Sleeping in Airports

Qingdao Airport Guide

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

Enough seats are provided there. Also benches for sleeping. – Stephen

TAO Airport Overview

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

What to Expect

Qingdao Airport (code: TAO) has two large terminals that handle dozens of domestic and international routes. There are over 30 eateries and shops, though none seem to be open 24 hours. WiFi is available inside three airport lounges, which economy class passengers can pay to enter. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.

Where to Sleep

This airport seems to close nightly, so have a backup plan if you’re camping out. For uninterrupted sleep, hotels in walking distance offer free shuttle service. See our Airport Hotels section below for locations 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 Qingdao 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 Qingdao Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Holiday Inn Qingdao Parkview – (7 minute walk from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available on schedule. » Check Rates
  • Qingdao Kuaitong International Hotel – (7 minute walk from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available on request (must pre-book). » Check Rates
  • Pullman Qingdao Ziyue – (5 minute drive from the airport) Airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Qingdao 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 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!

  • First Class Lounge – Multiple Locations – (1) Domestic Terminal and (1) International Terminal.
  • Golden Century Lounge – Location: Domestic Terminal, Landside, 2nd Floor, Area E, near Entrance Door 4. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes.

Airport WiFi/Internet

WiFi is available at Qingdao Airport inside the lounges. [ see Airport Lounges above ] At the time of this update, we did not have any information about WiFi availability elsewhere in the terminal. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

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: Departure Hall, South of Entrance Gate 3 in Terminal Building, 2F • North side of Gate 4, Terminal Building, 2F • Opposite of the gates of the Domestic Departure Zone 15.

Business Center – Send faxes, make copies, scan and more, at the Airport Business Center. Location: West Side of Gate 3, 2nd Floor. Hours: 5:30AM – last flight.

Currency Exchange – Three different companies provide services in four locations at the airport. International Arrivals • International Departure Hall (2 locations) • Domestic Hall.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free is available and there are several shops including a 7-Eleven which is open from 5:00AM – Last flight.

Food & Drinks – The airport offers over 25 restaurants; however, it does not appear that any are open for 24 hours.

Information Desk – Information desks can be found in both the Domestic and International Terminals. Exact locations are unknown.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Luggage storage is available in the Business Center, West of Gate 3, 2F. Hours: 6:30AM – Last Flight. Rates: unknown, but hourly and daily rentals are available as well as lockers and shelf storage.

Luggage Wrapping – Protect your bags from theft and damage by having your bags wrapped in plastic. Available at four locations throughout the airport.

Medical Services – If you feel unwell or injure yourself, a medical center can be found at Counter A, Domestic Departure Area, 2F.

Mobile Charging – There are at least 20 mobile charging stations located in both the Domestic and International 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 – Not available.

Airport Hours

While it appears that this airport closes for several hours at night, as of this update, we were unable to confirm airport hours of operation.  If you know the airport hours, click here to update this airport guide.


Qingdao airport is served by the following airlines: Air BusanAir China • Air Guilin • Air MacauAll Nippon AirwaysAsiana • Beijing Capital Airlines • Cathay Dragon • Chengdu Airlines • China AirlinesChina Eastern AirlinesChina Southern • GX Airlines • Hainan Airlines • Hebei Airlines • Hongtu Airlines • Jeju AirJuneyao AirlinesKorean Air • Kunming Airlines • Lucky Air • LufthansaNOK •  Okay Airways • Qingdao Airlines • ScootShandong Airlines • Shanghai Airlines • Shenzhen Airlines • Sichuan Airlines • Spring Airlines • Tianjin Airlines • T’way Airlines • Uni Air • Xiamen Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

To rent a car, visit the Airport Tourist Service Center.

Public Transportation

The airport is well connected to the public transportation system with at least eight bus connections. Whether you are looking to connect to downtown or looking for a long distance bus, there should be an option for you.


Taxis are located in the underground parking garage of Terminal 2. Two types of taxis are available; Deluxe taxis which charge 12 YUAN and ordinary taxis which charge 9 YUAN (metered taxis). As of this update, a sample fare to Hong Kong Middle Road is 107 RMB (deluxe) or 85 RMB (ordinary).

Last updated: 2020-06-17

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.