Sleeping in Airports

Xiamen Airport Guide

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

just for fun check out the giant Christmas/Chinese New Years tree which was still up in mid April. – Wo En

XMN Airport Overview

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

What to Expect

Xiamen Airport (code: XMN) currently operates two terminals, Terminals 3 and 4, for domestic and international flights. Travellers describe long, slow security procedures, a limited check-in window of three hours, and frequent language barriers. Amenities include a variety of shops and eateries, but none are 24 hours, so plan ahead for late-nick snacks. Free WiFi helps pass the time, but you’ll need to receive a SMS via mobile phone or provide boarding details to access it. Economy class passengers can pre-purchase access to several airport lounges. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.

Where to Sleep

We have received mixed reviews on overnight stays. Travellers have reported a variety of situations: being kicked out by security guards, staying landside or outside the terminal entrance, or being scolded for sleeping on the floor. Have a backup plan if you’re planning to spend the night. For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer shuttle service, including two in walking distance. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info 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.

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

  • Fliport Garden Hotel Xiamen Airport – (2 minutes from the airport) Located adjacent to the west side of Terminal 3. Airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • Hoga Hotel – (2 minute walk from the airport) Also known as He Jia Hotel. Airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • Zijin Hotel – (8 minute walk from the airport)  » Check Rates
  • Xiamen Discovery Hotel – (7 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

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

  • Domestic Guest Lounge – Multiple Locations – (2) Terminal 3.
  • First Class Lounge – Multiple Locations – (1) Terminal 3 and (1) Terminal 4
  • Premier Lounge – Location: Terminal 3, Airside, Domestic Departures, next to Gate 6. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.

Airline Lounges

If you are a First or Business Class traveller you may have access to the lounges listed below. For more information, check the airline’s website.

  • XiamenAir Domestic First Class Lounge – Location: Terminal 3, Airside • XiamenAir International First Class Lounge – Location: Terminal 3, Airside.

Related Pages: Xiamen Airport Lounges

Airport WiFi/Internet

WiFi is available at Xiamen Airport. Connect to the “CMCC-XMAirport-free” network and use your boarding pass information or Chinese mobile phone number. Since check-in is not allowed until 3 hours prior to departure time, boarding pass information is not available until you check in for your flight, giving you 3 hours or less to use the WiFi, unless you have a Chinese mobile number.

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:
» Terminal 3: Bank of China, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, China Construction Bank can be found by Boarding Gate No.10, Domestic Departure Hall.
» Terminal 4: Bank of China, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Bank of Communications, Xiamen Agricultural Business Development Bank.

Baby Care Facilities – If you are travelling with an infant, there are Nursing Rooms equipped with a play area, cribs, changing tables and comfortable seating available in Terminal 3 and 4.

Business Centre – A business centre offering workspaces, printing and fax services. Rates vary depending on the service. Locations: Terminal 3, Departures Level • Terminal 4, Departures Level. Hours: 5:00AM – last departure.

Currency Exchange – Location: T3, Beside Business Center of Departure Hall Boarding Gate No.12, International Secured Area and Exit of Domestic Arrival Hall • T4 at the Inquiry Counter, West Side of Departure Hall Service Counter No.12 and Arrival Hall. Hours vary by location with the location in T3 Departures opening the earliest at 6:00AM and the T3 Domestic Arrival Hall location closes at 11:30PM.

Dressing Room – Located in Arrival Hall, T3/T4.

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

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free shopping is available in six locations. The airport also offers a decent selection of shops to pass the time. Approximately ten convenience shops can be found throughout the terminals, most open from 5:30AM – last flight.

Food & Drinks – There are food and beverage options available in all Terminals. At the time of this update there are no 24 hour food options. There are options which are open at 5:30AM and close after the last flight. The McDonald’s in T3 (Gate 11) is open 5:30AM – 1:00AM.

Information Desk – Have any questions? Visit one of the airport information desks for help. Location: opposite of Gate No.14, Departure Hall, 2F, T4. There is also a Tourist Information Center that may be able to assist, located in the Domestic Arrival Hall, T3. Hour 8:00AM – 10:00PM.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Locations: Terminal 3, Arrival Hall, Baggage Counter • Terminal 4, Arrival Hall, Luggage Storage Counter. Hours: 5:30AM – last flight. Rates: 3 yuan (small) • 5 yuan (medium) • 8 yuan (large) • 10 yuan (extra large).

Luggage Wrapping -Protect your bags from theft and damage by having your bags wrapped in plastic. Luggage wrapping is available in both terminals. Rates start at 5 yuan. Hours: 5:30AM – last flight.

Massage Chairs – 10 yuan gets you 10 minutes of relaxation. Locations: T3 Terminal Domestic arrival hall Visitor exit • T3 Terminal International arrival hall Visitor exit • T3 Terminal house No. 8 Boarding gate terminal • T3 Terminal 18 to 22.

Medical Services – If you feel unwell or injure yourself, first aid services are available. Locations: Provided in T3, North Side of Island C, Departure Floor • T4, West side, Departure Floor.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Postal Services – Drop off your last minute postcards, send registered mail, and more at the airport’s post office. Locations: T3 and T4, Arrivals Hall. Hours: 8:00AM – last flight.

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 – A shower is available in the International First Class Lounge. [ see Airport Lounges above ]

Smoking – Smoking is allowed in designated areas throughout the airport.

Spa – Massage armchairs, Spa Services and Hair Salon services can be found in T3 (International & Domestic Arrival Hall) and by Boarding Gate No.8 of Domestic Departure Hall.

Travel Agencies – If you are arriving in Xiamen and need local arrangements or help planning a really last minute trip abroad, there is a Tourist Service Center at the airport that can probably be of assistance. Location: Terminal 3, Domestic Exit. Hours: 8:00AM – 10:00PM.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours. In February 2017, we received a message saying the airport was closed overnight for construction. We do not have additional information about hours or duration of construction project.


Xiamen airport is served by the following airlines: Air China • Air Macau • ANA • Capital Airlines • Cathay Pacific • Cebu Airlines • Chengdu Airlines • China AirlinesChina Eastern Airlines • China Express • China Southern • China United • Hainan Airlines • Hebei Airlines • Juneyao Air • Korean Air • Kunming Airlines • Lucky Air • Malaysia Airlines • Okay Air • Philippine Airlines • Revival Airlines • Royal Dutch Airlines • Shandong Airlines • Shanghai Airlines • Shenzhen Airlines • Sichuan Airlines • SilkAir • Spring Air • Thai Airways • Tianjin Airlines • Uni Air • Watson Airlines • Western Airlines • Xiamen Air.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

The following car rental companies can be found at the airport: Avis Car Company (East side of Shopping Street, T3) • Shenzhou Car Company (Area D2, Parking Lot, T3) • Henghao Car Company (Domestic Arrival Hall, T3 Operating Hours). Hours: 9:00 AM – 9:00PM.


The airport is well connected to the bus system. Whether you need to connect to a train station, bus station or the ferry dock, there should be a bus available for you.


Metered taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area.

Last updated: 2022-01-25

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.