Sleeping in Airports

Dunhuang Airport Guide

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

It’s a small terminal where passengers are only allowed to enter within a few hours of the scheduled flight. – a traveller

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at Dunhuang Airport.

What to Expect

  • Passengers are not permitted to enter the airport until a few hours prior to their flight. The waiting area inside of the terminal is very small.
  • There are no cafes or shops in the airport, so eat beforehand!
  • Economy class passengers can pay to enter the airport’s first class lounge. See our Airport Lounges section for locations.

Where to Sleep

  • Given that passengers are no permitted to enter the airport until an hour before their flights, it is very unlikely that sleeping in this airport overnight would be possible.
  • There are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

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.

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 (ie. Priority Pass). 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!

Airport Hotels

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

  • Super 8 Dunhuang Feng Qing Cheng – (15 min from the airport) No airport shuttle. Please note: This hotel does not accept foreign credit cards. Foreign guests must pay in local currency only. » Check Rates
  • Sun Grand Hotel Dunhuang – (15 min from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel – (17 min from the airport) No airport shuttle » Check Rates

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

Airport WiFi/Internet

WiFi is available at Dunhuang Airport inside the lounges.

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

Baby Care Facilities – Nursing rooms are available. The rooms come equipped with a baby change table, sink, chairs and some toys. Location: unknown.

Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available free of charge in the Departure and Arrival Halls.

Changing Room – Should you wish to change from your airplane outfit to your street outfit, the airport offers a room to change your clothes.

Children’s Play Area – Available.

Drinking Water – Thirsty? Drinking water stations are available free of charge. The airport offers 3 types of water stations: water with disposable cups, water for reusable cups offers both hot/cold and the last one offers boiled water.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, write a review or email us at [email protected]

Multimedia Phones – Multimedia phones are located at some entrances of the Departure Hall and near every Boarding Gate in the Waiting Hall. An IC card is required and can be purchased at the IC phones and at the convenience store in the Departure Hall.

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Not available.

Smoking Areas – Smoking is permitted in designated smoking rooms.

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, please send an email to [email protected] and we will update this airport guide.


As of February 2018, Dunhuang airport is served by the following airlines: Sichuan Airlines • China Eastern • China Southern • Air China.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Hotel Shuttles

Some local hotels offer shuttle service to and from the airport. Contact your hotel of choice for availability and details.

Shuttle Bus

There is a shuttle bus which operates between the airport, Dunhuang Railway Station, Dunhuang Bus Station, Dunhuang Hotel and Dunhe Hotel. The shuttle starts at 9:40AM and continues throughout the day according to flight schedules. The return trip starts at the Dunhe Hotel and offers sporadic service, inquire on the bus. At the time of this December 2017 update, the rate is CNY 10/person and the trip takes approximately 20 minutes.


Flat-rate taxis are available for hire in the ground transportation area.

Last updated: 2018-10-23

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, write a review or send an email to [email protected] and we will update this guide.