Sleeping in Airports

Haikou Airport Guide

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

HAK Airport Overview

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

What to Expect

haikou airport guideHaikou Meilan Airport (Code: HAK) consists of two connected terminals, each dedicated to domestic and international flights, respectively. While at the airport, travellers will find a variety of shops, dining options and WiFi to help pass the time. For economy class passengers looking for added comfort, there is the option to access one of the airport lounges. For rates and locations, see our Airport Lounges section below. Beware of taxi scams and surge pricing after the airport shuttle stops operating at midnight. See our Transportation section for more information.

Where to Sleep

The arrivals area provides two seating areas which are suited for sleeping, although the seats are said to be hard. One airport sleeper recommends choosing your spot early, or else you may need to sleep on the floor. Sleeping near the coffee machine is discouraged as the audio instructions are particularly loud. Due to the uncomfortable seating, lights and nosiness, it is advised to come prepared with a sleeping mask, ear plugs and a sleeping bag/mat, if possible. For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels within walking distance of the airport, though only one provides an airport shuttle. See locations in the Airport Hotels section below 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.

For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Haikou Airport Guide.

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 Haikou Meilan Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Aviation Tourist City Hotel – (located on airport premises) No airport shuttle, but the hotel can be reached on foot. » Check Rates
  • Haikou Meiya Hotel – (3 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle, but the hotel can be reached on foot within 15 minutes if travelling light. » Check Rates
  • Haikou Meile Hotel Meilan Airport – (3 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle, but the hotel can be reached on foot within 15 minutes if travelling light. » Check Rates
  • Eadry Royal Garden Hotel – (5 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Haikou 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 by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or 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!

China Southern First/Business Class Lounge – Location: Domestic Terminal, Airside, 3rd Floor, opposite Gate 13.  Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.

China Southern Sky Pearl Lounge – Location: Domestic Terminal, Airside, 3rd Floor, opposite Gate 13.  Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.

HNA Club – Location: Domestic Terminal, Airside, 2nd Floor, near Gate 19. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.

Golden Century VIP Lounge – Location: Domestic Terminal, Airside, 3rd Floor, opposite Gate 12. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.

First Class Lounge – Location: multiple locations – in the Domestic and International lounges. Access: Pay at the Door.

Business Lounge – Location: Domestic Terminal, Landside, Level 2, left side of Door 5, opposite the Security Channel in Concourse B. Access: Pay at the Door.

Easy Flying Lounge – Location: Domestic Terminal, Airside, 2nd floor, near Gate 3. Access: Pay at the Door.

Related Pages: Haikou Airport Lounges

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available in Haikou Meilan Airport. Connect to the “Airport WiFi Free-Meilan” or “@AIRPORT-FREE-WiFi” network. Mobile number or WeChat account required for log-in.

In addition to free WiFi, the airport offers internet stations free of charge, equipped with all-in-one PC’s and iPads. You can find them: International terminal boarding gates (4 sets) • Domestic terminal, Gate 9 (4 sets) • Domestic Terminal, Gate 14 (6 sets) • Domestic Terminal, Gates 50-53 (5 sets).

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: International Departures Hall, opposite the Information Counter • Domestic Departures, opposite of entrance/exit Door 2 • Domestic Departures, west wing • Domestic Departures, opposite Gate 2.

Baby Care Facilities – Feed and care for your baby in comfort and privacy in the Mother and Child Room. Changing table, wash basin, comfortable couch and more are available. Two locations: Domestic terminal, airside, opposite boarding gate 20 • International terminal, landside, right side of the Departures Hall.

Currency Exchange – Tonghui Currency Co. offers currency exchange in these locations: International Departures (opposite First Class lounge) and International Arrivals (left of exit). Hours: Open from 1st international flight of the day until the last.

Drinking Water – Thirsty? Multiple drinking water fountains are available free of charge throughout both the domestic and international terminals.

