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Free Singapore Tour

Free Singapore Tour


If you are transiting through this tiny island-state, you can discover Singapore’s sights and sounds, and rich heritage with the Free Singapore Tour. For travellers with at  least 5.5 hours to 24 hours to spare till your connecting flight, join one of our free 2.5-hour guided tours. 

There are three bus tour itineraries which include two short photo stops at famous landmarks, and a walking tour itinerary to Jewel Changi Airport.


  • You are a transit or transfer passenger at Changi Airport.
  • Your checked-in baggage should be through checked to your end destination.
  • Your layover period is at least 5.5 hours but less than 24 hours, and your flight schedule fits with our tour timings (refer to Tour Itineraries below).
  • Passengers with a non-transit hotel booking are not allowed to join Free Singapore Tour.
  • You can make a pre-booking of one (1) tour itinerary up to sixty (60) days prior to your intended tour date by clicking “ Book Now ” below. 
  • Or, upon arrival you may approach our tour booth(s) in the transit area for assistance (seats are subjected to availability). 
  • Upon arrival at Changi Airport, please remain in the transit area and do not clear Arrival immigration as the Free Singapore Tour booths are located within the transit area.
  • The Free Singapore Tour booths are located at:

Level 2, Departure Transit Hall (Near Gate F50)

Opening hours: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Level 2, Departure Transit Hall (Near Gate A1-A8)

  • Passport, boarding passes, valid entry visa and tour booking confirmation are required for registration. Eligibility to participate in the tour is subject to entry requirements stipulated by the  Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore .
  • If you have bulky or wheeled cabin baggage, alcohol or duty-free items, you must leave them at a  Baggage Storage counter  (fees apply) in the transit area before checking-in for the tour.
  • Laptops larger than A4 size are not allowed to be stored, you must hand-carry them on the tour.
  • Availability of seats is on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Tour itinerary may change, depending on weather and traffic conditions.
  • Transit passengers are allowed to enter and exit Singapore once during their layover period, as per guidelines stipulated by the  Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore.
  • Items such as Tobacco, cigarettes, vaporizers and e-cigarettes are not allowed on all tours, as the listed items are either banned or taxable upon entry into the Republic of Singapore.
  • There are food sampling segments on some of the tour itineraries. If you have any food allergies, please take precautions and  inform the tour guide before the tour starts.

Tour Timings and Itineraries

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Changi Precinct Tour

Experience what it feels like to live as a Singaporean, through an exploration of the charming east side of Singapore, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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City Sights Tour​

See modern Singapore. Get a photo of the Merlion against the city skyline and marvel at the magical, Avatar-like Supertrees at Gardens by the Bay. 

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Step into a multi-dimensional destination combining retail, dining and attractions, and immerse in a lush green sanctuary through this 2.5-hour walking tour.

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Heritage Tour

Discover Singapore's colonial past and cultural heritage through a visit to the historic Civic District, Chinatown, and the picturesque Kampong Gelam.

Frequently Asked Questions​

The tours are available daily, including weekends and public holidays. 

The Free Singapore Tour booths are open daily. The operating hours are:

Level 2, Departure Transit Hall (Near Gate A1 - A8)

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Our tours are conducted in English. 

Depending on the issuing country of the passport you are holding, passengers of eligible nationalities enjoy visa-free entry into Singapore. Please click  here to find out if you require a visa to enter Singapore. Possession of a valid visa does not guarantee entry into Singapore. Please refer to the entry requirements for more information. 

Visa Free Transit Facility (VFTF)

Passengers of eligible nationalities may also qualify for VFTF if prevailing entry requirements are met. Assessment for entry is determined by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers at the point of entry. For more information, please click  here .

Please note that extension of stay for transiting travellers under the VFTF is strictly not allowed.

Yes, as you will be required to clear through Arrival Immigration. For a seamless experience, you are encouraged to complete the online  Singapore Arrival Card  within three (3) days prior to the date of arrival in Singapore.

For more information, please visit:  https://www.ica.gov.sg/enter-transit-depart/entering-singapore/sg-arrival-card

Yes, you can make a pre-booking of one (1) tour itinerary up to sixty (60) days prior to your intended tour date. Check if your layover coincides with the tour schedules before proceeding to our FST online booking page. You can select the preferred itinerary, date and time and proceed with your booking. Upon arrival, please report to the nearest Free Singapore Tour booth in the Transit Area (do not clear Arrival Immigration) at least 90 minutes prior to your tour timing.

Please refer to the Terms and Conditions of the Free Singapore Tour. 

All Free Singapore Tour participants are required to sign off on an Indemnity Form when they report at the Free Singapore Tour service counter before your tour begins.

For all tours, passengers are required to report to the Free Singapore Tour booth(s) in the Transit Area 90 minutes before the start of the tour to check in and confirm their attendance. Tour check-in will close 75 minutes before the tour starts. After a short briefing, you will clear Arrival Immigration as a group. 

The Free Singapore Tour is a guided tour for transit and transfer passengers of Changi Airport only. If you are visiting Singapore, you are not eligible for the Free Singapore Tour.

No, passengers who participate in the Free Singapore Tour are required to complete the entire tour programme, without breaking away from the group. 

For the Changi Precinct, City Sights, and Heritage Tours: Participants will be transported back to Changi Airport. The drop-off points will include Terminal 2, Terminal 3 and Jewel.

For the Jewel Tour: You will have the option to stay in Jewel or follow your Tour Guide back to Terminal 3 at the end of the tour.

All passengers are responsible for their subsequent flight check-in and security procedures in the respective terminals.

No, passengers with a non-transit hotel booking are not allowed to join Free Singapore Tour.     As this complimentary service is for transit and transfer passengers at Changi Airport only, passengers with a long layover may wish to consider booking accommodation at Changi Airport’s full-fledged transit hotels . These transit hotels offer flexible block-hour rates and can be accessed easily before (if you arrive early) and after the tour (if you depart late).  

The Jewel Walking Tour is wheelchair-accessible and stroller friendly. Passengers who require either use will need to fulfil the following requirements:

  • He or she is accompanied and assisted by a travel companion; and
  • He or she has their own wheelchair for the tour, as the airport or airline's equipment cannot be brought out of the airport premises

The Changi Precinct, City Sights, and Heritage Tours are not recommended for wheelchair users and stroller use due to the tour route.

You may join only one tour because transit passengers can only enter and exit Singapore once, as per guidelines by Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA). More information on each of the tour itineraries are available on the Free Singapore Tour website.

Passengers below 18 years old are not allowed to join the tour alone unless accompanied by an adult. All passengers have to sign an indemnity form prior to the tour and the indemnity requires signatories to be 18 years old and above.

In the unlikely event that participants are separated from the tour group, the particpant has to make his or her own way back to the airport at his or her own cost.

If you have further enquiries, please email  [email protected] . We will get back to you within 7 working days.

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Free Singapore Tour

Capture the spirit of singapore during your transit.

Be enthralled by the sights, sound and colours of Singapore during your next layover. Take a walk through history at the Merlion Park. Experience a multi-sensory buzz in vibrant Chinatown. Enjoy a panoramic view of the city, with a backdrop of the Singapore Flyer and Gardens by the Bay. Discover what it feels like to live as a Singaporean at our Changi Precinct or discover a wondrous world and immerse into a lush green sanctuary at Jewel Changi Airport. 

Choose between four different tour routes during your transit if your transit is more than 5.5 hours and within 24 hours. Each tour is 2.5 hours long, and jointly organised by Singapore Airlines, Singapore Tourism Board and Changi Airport Group. Tours are conducted in English only. 

Tampines landscape

Changi Precinct Tour

Once covered by forests, swamps, rubber plantation and sand quarries, Tampines today is one of four regional centres in Singapore. This special town won the United Nations World Habitat Award, for being an exemplar of high-quality, high density and affordable housing. 

Our Tampines Hub community center

City Sights Tour

City skyline of Central Business District

The Jubilee Bridge connects two famed landmarks - the Esplanade Theatres and the Merlion, giving you an unhindered view of Marina Bay.

Merlion at Marina Bay

Jewel Walking Tour

The Rain Vortex at Jewel Changi Airport

Heritage Tour

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple at Chinatown

Who is eligible for the tour?

The Free Singapore Tour is open to all travellers transiting in Changi Airport. Valid for passengers with layover of at least 5.5 hours, and less than 24 hours, and with flight schedules that fit the tour timing requirements.

How To Register ?

  • Singapore Airlines and Scoot passengers can pre-book the tour via online booking page . You may scroll down to view and book all the tour types.
  • Please note that while making the booking, you will have to input the name of all passengers going on the tour so that we can reserve the corresponding number of spaces.
  • When you arrive at Changi Airport, please remain in the transit area and do not clear immigration as the registration booths are located at the transit area.
  • Terminal 2 transit, Near Skytain to Terminal 3, Gate F50
  • Terminal 3 transit, Near Transfer Lounge A, Gate A1-A8

Important Things To Note:

  • Registration will close 1 hour before the tour start time and participants will be guided as a group to clear immigration before the tour starts.
  • Availability of seats is on a first-come-first-serve basis.
  • Transit passengers are allowed to enter and exit Singapore only once during their layover period, as per guidelines stipulated by Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore. Therefore, passengers are not able to join more than one tour.
  • Tour itinerary is subject to changes, depending on weather and traffic conditions.  
  • Should you have cabin baggage, you are encouraged to leave them as Left Baggage counter located here prior to registration at the Free Singapore Tour booth.
  • There are food sampling segments on some of the tour itineraries. If you have any food allergies, please take precautions and sign up at your own discretion. Please also inform the tour guide before the tour starts. 

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Layover In Singapore? 16 Things To Do In Only 12 Hours

Singapore's airport is phenomenal in itself, but here are some more adventures you can have during a 12-hour layover.

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Additional Activities To Enjoy During A Layover In Singapore

There are many people who dislike long airline layovers. However, if there is one place on the planet where they wouldn't mind spending a long period of time, would they really love it? According to many tourists, they would not mind spending long layovers as long as it is in Singapore due to the country's relaxed immigration policies and efficient public transportation.

Aside from that, it is actually quick and simple to get out of the airport and into the city center, where tourists can witness the country's vibrant "City in a Garden" expanse, which is brimming with an eclectic mixture of cultures, cuisine, and tradition. Are you interested in things you can do during your 12-hour layover in Singapore ? Here are 16 things you can do inside and outside of the airport.


12 hours of layover in Singapore offer a wide range of fun opportunities to explore and enjoy at the unique Changi Airport. This list was updated to include some additional activities to try when spending a layover longer than 12 hours in Singapore's Changi Airport. These include visiting the various galleries, checking out the unique sculptures, and enjoying relaxing spa treatments there.

UPDATE: 2023/04/06 11:33 EST BY KHYATI DAND

More Activities To Enjoy During A Layover In Singapore

Singapore's Changi Airport has consistently been voted the best airport in the world and kept its title for the 12th consecutive year at the 2023 awards. Along with it, Changi Airport also won the award for the World’s Best Airport Leisure Amenities, maintaining its position as the most entertaining airport in the world for long layovers. This list was updated to include new attractions that Changi has opened over the months as well as facilities that have reopened after the pandemic restrictions.

16 Try The Diverse Cuisines Inside The Airport

Bowls of food and bubble tea glasses

Changi Airport offers a diverse selection of dining options, including restaurants, cafés, and pubs. The numerous food courts, which house outposts of many prominent Singapore street hawkers, serve conventional Singaporean and Chinese meals, as well as diverse cuisines such as Indian and Malay, among other options. So, whenever the tourists want to try a diverse cuisine, it is better to try the food inside the airport , and they can visit the Tiger Den for a refreshing pour of Tiger Beer, which is produced locally. Aside from those, there are also Western fast-food restaurants that they can go into, such as Burger King, KFC, Starbucks, and McDonald's, which tourists can visit at any time at each terminal.

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15 Try Singapore's Pay-Per-Use Lounges

An airport lounge with chairs

The airport lounges in Singapore offer a somewhat more exclusive experience when contrasted to the congestion and bustle of the airport terminal. Many airport lounges are open to all travelers, regardless of airline or flight class, which means that even tourists that are in Economy Class can pay to enter for a small fee. The all-inclusive pricing of the lounges includes meals, drinks, WiFi, and televisions in a cozy space that's ideal for working or unwinding in a relaxed atmosphere. Shower facilities and nap rooms are also available in some lounges for an additional fee.

14 Watch A Movie For Free!

Movie screening in a theatre

Aside from showing the newest box-office hits, Singapore's airport also has comfortable seats where you can sit back and relax while watching movies. The movies are available on a continuous loop, so tourists can simply join in when they have the opportunity or check the session schedules to ensure that they have enough time to see the entire film before their flights.

13 Check Out Singapore's Indoor Butterfly Garden

Butterfly on a flower

The Singapore International Airport has its own Butterfly Garden, which is located in Terminal 3. As tourists enter this hidden sanctuary, they will be amazed as thousands of butterflies flit about among the vibrant flowers and plant life. Adding a babbling waterfall to the vision of quiet and providing travelers with an excellent place to decompress after a long flight completes the picture of tranquility. In fact, during the changing seasons of the year, tourists can witness over 1,000 tropical butterflies representing as many as 40 different species.

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12 Try More Of Its Indoor Gardens

An indoor garden in Changi Airport

In case tourists prefer to try to experience more nature and more gardens, Singapore Airport has a number of additional calming gardens for them to take advantage of while they are waiting for their flights. First and foremost, there's the Cactus Garden in Terminal 1 , which features an open-air bar and even hosts live music on select nights. Also, in T2, there's a beautiful Sunflower Garden that, as the name says, is filled with a variety of beautiful sunflowers. Also, it provides a fantastic vantage point for anybody who wants to do some plane-watching near one of the runways. Finally, the airport's Enchanted Garden, located in Terminal 2 as well, is home to thousands of birds of different species.

11 Go For A Free Massage

Client enjoying a feet massage

In order to relax, Singapore Airport has a lot of offers in terms of keeping passengers pampered, as tourists can take advantage of free foot massages available in Terminals 1, 2, and 3. It is a common misconception that massagers are for-pay machines. However, anybody can just sit down and get a massage for free. There are also full-body massage chairs located in Terminal 1 that they may use, although they may have to wait in line to use them due to the high demand for them.

10 Try Their Airport's Massive Slide

Kid on a slide

Airports aren't really enjoyable for most people, but at Changi Airport in Singapore, things are a little different. It appears that spending $10 at any restaurant is all that is required to gain access to any of the massive slides that will take a passenger to navigate their way from the ticket desk to the boarding gate. In fact, passengers were given the option of choosing between plain old escalators or stairs or using the slide, and most people choose the slide without hesitation. What's more, is that it might also be a smart option for folks who are consistently late for appointments.

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9 Sign Up For A City Bus Tour, For Free!

Aerial view of Singapore

The Heritage Tour and the City Lights Tour are both available to visitors upon arrival at Changi Airport. Both trips are completely free of charge. Both of these free trips are made possible by the generosity of Changi Airport and Singapore Airlines.

The Heritage tour is a two-hour tour that was conducted in an air-conditioned bus. This tour serves as a historical tour as there will be a tourist guide delivering a thorough history lesson on Singaporean culture and history throughout the tour. In fact, the tour included a 15-minute halt at Merlion Park , where participants could take pictures with or beside the famed Merlion and Marina Bay Sands. The Singapore Flyer, Gardens by the Bay, The Esplanade, and the Colonial District were among the other attractions seen along the trip.

