Sleeping in Airports

Shanghai Hongqiao Airport Guide

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

At Hongqiao itself there doesn’t appear to be a place to sleep, and it’s awfully crowed anyway. – Rod

SHA 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 Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport.

What to Expect

shanghai hongqiao airport guideOf the city’s two major airports, Shanghai Hongqiao Airport (code: SHA) is located closer to the city center. Terminal 1 handles short-haul international flights, and the much larger Terminal 2 serves domestic traffic. Eateries and shops are plentiful, especially in T2, but most places shut down by 10:00 PM. Free Wi-Fi helps pass the time when you get bored of window shopping. Economy class passengers can pay to enter airport lounges in both terminals. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.

Sleeping in Hongqiao Airport

Past reviewers suggest that Terminal 2 closes nightly, around 10:00 PM, but a traveller in 2018 had no problem sleeping all night in T2, reporting armrest-free seating and dozens of other travellers. Have a backup plan, just in case. Earplugs can help combat typical airport noise. For uninterrupted sleep, hotels are within walking distance and offer free shuttle service. See the Airport Hotels section below for locations, or read traveller airport reviews for more tips.

To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos. You can also visit the airport’s website for current information.  For more airport information, continue scrolling down to explore more in our Shanghai Hongqiao 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 Hours

A reader tells us that the Domestic Terminal is open from approx. 4:00 AM – 10:00 PM. We do not have details about the International Terminal.

Hongqiao Airport Hotels

If sleeping in the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Hongqiao Airport:

  • Shanghai International Airport Hotel – (5-minute walk from the airport) Adjacent to Terminal 1. Free Airport transfers are available. Day rooms are available from 6:00 AM to 4:00 PM for 150 RMB/2-hour block (50 RMB per additional hour over 2 hours) and include airport shuttle service. » Check Rates
  • Argyle International Airport Hotel – (5-minute walk from the airport terminal) Located adjacent to Terminal 1, to the right of the Departures Level exit ramp. Airport pick-up service available. Free hourly shuttle to Terminal 2. » Check Rates
  • Boyue Shanghai Hongqiao Airport Hotel – Located in Terminal 2, a corridor connects the hotel to the airport check-in area. Shuttle service to Terminal 1 is available.  » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Shanghai Airport 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 learn how to gain access with just an economy class ticket!

Terminal 1
  • VIP Lounge – Location: Terminal 1, Landside, Domestic flights, Building A, next to Gate 5. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.
  • VIP Lounge V03 – Location: Terminal 1, Airside, International Departures. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.
Terminal 2
  • Golden Century VIP Lounge – Location: Terminal 2, Landside, Main Departure Hall, 3rd Floor, near Entrance Door 8.
  • First Class Lounge – Location: Terminal 2, Airside, Domestic Departures, near Gates 25 and 26. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.
  • V01 VIP International Lounge – Location: Terminal 2, Airside, Domestic Departures.  Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.

Related Pages: Hongqiao Airport Lounges

Drinking Water

Information is unavailable. Does the airport have water fountains or water bottle refill stations? Click here to update this guide.

Food & Drinks

At the time of this update, no 24-hour food and beverage concessions are available at this airport. You will find a good selection of food in both terminals. Hours: vary by restaurant, but many are open from 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM.

Luggage Storage & Lockers

Storage is available in these areas:

  • Terminal 1, near Gate 5, Departures Hall. Hours: Unknown.
  • Terminal 2, Arrivals Hall. Hours: 8:00 AM – 9:30 PM.

Rates for both locations: Small bag/15-25 yuan for 0-24 hours (rates increase at the 4 and 10-hour mark; large bag/30-45 yuan for 0-24 hours; oversized bags start at 50 yuan.

Mobile Charging

Both terminals provide many outlets where you can charge your mobile devices. There appear to be more available Airside – check between the seats in the gated area.

Rest & Relaxation Zones

There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.


Unfortunately, there are no showers available to freshen up. If this is incorrect, click here to update this guide.

WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport in all public departure and arrival areas.

