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

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport.

What to Expect

  • A modern international airport with separate terminals for domestic and international flights.
  • Shopping and dining options are good and reasonably priced, but only accept local currency or Chinese credit cards. All shops and restaurants close at night, so have food and beverage handy for late night snacking!
  • Inefficient and tedious airport procedures. Transit passengers must go through passport control upon arrival, collect their bags, and then go through regular check-in procedures, including going back through security checkpoints again. Check-in for all passengers is only allowed within 3 hours of the flight departure time.
  • WiFi is available.
  • Possible language barriers, as there are almost no airport employees who speak English. Periodicals and reading materials are also all in Chinese, including books and magazines sold at shops in the airport.

Where to Sleep

  • Overnight stays are only permitted in the public area of the terminal, and laying on the floor is not allowed, which means sleeping upright in a seat.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

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 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 (ie. Priority Pass). 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. [ more lounge info ]

First Class Lounge – Multiple Locations – (1) Terminal 3 and (1) Terminal 4 [ more lounge info ]

Passes  Golden Century VIP Lounge (Terminal 3) – Location: Domestic Terminal 3, Landside, 1st Floor. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes. [ more lounge info ]

Passes  Golden Century VIP Lounge (Terminal 4) – Location: Domestic Terminal 4, Airside, Entrance Door 8, opposite Security Checkpoint H. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes. [ more lounge info ]

Airport Hotels

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

  • Xiamen International Airport Garden Hotel – (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
  • Xiamen Discovery Hotel – (7 minutes from the airport) Free airport transfers. » 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 WiFi/Internet

WiFi is available at Xiamen Airport, but requires boarding pass information or a 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. WiFi is also available in the first class lounges.

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 – A Nursing Room is available in Terminal 3 and 4.

Business Centre – A business centre can be found in 2 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.

Information Desk – 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 – 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 – 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, write a review or email us at [email protected]

Post Office – Providing express delivery for mail and parcels. Location: central area of the Arrival T3.

Rest Zones – Not available.

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.


As of March 2018, Xiamen airport is served by the following airlines: Xiamen Air • Cathay Pacific • Philippine Airlines • EVA Air • KLM • Singapore Airlines • Tianjin Airlines • Air China • China Southern • Hainan Airlines • Xiamen Airlines • Thai Airways • Garuda Indonesia • China Eastern • Korean Air • Malaysia Airlines • ANA.

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 of the airport.

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, write a review or send an email to [email protected] and we will update this guide.