Meanwhile, the City Lights Tour only runs every evening from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., granting visitors the opportunity to take stunning panoramic views of Singapore's famed attractions and skyline, and culminating in a halt at Raffles Hotel in the heart of the city, which is also the home of the legendary Singapore Sling.

8 Go Out And Visit Singapore's Little India

A building in Little India, Singapore

Little India is yet another district that exemplifies Singapore's heritage of multiculturalism and diversity. From the scents of street cuisine to bustling marketplaces, colorful Hindu and Chinese temples, mosques, and churches, this city has it all. Tourists can visit Serangoon Road to witness and experience the culture that Singapore's Little India has.

7 Do Not Forget To Have A Picture By The Merlion Park

The Merlion statue in Merlion Park

This is a must-see attraction that you must not miss! The Merlion, a mythical creature with a lion's head and a fish's body, can be found at One Fullerton, and it is the city's most well-known symbol. In fact, the Merlion is a commonly used mascot of Singapore.

6 Check Out The Amazing Sculptures

Escalator inside Changi Airport

There is a wide and impressive range of sculptures at Terminal 3 in Changi Airport in Singapore. These are the work of international artists. People can also head to Terminal 1 of the airport, where they can see the world's largest kinetic sculpture, Kinetic Rain. In Central Piazza, they will also find the Social Tree interactive exhibit. Instagrammers will mostly appreciate these two art attractions. On the other hand, those interested in aviation and history can head to the Aviation Gallery in Terminal 3 to learn more about the industry's history in Singapore. They will also get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the operations going on at Singapore's Changi Airport, which processes thousands of flights a day. The entrance to the Aviation Gallery is free of charge.

5 Get A Spa Treatment

Full Body Massage at a Day Spa Using Organic Ingredients and Hot Stones

Many people will need to relax and unwind after a long flight before they hop onto another one . This is possible to achieve at Changi Airport in Singapore by getting a spa treatment. People can enjoy a pedicure, manicure, massage, haircut and style, and many relaxation treatments at this unique airport. They can explore all of these options in Terminal 1 at Airport Wellness Oasis. Another one to try is Shilly Beauty Loft in Terminal 3.

4 Get A Workout In

Person working out with weights

After hours of being squeezed into tiny seats with little space to stretch legs, getting some form of workout or movement before jumping onto another flight is an undervalued luxury. Luckily, it's not a problem that transit passengers in Singapore will have to experience. Changi Airport has gym pods equipped with strength training, cardio equipment, and private virtual classes that visitors can pay a fee of approximately $7 to use. Alternatively, the airport also has a 3.5km cycling and jogging track that connects Changi to the East Coast as well as bicycles that people can rent.

3 Go For A Swim

Rooftop pool in Singapore

Who would've thought it possible to take a long dip in a pool in between catching flights? The Aerotel Airport Transit Hotel inside Terminal 1 has a rooftop swimming pool, jacuzzi, and bar that is open to both residents and non-residents for a small fee. Considering the fact that transit passengers at Changi can soak in a pool with a cocktail in their hands and watch the sun set, long layovers in Singapore are an attraction in themselves.

2 See The World's Largest Indoor Waterfall And Get Some Retail Therapy At Jewel

Waterfall inside Jewel at Changi Airport

The thing that makes Singapore's Changi Airport one of the best is the fact that even people who aren't catching a flight choose to voluntarily spend their time at the airport. The attraction that brings people from all over Singapore to Changi Airport is Jewel -- a nature-themed retail and entertainment complex that has 2,000 trees inside its walls and the world's largest 40-meter-long indoor waterfall. Connected through all major terminals of Changi Airport, Jewel is a natural oasis with walking canopies suspended 23 meters above the ground, mirror mazes, retail shops, and restaurants.

While Jewel is accessible via the terminals of Changi Airport, it is a complex that's open to the general public as well. This means that Jewel is located landside, and travelers will have to pass through security checks and passport clearance to enter it. Those without valid visas and passports may not be able to visit Jewel.

1 Snooze At Free-To-Use Lounges Or Book A Hotel Room

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Couldn't catch some zzz's on the flight? Fret not; there are plenty of spaces inside Changi Airport to make up for the lost sleep. Snooze lounges with comfortable seats are located inside each terminal, and better yet, they are entirely free to use. Those who'd rather have a proper bed and don't mind shelling out the extra buck for it can book themselves a room inside one of many transit hotels inside the airport that charge by the hour.

27 Things to Do During a Layover in Singapore: Explore the city & its airport (2023)

Gardens by the bay. The picture is of large man-made plant structures during the daytime and a colorful man made dragon below it.

Surprisingly, one of the most exciting things that you can do in Southeast Asia is to schedule a long layover at the Singapore Changi Airport . The airport is ranked one of the best in the world for long layovers. There are enough activities to keep travelers entertained inside the airport for hours. And, most of Singapore’s biggest attractions are a short drive from the airport; making it easy to explore the city during a long layover.

This guide tells you everything you need to know to make the most of a layover in Singapore . Read on to learn how to see the key sites in the city during a short time frame, and how to make the most of the airport’s facilities during your time there.

Disclaimer: Some facilities in the Singapore Airport are closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. City-wide regulations that impact whether you can leave the airport to visit during a layover change often. This article is for long-term travel planning & inspiration, as much still remains closed due to COVID-19.

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What to do in singapore changi airport.

Changi Airport in Singapore. This picture was taken during a layover in Singapore. This is the worlds largest indoor waterfall. The waterfall is surrounded by greenery.

Some people say that they would be happy just visiting Singapore Changi Airport on their vacation. That’s because the airport is a tourist attraction in and of itself. It’s the best airport for a layover in Southeast Asia. Usually, a shorter layover is better when you’re going to your final destination, but in Singapore, the longer the layover—the better.

There are many things to do while you wait for your next flight during a layover in Singapore. You can find everything you need to have fun right in Changi Airport. Here is a list of some of the best activities:

  • See the World’s Tallest Indoor Waterfall: The Rain Vortex is a waterfall located inside the Singapore Airport. It is a massive display; measuring 7 stories tall.
  • Visit the Butterfly Garden: The Singapore Airport Butterfly Garden has over 1,000 butterflies.
  • Spend Time in the Entertainment Hall: You can play video games & watch movies here.
  • Watch a Movie in the Theatre: Go see a new movie at the Singapore Airport Movie Theatre.
  • Check Out the Flora & Fauna: There are many parks and gardens inside the airport with different plants and flowers. There is a Cactus Garden, Enchanted Garden, Hedge Maze, Orchid Garden, Pedal Garden, and more!
  • Look at the Art Exhibits: There are countless art installations & exhibits at the airport. Some favorites are The Memory of Lived Space & Singapore Rojak .
  • Take a dip in the pool & jacuzzi: Pay a day rate to spend time in a rooftop pool & jacuzzi.
  • Get a Spa Service: Indulge in a spa treatment at the airport spa.
  • Go Grocery Shopping: At most airports, you can find small food vendors with basic items. However, Singapore airport features a full-blown supermarket where you can find almost any food you might want.
  • Bring Your Kids to the Family Zone: Keep your kids busy in the family zone. The area has a small playground, books, and games.
  • Jump Around on the Bouncing Net: There’s a giant trampoline in the airport that visitors can bounce on.
  • Watch the Latest Sporting Events or TV Programs: Watch TV or Sports Programming in the TV & Xperience areas. 

Facilities to Use During a Layover at Singapore Changi Airport

Facilities in Singapore Airport

If you have a layover in Singapore Airport, there are a lot of great facilities available to make your time easier. Here are some of the best ones:

  • VIP Lounge Access: There are over 20 VIP lounges in the Singapore airport. Some of these lounges allow passengers to pay for access. If you want to use a lounge, here is a list of lounges in the Singapore airport and how you can pay for access when you arrive.
  • Baggage Storage: If you want to explore Singapore during your layover, you can leave the airport and store your baggage at a facility. There are several locations throughout the airport. Just go to a baggage storage room, fill out some paperwork, and let them inspect your bag. When you return, you’ll have to pay a fee to get your luggage back. Keep in mind that if you drop off your baggage in a location outside of your terminal, you’ll have to take it through security before re-entering the terminal.
  • Free Rest Areas: If you need to take a nap but don’t want to spend money on a VIP lounge, the free rest areas in Changi airport are perfect. There are comfortable chairs where you can relax and sleep. This is a great place to relax if you have a long layover in Singapore and don’t want to spend much money.

How to Explore Singapore During a Layover

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There are two ways to see Singapore during a long layover: on an organized tour or by exploring on your own.

  • Take the Free Singapore Tour from Changi Airport: If you would like to see Singapore via an organized tour, then this is the way to go. The tour is free to all travelers with tickets that route through the Changi Airport. You must have a layover in Singapore for at least 5.5 hours to join the tour. The tour itself is about 2.5 hours long, but you will need that extra time to check-out and in the airport. When you arrive at the Singapore Airport, you can register for the tour. Normal tour operating hours are 7 AM to 6 PM. There are three different itineraries that you can choose from, and they vary due to COVID-19 regulations. Click here to view the current Singapore tour itineraries offered from Changi Airport .
  • Explore Singapore Independently: If you want to see something different than what the free airport tour offers, or if you want to spend more than a few hours exploring Singapore, then exploring the city without an organized tour group is a good option. Be sure to read Singapore’s current COVID-19 regulations before setting out on your own. Mass transit is efficient and affordable in Singapore. The best way to get from the airport to the tourist attractions is by taxi. You can hail a public taxi at the airport and then use taxis to get to different locations when traveling through Singapore alone. If you choose to explore Singapore on your own, it is recommended that you start your tour at Gardens by the Bay or Marina Bay Sands. These two locations are in central locations and easy to find.

10 of the Best Attractions to See During a Stopover in Singapore

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During a lengthy delay in Singapore, it’s simple to get a feel for the city since most of the major attractions are near to one another and accessible from the airport. If you don’t want to take the free Singapore tour provided by the airport but rather develop your own itinerary, consider these options:

  • Marina Bay Sands : This is one of the most unique hotels in the world. The top of the hotel looks like a boat and there’s an infinity pool on the roof. You can visit the top of the hotel by paying a small entrance fee. Once at the top, you can order a cocktail and take in some of the best views of Singapore.
  • Gardens by the Bay : This is one of the top attractions in Singapore. It’s a combination of lush, natural plants and man-made structures that look like flowers. The park is open during the day and at night. At night, the man-made structures light up, creating a unique and dazzling illumination. One benefit of visiting Singapore alone, vs via the airport tour, is that you’ll have the opportunity to see sights like this light up at night.
  • Merlion Park : This park is in front of Marina Bay. You can sit in the park and enjoy the views of the city from in front of the bay. This is a great place to visit if you’re looking to relax during your Singapore tour.
  • Night Safari : If you have a long layover in Singapore and it’s during the night, you can go on a night safari. The safari is about 30 minutes away from Changi Airport. You’ll be able to see animals that are active at night, like Asian elephants, lions, and leopards. The park helps protect the animals and also prevents their species from becoming extinct.
  • National Gallery Singapore : If you’re an art fanatic, then visit the National Gallery in Singapore. The gallery is full of South Asian art and is a short 15-minute drive from the airport.
  • Kampong Glam : This is a neighborhood in Singapore that’s full of culture & heritage. If you’ve got some time during your tour, walk around the neighborhood. You’ll see markets with Southeast Asian goods & restaurants with different cuisines.
  • Haw Par Villa : This is a great place to learn about Singapore’s culture, eat great food, see some sculptures, and people-watch. There are live performances throughout the day and night. It is a 30-minute drive from the airport. You can make this your only stop or add it to your itinerary if you have a lot of time to spare during your layover.
  • St. Andrews Cathedral : For travelers who enjoy seeing cathedrals from around the world, adding a trip to St. Andrews Cathedral to your itinerary is a must. The church and its surroundings are beautiful.
  • East Coast Road : This is one of Singapore’s most popular areas, and it’s a favorite foodie destination. Grab a coffee or some ice cream if you’re on a budget. If you’ve got some more cash to spend, consider dining at one of their renowned eateries.
  • Singapore Botanic Gardens : One thing Singapore is well-known for is its lavish gardens. The Singapore Botanic Gardens are massive and a stroll around them will immerse you so much in nature, that you’ll wonder if you’re still in the city.

Suggested Tour Itinerary for an 8-Hour Layover in Singapore

View of Singapore Marina Bay

You might be wondering how to structure your Singapore tour if you choose to explore the city on your own. If you take the free tour from Changi airport, it will take 5.5 hours. If you go it alone, then 8 hours is the recommended amount of time to have available. This extra time is for “figuring it out” on your own, which can take some time in a foreign country.

If you have more than 8 hours to spend in Singapore, use this as a guide to help structure your trip. You can swap out or add any of the attractions listed above into your itinerary, as they are all within a 30-minute driving range.

  • Hours 1 to 2: Arrive at Changi Airport, get your bearings, and leave your luggage in an airport baggage storage facility.
  • Hours 2 to 2.5: Hail a public taxi from Changi Airport and instruct them to take you to Gardens by the Bay . It will take you a maximum of 15 minutes to locate a taxi and 30 minutes to drive from the airport to Gardens by the Bay. In total, the entire process should take you around 45 minutes.
  • Hours 2.5 to 4: Walk around Marina Bay Sands, which is located next to Gardens by the Bay. There are a lot of things to see within Marina Bay Sands, and the recommended amount of time to spend there is 2 to 4 hours. Because you’ll be on a time crunch, settle for only being able to see a glimpse of it and spend 1.5 hours there.
  • Hours 4 to 5.5: Take a taxi from the Gardens by the Bay to Marina Bay Sands. It will take about 10 minutes in total. (5-minutes to hail a cab and 5-minutes to drive there.) Spend about an hour at Marina Bay Sands. Get a ticket to the rooftop and have a cocktail while there. You can take great pictures of the city from the top of the hotel.
  • Hours 5.5 to 6: Hail a public taxi, and take it back to the airport.
  • Hours 6 to 8: Get your baggage from storage and check it back in at the airport for your flight. You’ll need three hours slotted at the end of your itinerary for this, as that’s the amount of time needed to check in at the airport for an international flight from Changi Airport.

So, Where Are you Headed After Your Layover?

Singapore is the best layover spot in Southeast Asia because of its geographical position and the variety of things to do both inside and outside of the airport. You’ll have a lot of fun whether you choose to remain at the airport or go out while on your layover.

There are plenty of places to go in Southeast Asia that you may fly between with a stop in Singapore. Thailand , Cambodia , Indonesia , Malaysia, and Vietnam are some of the greatest countries to visit in Southeast Asia. Check out the guides below for inspiration for your trip to Southeast Asia.

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Hi, Could you make some suggestions for a 13-hour layover at night? We’re arriving at 6:40 on Friday, 30/6 🙂 We’ll go and see the Gardens by the Bay. What else can we do? Swim at Marina Sand’s Infinity Pool? Will they let us in, not being a guest? Cheers, Lin 🙂

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Hi there! There’s a lot that you can do inside the airport itself at that hour. There are many bars that will be open, as well as some lounges. There’s also a movie theater that may have evening/nighttime showings. As far as Gardens by the Bay – you can see the nighttime show there. And for marina Bay Sands, you can have a drink by the pool. For all hours and availability, I recommend clicking the links for each and consulting with the website directly as those will have the most current information. Enjoy your trip!!

