Sleeping in Airports

Guangzhou Airport Guide

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

I saw a few of the local chinese passengers enter the black flaps where the luggage comes out from. A short while later, they emerged with their luggages, dusted themselves and moved off. – a traveller

Guangzhou 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 Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport.

What to Expect

Guangzhou Airport (Code: CAN) has two terminals. Terminal 1 is the oldest and has two concourses (A and B). Terminal 2 opened in 2018 and is one of the largest terminals in the world. Despite its size, travellers report a relative scarcity of eateries, shops and related services. Eateries close by about 11:00 PM, so plan accordingly if you stay overnight. WiFi is available, and additional comfort can be found through fee-based access to one of the airport’s many first-class lounges. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and rates.

Guangzhou Airport Guide
(Photo courtesy of XiaoHei / 06Oct2014)

Sleeping in Guangzhou Airport

While reviewers have called the airport “boring,” perhaps this is conducive to sleep, as sleeping overnight seems to be rated as generally good, with plenty of comfortable armrest-free seating scattered throughout the terminal. Try the restaurant level, one level below the departures area, or the departure hall near the H and J counters. Bring earplugs/noise-cancelling headphones and warm clothes or a travel blanket to ward off noise and cold temperatures. Explore our guide to sleeping in Guangzhou Airport or read traveller airport reviews for more tips. For uninterrupted sleep, there is a 70-room hourly hotel in the airport’s departures hall and other hotels nearby. See locations in the Airport Hotels section below.

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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 hoursAirport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

airport hotelsAirport Hotels

If sleeping in the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels and sleep lounges at Guangzhou Airport and some nearby hotels:

  • Aerotel Guangzhou – Located inside Terminal 2, Airside, International Departures. Private relaxation cabins have single or double beds and shared or private showers according to room category. » Check Rates
  • Hourly Passenger Lounge – Located inside Terminal 1, Departures Hall, on B1. This mini-hotel contains 70 guest rooms (12 First Class and 58 Business Class). Each guest room has a single or double bed, desk, TV, Wi-Fi, battery charging, and drinking water. Facilities include showers and baggage storage.
  • Business Class Room – Hourly Room: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM @ RMB25 per hour to a max of RMB100; 4:00 PM -8:00 AM @ RMB50 per hour for the first four hours and RMB25 per hour from the fifth hour until 8:00 AM to a max of RMB260.
  • Pullman Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Hotel – This hotel is connected to Terminal 1 via a walkway from Gate 12 of the Departure Hall. From Terminal 2, take the shuttle bus from Gate 46. Day rooms are available for stays up to 6 hours from 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM.   » Check Rates
Hotels near the airport
  • Southern Airline Pearl Hotel – A free airport shuttle is available upon request. » Check Rates
  • Ausotel Smart Baiyun Airport – A free airport shuttle is available upon request. » Check Rates

China Southern Airlines provides free hotel accommodation to passengers with a transfer time of 8 hours or longer in Guangzhou. First, Business and Sky Pearl Gold members will be provided 4 or 5-star hotel accommodation; while Economy and Premium Economy passengers will receive 4 star hotel accommodation. On arrival at Guangzhou, you should proceed to the Transfer Desk, where an agent will prepare a voucher. In addition to the hotel, you will receive breakfast (if applicable) and transportation to/from the hotel. For more info, visit the China Southern web site, call 0086-20-8612 4008 or send an email to nhzz@csair.com. Additionally, if you have access to the China Southern Business Class Lounge, a reviewer mentioned that there are bedrooms available for use. Staff members can provide you with a key.

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Guangzhou Airport that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

airport loungeAirport 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 by purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Domestic Departures
  • Air China Premium Lounge – Location: Airside, Departures Level 3, near Gates A113 – A123. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.
  • China Eastern First Class Lounge – Location: Airside, Departures Level 3, near Gates A13 – A18 and A124 – A133. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.
  • China Southern Airlines Sky Pearl Vip Lounge – Location: Terminal 2, Airside, Level 3. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs. Hours: 5:45AM – 9:00PM.
  • Premium Lounge – Location: Multiple Locations in Terminal 1 & 2. . Showers are available. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.
International Departures
  • China Southern Airlines Sky Pearl Vip Lounge – Location: Terminal 2, Airside, Level 4. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs. Hours: 4:30AM – last flight.
  • Library Lounge – Location: Airside, Level 4. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.
  • Premium Lounge – Location: Multiple Locations in Terminal 1 & 2. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.
  • Easy-Boarding Lounge – Location: Terminal 2, Airside, 3rd Floor. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs. Hours: 6:30AM – 9:30PM.