Duty Free & Shopping – DFS Hainan Market offers duty-free shopping in the International terminal from 9:00AM – 11:00PM. A wide variety of goods, produce, souvenirs, local crafts, and more are available for purchase from a selection of shops and mini markets in both terminals, some of which are open 24 hours or at a minimum according to flight schedules.

Food & Drink – Food concessions throughout the airport operate on varying schedules, with many open according to daily flight schedules. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. Some of the food options are: Baskin-Robbins • Burger King • Cafe Ritazza • Esenco Illy • McDonald’s • Mengzi Noodle Shop • Spices • Starbucks • Toasty Toasty.

Information Desk – Have any questions? Visit the airport’s information desk located in the Departure Hall.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Available. Location: Domestic Terminal, 1st Floor, opposite Gate 2 Door • Domestic Terminal, 2nd Floor, near Check-In Counter #17 • International Terminal, reception area. Hours and rates: not known.

Luggage Wrapping – Protect your bags from theft and damage by having your bags wrapped in plastic. Fee: unknown. Hours: Unknown. Location: Domestic Terminal, Landside, 2nd Floor, Gate 2 and Gate 4 • International Terminal, landside, near Check-In Counter #106. (Hours: according to flight schedules).

Medical Services – Medical services are available in 4 locations: Emergency center, airport functional area • First-aid station, Domestic Terminal Building, Gate 1 • Emergency room, Domestic Terminal, opposite Boarding Gate 16 • Emergency room, International Terminal Building, landside.

Mobile Charging – A mobile charging station is available Airside, in the Domestic Departures Hall, near Gate 27.

Postal Services – Send your last minute postcards to friends and family with the airport’s complimentary postal services. Location: At the Information Desk, Departure Hall.

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 – Some bathrooms are equipped with shower apparatuses in the west corridor of the airport.

Smoking – Smoking is prohibited within the airport. There are designated smoking areas located outside the entrances of the domestic terminal.

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.


Haikou airport is served by the following airlines: Air Changan • Air China • Air Guilin • Air Philippines • Asiana Airlines • Capital Airlines • Cambodia Angkor Air • China AirlinesChina Eastern Airlines • China Express • China Southern • China United Airlines • Chengdu Airlines • Colorful Guizhou Airlines • Dalian Airlines • Donghai Airlines • Dragon Air • Fuzhou Airlines • Far Eastern Air Transport • GX Airlines • Hainan Airlines • Hebei Airlines • Hong Kong Airlines • Jetstar Asia • Jiangxi Airlines • Juneyao Airlines • Kunming Airlines • Lion Air • Loong Air • Lucky Air • Malaysia Airlines • Malindo Air • NokAir • Ok Air • Pegas Fly • Qingdao Airlines • Scoot • Shandong Airlines • Shanghai Airlines • Shenzhen Airlines • Sichuan Airlines • Sriwijaya Air • Suparna Airlines • Tianjin Airlines • T’way Air • Urumqi Air • West Air • Xiamen Air • 9 Air.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Public bus line 41 links the airport with Haikou Port. Buses run from 6:00AM – 10:00PM. Fare is up to RMB 6 for a single ride ticket, depending on your destination. The bus stop is at Entrance A of Meilan Station. For route information, visit the Haikou Meilan International Airport website.

Public Bus

Public bus line 41 links the airport with Haikou Port. Buses run every 25 minutes from 6:15AM – 9:00PM. Fare is up to RMB 5 for a single ride ticket, depending on your destination. The bus stop is at Entrance A of Meilan Station. For route information, visit the Haikou Meilan International Airport website.


Metered taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area, accessible from Gate 3 on the 1st floor of the Arrivals hall. For safety reasons, only hire licensed taxis and always insist on using the meter.


Donghuan high-speed rail system connects the airport (via Meilan Station) to the city center. To access Meilan Station from the terminal, walk from Gate 2 on the 2nd floor of the Departures hall, or Gate 2 on the 1st floor of the Arrivals hall. For further information, visit the Haikou Meilan International Airport website.

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.