Sleeping in Airports

Shantou Airport Guide

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

a guy with a sign written in english came by and let me know the airport was closing and i had to leave. – a traveller

SWA Airport Overview

shantou airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Shantou Waisha Airport.

What to Expect

The recently built Shantou Airport (code: SWA) has two terminals, Domestic and International, housed in one building. Amenities include several eateries, shops, a duty-free area, pay-to-use massage chairs, and free WiFi.

Where to Sleep

Based on a review, it seems this airport closes nightly so overnight stays are not possible. Have a backup plan if you’re camping out. For uninterrupted sleep, hotels are nearby. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

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 hotelsAirport Hotels

There is a list of hotels near Shantou Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

airport loungeAirport Lounges

As of this update we were unable to confirm whether the airport has any first class or business lounges. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

wifiAirport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Shantou Airport. Connect to the “AIRPORT FREE WIFI” and follow instructions. Note: you require a mobile phone number to register for your password.

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

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs, operated by Bank of China, are available 24/7. 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: Landside, Domestic Departure Hall, 3rd Floor.

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

Currency Exchange – Foreign exchange services are available at the Bank of China. See ATM info above.

Drinking Water – Thirsty? Drinking water fountains are available free of charge. Locations: throughout the airport.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free is available at the airport. There is also a small selection of shops to pass your time in the airport. A number of shops sell pre-packaged foods and drinks (alcohol and non-alcohol) for take away including the Tangu Food Store (D02 (next to Gate 4 of the Arrival Hall).

Food & Drinks – There are 8 restaurants available (landside and airside) during flight operational hours. At the time of this update, we did not have any information regarding the availability of any 24 hour restaurants.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Hourly and daily storage are available on the third floor of the terminal. Cost: unknown.

Luggage Wrapping – Protect your bags from theft and damage by having your bags wrapped in plastic. Location: third floor of the terminal. The cost is 10 yuan per piece.

Massage Chairs – Massage chairs are available. Locations: D05 next to Gate 5 Arrival Hall • B21 (departure area near the boarding bridge on the 20th). Rates: Unknown.

Medical Services – If you require medical attention, a first-aid station is open 24 hours a day. Location: first floor, to the left of the arrival hall 4.

Mobile Charging – Recharge your mobile devices airside, on the third floor of domestic and international departure lounges.

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.

Smoking – Permitted in designated Airside smoking areas: Domestic Departures, near Gate 13 and Gate 11 • International Departures, near Gate 21.

Spa -Fuqiao Muzudian provides foot care services. Location: B-14 (next to the boarding gate of Terminal 20A in the domestic isolation area). Hours and Rates: unknown.

airport hoursAirport Hours

Based on information provided in a review, the airport does not permit sleeping in the airport overnight.


Shantou airport is served by the following airlines: Air China • China Eastern • China Southern • Jeju Air • Jetstar • Shanghai Airlines • Shenzhen Airlines • Sichuan Airlines • Spring Airlines • Tianjin Airlines • West Air.

transportationAirport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Airport Express Bus

The airport is well connected to an Airport Express Bus system. Destinations include Shantou Railway Station, Golden Golf Hotel, Xiashan Bus Station and more.


Taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area. The meters rarely work, so be prepared to negotiate a fare with the driver before starting your journey.

Last updated: 2019-08-13

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.