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Hello! We have a 34 hour layover in Singapore to the USA. Our flight arrives in Singapore at around midnight, is there a hotel that we can check in at the airport? Can we explore Singapore on our own during the day without a visa, considering that we are US citizens? Thank you.

Hi Lou, Yes – there is the Singapore Airport Hotel which I’ve heard is great. I suggest reaching out in advance of your arrival to book a reservation to guarantee a room. You’ll need a visa to enter Singapore, and can read the rules about how to obtain this on the USA Embassy Website. When I went, I obtained one upon entry at the airport but I suggest looking into the current rule & regulations with the embassy prior to arrival, as things change often.

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Hii, Could you make some suggestions for a 7-hour layover at Evening? I am arriving at 24th August 5:40pm. No slots are available for Free Singapour Tour.

Hi there! I recommend taking a taxi to Marina Bay Sands and Gardens at the Bay. They’re located next to one another and light up beautifully at night. Depending on what time your layover is of course, so please check the hours of operation of each prior to heading over. No tour is needed, you can explore this area and others at night independently with a taxi in the evening. It’s very safe and efficient.

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Hi Jess, I would appreciate your suggestion for our 18-hour layover in Singapore tomorrow. We will arrive at 7 am. We want to explore the city, I don’t know if we should do the tour ourselves or take the free tour offered by Changi Airport or do both. Cheers.

Hi Ivy! With that length of time, I definitely recommend doing it yourselves. The tours are only a few hours and if you go it on your own then you can spend the full day in Singapore before returning to the airport. The only thing with going it alone is that you will have to pay taxi fees to/from each location that you want to explore. If that’s within your budget, then I recommend going that route. I hope that helps!

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Hi Jess, We have a 22 hr lay over and planning to just do our own tour, how expensive is a taxi from the airport to the Gardens and garden to marina bay? thank u

Hi Stacey, When I went it was the equivelant of about $16 USD each way from the airport to Marina Bay Sands. Note that the cost can increase due to traffic, etc. so expect a range of about 15 – 40 per way. Hope this helps!

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Hi Jess, arriving Singapore via cruise ship. They kick us off the morning of 1/16/24 and trsfr to airport. Flight not until 11.30pm. How do we access the free tour. I want to store our bags until the airline is open at 8pm. Do I pass thru security and do all this on the other side. I’ll have my tkt and visa for Singapore. Just trying to figure this out. Can I take two tours? Thanks a bunch.

Hello Dominic, there are many storage lockers throughout the airport that you can use for your things so that you don’t have to carry them around all day. There are also storage lockers at some of the tourist spots in the center (like at Marina Bay Sands, for example). With as much time as you have to spare; I suggest exploring Singapore on your own (without a tour) and taking a cab into the city independently. The free tours offered by the airport are for passengers in transit (with a layover flight to flight) only.

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It’s no news that travelers detest long flight stopovers — but, if there is one place that I wouldn’t mind having a transit or long layover in, it would be Singapore! After all, with the country’s relaxed immigration and fast transportation, it’s quick and easy to get out of the airport and into the center in order to witness its vibrant “City in a Garden” expanse that’s brimming with an eclectic mixture of cultures, cuisines , energies, sights, and sounds. (Singapore Layover)

…Though if the layover hours won’t make the cut, Singapore Changi Airport in itself is worthy of being a ‘separate destination’ because as one of the largest transportation hubs in Southeast Asia, it has over 4 terminals that houses a wide array of shops, services, theaters, gardens, entertainment centers, and more! Besides, did you know that this is the world’s top-ranked airport for six years running?

So if you’ve got a Singapore layover ahead of you, prepare to be utterly awed — and of course, look no further because, with this comprehensive transit guide, I will show you the vast options that you have in order to make the most of your brief stay!

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Singapore Layover

To start off, I have sectioned the following Singapore Layover guide into three (3)…

  • Go Outside (DIY): Advisable to follow if you have at least 6 hours of total Singapore layover time. The ‘safest’ is if you have at least 8 hours of a stopover — this is considering traffic during rush hours, etc. Of course, you can also do the suggestions listed under this section if you have lesser hours BUT only if you’re really fast and efficient (…and if you’re willing to take the risk of missing your flight). .
  • Go Outside (FREE Tour): You can only do this outside tour if you have at least 5.5 hours of total layover. This service won’t be given to you if you have less. .
  • Stay Inside (Airport): Obviously, this is best if you don’t have the time to go through immigration and back; hence, it’s ideal if you have 6 hours or less of Singapore layover time — rest assured, there are so many fun things to do inside the airport!

IMPORTANT : If you want to GO OUTSIDE , no matter if it’s the DIY or FREE Tour option, you need to have a valid visa to exit the Singapore Changi Airport and clear immigration. Depending on your nationality , you will need a visa to enter Singapore (e.g. if you’re from the Philippines like me, we are issued visas on arrival for stays of up to 30 days) . . Take note that one of the requirements for entry into Singapore is to provide proof of onward travel — or basically, proof of a flight ticket back home or to another destination after your stay in Singapore. If flight reservations are enough, you can easily purchase this from OneWayFly for only $16, and then present it to the immigration counter.

The following section is in a tabbed format. Simply click the corresponding heading to see its contents.

Explore Singapore on your own!

Before you get drawn into the next tab that says the magic word “ FREE “, I recommend doing this DIY Singapore layover tour by yourself if you rather want the flexibility to choose the places that you actually want to go to.

After all, the free tours offered by Singapore Changi Airport typically don’t give you enough time to explore the city and its stops. This is aside from the fact that they have limited tour time slots.

IMPORTANT TIPS: – Much like I’ve already mentioned above, this kind of Singapore layover itinerary is ideal if you have at least 6 hours in between your flights (8 hours being the safest) — this is taking into account traffic, transit, check-in, and immigration times. . – Don’t forget to leave your luggage at the airport. It’s best to leave your carry-on too, as well as any other heavy backpacks because they will be a pain to carry when you explore the city. . – It’s also best that you have all of your flights under the same airline, if not operated by airline partners so that you can have your checked-in luggage go all the way to your destination. (This saves you the hassle of checking in your luggage again after your Singapore layover or stopover). . – To know how to get in and around the city, scroll up and check the “Travel Guide” section below. . – Check out this great-for-value Singapore Pass that will allow you to visit 2, 3, 4, or 5 attractions in Singapore for a discounted package deal! Choose from any of these places: Universal Studios Singapore, Gardens by the Bay Singapore, Singapore Cable Car, Skyhelix Sentosa Singapore, Singapore Flyer ticket, Singapore Zoo, Singapore River Cruise, Big Bus Singapore tour, and many more! The pass has a long validity period of 30 days so it will offer you some flexibility on your schedule.

The Fun Top Things to Do in Singapore?

Come and check out this list of the top things to do in Singapore which features the best activities and tours in the city and more! (Use code AILEEN5OFF to save 5% off when checking out!)

Now, I’m NOT telling you to do all of the below activities in one go, because that’s just impossible. Sure, Singapore may be a small mega city but it still holds tons of attractions and activities.

So what I suggest instead is that you pick 1 or 2 categories below (colored green, depending on your preference), and then you either do all the activities under it or a few (depending on how long your layover is).

◘◘ The Typical Hotspots

Singapore Layover: Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands: This is an iconic resort complex that faces Marina Bay in Singapore and it features The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands Mall, a museum, two large theatres, restaurants, Crystal Pavillions, art-science exhibits, casinos and so much more!

  • SkyPark Observation Deck = Providing breathtaking panoramic views over the city, this observation deck also has the world’s longest elevated swimming pool with a vanishing edge (a.k.a. infinity pool) that’s located 191 meters above the ground. (You can only swim in it though if you’re a guest of the hotel; but still and the same, this is a great spot to be in and you can buy entry tickets through this link ).
  • Spectra Light Show = This is an amazing outdoor light and water show that’s displayed along the promenade. The show happens at 8PM and 9PM on Sunday to Thursday, and at 8PM, 9PM and 10PM on Fridays and Saturdays. (If you ask me, it’s better to watch this show from the other side of Marina Bay Sands).

Gardens by the Bay: This mystical oasis features more than 500,000 plants and about 18 Avatar-like Supertrees that will take your breath away! To book entrance tickets for this as a part of your Singapore layover, go here . Take note that there are a LOT of attractions here but notable of which are the following…

  • SuperTree Grove: These Avatar-ish trees light up at night and have a music and light show at 7:45PM and 8:45PM daily! It’s even possible to have your dinner inside this SuperTree and feel like a modern Tarzan and Jane (or Jake Sully and Neytiri, in line with the Avatar feel).
  • Cloud Forest: This features the world’s tallest indoor waterfall at 35 meters as well as a scenic mist-filled Treetop and Cloud Walk!
  • Flower Dome: This is the largest glass greenhouse in the world as listed in the 2015 Guinness World Records!
  • OCBC Skyway: Placed 22 meters above the ground, this is an amazing stroll that goes through the Gardens and gives you a great view over the Marina Bay skyline as well.

Merlion Park: A landmark that you must NOT miss! Located at One Fullerton, you will find here the iconic Merlion, a mythical creature with a lion’s head and the body of fish — a widely used mascot of Singapore

Singapore Flyer: Reaching a height of 40 stories, I recommend riding this Ferris Wheel at night to have an amazing view over the entire Marina Bay. You can also try their signature drinks here such as the famous ‘Singapore Sling’ that dates back over 100 years! Also, unlike typical Ferris Wheel rides, the capsules here are huge. (Book your tickets here ) .

Singapore Botanic Gardens: A 158-year-old tropical garden that is honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Singapore’s first!). You will love the fact that entrance here is FREE from 5AM to 12AM (except for the National Orchid Garden – the park’s crown jewel – which is open 8:30AM to 7PM and charges SGD 5).

ArtScience Museum: This place is that giant white flower-like building that you see on Marina Bay and it is famous for its varied art and science exhibitions. One of the most popular of which is the Future World exhibition for its impressive light set-ups (in collaboration with teamLab, a renowned Japanese interdisciplinary art collective). Entrance here typically starts from USD $9~ and you can grab discounted rates if you book online .

S.E.A. Aquarium: This is said to be the biggest aquarium in the world that features state-of-the-art facilities that let you explore the depths of the oceans and glimpse at several sea creatures. (Book your tickets here ).

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◘◘ For Shopaholics

Singapore Food

The Shoppes in Marina Bay Sands: As one of the largest shopping malls in Singapore, this should be on your Singapore layover itinerary if you want to do some luxurious shopping

Orchard Road: This is a 2.2-kilometer-long major road in the city that is regarded as a famous shopping street. It holds a lot of fashion favorites, specialist stores, and so much more

Haji Lane: Considered a ‘hipster’ neighborhood, you will love the boutique shops in this area (not to mention the impressive wall art).

◘◘ For Nightlife

Clarke Quay: This is a historical riverside in the city that is now a hotspot for bars, clubs, and restaurants

Orchard Road: After dark, the party animals come out to play at Orchard Road too! Be sure to check out Emerald Hill Road.

◘◘ For Foodies

Singapore is passionate about food and you will find some of the best places in the following areas:

The Old Airport Road Hawker Centre: This is one of the biggest hawker centers and which a lot of Singaporeans swear by given its long history! You can never go wrong in any of the stalls as you try some of the famous Singapore food items such as chili crab, chicken rice, char kway teow (stir-fried rice cake), lor mee (noodle dish), satay (skewered and grilled meat), and rojak (salad dish) among many others.

Kampong Glam: This is a neighborhood in the city that’s filled with watering holes, cafes, and restaurants to fill up your tummy. One of the places you must not miss is Zam Zam in order to try their murtabak (stuffed pancake) that has been famous since 1908.

Chinatown: This ethnic enclave is also a place that you must witness, other than its distinct Chinese cultural elements, you should enjoy the area by grabbing a bite at one of the hawker stalls and a drink too in places such as Tea Chapter. Don’t forget to buy some Chinese souvenirs! (Want a guided tour? Reserve your spot online now! )

Little India: As the name suggests, this is the center of the Indian community in Singapore. While here, head over to Serangoon Road to enjoy the atmosphere, and don’t forget to try fish head curry!

Singapore Cable Car and Sky Dinner: If you’re still in the city during nighttime, I suggest riding the Cable Car Sky Network to soar above the city’s views and then have a romantic dinner. (Book this experience here ) .

Wondering what Singapore food or dishes that you must absolutely try? Check out this blog post to find out: Top Singapore Food Dishes to Try & Where

◘◘ For Out-of-the-City Places

Universal Studios Singapore

Pulau Ubin: If you’ve got the time during your Singapore layover, go ride a bumboat to reach Pulau Ubin, a nearby island that is famous for its wildlife, cycle trails, and footpaths. Truth be told, this might just be the last real ‘kampung’ (village) in Singapore and you will love its unspoiled and rustic charm.

MacRitchie Nature Trail: This is a gateway to the city’s natural reserves and it is a well-known spot for nature lovers and exercise enthusiasts. One of the things you must try here is their Treetop Walks, a 250-meter aerial suspension bridge that spans the two highest points within MacRitchie. (Nearest train station: Marymount).

◘◘ For Families

Sentosa Island: Not only for the kids but also for the ‘kids-at-heart’, this island resort off the southern coast is a leisure place filled with fun and recreation! (Nearby train station: Harbourfront). Here are just some of the many things you can do here…

  • (Book your tickets here .)

Singapore Zoo: Occupying 28 hectares of land within the city’s heavily forested area, this zoo has an “open concept” which means that you and your kids will get to closely experience the wonders of nature given that the animals here roam freely in their natural habitats. (Book your tickets here ).

Night Safari: This is the best way to see the world’s nocturnal animals. As a unique night safari experience and the world’s first nocturnal zoo, you can also board a tram that goes through the 86-acre rainforest! Don’t miss out on this unique experience! (Book your tickets here ).

River Safari: Can’t get enough of the wildlife? Make a stop at Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park where you can encounter manatees, giant pandas, and other creatures! (Book your tickets here .)

◘◘ NEW: Visit Changi Airport’s Jewel

Jewel Changi Airport

Opened in 2019, Jewel Changi Airport is the newest 10-level glass-dome complex that has an array of attractions not limited to gardens, a hotel, aviation facilities, and 300 retail and dining facilities. Some things that you must NOT miss out on are…

  • HSBC Rain Vortex : The world’s tallest indoor waterfall at 40 meters high and the nucleus of Jewel. Open daily from 8AM to 12:30AM.
  • Canopy Bridge: Suspended 23 meters above ground, with a glass bottom at the center portion for a gripping vantage point, the Canopy Bridge is sure to thrill and impress.
  • ManuLife Sky Nets: Experience the thrill of being almost weightless as you leap about this giant net! Stretching 250 meters long, even little ones can safely indulge in free play. At its highest point 8 meters above Canopy Park, you’ll feel like you can reach the sky.
  • Discovery Slides: As the name implies, this is a fun playground but also an amazing work of art!
  • Foggy Bowls: Let your child slip in among puffs of cloud and hide away in gentle bowls of non-toxic mist. Kids will love the chance to play in this dreamy setting and let their imaginations take flight.
  • Shiseido Forest Valley : A lush green sanctuary and retreat in the core of Jewel.
  • Hedge Maze : Have a field day weaving your way through Singapore’s largest hedge maze. Be rewarded with a bird’s eye view of the maze’s intricate windings when you reach the watchtower at its core.
NOTE : Jewel is found landside of Changi Airport so you need to clear immigration in order to explore this complex. But if you are short on time, you can still get a glimpse of this amazing building if you take the Skytrain that passes from Terminal 2 to Terminal 3 and back — or you can join a FREE tour (just click the second tab above for more details) . Anyhow, Jewel is easily connected to the Arrival Hall of Terminal 1. A free airport shuttle bus service also goes between Terminal 4 and Terminal 2.

