Stuck on a Singapore layover at the Singapore Changi International Airport (SIN)? Singapore is a common layover for people en route to a variety of places in Asia and the South Pacific, and the airport is located roughly 11 miles from downtown which makes it an accessible destination for those stuck on long layovers. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Singapore layover, click here for useful tips.
The Changi airport in Singapore was ranked the second on the Top Ten Airports To Get Stuck In, and there’s a lot of wonderful things to do. The airport has a great deal of duty free and regular shopping including Shopping City, a large mall in the airport. You can browse the shop by terminal here. There are also a number of places to grab a quick bite on the go or sit down for a formal dining experience. Check the restaurants and eateries by terminal here.
If you are looking for some rest and relaxation in the Changi Airport during your Singapore layover, there are a number of hair and beauty services, live acoustic music performances at the Music Bar, nature trails and gardens (including a cactus garden and an orchid garden), napping areas and the Rainforest Lounge, showers, fitness and spa services, and a swimming pool.
The airport hosts a number of passenger services including baby care rooms, convenience stores, hotel reservation counters, baggage services, banking, medical services, post office, prayer room and more. Here is the full list of Changi services (click into each for more information). The airport also has many free and paid options Internet services available, as well as Business Centers in Terminal 1, 2, and 3.
The airport offers free Singapore sight-seeing tours. If you have at least five hours to spare before your connecting flight, you can register for a free 2-hour sightseeing tour of Singapore.
If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest, the Changi airport has Transit Hotels (where you do not have to clear immigration to get to) in Terminals 1, 2, and 3. There are also many hotels near the airport, as well as a full list of Singapore hotels of varying price points.
If you’re looking to ditch your bags while you explore Singapore during your Changi layover, the airport has a Left Luggage counters in Terminals 1, 2, and 3. Click here for more info on pricing.
To travel into the city center, you can purchase an MRT train and transit passes from the airport terminal. It takes roughly 30 minutes by train to get into the city. Additional options include taxis, airport shuttle, bus, limo or car rental. Private transfers can also be arranged.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Singapore Layover:
There are many tours to choose from in Singapore and they offer a great way to see the city in a limited time frame. Tours include eco tours, safaris, historical and heritage tours, walking and biking tours, night tours, segway tours, cooking classes, wine and nightlife tours and so much more.
the hop-on hop-off Singapore River Cruise takes you down the Singapore river with guided commentaries on the skyline and architecture. It’s a great way to get a quick feel for the city as you drift down the river, learning about the history of Singapore.
Singapore Zoo Night Safari
At Singapore’s one-of-a-kind zoo and national wildlife park, you can take part is the Night/Morning Safari and see over 100 exotic rare and endangered species. You can watch over a thousand animals during the night, or morning, depending on the tour, which can be booked with an optional buffet dinner.
Singapore’s Botanical Gardens
Singapore’s Botanical Gardens are the world’s largest botanical gardens, with over 600,000 plant specimens. The gardens exhibits the plants in their natural settings – including lawns and
orchids, as well as jungles.
With over 200 foot and reflexology centers on the island, foot massages is a staple activity in Singapore. The practice massages the nerve endings, or reflex zones, of the foot to help regulate internal organs. You won’t stray far without coming across a place to relax your feet.
Mustafa is a 24-hour six story shopping center that holds everything from diamonds to cars. The center promises some amazing deals, so if your layover is overnight and you’ve got the shopping bug, this is your place.
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