Airport hacks: Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport, China

Photo by Steven Agre

Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport, in Huli district, Xiamen, is situated about 12km from the city center (about 25 minutes’ drive by car). The airport comprises two terminals — Terminal 3 and Terminal 4 — and serves majority of its international flights, including those by Cebu Pacific, in Terminal 3.

To and from the airport

At least 10 bus lines operate routes between the airport and downtown Xiamen — fares range from RMB5 (₱42) to RMB15 (₱123), while taxi rides to and from downtown Xiamen cost about RMB45 (₱370) each way.

For arriving travelers, car rentals are available at three companies situated at the airport — Avis, Shenzhou Car Company and Henghao Car Company, all located at T3.

Dining, shopping, leisure and relaxation

While the airport’s dining options are limited to snack shops, cafés and junk food outlets, its retail shopping options are comparatively wide-ranging and comprehensive. Departing passengers can shop for gifts and last-minute souvenirs at China Duty Free and international brand boutiques like Disney and Swarovski. There are also convenience stores located throughout the terminals.

More services

Stay connected through the airport’s complimentary WiFi services. Users will need a Chinese mobile phone number or boarding pass information to connect to the network.

Storage lockers are also available at the arrival halls of both terminals. Rental rates increase with size of your personal effects: RMB3 (₱25; small); RMB5 (₱42; medium); RMB8 (₱66; large); and RMB10 (₱83; extra large).

For passengers needing assistance with domestic or international travel arrangements upon arrival at the airport, there’s a Tourist Service Center at T3 that may provide the requisite services.

Extra tip

Travelers who have misplaced their personal items in the airport, during arrival, transit or departure can go online to Xiamen airport’s lost and found noticeboard. Items are categorized and tagged with photos, ID numbers and pick-up information. The airport requires that personal identification documents (passport or personal ID) be brought along at the time of claiming of the lost item(s).

Written by

Kimberley Koo

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