Related Pages: Guangzhou Airport Lounges

water bottle refillsDrinking Water

Thirsty? Drinking water fountains are available free of charge. Locations: Airside, near the departure gates.

foodFood & Drinks

Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. These options are open 24 hours: XIAO Noodles (Terminal 1, 1st Floor) ▪ KFC ( Terminal 1, 1st Floor ▪ Terminal 2, 4th Floor ▪ Terminal 2, Domestic Arrivals, 1st Floor, near Gate 50).

Luggage StorageLuggage Storage

At one point, there were six luggage storage locations: Domestic baggage hall (Gate 16) ▪ International departure hall (Gate 8) ▪ Domestic arrival hall zone B (2 locations) ▪ International arrival hall (2 locations). We could not confirm this at the time of our September 2023 update. If you know whether they are still there, click here to update this guide.

mobile chargingMobile Charging

Charging stations are located throughout both terminals.

  • Terminal 1: 3rd Floor, Check-ins ▪ 1st Floor, Gate 21, 22, 27, 28.
  • Terminal 2: under most passenger seats

rest zonesRest & Relaxation

No dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones exist. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

showersShowers

Showers are available in most of the airport lounges.  See Airport Lounges above.

wifiAirport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Guangzhou airport. Connect to the “airport-free WIFI” network. You will be asked to authenticate yourself every five hours. This can be done by mobile phone, WeChat, or at the number retrieval machines through your passport, ID card, or boarding pass. Retrieval machines are located throughout both terminals. Locations: Terminal 1, (3) East One Corridor, near the service desk; (1) East One Corridor, near Gate A01; (2) East Two Corridor, near Gate A113; (1) East Two Corridor, near Gate A07, (1) International Arrivals.

airport infoMore Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

Business Center – At one point, limited business services and complimentary coffee and tea used to be available at the Golden Century Business Center located at the Main Terminal Southeast Region. We could not confirm this at the time of our September 2023 update. If you know whether they are still there, click here to update this guide.

Dressing Rooms – After a long flight, you may want to change from your flight clothes to streetwear or business attire. Instead of changing your clothes in the bathroom, there are dressing rooms that allow you to do so in a more comfortable environment. Equipped with mirrors, tables, chairs and hooks, you will find changing rooms in the following locations:

  • Terminal 1: 2nd Floor, East Three Corridor ▪ 1st Floor, West One Arrival Area ▪ First Floor, West Three Arrival Area ▪ 1st Floor, East Three Arrival Area.
  • Terminal 2: (2) Domestic Baggage Claim ▪ (2) International Baggage Claim ▪ (1) 2nd Floor, North Corridor ▪ (1) 2nd Floor, West Corridor ▪ (1) 2nd Floor, East Six Corridor ▪ (1) 3rd Floor, East Corridor.

Family Services

  • Strollers – Baby strollers are available to use for free throughout the airport.
  • Mobility Services– Free electromobile pickup service is available for passengers in need, such as pregnant, elderly, passengers with children and those who are physically challenged in moving around.
  • Dedicated area for nursing, feeding, reading and playing with children, as well as for sleeping and other functional activities for kids. Locations:
    • Terminal 1: near all washrooms in the Departure Hall ▪ 3rd Floor, East Three Corridor, near VIP Lounge ▪ 3rd Floor, West One Corridor ▪ 3rd Floor, West Two Corridor, Air China Lounge ▪ 3rd Floor, West Three Corridor.
    • Terminal 2: near all washrooms in the Departure Hall ▪ 2nd Floor, north corridor (Near Gate B173) ▪ 2nd Floor, west corridor (Near Gate B50) ▪ East corridor ( Near Gate 155).

