches.

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.


Chengdu airport is served by the following airlines: Air Asia X • Air China • Air Macau • Air Mauritius • Air Seychelles • All Nippon AirwaysAsiana AirlinesBangkok Airways • Beijing Capital • Cathay Dragon • Chengdu Airlines • China AirlinesChina Eastern Airlines • China Express • China Southern Airlines • China United • Donghai Airlines • Ethiopian Airlines • Etihad Airways • EVA Air • Far Eastern Air • Garuda Indonesia • GX Airlines • Hainan Airlines • Hebei Airlines • Hong Kong Airlines • Hongtu Airlines • Juneyao Airlines • KLM • Kunming Airlines • LAO Airlines • Loong Air • Lucky Air • Maldivian •Malindo Air • NOK Air • Okay Airways • Qatar Airways • Qingdao Airlines • Ruili • Shandong Airlines • Shanghai Airlines • Shenzhen Airlines • Sichuan Airlines • SilkAir • Sky Angkor Airlines • Spring Airlines • Thai AirAsia • Thai Airways • Thai Lion Air • Tianjin Airlines • Tibet Airlines • United Airlines • Urumqi Air • Vietnam Airlines • Xiamen Air.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

Car rentals are available. Additional details are not known.

High Speed Train

The Inter City High Speed Train have a station at the airport. Additional details are not known.

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.

Intercity Buses

Bus routes that service areas outside of Chengdu can be accessed on inter-city buses that depart between Terminals 1 and 2.

Inter-Terminal Shuttle

Chengdu Airport operates a shuttle bus to transport passengers between Terminal 1 and 2.The shuttle runs between 6:00AM – 12:00AM.

Shuttle Buses

There are multiple shuttle bus options that depart from the airport to surrounding areas. For more information about pick-up locations, routes and schedules visit the airport website.


Subway Line No. 10 connects to both terminals and provides easy access to the city center. Subway service starts at 6:05AM and ends at 11:40PM.


At Terminal 1, the taxis are located outside Gate 2 near the Arrivals Hall. While at Terminal 2, you can find the taxis at Gates 4 and 5 near the Arrivals Hall.

Last updated: 2021-10-20

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.