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 Shantou Airport: Cheap Flights, Tickets and Travel Deals

Shantou, a city of about 5.5 million people in China's Guangdong Province, has a fascinating history, both as a treaty port that was opened to Western trade in the 19th century and as one of China's current Special Economic Zones. While much of the historic architecture is quickly giving way to modern skyscrapers, reminders of Shantou's status as a city where east meets west are still to be seen.

The Shantou Airport (officially the Jieyang Chaoshan International Airport) was opened in 2011 and serves not just Shantou, but the nearby cities of Jieyang and Chaozhou as well. As a result, passenger numbers run well into the millions and there are plenty of flights available to and from Shantou. You can book your flight to Shantou with Skyscanner or sign up for Price Alerts to get notifications about any drop in airfare.

Flying to or from Shantou Airport

Shantou Airport is a hub for China Southern Airlines and is also served by all of the major Chinese airlines, as well as a few from countries in Southeast Asia. As a result, there are direct connections to just about every major airport in China. A handful of connections to Southeast Asia cities are also available, including to Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bangkok, Phuket, and Phnom Penh. Some of the major airlines currently flying to Shantou Airport are:

  • AirAsia
  • Air China
  • Air Guilin
  • China Eastern Airlines
  • China Southern Airlines
  • China United Airlines
  • Fuzhou Airlines
  • GX Airlines
  • Hebei Airlines
  • Jetstar Asia Airways
  • Lucky Air
  • Okay Airways
  • Shandong Airlines
  • Sichuan Airlines
  • Spring Airlines
  • Thai AirAsia
  • Tianjin Airlines
  • West Air

Transportation Options

There are taxis available once you exit the arrivals hall and a trip to Shantou itself typically takes about 45 minutes to one hour. Car rental agencies are also available should you choose to rent a car while staying Shantou, it could be useful when seeing some of the fascinating rural attractions of Guangdong. A cheaper, if less convenient alternative is to take the express shuttle bus. There are two express buses that run to Shantou. The East Line runs to the Shantou Railway Station and Golden Bay Hotel while the West Line runs to the Overseas Chinese Building. Each bus takes about 70 minutes to reach central Shantou depending on traffic conditions.

Terminal Information

The Shantou Airport terminal is divided into domestic and international sections. The vast majority of shopping and dining options are located in the domestic section, with only a cafe and duty-free shop located in the international departures area after you pass through security. ATMs are located on the third floor of the departures hall. Free WiFi is available, but you will need to enter your mobile phone number in order to gain access.

What to see and do in Shantou

While Shantou is certainly not a major tourist destination, it does have some interesting sites. There is an Old Town section that retains many historic, albeit quite dilapidated buildings. Sadly, many of them are being torn down to make way for modern skyscrapers. The Shantou Museum has quite a good collection, including artifacts from a Ming Dynasty shipwreck that was discovered nearby. Nearby Nan'ao Island, while not easily accessible, is considered one of the most beautiful and unspoilt corners of China. You can book your hotel in Shantou through Skyscanner to make sure you get the room you want.

 
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Longitude:116° 45' 34'' E
Latitude:23° 25' 47'' N
IATA code:SWA
ICAO code:ZGOW

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