TOP TIP : Check out this great-for-value Singapore Pass that will allow you to visit 2, 3, 4, or 5 attractions in Singapore for a discounted package deal! . Choose from any of these places: Universal Studios Singapore, Gardens by the Bay Singapore, Singapore Cable Car, Skyhelix Sentosa Singapore, Singapore Flyer ticket, Singapore Zoo, Singapore River Cruise, Big Bus Singapore tour, and many more! The pass has a long validity period of 30 days so it will offer you some flexibility in your schedule.

Explore Singapore for FREE!

UPDATE: In view of the current COVID-19 situation, the following FREE tours will be suspended from 21 March 2020 till further notice.

This is a service provided for FREE by the Singapore Changi Airport and the tours last around 2.5 hours. It’s important to remember that this is only available for transit passengers of Changi Airport who have at least 5.5 hours of Singapore layover period and are staying in Singapore for less than 24 hours. (More info here ).

ELIGIBILITY: – You are a transit passenger of Singapore Changi Airport – Your layover period is at least 5.5 hours and less than 24 hours – Your flight schedule fits in with their tour timing slot requirements

REQUIREMENTS: – Passport – Boarding passes – Valid entry visa (if applicable)

IMPORTANT NOTES: – Availability of the free tour spots is on a first-come-first-serve basis. . – They only accept walk-in registrations — but if you’re flying with Singapore Airlines and SilkAir, you have the option to pre-book for this free Singapore layover tour up to 72 hours in advance by contacting your local reservations office. (This is still dependent on tour time slots, just inquire with your airline). . – Tour itinerary may change, depending on weather and traffic conditions. . – Take note that as a transit passenger, you are only allowed to enter and exit Singapore once during your layover period. That being said, you are not able to join more than 1 tour. . – Don’t forget to leave your luggage at the airport. It’s best to leave your carry-on too, as well as any other heavy backpacks because they will be a pain to carry when you explore the city. . – It’s also best that you have all of your flights under the same airline, if not operated by airline partners so that you can have your checked-in luggage go all the way to your destination. (This saves you the hassle of checking in your luggage again after your Singapore layover or stopover).

To date, they have two (3) tour options and you can choose only one (1)…

◘◘ Heritage Tour

Merlion Park

As the name suggests, this tour will take you through Singapore’s past and present. The place you’ll get to visit are as follows:  Colonial District, The Central Business District, The Merlion Park, Chinatown, Little India, Kampong Glam, and Malay Heritage Centre.

Registration Closes at 8AM Closes at 9AM Closes at 10:30AM Closes at 1:30PM Closes at 3PM

Tour Timing/Slots 9AM to 11:30AM 10AM to 12:30PM 11:30AM to 2PM 2:30PM to 5PM 4PM to 6:30PM

Your flight departure After 1:30PM After 2:30PM After 4PM After 7PM After 8:30PM

Registration Booths:

  • Terminal 2: Transit Area, between Transfer Lounge F and Skytrain to Terminal 3 near the escalator to Arrival Immigration (Level 2)
  • Terminal 3: Transit Area, near Transfer Lounge A and Gate A1-A8 (Level 2)
  • Other Terminals: Please stay in the transit area and proceed to the booth at Terminal 2 to register, or inquire with the nearest Information Counter

NOTE: Stay in the transit area and do NOT clear immigration because the registration booths are located at the transit area.

◘◘ City Sights Tour

Gardens by the Bay

Held at night, this is a great Singapore layover tour that shows you the city’s beautiful modern cityscape. You will be making stopovers at the following places:  The Singapore Flyer, The Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Marina Bay Financial Centre, Merlion Park, Marina Bay Sands, and Gardens by the Bay.

Registration Closes at 5PM Closes at 6:30PM

Tour Timing/Slots 6PM to 8:30PM 7:30PM to 10PM

Your flight departure After 10:30PM After 12AM

  • Terminal 1: Please stay in the transit area and proceed to the booth at Terminal 2 to register.

NOTE: Stay in the transit area and do NOT clear immigration because the registration booths are located at the transit area.

◘◘ Jewel Tour

Jewel Changi Airport

As I previously mentioned, this is the latest development in Changi Airport and it’s an impressive sanctuary with lots of sights and shops to see! This FREE tour lasts for about 2.5 hours and it will take you to Shiseido Forest Valley, HSBC Rain Vortex, Five Spice, Canopy Park, and many others.

Registration Closes at 9:15AM Closes at 4:45PM

Tour Timing/Slots 10:30AM to 1PM 6PM to 8:30PM

Your flight departure After 3PM After 10:30PM

NOTE: Singapore Airlines passengers will receive one complimentary Manulife Sky Nets tickets each; plus, you are also entitled to 10% discount off selected gift shop items at ‘Gift by Changi Airport’ and local Changi Experience Studio entrance rates.

Explore Singapore Changi Airport’s wonders!

As I’ve previously mentioned, Singapore Changi Airport is so huge that it can be a destination in itself, making it a perfect place to spend your Singapore layover. It’s no wonder that it’s the world’s best airport!

So if you ever find yourself with less than 6 hours’ worth of flight layover/stopover, below are the number of things that you can do to fill up the time.

TIP:  Are you flying with Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, or Air New Zealand…? If you are, don’t forget to claim your transit reward that is valued from SGD $20 at any of the iShopChangi Collection Centers at the transit areas of Terminals 2 and 3 (open 24 hours daily). . – Just present your passport, boarding pass, and e-tickets that show your full itinerary. . – Transit means that you have a layover at the airport that is not more than 24 hours. . – Your e-ticket numbers must begin with 618 or 629 or 086 and you must be on transit in Changi Airport on both legs of your journey — so no, one-way journey tickets are not eligible. If you’re flying with Air New Zealand, flight numbers are SQ4281, SQ4282, NZ281, or NZ282. If with Scoot, flight numbers are TR597 or TR596 . – This transit reward can be used at all retail outlets in transit and public areas of Changi Airport. Or you can use it for a one-time access to the Ambassador Transit Lounge located in the transit areas of Terminals 2 or 3 for up to two (2) hours. . – For more information on this, go here

◘◘ All Terminals

Singapore Changi Airport

Photos by: Singapore Changi Airport

All of Singapore Changi Airport’s terminals (1 to 4) have the following things which sure makes for a fun Singapore layover…

  • Duty-free shopping and dining shops (see a full list here ).
  • FREE foot massage on OSIM machines.
  • Play Area and/or Family Zone Fun for families with kids
  • 24-hour paid lounges with facilities for shower, foot reflexology, spa massages, etc. (best to have a Priority Pass on hand).
  • Prayer rooms
  • Charging points. In fact there are about 3,400 USB ports and universal power sockets in the airport!
  • Baby care room for parent’s nursing needs
  • Baggage storage and left Baggage counters
  • Clinics and pharmacies
  • Free-to-use rest areas
  • City sightseeing buses that arrive every 15 minutes
  • — and more!

…but below are the unique things that you can find in each terminal.

◘◘ Terminal 1

Airport Lounge Service by Plaza Premium Lounge: Private lounge with showers, food, massage & more if you reserve your spot online ! Airport Wellness Oasis:   Relax and get a massage. Also, try their signature Fish Spa! Kinetic Rain:  Watch 1,216 polished copper raindrops dance in the air, an art installation that is this terminal’s centerpiece. Arrival Garden:  This is the airport’s first garden. Rooftop Jacuzzi and Pool:  Who would have thought that one day, you could swim in an international airport, right? Cactus Garden:  This is a rooftop garden that has over 100 species of cacti and arid plants from Africa and the Americas. Piazza Garden:  Features seasonal and thematic plant displays throughout the seasons. Sculptural Tree Garden:  Have three tall tree-like sculptures clad with an interesting collage of foliage. Water Lily Garden: See water lilies in a natural aquatic garden environment.

◘◘ Terminal 2

◘◘ Terminal 2 Movie Theatre:  Yes, you can watch recent films in the 24-hour cinema! The best part, it’s FREE! Entertainment Deck:  From Xbox 360 to Kinect stations, this is your one-stop multimedia entertainment center. A Million Times at Changi: One of the biggest kinetic artwork in the world, made up of 504 clocks moving in perfect unison. Enchanted Garden: Interactive and decorative garden that comes to life with sight and sound. Orchid Garden: Holds a colorful collection of rare orchids. Sunflower Garden: About 500 bright yellow flowers amidst the runways. Xperience Zone: Catch the latest sports events on large screens while lounging on plush seats.

◘◘ Terminal 3

Butterfly Garden:  The first butterfly garden in an airport and home to over 1,000 butterflies. Crowne Plaza:  Want a proper snooze during your Singapore layover? Check in to this stylish accommodation. Crystal Garden: A great place to get some calm. Movie Theatre:  You can also catch the latest blockbusters and movies for FREE in this terminal. The Slide @ T3: Take a ride on the world’s tallest slide in an airport!

◘◘ Terminal 4

Game room & Entertainment Corner: Offers a fun selection of arcade games. Heritage Zone:  Experience the city’s heritage via cultural shopfronts featuring multi-colored facades of old Peranakan houses. Petalclouds: The centerpiece of Terminal 4, this is a grand-scale kinetic sculpture. Steel in Bloom:  This is a garden that also features a 6-meter high centerpiece of plants and steel. TV lounge: Families can take a break and catch up on their favorite TV shows on these comfy couches.

TIP : Are you departing from Singapore Changi Airport? Well, guess what? You can check in as early as 48 hours on select check-in counters! To check if your airline is a part of this, check by with this link .

Singapore Travel Guide

» best time to visit.

Much like most of Southeast Asia , Singapore is customarily hot and humid all year long but with the following months having pronounced differences:

  • October to January : Wettest months
  • February to April: A bit more pleasant
  • May to June: Hottest months
  • July to September: Most festive season and typically the best months

» Getting in to Singapore

By air. As Southeast Asia’s (SEA’s) largest aviation hub, the main airport, Changi Airport (SIN), is known to many. In order to find the best flight deals from your point of origin, I recommend browsing through Skyscanner .

From the airport, there are a number of ways to reach the city:

  • Airport Shuttle : There are Ground Transport Desks in every terminal with different transport options (limousine, 4-seater, etc.) , but if you want to avoid the lines, you can already book online .
  • Private Transfer : Apart from taxis, you can get round-trip transfers from the airport and also book this arrangement online .
  • You can purchase an SG Tourist Pass to get unlimited travel on MRT and LRT lines as well as buses for a number of days.

By land. The country is linked by 2 land crossings to Peninsular Malaysia namely the Causeway and the Second Link. You can drive in your own car, ride a bus or even a taxi (but only specially-licensed ones) . Otherwise, there is a shuttle train service from Malaysia through Keretapi Tanah Melayu (Malayan Railay or KTMB).

By sea. Singapore has 5 ferry terminals: HarbourFront (formerly World Trade Centre) near Sentosa, Marina Bay Cruise Centre in Marina Bay, Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal on the East Coast, as well as Changi Ferry Terminal and Changi Point Ferry Terminal, both at the eastern side of the island near the airport. These terminals all link to Indonesia’s province of Riau Islands and the Malaysian state of Johor.

» Visa for Singapore

Most nationalities can enter Singapore without a visa. For more information, you can check this link. But if you’re from the Philippines like me, we are issued visas on arrival for stays of up to 30 days, whether it’s for touristic or business purposes.

Meanwhile, passengers of eligible nationalities may also qualify for VFTF (Visa Free Transit Facility) if the prevailing entry requirements are met. Assessment for this entry is determined by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers at the point of entry. (For more information, please see here ).

  • Check full visa requirements here as per your nationality.

» Where to Stay (Singapore Accommodations)

To search for the best hotel accommodation in Singapore at the best prices, I suggest cross-checking hotel prices between Agoda and Booking.com . But if you’re rather interested in renting comfortable houses or apartments, you should search through AirBnB .

» Singapore Currency

Singapore dollar (sign: S$; code: SGD) wherein USD$1 is equal to about SGD 1.30~ or Php 48~ (this is as of 2021). In the event that you want to exchange your money for SGD, I highly advise that you do NOT exchange your money at the airport since the rates there are not competitive.

  • How to best exchange your currency? Either exchange it at a bank or at a money exchanger in your home country or in the city center. Better yet, just withdraw from an ATM with your debit/credit card — however, you must do one big withdrawal to minimize fees with your bank. Speaking of cards, a lot of establishments accept credit cards but it’s always advisable to have cash on hand because a lot of smaller shops do not accept international credit cards.

» Cost of Travel in Singapore

To give you an idea, you should expect to travel in Singapore with an average daily cost of about USD $45~ per person on a budget, or at least $120~ if you want to experience more comfort in activities, tours, hotels, and more. (Values below show low budget to medium budget ranges).

  • Hotels: $25 to $75 USD / day
  • Food: $8 to $20 USD / day
  • Fun: $10 to $25 USD / day
  • Transport: $3 to $8 per ride

» Leaving Luggage at Changi Airport

All terminals in Singapore Changi Airport have baggage storage and counters — plus, they are available 24 hours! Prices for this typically start at USD$4, so it’s great when you have a Singapore layover. For more information, see here .

» How to Get Around Singapore

Singapore is a small metropolis, so you can either walk (depending on the locations you’re going to) or take the following options:

  • Rail: MRT and LRT trains are cheap and reliable modes of transportation. It’s best to get an EZ-link or Nets FlashPay farecards (this can be bought either from the station or at convenience stores or online ), and fares usually cost from $.80 to $2.20.
  • Bus: These are a bit slower but still great for shorter distances. You can pay in cash or coins but it’s best to pay with your Ez-link or Nets FlashPay card , just don’t forget to tap out or you’ll end up paying the maximum fare.
  • Taxi: The flag down rate starts at $3, anyhow you also opt for an Uber-like service by downloading the Grab ride-hailing app (you can pay by cash or credit card).

Meanwhile, when you’re mapping out your day-to-day route, just use Google Maps because it will show in detail the fastest connections you can do (by walking, by car, by bus, and by train).

» Staying Connected in Singapore

Singapore has one of the fastest internet connections in the world so you’ll be assured of great connections wherever you go. To add, most places even offer FREE WiFi — but in order to consistently stay connected online during your Singapore trip, get your own pocket WiFi or SIM Card .

» Safety in Singapore

Singapore is one of the safest countries in the world with very low crime rates — however , this is NO excuse to get too complacent. ‘Little crime’ does not mean ‘no crime’, so stay vigilant and be “street smart” by using your common sense at all times. Nevertheless, solo travelers don’t have much to worry about in this amazing country.