Information Desk – Four Information Desks are available. Services such as document printing, scanning, faxing and even visa, insurance or air ticket booking can be done at the Information desk. Locations:

  • Terminal 1: near Gate 2, 6, 7, 9, 20, 29 ▪ opposite Gate E3, W1, and W3.
  • Terminal 2: Domestic Area, near Gates K35 and K26 ▪ International Area, near Gates L01 and L36

Luggage

  • Baggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage trolleys are available.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers – see “Luggage Storage & Lockers” above.
  • Luggage wrapping – Luggage wrapping services are available in both terminals. Locations:
    • Terminal 1: near Gate 2 (Hours: 5:00 AM – 9:00 PM) ▪ near Gate 6 (Hours: 24 hours) ▪ near Gate 11(Hours: 24 hours) ▪ near Gate 15 (Hours: 5:00 AM – 9:00 PM).
    • Terminal 2: near Gate 42 ▪ near Gate 45 ▪ near Gate 47 (Hours: 24 hours).

Massage Chairs – At one point, multipoint electronic massage chairs were available in the Chen Yi Massage Chair Experience Center. We could not confirm this at the time of our September 2023 update. If you know whether they are still there, click here to update this guide.

Medical Services

  • Medical Services – Urgent and emergency medical care are available from any of the three locations:
    • Terminal 1: 3rd Floor, near International Check-ins ▪ 3rd Floor, West Two Corridor ▪ 1st Floor, near Gate 27 ▪ near Gate A102 ▪ near Gate A125. Hours: 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM
    • Terminal 2: 2nd Floor, Domestic Arrivals ▪ 1st Floor, Domestic Baggage Claim ▪ 2nd Floor, Conjunction between North and West Corridors. Hours: 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM.
  • Pharmacy – Location: Tong Ren Tang – Terminal 1, Airside, near Gate A133 (Hours: 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM), Terminal 2, Airside, near Gate A152 (7:00 AM – 10:00 PM), Terminal 2, Airside, 2nd Floor (7:00 AM – 10:00 PM) ▪ Jianmin Pharmacy – Terminal 2, 1st Floor, Domestic Arrivals, near Gate 50 (7:00 AM – 10:00 PM) ▪ Da Shen Lin Drug Store – Terminal 1, 1st Floor, near Gate 22 (Hours: Unknown)

Money

  • ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs, operated by China Guangfa Bank and Agricultural Bank Of China, are available 24 hours a day. Fees may apply, so check your bank’s fee schedule and daily withdrawal limit if you travel internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Terminal 1, 3rd Floor, Departure Hall, near Gate 8 ▪ Terminal 1, Departure Hall, near Gate 16 ▪ Terminal 1, 1st Floor, near Gate 21 ▪ Terminal 2, 3rd Floor, Departure Hall. (Hours: 24 hours).
  • Banking – China Guangfa Bank – Terminal 1, Gate 16, Departure Hall (24 hours), Terminal 2, 3rd Floor, Departure Hall (24 hours) • Agricultural Bank of China – Gate 8, Departure Hall (24 hours).
  • Currency Exchange – Foreign exchange services are available in several locations. Ice Currency Exchange – Terminal 1, Arrivals Hall ▪ Terminal 1, Departure Hall (Hours: 24 hours). United Money Currency Exchange – Terminal 1, 3rd Floor (Hours: 6:00 AM – 11:00 PM) ▪ Fanghui Currency Exchange – (2) Terminal 1, 3rd Floor (Hours: 24 hours) ▪ Terminal 1, 1st Floor, International Arrivals, opposite Gate 53 (Hours: 6:00 AM – 1:30 AM) ▪ Terminal 1, East One Corridor, Area A (Hours: 24 hours) ▪ Terminal 1, Arrival Hall, near Gate A5 (Hours: 7:00 AM – 11:00 PM).
  • TAX Refunds – Get your VAT Refund at the two Tax Refund Counters. Locations: Terminal 1, 3rd Floor, East Corridor (Hours: 24 hours) • Terminal 2, Airside, International Departure Area.

Movie Theatre – A movie theatre used to be available on the 1st Floor of the Main Terminal. Unfortunately, we could not confirm this at the time of our September 2023 update. If you know whether they are still there, click here to update this guide.

Police & Security – A police station can be found in both terminals. Locations: Terminal 1, 3rd Floor, Departure Hall, near Gate 1(Hours: 5:00 AM – 12:00 AM) ▪ Terminal 2, 3rd Floor, near Check-in Area H (Hours: 5:00 AM – 12:00 AM).