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

Baby Care Facilities – A nursery is located in Terminal 1, Departures B, airside, next to the postal service.

Baggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage trolleys are available free of charge.

Business Services

  • Terminal 1 (passageway West to the left of Arrivals) offers a place to send faxes and make photocopies.
  • Terminal 2 (South on M2 Floor) offers a wider variety of services, including computer rentals and internet access.

Currency Exchange

  • Terminal 1: Locations: Baggage Claim Area • Guest-Meeting Area of Building B • International Departure Hall (Hours: 7:00M – the last flight)
  • Terminal 2: You can find currency exchange machines (15 currencies to RMB) in the following locations • Two exchange machines are located on the southern and northern sides of the Check-In Area on the Departure Floor (3F).

Duty-Free & Shopping – Duty-Free shopping is available. Terminal 1 has a small selection of stores to pass the time. If you are Airside, there is a Lawson convenience shop, which opens at 4:30 AM – the last flight time. Terminal 2, with its 75 + shops, is the place to be if you enjoy shopping.

Gardens – Gardens include rest areas, play areas for children, and free internet service. Location: Next to Gate 25 and Gate 71 on M2 Departure Floor in T2.

Information Desk – If you have any questions, visit one of the information desks for assistance.

  • Terminal 1: Airside, opposite Gate 2, Departures Hall • near Gate 6 of Departures Hall • center of Reception Area, Arrivals Hall. Building B, center of the Check-in Hall.
  • Terminal 2: 3F, Departures Hall • Reception Area, Arrivals Hall.

Airport Ambassadors can also be found throughout the terminals.

Medical Services – If you are not feeling well, medical services are provided in these areas:

  • Terminal 1: Near Gate T09, restricted area of International Departures; Near Gate T01, restricted area of Domestic Departures (Hours: unknown).
  • Terminal 2: Provided at three different first-aid stations found in lounge areas on Floor 3, Transit Level M2 and the Arrival Level of Floor 1. While the hours vary, the Arrivals Area has the most extended operating hours at 6:30 AM – 10:00 PM.

Postal Services – Drop off your last-minute postcards to friends and family from the airport’s mailbox. Locations: Terminal 1 • Terminal 2.

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

Smoking Rooms – There are many designated smoking rooms in both Terminals.

Shanghai Hongqiao Airport is served by the following airlines: Air China • Air Macau • All Nippon Airways • Asiana Airlines • Cathay Pacific • Chengdu Airlines • China Airlines • China Eastern Airlines • China Southern • China United • EVA Air • Hainan Airlines • Hebei Airlines • Hong Kong Airlines • Japan Airlines • Juneyao Airlines • Korean Air • Lucky Air • Shandong Airlines • Shanghai Airlines • Shenzhen Airlines • Spring Airlines • Tianjin Airlines • Tibet Airlines • Xiamen Airlines.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Airport Shuttles

Airport shuttles to Terminals 1 and 2 are available. In Terminal 1, the shuttle stop is at Gate 6 of the departure level. Hours: 06:00 AM – 10:30 PM. In Terminal 2, the shuttle stop is at Gate 1 of the arrival level. Hours: 06:00 AM – 11:00 PM. The shuttles run every 30 minutes.


Several buses, including a night bus, serve terminals 1 and 2. Operating hours vary. The night bus operates between 10:00 PM and 45 minutes after the last flight. For fares, routes and schedules, visit the Shanghai Hongqiao Airport website.

Car Rentals

Car rental services are available on-site in Terminal 2 only. At the time of this update, no further details are known.

Hotel Shuttles

At the time of this update, we could not find any hotels offering airport shuttle service.  See also Airport Hotels above.


Shanghai Metro Line 10 connects the city to Hongqiao Airport Terminal 1. Metro Line 2 and Line 10 connect the city to Hongqiao International Airport T2. Most trains are in operation from 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM. For routes, schedules and more information, visit the Shanghai Hongqiao Airport website.


Taxis are available outside the arrivals area of Terminal 1 and from Terminal 2, Arrivals Level, Gate 4 South.

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.