  • HOW TO: Find the right travel insurance for you

» Helpful Singapore Phrases

English is widely spoken and it is one of the 4 official languages (the other three being Mandarin, Malay and Tamil). That being said, you won’t have difficulty going around Singapore because everyone speaks English. Nevertheless, below are some helpful Mandarin and Malay phrases.

  • RELATED READ: Best translation apps for travel

MANDARIN Hello: Nǐ hǎo (Nee how) Thank you: Xièxiè (shièh shièh) You’re welcome: Bú kèqi Goodbye: Zàijiàn (dsaì jiàn) Excuse me (getting attention): Qǐng wèn I’m sorry: Duìbùqǐ (dweì bú chi) Is there someone here who speaks English?: Zhèlĭ yǒu rén hùi shuō Yīngyǔ ma? Help!: Jiùmìng! Cheers!: Gānbēi! (gon bay)

MALAY Hello (formal): Hello Hello (informal): Hai (Hi) Thank you: Terima kasih (TREE-muh KAH-seh) Yes: Ya (YUH) No: Tidak (tee-DAH) Goodbye: Selamat tinggal (SLAH-maht tin-GAHL) [“Safe stay!”] or Selamat jalan (SLAH-maht JAH-lahn) [“Safe trip!”] Excuse me / I’m sorry: Maaf (mah’AHF) or Maafkan saya (mah’AHF-kahn SAH-yuh) Is there someone here who speaks English?: Adakah orang yang cakap Bahasa Inggeris di sini? (AH-duh-kah OH-rahng yahng CHAH-kahp bah-HAH-suh ING-grees dee SEE-nee) Help!: Tolong! (TOH-lohng) Cheers!: Sorakan!

Other Singapore Layover F.A.Q.

Please check their  latest travel advisories  page for more details.

Yes, immigration usually asks for proof of onward travel — or basically, proof of a flight ticket back to your home country or to any other destination after your stay in Singapore. If flight reservations are enough, you can easily purchase this from OneWayFly for only $16, and then present it to the immigration counter.

You should make your way to your departure gate at least 60 minutes before your flight departure time.

All visitors to Singapore must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after their date of arrival in the country.

Singapore typically uses plug type C (two round pins), type G (three rectangular pins in a triangular pattern), and type M (three round pins).  The country operates on a 230V voltage and a frequency of 50Hz.

It is not customary in Singapore to tip. In hotels and some restaurants though, you will sometimes see a 5-10% service charge on your bill.

Booking Essentials

Book an AirBnB

TIP: It’s a good idea to crosscheck the prices with other popular travel insurance providers like World Nomads and HeyMondo (as my reader, you get 5% off)! . However, take note a travel insurance’s affordability typically means lesser coverage; so please always ensure that you read the fine print in order to decipher which travel insurance company is the right fit for you and your trip!

Looking for more travel tips for Singapore?

Check out my other detailed Singapore travel guides !

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Great Vlog by the way! informative, it’s very helpful all the questions running through my mind had been answered.

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How to Spend Your Layover in Changi Airport, Singapore

Enjoy Changi Airport as a Tourist Destination, Not Just a Stopover

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Singapore Changi International Airport

Few airports enjoy a reputation as a travel destination unto themselves; Singapore’s Changi Airport certainly makes that list.

This gateway to Southeast Asia exceeds every expectation where layover comfort is concerned: an airy but surprisingly tightly-knit 13,730,000 sq. ft. space with lofty ceilings, comfortably carpeted floors, and plenty of shopping , dining , and entertainment options that could vie with some of the world's classiest shopping malls.

The airport's massive size, with all amenities distributed across four terminals ( T1, T2, T3 and T4 ) and a new mixed-use entertainment complex ( Jewel Changi Airport ), include not a few playful touches that you'd hardly expect to find in a major world air hub.

Jewel Changi Airport

The newly-opened Jewel Changi Airport (“Jewel”) shows just how precious Changi is as a tourist destination, not just as an air gateway.

Opened in 2019, Jewel was conceived as catnip for the 30% of tourists who fly into Singapore but never leave Changi’s transit areas at all. ( Source ) Passengers with Changi Airport layovers can easily check out, explore Jewel’s attractions, and check back in for their flights.

Jewel is also open to tourists already in Singapore – so they can pop over on the MRT and visit in the middle of their Singapore travel itinerary.

From the outside, Jewel looks like a giant glass raindrop sitting opposite T1 – a sight most layover visitors won’t see. But with ten levels (five above ground and five below), Jewel has over 1,460,600 sq. ft. of floor space to play in – which the designers have filled with a park, hundreds of shops and restaurants, and the world’s biggest indoor waterfall.

Jewel’s key highlights include:

  • HSBC Rain Vortex at the very center of Jewel: a seven-storey-high waterfall that pumps some 10,000 gallons of water per minute, the centerpiece of a terraced forest
  • Canopy Park , a lushly-manicured leisure area/playground on the very top floor of Jewel with mazes, slides and massive, walkable nets suspended over an 80-foot-high open space
  • Shiseido Forest Valley , a four-storey terraced forest surrounding the Rain Vortex. Over 900 trees and some 60,000 shrubs create the illusion of a natural valley, wound through with nature trails that dip and rise a vertical height of 100 feet
  • Over 280 retail and F&B outlets , including Southeast Asia’s biggest Nike Store and the world’s first Pokemon Centre outside Japan
  • Yotelair , a boutique hotel offering 130 rooms with flexible accommodations of two- and four-hour packages – ideal for layover visitors

Layover visitors can access Jewel from walkways directly connected to T1, T2 and T3. (Passengers at T4 need to use the free shuttle bus to get here.) Outside visitors can take Bus 36 or the MRT to Terminal 2, then cross over to the Jewel building.

Don’t feel like checking out? Tourists on a layover can still stay within the transit areas of T1, T2, T3 and T4 and still have plenty to see and do.

NOTE: For details on dining, shopping and hotels in the transit areas, visit our Guide to Changi Airport .

Changi Airport’s Nature-Based Wonders

If you can’t go to nature, Changi Airport will bring nature to you. Scattered throughout Changi Airport’s terminals are several nature-based attractions that offer green relief to travelers suffering from cabin fever:

  • Enchanted Garden (T2): this indoor garden intertwines nature and tech; flowers, decorative greenery and a koi pond enhance the garden’s centerpiece attractions, four “flower pods” made from 56,000 pieces of reflective glass
  • Butterfly Garden (T3): 1,000 butterflies flitter through this 3,500-sq. ft. two-storey open-air space, kept cool with a working waterfall. Visitors can observe the entire life cycle of the butterflies at work, from hatching to their pupa stage to live butterflies feeding at a number of food dispensers throughout the space.
  • Sunflower Garden (T2): a sunflower-filled space by day, a light-filled retreat by night – spotlights and firefly lights bring magic to the sunflowers and other plants after dark
  • Outdoor Cactus Garden (T1): over 40 species of succulents and cacti can be found in this open-air area.
  • Orchid Garden (T2): get a taste of Singapore’s passion for flowering plants, by walking through this garden’s collection of over 700 moth, butterfly, and spider orchids; the National Flower (Vanda Miss Joaquim) makes an appearance between July and August

Family-Friendly Games & Entertainment in Changi Airport

As Singapore is Southeast Asia’s most family-friendly destination , it’s no surprise that its main airport follows suit. Travelers with kids can while away their layover through any of the following all-ages areas and activities:

  • The Slide@T3 : Singapore’s tallest slide spans a four-storey drop from Level 1 to Basement 3 – passengers zoom down this incline at a top speed of 13 mph. If you spend about SGD 10 on goods and services at the airport, you can use your receipts to redeem one ride token; you'll only be allowed up to 10 rides per day
  • Movie & TV Viewing : Two 24-hour movie theaters (T2, T3) screen this year’s blockbusters at all hours, for free. Visit the Changi Airport page for movie schedules . Visit the Xperience Zone (T2) to watch live sporting events on large-screen TVs
  • One-Stop Entertainment Deck (T2): Free access to Kinect, PlayStation and PC game consoles burn off your pent-up energy waiting for your flight. Open from 6am to 11:59pm
  • Free Singapore tour: i f you have six hours or so to spare before your flight, take your family on a free sightseeing tour around Singapore . Two itineraries, each covering 2.5 hours, are available: the "Heritage Tour" that covers the colonial district, the central business district, and the ethnic enclaves of Chinatown , Little India and Kampong Glam; and the "City Sights Tour" that whizzes past the Singapore Flyer , the Marina Bay district , and Gardens by the Bay
  • Family Zone (T2): a godsend for parents of little children, the Family Zone offers diaper-changing rooms and nursing rooms; a playground; and TVs airing popular kiddie shows.
  • Playgrounds (T1, T3, T4): help the little ones blow off steam at these air-conditioned play areas for kids 1-12 years of age
  • Peranakan Woodblock Rub (T1-T4): kids can create traditional woodblock prints on paper, allowing them to take home a piece of Singapore’s hybrid Peranakan culture with them when they fly out

Spas & Relaxation at Changi Airport

Studies have found that airports are some of the most stressful environments for travelers. Changi Airport’s spa and relaxation facilities help make this airport an exception to the rule:

  • Rooftop swimming pool & jacuzzi (T1): Changi Airport is one of the few airports that can lay claim to having their own swimming pool and jacuzzi. Use of the swimming pool costs SGD 17 per use, but is free for guests of the Ambassador Transit Hotel.
  • Spa therapy: Changi Airport’s pay-per-use lounges offer spa services for paying guests. Specialty spa providers in the transit area include Airport Wellness Oasis (T1), TranSpa and Spa Express (T2), and Be Relaxed (T3).
  • Gymnasium (T1, T2): Changi Airport’s gyms run 24 hours a day.

Art Installations in Changi Airport

As you wander through Changi Airport, you’ll come across tastefully-created artwork, many commissioned from Asia’s most renowned artists:

  • Kinetic artwork : Two kinetic art installations - Kinetic Rain (T1) and Petalclouds (T4) – combine form and constant movement to create entrancing art performances that never look the same way twice!
  • Sculptures : walk through T3 and T4 to see majestic travel-themed sculpture, like Birds in Flight (T3), inspired by the long-ranging Arctic tern; Coming Home (T4), a nine-ton sculpture of a famiy on the move; and Hey Ah Chek ! (T4), a 1950s-style trishaw done in bronze.
  • Social Tree (T1): share your Changi Airport selfies and shots at this LED-screen-faced “tree” - and watch other people’s shares go live!
  • Peranakan Gallery (T4): See Singapore’s hybrid Peranakan culture in living color, through displays of traditional dress, furniture and ceramics that explain how the Peranakans found a home in this part of the world

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Singapore Layover: Things To Do In & Out Of The Airport

Published: September 10, 2023

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by Mona Hintz

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Welcome to the vibrant city-state of Singapore, a bustling hub of culture, innovation, and stunning landscapes. If you find yourself with a layover in Singapore, you’re in luck. With its world-renowned Changi Airport and a plethora of attractions just waiting to be explored, you can make the most of your time in this incredible destination.

While layovers are often seen as inconvenient, Singapore offers a unique opportunity to turn that waiting time into an unforgettable experience. Whether you have a few hours or a full day, there are plenty of options to keep you entertained both within and outside of the airport.

First and foremost, Singapore’s Changi Airport has consistently been ranked as one of the best airports in the world. With its modern facilities, efficient services, and a wide range of entertainment options, you’ll find yourself well occupied during your layover. From world-class shopping to indulgent dining experiences, Changi Airport has it all. Be sure to explore the various terminals and take advantage of the amenities available to passengers.

However, if you’re eager to venture beyond the airport and immerse yourself in the beauty and culture of Singapore, there are numerous exciting options to choose from. Whether you’re a nature lover, a foodie, or a history enthusiast, there’s something to cater to every interest and preference.

In this article, we will guide you through the top attractions and activities both within and outside the airport. From the iconic Gardens by the Bay to the vibrant neighborhoods of Chinatown and Little India, we’ll ensure that you make the most of your layover in Singapore.

So, without further ado, let’s embark on an exhilarating journey and discover the best things to do in Singapore during your layover.

Exploring Changi Airport

Changi Airport is not your average airport; it’s a destination in itself. With its state-of-the-art facilities and a wide array of amenities, you can easily spend hours exploring what it has to offer.

Start your airport adventure with a visit to the iconic Jewel Changi, a multi-dimensional complex located right at the heart of the airport. Jewel Changi is a marvel of architectural design, featuring a stunning indoor waterfall, lush gardens, retail outlets, and a wide range of dining options.

Take a leisurely stroll along the Jewel’s elevated walkways and immerse yourself in a tropical oasis of greenery. The Shiseido Forest Valley, a lush four-storey garden, is a tranquil escape perfect for nature lovers. And don’t miss the breathtaking HSBC Rain Vortex, the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, cascading down from the roof of the Jewel.

If you’re a shopaholic, you’re in for a treat. Changi Airport boasts an extensive range of shops, from luxury brands to local boutiques. Explore the terminals and indulge in some retail therapy, be it fashion, electronics, or duty-free items. Don’t forget to pick up unique souvenirs to commemorate your Singapore layover.

When it comes to dining options, Changi Airport offers an impressive selection. From local street food to international cuisines, there’s something to satisfy every palate. Indulge in a bowl of flavorful Laksa or devour a plate of tender Hainanese Chicken Rice. If you’re craving international fare, you’ll find an abundance of choices, ranging from Japanese sushi bars to Italian trattorias.

For those traveling with children, Changi Airport has several entertainment options to keep the little ones entertained. The interactive children’s playgrounds, movie theaters, and gaming zones will ensure that they have a memorable experience too.

And if you’re in need of some relaxation, why not pamper yourself at one of Changi Airport’s spas or lounges? Enjoy a soothing massage or unwind with a refreshing drink in a tranquil ambiance.

With its countless amenities and attractions, Changi Airport takes layovers to a whole new level. Whether you’re stopping over for a few hours or an extended stay, make sure to squeeze in some time to explore the wonders of Changi Airport.

Jewel Changi

Jewel Changi is an architectural gem and a must-visit destination within Changi Airport. This iconic complex offers a unique blend of nature, entertainment, shopping, and dining, making it a perfect spot to spend your layover.

The centerpiece of Jewel Changi is the stunning indoor waterfall known as the HSBC Rain Vortex. Standing at an impressive height of 40 meters, this majestic waterfall is surrounded by lush greenery, creating a mesmerizing sight. As you stand at the base and witness the water cascading down, you’ll feel a sense of tranquility and awe.

Take a leisurely stroll through the Shiseido Forest Valley, a four-story garden with over 900 trees and 60,000 shrubs. Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature as you walk along the winding pathways, surrounded by an abundance of flora. The pristine air and peaceful environment offer a refreshing break from the bustling airport.

For thrill-seekers, don’t miss the Canopy Park located on the topmost level of Jewel Changi. This expansive recreational space is filled with exciting attractions, including the Sky Nets, Canopy Mazes, Discovery Slides, and Mirror Maze. Embark on an adventure and challenge yourself to navigate through the various obstacles and puzzles.

Shopping enthusiasts will be delighted by the vast array of retail options at Jewel Changi. From luxury brands to local boutiques, you’ll find something to suit every style and budget. Discover unique souvenirs, fashionable clothing, trendy accessories, and more. The selection is diverse and sure to satisfy any shopper’s cravings.