Post Office – Two locations are available. Main Terminal, 3rd Floor, near Gate 9 (9:00 AM – 5:00 PM) ▪ Main Terminal, Area D/E, Check-in Hall, 3rd Floor (9:00 AM – 8:00 PM).

SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Shopping – Duty-free shopping and various retail shops and convenience stores are available.

Showers – Showers are available in several lounges. [ see Airport Lounges above ]

Smoking Areas – The airport is equipped with a total of 16 smoking rooms. Ten of these are located in Terminal 1, and the remaining six are in Terminal 2.

Spa & Salon Services – Foot or body massage, beauty salon services and more are available at Caven Beauty – Terminal 2, 4th Floor (open 24 hours).

Airlines
Guangzhou Airport is served by the following airlines: 9 Air • Aeroflot Russian Airlines • Air Guilin • Air Tanzania • AirAsia Philippines • All Nippon Airways • Asiana Airlines • Beijing Capital Airlines • Biman Bangladesh Airlines • Cambodia Angkor Air • Cathay Pacific • Cebu Pacific • Chengdu Airlines • China Airlines • China Eastern Airlines • China Southern Airlines • China United Airlines • Chongqing Airlines • Egyptair • Emirates • Ethiopian Airlines • Etihad Airways • EVA Air • Finnair • Garuda Indonesia • Guangxi Beibu Gulf Airlines • Hainan Airlines • Hebei Airlines • Iraqi Airways • Japan Airlines • Juneyao Airlines • Kenya Airways • Korean Airlines • Kunming Airlines • Kuwait Airways • Lanmei Airlines • Lao Airlines • Loong Airlines • Lucky Air • Mahan Air • Malaysia Airlines • Malindo Air • Mongolian Airlines • Myanmar Airways International • Okay Airways • Philippine Airlines • Qatar Airways • Saudia • Scoot • Shandong Airlines • Shanghai Airlines • Shenzhen Airlines • Sichuan Airlines • Singapore Airlines • Spring Airlines • SriLankan Airlines • Thai AirAsia • Thai Airways • Thai Lion Air • Tianjin Airlines • Tibet Airlines • Turkish Airlines • Urumqi Air • US Bangla Airlines • Vietnam Airlines • West Air • XiamenAir.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

Car rental agencies can be found in following locations: Terminal 1, Arrivals, near Gate 7 (Hours: 7:30AM – 2:00AM) • Terminal 1, Arrivals, near Gate 10 (Hours: 7:30AM – last flight). • Terminal 2, near Gate 51 and 53 (Hours: 6:00AM – 10:00PM).

City Buses

Four Airport Express lines connect Baiyun Airport to the city centre, departing in 20 – 30 minute intervals. These buses stop at major hotels, bus and railway stations, and the Grand Plaza and transportation centre. Connections to Zengcheng and Conghua are also available via local bus.

Hotel Shuttles

A few hotels provide airport shuttle service: Ausotel Smart Baiyun Airport • Pullman Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Hotel •  Southern Airline Pearl Hotel.

See also Airport Hotels above.

Inter-Terminal Shuttle

The airport provides a free metro service between the two terminals.

Intracity Buses

There are just under 20 scheduled round-trip intercity bus services which link the airport to Dongguan, Foshan, Huizhou, Jiangmen, Shenzhen, Shunde, Taishan and more. Travel times vary, but buses depart at hourly intervals from various gates at the airport’s Arrivals lobby. Visit the Airport Intercity Bus Ticket Counter for details and tickets.

Metro / Subway

Guangzhou Metro Line 3 links the airport (to the Tianhe District in Guangzhou city centre (Tiyu Xilu Station), with several stops along the way, including Guangzhou East Railway Station. The airport has two main metro stations: Airport South Station, in Terminal 1, and Airport North Station, in Terminal 2. Transfers are available at Jia He Wang Gang metro stop to Metro Line 2, connecting to Guangzhou Southern Railway Station, served by high-speed intercity trains to and from Wuhan, Zhuhai and other cities.

Taxis

Metered taxis are available. Taxi stops can be found in Terminal 1, Arrival Area A, outside of Gate A5 and A12, and in Arrival Area B, outside of Gate B4 and B5. In Terminal 2, passengers can get a taxi outside the International Arrival Hall, near Gate 53.

Last updated: 2024-01-30

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, is 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 websites. 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.