When it comes to dining, Jewel Changi offers an exceptional culinary experience. Indulge in a wide range of cuisines, from local Singaporean delicacies to international flavors. Savor a bowl of hearty ramen, indulge in traditional dim sum, or enjoy a sumptuous seafood feast. With its numerous restaurants, cafes, and food stalls, Jewel Changi is a food lover’s paradise.

For those looking to relax and rejuvenate, the Canopy Park also offers a tranquil oasis. Lounge on the lush greenery, soak up the sun, and enjoy the breathtaking view of the Rain Vortex. It’s the perfect spot to unwind and recharge before continuing your journey.

Singapore City Tour

If you have a longer layover and want to explore beyond the airport, a Singapore city tour is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and rich heritage of this cosmopolitan city.

One of the best ways to see the iconic landmarks of Singapore is through a hop-on-hop-off bus tour. These tours allow you to explore the city at your own pace, hopping off at various stops to visit attractions such as the Merlion Park, Marina Bay Sands, and Clarke Quay. Relax on the open-top deck as you take in panoramic views of the city skyline and learn about its history and culture through informative audio commentary.

No visit to Singapore is complete without a visit to Gardens by the Bay. This futuristic horticultural wonderland features breathtakingly beautiful gardens, impressive Supertrees, and the iconic Flower Dome and Cloud Forest conservatories. Walk along the OCBC Skyway to get a bird’s-eye view of the gardens or attend the mesmerizing Garden Rhapsody light and sound show in the evening.

Marina Bay Sands is another iconic landmark that should not be missed. This integrated resort boasts a world-class casino, luxury shopping boutiques, fine dining restaurants, and a stunning rooftop infinity pool with panoramic views of the city skyline. Whether you’re a shopper, a food lover, or simply want to enjoy the breathtaking views, Marina Bay Sands is a must-visit destination.

For those interested in the rich cultural heritage of Singapore, a visit to the ethnic enclaves of Chinatown, Little India, and Kampong Glam is highly recommended. Explore the vibrant streets lined with intricate temples, colorful shophouses, and bustling markets. Immerse yourself in the flavors of Singapore’s diverse cuisines, shop for unique souvenirs, and soak in the atmosphere of these culturally-rich neighborhoods.

If you’re a nature lover or seeking a beach getaway, head to East Coast Park. This sprawling park offers a variety of recreational activities including cycling, rollerblading, picnicking, and even barbecuing. Enjoy the beautiful beachfront, take a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk, or try your hand at water sports such as kayaking or paddleboarding.

For a taste of Singapore’s rustic charm, take a trip to Pulau Ubin. This small island is a hidden gem, preserving the traditional way of life in Singapore. Rent a bicycle and explore the untouched nature trails, visit the Chek Jawa wetlands to spot diverse wildlife, or simply relax on the picturesque beaches. Pulau Ubin offers a tranquil escape from the bustling city.

A layover in Singapore offers a unique opportunity to experience the best of what this dynamic city-state has to offer. Whether you choose to explore the iconic landmarks, delve into the local culture, or escape to nature, a Singapore city tour guarantees an unforgettable experience that will leave you wanting to come back for more.

Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay is a world-renowned attraction that combines stunning horticulture, innovative design, and sustainable practices. It is a must-visit destination in Singapore, offering a unique and immersive experience for nature lovers, architecture enthusiasts, and anyone seeking a tranquil escape from the bustling city.

The star of the show at Gardens by the Bay is undoubtedly the Supertrees. These towering vertical gardens, ranging from 25 to 50 meters in height, are adorned with a variety of plants and serve multiple purposes. Not only do they provide a striking visual spectacle, but they also house solar panels that generate sustainable energy and collect rainwater for irrigation.

Visitors can take a leisurely stroll along the OCBC Skyway, a suspended walkway that connects some of the Supertrees. From this vantage point, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding gardens and the city skyline. The Supertree Grove also comes alive in the evening with an enchanting light and sound show known as the Garden Rhapsody. Watch as the Supertrees illuminate in a dazzling display of colors and synchronized music.

The Flower Dome and Cloud Forest conservatories are another highlight of Gardens by the Bay. Step into the Flower Dome, the largest glass greenhouse in the world, and be amazed by an extraordinary collection of plants from various regions and climatic zones. Admire the vibrant blooms, rare orchids, and stunning landscapes as you explore this floral paradise.

The Cloud Forest takes you on a journey through an indoor mountain covered in lush vegetation, featuring the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. Ascend the Cloud Mountain and marvel at the diverse plant life that thrives in the cool and misty environment. The Cloud Walk offers a panoramic view of the entire conservatory and a chance to see the mist-enveloped waterfall up close.

Aside from these iconic attractions, Gardens by the Bay offers a range of themed gardens, including the Heritage Gardens, the Sun Pavilion, and the Serene Garden. Each showcases unique plant species and provides a serene and tranquil ambiance that provides a much-needed respite from the urban bustle.

Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a photographer, or someone seeking serenity, Gardens by the Bay is a haven of beauty and tranquility. It is an experience that will leave you in awe of Singapore’s commitment to sustainable development and horticultural excellence. Don’t miss the chance to immerse yourself in this magical oasis during your layover in Singapore.

Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands is an iconic integrated resort that has become synonymous with the modern skyline of Singapore. This architectural marvel is a must-visit destination for its world-class amenities, luxury shopping, fine dining options, and spectacular views of the city.

The most distinctive feature of Marina Bay Sands is its rooftop SkyPark, which offers panoramic views of Singapore’s skyline. Take an elevator ride to the observation deck and marvel at the breathtaking vistas of the cityscape, including landmarks like Gardens by the Bay and the Singapore Flyer. The infinity pool, located on the 57th floor, is a truly exquisite experience, allowing you to swim while enjoying unparalleled views of the city below.

For shopaholics, Marina Bay Sands provides a plethora of luxury boutiques and designer brands. Explore the high-end fashion labels, jewelry stores, and beauty boutiques located within The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. From haute couture to high street fashion, you’ll find everything to satisfy your retail cravings.

When it comes to dining, Marina Bay Sands offers a diverse range of culinary experiences, with an array of international and local cuisine options. Indulge in an exquisite fine dining experience at one of the celebrity chef restaurants or savor a casual meal at the food court, which offers a wide variety of local dishes and international favorites. Don’t forget to sample the delectable Singaporean hawker food, renowned for its unique flavors and affordable prices.

In addition to the retail and dining options, Marina Bay Sands also houses one of the largest and most opulent casinos in the world. Test your luck at the gaming tables or try your hand at the slot machines for an adrenaline-pumping experience.

If you’re interested in the arts, Marina Bay Sands is home to the magnificent ArtScience Museum. This iconic lotus-shaped building hosts various exhibitions that blend art and science, offering a unique and thought-provoking experience.

For those seeking evening entertainment, catch a world-class performance at the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, located just a short walk from Marina Bay Sands. Enjoy a concert, theater production, or dance performance in one of the stunningly designed theater halls.

Overall, Marina Bay Sands is a destination that embodies luxury, entertainment, and cultural experiences. Whether you’re staying at the resort or simply exploring its attractions, you’re guaranteed an unforgettable experience that showcases the opulence and vibrancy of Singapore.

Sentosa Island

Sentosa Island is a tropical paradise located just off the coast of mainland Singapore. This resort island offers a plethora of attractions and activities, making it a perfect destination for a fun-filled layover.

Start your adventure at Resorts World Sentosa, a sprawling integrated resort that houses a multitude of attractions. Visit Universal Studios Singapore, a theme park that brings your favorite movies to life with thrilling rides and immersive experiences. From heart-pounding roller coasters to live shows, there’s something for everyone in the family.

For a unique wildlife encounter, head to the S.E.A. Aquarium, the world’s largest aquarium, where you can marvel at over 100,000 marine creatures from around the world. Walk through the underwater tunnel and get up close to majestic manta rays, leopard sharks, and colorful coral reefs.

For a dose of adrenaline, venture to the Skyline Luge Sentosa, a gravity-fueled ride that takes you on a thrilling journey down the slopes of Sentosa. Hop on a luge cart and speed down the tracks as you take in the scenic views of the island.

If you’re craving some beach time, Sentosa Island has several pristine sandy beaches. Siloso Beach is perfect for water sports enthusiasts, offering activities such as kayaking, beach volleyball, and paddleboarding. Palawan Beach is great for families, with its suspension bridge leading to the southernmost point of continental Asia. Tanjong Beach provides a more tranquil atmosphere, ideal for those seeking relaxation.

Visit the Wings of Time show, a mesmerizing outdoor night show featuring water, laser, and fire effects set against the backdrop of the open sea. Be captivated by the dazzling lights and special effects as the story unfolds in a stunning visual spectacle.

For history buffs, take a trip to Fort Siloso, Singapore’s only preserved coastal fort. Explore the underground tunnels, visit the historical exhibitions, and learn about Singapore’s role in World War II.

Sentosa Island also offers a wide range of dining options, from beachfront restaurants to upscale dining establishments. Indulge in sizzling barbecues, seafood feasts, or international gourmet cuisine – whatever your palate desires, you’ll find it on Sentosa Island.

With its diverse range of attractions and activities, Sentosa Island guarantees a day of excitement and relaxation for visitors of all ages. Whether you’re seeking thrills, natural beauty, or cultural experiences, Sentosa Island is a must-visit destination for an unforgettable layover in Singapore.

Hawker Centers

When it comes to experiencing the local food culture in Singapore, a visit to the hawker centers is an absolute must. These bustling open-air food courts are the heart and soul of Singapore’s culinary scene, offering a wide array of mouthwatering dishes at affordable prices.

Hawker centers are where locals and tourists alike come together to indulge in the diverse flavors of Singapore’s hawker cuisine. You’ll find a plethora of food stalls serving up a variety of dishes, ranging from Chinese, Malay, Indian, and other international cuisines.

One of the most famous hawker centers is Maxwell Food Centre. Located in the heart of Chinatown, it is a haven for food lovers. Here, you can savor iconic Singaporean dishes such as Hainanese Chicken Rice, Char Kway Teow, and Nasi Lemak. Don’t miss the opportunity to try the famous Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice, known for its tender chicken and fragrant rice.

Another popular hawker center is Lau Pa Sat, located in the bustling Central Business District. This historic market dates back to the 19th century and is a favorite spot for locals during lunchtime. Indulge in Singaporean classics like Satay, Laksa, and Roti Prata, or opt for international favorites like Korean BBQ and Japanese Ramen.

For seafood lovers, head to Newton Food Centre, known for its wide selection of fresh seafood dishes. Feast on succulent barbecued stingray, sambal chili crabs, and black pepper prawns. This vibrant hawker center offers a lively atmosphere and is a popular choice for both locals and tourists.

If you’re in the mood for a cultural experience, visit Tekka Centre in Little India. Sample authentic Indian cuisine such as biryani, dosa, and various curries. Don’t forget to try the flavorful masala chai and end your meal with a refreshing mango lassi.

One of the unique aspects of hawker centers is the affordability of the food. You can enjoy a hearty meal for a fraction of the price you would find in a restaurant. It’s a great opportunity to taste a wide variety of dishes without breaking the bank.

But it’s not just about the food. Hawker centers also provide a glimpse into the vibrant local culture. Sit down at a communal table, strike up a conversation with fellow diners, and experience the lively atmosphere as you watch the culinary masters prepare each dish with skill and precision.

Visiting a hawker center is an essential part of any Singaporean food adventure. It offers an authentic and immersive experience that allows you to taste the true flavors of Singapore. So, be sure to include a stop at a hawker center during your layover and let your taste buds be tantalized by the diverse flavors of Singapore’s hawker cuisine.

Little India

Immerse yourself in the vibrant colors, aromatic spices, and rich cultural heritage of Little India, one of Singapore’s most iconic and culturally significant neighborhoods. Located in the heart of the city, Little India is a bustling district that offers a sensory overload of sights, sounds, and flavors.

As you step into Little India, you’ll be greeted by bustling streets filled with traditional shophouses adorned with colorful facades. Explore the local markets and stalls where you can find everything from handcrafted silk sarees and intricate jewelry to aromatic spices and fresh flower garlands.

One of the highlights of Little India is the sprawling Mustafa Centre, a 24-hour shopping mall that is a one-stop destination for all your shopping needs. From electronics and household items to groceries and clothing, you can find almost anything here at competitive prices.

Experience a burst of flavors as you indulge in the delectable cuisine of Little India. Sample traditional Indian dishes such as dosa, biryani, and butter chicken. Don’t miss the opportunity to try the famous fish head curry, a mouthwatering dish that combines aromatic spices with tender fish.

While exploring the neighborhood, make sure to visit the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, one of the oldest Hindu temples in Singapore. Admire the intricate architecture, colorful sculptures, and ornate carvings as you learn about the rich religious traditions of the Indian community.

For a truly authentic experience, visit Little India during the festive season of Deepavali (Diwali), the festival of lights. The streets come alive with vibrant decorations, and the air is filled with the aroma of sweets and traditional delicacies. Witness the exuberant celebrations, cultural performances, and lively processions that take place during this time.

Little India is also famous for its street art. Take a leisurely stroll through the neighborhood to discover colorful murals depicting Indian cultural motifs and local narratives. These vibrant artworks add an extra layer of charm and creativity to the already bustling streets.

Immerse yourself in the cultural diversity of Little India by visiting the Indian Heritage Centre, a museum that showcases the history, traditions, and contributions of the Indian community in Singapore. Explore the interactive exhibits and gain a deeper understanding of Indian culture, art, and heritage.

Whether you’re looking to shop for traditional Indian attire, indulge in flavorful cuisines, or learn about the rich heritage of the Indian community, a visit to Little India is a must. Immerse yourself in the vibrant colors, captivating scents, and unique cultural experiences that this neighborhood has to offer during your layover in Singapore.

Step into the vibrant world of Chinatown and experience the rich heritage, bustling streets, and mouthwatering cuisine of Singapore’s Chinese community. This historic neighborhood is a must-visit destination that offers a captivating mix of cultural attractions, traditional architecture, and tantalizing flavors.

As you explore the lively streets of Chinatown, you’ll be greeted by beautifully preserved shophouses adorned with vibrant facades, intricate window shutters, and colorful motifs. Take a leisurely stroll along Pagoda Street, Mosque Street, and Temple Street, where you can find an array of souvenir shops, traditional Chinese medicine halls, and charming tea houses.

A visit to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum is a must when in Chinatown. This magnificent temple is not only a place of worship but also home to a vast collection of Buddhist artifacts and relics. Admire the stunning architecture, intricate carvings, and serene prayer halls as you soak in the spiritual ambiance of the temple.

Apart from its cultural attractions, Chinatown is renowned for its culinary delights. Feast on a wide range of Chinese delicacies, from roasted duck and crispy pork belly to dim sum and mouthwatering noodles. For a truly unique dining experience, head to the Chinatown Complex Food Centre, where you can sample an array of hawker dishes all in one location.

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Chinatown Street Market, a vibrant bazaar where you can find an assortment of traditional Chinese products, from Chinese lanterns and fortune cookies to traditional clothing and Chinese tea sets. Haggle for unique souvenirs or simply immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere as you navigate through the bustling stalls.

For a glimpse into the past, make your way to the Chinatown Heritage Centre, a museum that showcases the history and heritage of Singapore’s early Chinese immigrants. Walk through the preserved shophouse interiors, explore the interactive exhibits, and learn about the struggles and triumphs of the Chinese community in Singapore.

Chinatown comes alive during the festive season of Chinese New Year, when the streets are adorned with bright red lanterns and dragon dance performances take place. Immerse yourself in the electrifying atmosphere as you witness the lion and dragon dances, participate in traditional customs, and indulge in mouthwatering festive treats.

Whether you’re seeking a cultural experience, culinary adventure, or a glimpse into the past, Chinatown is a vibrant neighborhood that offers a unique and captivating experience. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and flavors of this historic enclave during your layover in Singapore.

Kampong Glam

Discover the rich heritage, eclectic charm, and vibrant atmosphere of Kampong Glam, a historic neighborhood that showcases the fusion of Malay, Arab, and Islamic cultures. Located in the heart of Singapore, this captivating enclave offers a unique blend of history, arts, and mouthwatering cuisine.

At the center of Kampong Glam lies the iconic Sultan Mosque, a landmark that dates back to the 19th century. Marvel at its golden domes, intricate minarets, and exquisite architecture as you step into a place of worship that holds great significance for the Muslim community. Take a moment to soak in the serene ambiance and learn about the history of this magnificent mosque.

As you wander through the streets of Kampong Glam, you’ll be captivated by the colorful and beautifully conserved shophouses that line the roads. These buildings, adorned with ornate facades and traditional motifs, house a diverse mix of boutiques, cafes, and art galleries. Explore the narrow lanes and discover hidden gems where you can find unique handicrafts, locally designed clothing, and contemporary artwork.

Food enthusiasts will rejoice in the culinary offerings of Kampong Glam. Indulge in the aromatic flavors of Malay and Middle Eastern cuisines as you dine at one of the many traditional eateries. Taste delicious dishes like Nasi Lemak, Mee Siam, and Satay, or savor delectable Arabic delights such as Shawarma and Hummus. Don’t forget to end your meal with a cup of rich and aromatic Teh Tarik, a popular Malaysian and Singaporean milk tea.

Kampong Glam is also a hub for arts and culture. Visit the Malay Heritage Centre, housed in a beautifully restored former palace, to learn about the history and culture of the Malay community in Singapore. Explore the exhibits, immerse yourself in interactive displays, and gain a deeper understanding of the traditions and customs of this diverse community.

The neighborhood is also known for its vibrant street art scene. Take a leisurely walk along the streets and alleys to discover colorful murals that beautifully blend Malay and urban influences. These art pieces add vibrancy and character to the already enchanting streets.

For a taste of the traditional Malay and Islamic arts, make sure to visit the Arab Street area. Here, you’ll find numerous carpet shops, textile stores, and art galleries showcasing intricate handwoven rugs, batik fabrics, and Islamic calligraphy artworks.

Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of Kampong Glam, where tradition meets modernity. Whether you’re exploring its historical landmarks, savoring its flavorsome cuisine, or immersing yourself in its artistic scene, Kampong Glam offers an enriching and unforgettable experience during your layover in Singapore.

East Coast Park

Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and immerse yourself in the serene beauty of East Coast Park. Spanning over 15 kilometers along the eastern coast of Singapore, this idyllic park offers a plethora of recreational activities, breathtaking views, and delicious dining options.

East Coast Park is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and beach lovers. The park features a wide sandy beach where you can bask in the sun, take a leisurely stroll along the shore, or simply relax with a picnic. The inviting waters of the East Coast make it the perfect spot for swimming, water sports, and even fishing.

One of the best ways to explore the park is by renting a bicycle or rollerblades. Cruise along the scenic cycling paths that run parallel to the coastline, surrounded by lush greenery and the refreshing sea breeze. Stop by one of the many pit stops along the way to enjoy a refreshing drink or indulge in some local snacks.

For those seeking adventure, there are various water sports activities available such as kayaking, paddleboarding, and windsurfing. Feel the adrenaline rush as you glide through the water and enjoy the stunning views of the skyline and offshore islands.

East Coast Park is also famous for its hawker centers and seafood restaurants. Indulge in a mouthwatering feast of barbecued seafood, succulent satay, and delicious local dishes. Enjoy a relaxing meal by the sea or grab a quick bite before continuing your outdoor activities.

If you’re visiting with family, make sure to check out Marine Cove, a recreational area within East Coast Park that offers a wide range of amenities and playgrounds for children. Let the little ones explore the sprawling playgrounds, climb the thrilling obstacle courses, and enjoy the fun-filled water play areas.

In addition to the recreational activities, East Coast Park also hosts various events and festivals throughout the year. From sporting competitions to outdoor concerts and movie screenings, there’s always something happening in the park that adds vibrancy and excitement.

Whether you’re looking to relax on the beach, enjoy a day of outdoor activities, or feast on delicious local cuisine, East Coast Park has something for everyone. It’s the perfect place to unwind, connect with nature, and create lasting memories during your layover in Singapore.

Escape the urban landscape of Singapore and embark on a journey to the rustic and charming island of Pulau Ubin. Located just a short boat ride away from mainland Singapore, this tranquil island offers a glimpse into the past, providing a rare opportunity to experience the traditional way of life in Singapore.

Pulau Ubin is known for its untouched natural beauty and scenic landscapes. As you explore the island, you’ll encounter lush forests, serene mangroves, and picturesque beaches. Rent a bicycle and cycle along the winding paths that crisscross the island, taking in the breathtaking views and enjoying the fresh air.

One of the main attractions on Pulau Ubin is Chek Jawa Wetlands, a biodiverse area that is rich in flora and fauna. Take a guided tour or stroll along the boardwalks to explore the mangrove forests, observe unique marine life in the intertidal flats, and spot various bird species. The Chek Jawa Visitor Centre provides valuable information and insights into the delicate ecosystem of the wetlands.

For a glimpse into the island’s history, visit the Pulau Ubin Cultural and Heritage Trail. This trail takes you to various heritage sites, including old kampongs (villages) and traditional houses. Learn about the traditional trades that once thrived on the island, such as farming and quarrying, and gain a deeper understanding of Singapore’s rural past.

One of the must-visit spots on the island is the House No. 1, also known as Wei Tuo Fa Gong Temple. This Chinese temple is a peaceful sanctuary, providing a serene atmosphere for visitors to reflect and seek blessings. The vibrant colors, intricate design, and peaceful ambiance make it a perfect spot to take a moment of tranquility.

Pulau Ubin is also a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Embark on a leisurely kayaking trip and paddle through the calm waters, exploring the surrounding mangroves and enjoying the serenity of nature. Hiking enthusiasts can tackle the trails that traverse the island, such as Puaka Hill or Butterfly Hill, where they can enjoy panoramic views.

For those seeking a beach excursion, head to the secluded and pristine beaches of Pulau Ubin. Enjoy a leisurely swim in the crystal-clear waters, relax on the sandy shores, or simply unwind with a picnic amidst the tranquility.

Before heading back to mainland Singapore, make sure to sample the local cuisine at the small rustic eateries on the island. Savor authentic Malay and Chinese dishes, such as nasi lemak (coconut rice with sambal), mee goreng (fried noodles), or fresh seafood caught by local fishermen.

Pulau Ubin offers a unique and off-the-beaten-path experience that allows you to immerse yourself in Singapore’s natural beauty and rural charm. If you’re seeking an escape from the urban environment and want to connect with nature and history, Pulau Ubin is the perfect destination for your layover in Singapore.

A layover in Singapore presents a wonderful opportunity to explore the vibrant city-state and experience its unique blend of culture, natural beauty, and culinary delights. From the world-class facilities and entertainment options within Changi Airport to the iconic attractions outside, Singapore offers a wealth of experiences to make your layover unforgettable.

Whether you choose to explore the Gardens by the Bay with its stunning Supertrees and conservatories, unwind at the picturesque East Coast Park, or delve into the cultural enclaves of Chinatown, Little India, and Kampong Glam, Singapore has something for everyone.

The hawker centers of Singapore are a must-visit to indulge in the diverse flavors of local cuisine, while the tranquil beauty of Pulau Ubin offers a glimpse into the rustic and traditional way of life in Singapore.

With its efficient transportation system, it’s easy to make the most of your layover and explore the attractions that suit your interests and time frame. And throughout your journey, don’t forget to soak in the local hospitality, immerse yourself in the rich heritage, and capture the vibrant essence of Singapore.

As you make your way back to the airport, you’ll depart with lasting memories and the satisfaction of having made the most of your layover in Singapore. Whether you had a few hours or a full day, Singapore’s charm and attractions are sure to leave a lasting impression. So, embrace the opportunities, explore the hidden gems, and savor every moment of your layover in this remarkable city-state.


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Singapore's Changi Airport Just Brought Back City Tours for Travelers With Layovers — What to Know

Travelers visiting the airport, who have a minimum of a five and a half hour layover, but no more than a 24 hour layover, will be eligible to choose one of four free tours.

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Courtesy of Changi Airports International

For travelers who have debated whether a layover counts as visiting a particular destination, the Singapore Changi Airport will now make sure the answer is always "yes."

The airport, voted number one in the world by Skytrax , restarted offering guided city tours, a traveler favorite that had previously been on hold during COVID-19.

“The Free Singapore Tour was very popular among our transit and transfer passengers prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, and we are happy to bring it back with the resumption of travel," Changi Airport Group’s Executive Vice President of Air Hub & Cargo Development, Mr. Lim Ching Kiat said in the statement. "For travelers who choose to transit or transfer at Changi Airport, the Free Singapore Tour is designed to give them a glimpse of what Singapore has to offer,”

Travelers visiting the airport who have a minimum of a five and a half hour layover, but no more than a 24 hour layover, will be eligible to choose one of four free tours. 

The City Sights Tour, Heritage Tour, and Jewel Tour have all been refreshed and updated with new attractions and information. A fourth, new tour titled Changi Precinct has made its debut and will spotlight landmarks east of Changi Airport. The tours take approximately 2.5 hours each, and are offered daily, Singapore’s Changi Airport shared in a statement . 

Availability of the tours is first-come, first-served, and pre-booking is highly recommended on the tour’s new website . There is no charge for the tours, but travelers will need to have valid travel documents and may need an entry visa to enter Singapore for the short visit. 

While the City Sights, Heritage, and Changi Precinct tours take guests on a guided trip outside of the airport, the Jewel Tour stays right inside Changi. The Jewel Tour, which is popular with aviation enthusiasts, takes a walking tour throughout portions of the 1 million square foot airport. Guests of the Jewel Tour will be treated to new attractions that are airport-themed. 

Over 800,000 travelers took one of the tours in 2019, the last full-year of tour operations before the COVID-19 shutdown. 

The airport has been globally recognized for the high volume of attractions and activities inside the airport, including a brand new rock climbing gym for travelers of all ages.

15 Best Things To Do In Singapore Airport (Changi Layover)

The Singapore airport is a vacation in itself, and many of the best things to do in Singapore airport are free!

Also known as Changi airport, it’s often ranked as the best airport in the world, with a rooftop pool, giant indoor waterfall, butterfly garden, the Jewel mall, and other fun sights and activities.

The Singapore airport is an important travel hub, serving almost 70 million passengers per year, and connecting Southeast Asia with more than 400 cities and 100 countries around the world.

If you’re an avid international traveler, then you’ll most likely pass through the Singapore airport at some point in your journeys. It’s modern, clean, efficient, and luxurious.

There are a lot of fun things to do in Changi airport (more than you can possibly fit into a single layover), so we put together this travel guide to help you choose some of the very best things to see and do!

Contents hide Where To Stay In Singapore Best Things To Do In Singapore Airport (Changi) 1. See The Rain Vortex Waterfall (Jewel) 2. Watch The Sound & Light Show (Jewel) 3. Walk The Canopy Bridge (Jewel) 4. Play At The Canopy Park (Jewel) 5. Shop Till You Drop (Jewel) 6. Watch The Planes Go By (Terminal 1/2/3) 7. Relax At The Spa (Terminal 1/2/3) 8. Stay In An Airport Hotel (Terminal 1/2/3) 9. See The Flower Gardens (Terminal 1/2) 10. Relax In A Premium Lounge (Terminal 1/4) 11. Swim In The Rooftop Pool (Terminal 1) 12. Enjoy The Free Movie Theaters (Terminal 2/3) 13. Visit The Butterfly Garden (Terminal 3) 14. Go Down The Slide (Terminal 3) 15. Visit The Country Of Singapore Singapore Hotels More Things To Do In Singapore

Where To Stay In Singapore

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Best Things To Do In Singapore Airport (Changi)

1. see the rain vortex waterfall (jewel).

If there’s one thing you have to see in the Singapore airport, it’s this giant manmade waterfall! The HSBC Rain Vortex is the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, cascading down 40 meters and through 7 stories.

The waterfall is free to visit, and highly photogenic at all times of day. It’s set in a beautiful jungle area called the Shiseido Forest Valley, which is covered with green foliage, trees, and walking paths. There’s even a free sound and light show at night.

The HSBC Rain Vortex is located in the Changi Jewel, which is public (not airside), so you need to pass through immigration and ‘enter’ Singapore to see it. It’s connected to Terminal 1, and you can also reach it from other parts of the Singapore airport using the Skytrain, shuttle bus, or on foot.

The forest area is open 24/7, but the waterfall is only flowing during the daytime. You can find more information on the official website . It’s one of the best things to do in Changi airport on a layover!     OPENING HOURS

  • Mon – Thu: 11 AM – 10 PM
  • Fri – Sun, Eve of PH & PH: 10 AM – 10 PM

Best Things To Do In Singapore Airport Changi Layover Jewel HSBC Rain Vortex

Seeing the Rain Vortex — one of the best things to do in Singapore airport!

2. Watch The Sound & Light Show (Jewel)

The only thing better than seeing the Changi airport’s giant waterfall in the daytime, is seeing it illuminated at night for the sound and light show!

This is a short sound and light show that’s projected directly onto the waterfall, and the whole room is lit up with alternating colors and epic music. It’s a fun and impressive experience.

The sound and light show is usually put on several times every evening, but the times can vary by month. You can check current and upcoming show times on the Jewel Changi website .

It’s definitely one of the best things to do in Singapore airport!

Best Things To Do In Singapore Airport Changi Layover Jewel HSBC Rain Vortex Sound Light Show

Sound & Light Show at night

3. Walk The Canopy Bridge (Jewel)

After you’ve seen the Rain Vortex waterfall from below, go to the canopy bridge and see it from above!

This is a transparent glass bridge suspended 23 meters above ground. If you’ve never walked on a glass bottom bridge before, this is a great place to try it! The bridge is kid-friendly and not too scary to walk on, even if you aren’t a big fan of heights.

You can buy your tickets online for this experience before you go. The tickets never sell out, but buying them in advance can speed up the process and save you a bit of hassle when you’re there.

Buy Now: Canopy Bridge Tickets

4. Play At The Canopy Park (Jewel)

The top floor of Changi Jewel (at Level 5) is home to a 14,000 square meter recreational area called the Canopy Park, which has a bunch of fun family-friendly activities. It’s one of the best things to do in Changi airport with kids.

The Hedge Maze at Canopy Park is Singapore’s biggest hedge maze, and the Mirror Maze can be fun for kids too. There’s also a net area where you can walk and bounce on nets suspended above the ground.

Like the other Singapore airport activities listed so far, the Canopy Park is located in the Changi Jewel, which is public (not airside), so you need to pass through immigration and ‘enter’ Singapore to see it. It’s connected to Terminal 1, and you can also reach it from other parts of the Singapore airport using the Skytrain, shuttle bus, or on foot.

Buy Now: Canopy Park & Hedge Maze Tickets / Mirror Maze / Sky Nets

5. Shop Till You Drop (Jewel)

Singapore is a great country for shopaholics, and the Changi airport is no exception.

There are lots of shopping outlets all over Terminals 1, 2, 3, and 4 of the Singapore airport, but the best shopping is arguably in the Changi Jewel mall, which has almost 300 food and shopping outlets of its own.

You can find everything here, including luxury goods, jewelry, watches, clothing, shoes, electronics, toys, gifts, souvenirs, chocolate, wine, and more!

On the Changi website, you can browse through a full shopping directory for the Singapore airport, as well as opening hours for all shopping outlets.

Shopping Mall Clothing

Shop till you drop

Shopping Mall Best Things To Do In Singapore Airport Layover Changi Jewel

Singapore airport has lots of great shopping

6. Watch The Planes Go By (Terminal 1/2/3)

If you’re an aviation enthusiast or plane spotter, you’ll enjoy the viewing malls in Singapore airport, where you can sit and watch the planes as they come and go. It’s a fun way to pass the time while waiting for your flight.

There are viewing malls located in Terminals 1, 2, and 3 of Changi. These are part of the public area of the airport (not airside), so you’ll see them before you pass immigration and ‘exit’ Singapore for your flight.  

7. Relax At The Spa (Terminal 1/2/3)

If you really want to relax and unwind between flights, you can hit up a day spa for massage therapy, foot reflexology, manicure/pedicure, and shower facilities.

Singapore airport has spa outlets on the airside of Terminals 1, 2, and 3. You can see a complete list of locations and opening hours on their website .  

8. Stay In An Airport Hotel (Terminal 1/2/3)

If you have a longer transit in the Singapore airport, you’ll want to book a stay at one of the comfy airport hotels.

There are transit hotels located in Terminals 1, 2, and 3 of Changi airport. Here’s a brief summary of your options:

  • YOTELAIR Singapore Changi . Located in the public area of the Changi Jewel (not airside), but within walking distance of Terminals 1, 2, and 3. Small but comfy double rooms.
  • Aerotel Transit Hotel . Located on the airside of Terminal 1. Solo or double rooms are available, and they also have an outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, and more.
  • Ambassador Transit Hotel . Located on the airside of Terminals 2 and 3. Clean and comfortable rooms, but slightly overpriced for what you get.
  • Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel . Located by Terminal 3. It’s a luxurious hotel with runway views and a swimming pool, fitness center, and more. Best option if you can afford it.

Crowne Plaza Hotel IHG Bedroom Best Things To Do In Singapore Airport Layover Changi Jewel

Comfy bedroom at the Crowne Plaza Hotel

9. See The Flower Gardens (Terminal 1/2)

There are small gardens scattered throughout the transit areas of the Singapore airport, giving travelers a chance to go outside, catch a breath of fresh air, and enjoy the flowers.

Terminal 1 is home to the Water Lily Garden. Terminal 2 is home to the Sunflower Garden, which has cheery patch of sunflowers, and the Orchid Garden, which has more than 700 orchids from 30 varieties, arranged according to their colors and shapes.

All three of these gardens are located on the airside of Changi airport, and they’re free to visit!

Water Lily Garden Flower

Water Lily Garden

10. Relax In A Premium Lounge (Terminal 1/4)

Singapore airport has independent lounges with comfortable seating, charging outlets, WiFi access, international TV channels, and complimentary food and beverages. For an extra charge, they also have massage and shower facilities.

These are paid lounges, but they’re open to travelers with any airline or ticket class. You don’t need a membership of any kind, and you can make an online booking in advance.

The Plaza Premium Lounge is located in Terminal 1 of the airport, while the Blossom Lounge is in Terminal 4. These are both located in transit (airside).

Book Now: Premium Lounge Access

11. Swim In The Rooftop Pool (Terminal 1)

Did you know there’s a rooftop swimming pool and jacuzzi at the Singapore airport, and they sell day passes? It’s one of the best things to do in Changi airport!

The swimming pool is part of the Aerotel Transit Hotel , which is located on the airside of Terminal 1 in Changi airport, and it’s generally open daily from 12 PM (noon) to 9 PM.

You can buy a day pass for $20 Singapore Dollars per person, which includes access to the pool, jacuzzi, and poolside bar, plus free towels and shower facilities.

Or, if you want to stay and enjoy the pool longer, you can make an overnight booking at the Aerotel and get complimentary pool access.

Rooftop Pool Aerotel Transit Hotel Layover

You can swim in the rooftop pool at Singapore airport with a day pass or an overnight stay at Aerotel Transit Hotel

12. Enjoy The Free Movie Theaters (Terminal 2/3)

If you have enough time to spare, you should definitely take advantage of the free movie theaters in the Singapore airport!

There are free theaters located airside in Terminals 2 and 3, and they show lots of great movies for adults and kids alike. Just remember to set a reminder on your phone so you don’t forget about your boarding time!

Aside from occasional maintenance, Changi’s movie theaters are open every day, 24 hours a day. You can find more information about the location and opening hours on their website.  

13. Visit The Butterfly Garden (Terminal 3)

Changi is unique for having the world’s first butterfly garden in an airport! It’s a nice little tropical habitat with a grotto waterfall and more than 1,000 tropical butterflies from about 40 species.

We had fun walking through the two-story garden and taking pictures of the butterflies up close, and sometimes a butterfly will even land on you. It’s definitely one of the best things to do in Singapore airport!

The Butterfly Garden is free to visit, and it’s open 24/7. It’s located on the airside of Terminal 3, and if you’re in transit you can also reach it from other parts of the Singapore airport using the Skytrain or on foot.

Butterfly Garden Best Things To Do In Singapore Airport Layover Changi Jewel

Butterfly Garden — one of the best things to do in Singapore airport!

14. Go Down The Slide (Terminal 3)

Last but not least, Changi is home to Singapore’s tallest slide, and it’s also the tallest slide in an airport anywhere in the world!

It’s a curvy slide that is 12 meters tall (four stories high), and should be lots of fun for kids and kids at heart. The Slide is open daily from 12 PM (noon) to 10:30 PM. You can find more information on the Changi website .

The Slide is part of the public area of Changi (not airside), so you need to pass through immigration and ‘enter’ Singapore to see it. It’s located in Terminal 3, and you can also reach it from other parts of the Singapore airport using the Skytrain, shuttle bus, or on foot.  

15. Visit The Country Of Singapore

After you’ve exhausted all of the best things to do in Singapore airport, it’s time to go outside and see the country of Singapore!

If you have a long layover in Singapore of at least 5 or 6 hours, that’s generally considered to be enough time to exit the airport and go see some things in the city, although you’ll still want to be conservative and keep an eye on your watch.

Better yet, if you have plenty of free time in Southeast Asia, then you should definitely book a hotel and spend a few days in Singapore seeing all of the famous sights in the country, like Chinatown, Little India, and Gardens by the Bay.

For day tours in Singapore, we recommend GetYourGuide . We’ve used them for lots of tours and activities around the world, and they’re great!

You can use this service to pre-book entrance tickets to Singapore’s popular attractions, and they also have private tours that take you to some of the best places in Singapore. Highly recommended!


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Singapore Airport Layover: Free Tours and What To Do

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Overall, Singapore Airport is without a doubt the best airport in the world. Across the board, they are more modern and focus on the passenger experience. Singapore Airport has officially won “Best Airport in the World” many for the past few years consistently. So when I had the chance to spend a full day for a Singapore airport layover, I went for it. 

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3 Free Tours For Your Singapore Layover

There are 3 free Singapore tours you can sign up for:

  • Jewel Tour : Tour of the Jewel at Singapore airport includes discount a free sampler of food.
  • Heritage Tour : Takes you on a bus through historic sites in Singapore. Transportation is included and you won’t need any money.
  • City Sights Tour: Takes you to popular sights in downtown Singapore. Transportation is included.

To sign up for any of the free layover yours, you’ll need to present them your passport and boarding passes. They need to see that you arrived in Singapore and will depart within the next 24 hours.

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Singapore Free Transit Tour Review: The Jewel

Signing up for the singapore airport free tour.

While walking around Singapore Airport, I saw a big booth that said “Free Singapore Tour.” Naturally, this caught my attention because I love free stuff. I do the free walking tours in most cities I visit and it’s always been pretty good for the price. Typically, you just tip however much you feel it was worth at the end.

The Free Singapore Tour group had several different tours and I had the time. But then when I took a closer look, most of the tours are during the day. I wanted to take the free city tour, but it was all booked up for the evening. If you plan on transiting through Singapore, you might want to sign up for the free Singapore tour as soon as you can!

For myself, the only tour available at the time was for The Jewel. It’s something I could have and would have done on my own, but HEY, free tour! So I went for it. My interest was piqued because the tour included a premium view of the Jewel, free activities and food.

free singapore tour

To sign up for a free tour, they’ll need to confirm you’re a transiting passenger by seeing your boarding passes in and out of Singapore.

For some reason I thought you had to pay an entrance fee to get to the Jewel, you do not. The Jewel is completely free to visit. There is a premium view from the top that you have to pay for, but the tour included that for free.

It’s scheduled as a 2.5-hour walking tour, but could have been completed in half that time. There’s a lot of free time calculated for wandering around and taking pictures. That’s the biggest time killer. There were a total of 5 people in my tour, but you’ll end up waiting around.

You can sign up for the Free Singapore Tour at Terminal 2 and 3, just look for the bright pink booth. Officially, the 2.5-hour walking tour says to sign up by 5pm and it runs from 6-8:30pm. But it actually started at 5pm and ended at 7pm. At least that’s what happened for me.

Baggage Storage at Singapore Airport

Before the tour started, I wanted to place my luggage in a locker if possible. I learned that there are no lockers at Singapore airport, but there is baggage storage. The Singapore Air business class lounge also had no lockers.

Baggage storage costs more than a locker and you have to have a person manually check-in your luggage. They also go through it and itemize and valuables. It’s a slow process.

sinapore airport lockers

Prices for lockers aren’t that cheap. It’s not unreasonable for an airport, but I chose just to carry my belongings with me.

sinapore airport storage

Getting To The Jewel

The Jewel is located at Singapore airport, on the Singapore landside. Meaning, if you’re transferring at the airport, you’ll need to go through immigration. Before signing up for the tour, you should the visa rules to enter Singapore.

With the tour, you get a sticker that should help you get through immigration faster. It did not for me. Since we had a small tour, each person went through immigration in different lines. The immigration officer asked me where my guide was, I had no idea. I lost sight of the guide! But I still made it through immigration without any problems.

We exited the airport through Terminal 3 and walked to the Jewel from there. It’s all accessed from within the airport so you’re fully covered from the elements. It’s only a 10-minute walk.

sinapore airport koi pond

The Jewel Tour Experience

The Free Singapore Tour was a little painful for me. First off, I’m carrying a super heavy backpack since there’s no lockers. So my patience is really low when we have a lot of time fillers. The free tour is schedules as 2.5 hours, but they REALLY stretched out a lot of small things to get to that timeframe.

At the Jewel, the tour started with more directions back to the terminal. Then we got a brief overview of the facilities available at The Jewel. We then made our way to Singapore Airport’s giant waterfall to take pictures on a 15-minute break.

After that, we made our way to the basement level where we could see the Jewel from its lowest point. At the basement level, was the food court. We got another 15-minute break here to do some shopping and look around.

sinapore airport waterfall

A Taste of Singapore

Even though the tour was moving slowly, the food sampler made it worth all that time. Even though you only got a small portion of several Singaporean dishes, it was free and delicious! Definitely do the free tour, get the food, then bail on the rest of the tour.

sinapore airport food

The Tour (continued)

We then took a 5-minute restroom break, before taking an elevator to the top floor.

At the top floor of the Jewel, you can find restaurants and activities. The restaurants are free to access, but the activities are on the paid side.

Included with the free Singapore layover tour is access to the premium side of the Jewel. You’ll have access to the canopy park and the sky garden. Having access to this part of the Jewel is pretty useful because it’s not as crowded as other parts of the Jewel.

sinapore layover tour

The tour ended at 7pm and lasted about 2-hours. On paper it says it’s a 2.5 hour tour, but realistically it should be a 1-hour tour.

Directions Back To The Terminal

No one asked. Literally no one in the tour group asked for super detailed instructions to get back to the terminal. There’s signs all over the airport. But, our tour guide spent probably 30 minutes throughout the entire tour giving us directions back to the terminal. She gave us directions while we were in the terminal, when we first arrived at the Jewel and at the end of the trip. Super detailed directions like you’re explaining it to a very young child. I did not like that, but that’s because I was carrying a 12kg backpack and they didn’t allow carts on the tour.

The Fake Legend

“Legend has it, that the mist from the Jewel will make your skin look 10 years longer.” That’s what our tour guide said. I was in a bad mood from carrying around a heavy backpack and almost responded with, “Lady, you must be 100 years old then.” I didn’t say that, but thought it. It’s too mean. I just didn’t like hearing a fake legend about a waterfall that was recently constructed at the airport. Come on! That’s ridiculous.

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Singapore Layover Tour Thoughts:

What was useful/fun?

The tour guide gave detailed information on the structure and materials used to create the Jewel. She also gave us info on the architect and that he is known for using water in all of his creations, because water represents prosperity.

I thought that was interesting, but would have loved to just hear about all the features at Singapore airport.

What could be improved?

The tour can definitely be cut down to 1-hour. Filler just makes the tour boring.

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The Jewel Show at Singapore Airport

The Jewel is Singapore Airport’s most popular feature. A giant indoor waterfall, surrounded by an almost equally as amazing mall.

For those of you that don’t shop, they have everything else. Lots of popular restaurants, cafes, street food, movie theatre and special activities like bouncing around the rope nets above the Jewel.

Every evening, there’s a light show at the Jewel at 7:30pm and last about 5-minutes. This was a nice experience to catch and the view was great from the top. Not too crowded, which is the way I like it.

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Other Features At Singapore Airport

Besides having ultra high-end shopping, Singapore airport also offers many free activities accessible to all travelers. See my YouTube channel for more details on that. 

Not pictured below (but I have on video), is the butterfly garden and movie theatre. They have movie seats around the airport, but this is an actual movie theatre with seats and darkness.

sinapore airport

Free Foot Massages

Stationed around the Singapore Airport terminal, you can find free foot massage stations.

sinapore airport massage

I tried it, very effective.

sinapore airport massage

Kid's Play Area And Lounge Space

Just look at how nice this is! All the seating is very comfy. At the tables next to each seat are power outlets. Along the big couches, you can take a sleep at Singapore airport or do some plane spotting. They even have a kid’s play area.

sinapore airport terminal

The really popular Singapore airport slide is located just outside of Terminal 3. It’s free if you spend at least $10SGD at the airport and you can use the slide again for ever $10SGD you spend. So if you have a receipt for a purchase of $43SGD, you can use the slide 4 times.

sinapore airport terminal

Singapore Food Street: At The Airport

You can get the full experience of Singapore Hawker stalls each specializing in their own type of dish. There’s plenty of food options at Singapore airport on the land side and air side.

Best of all, they even have a 7-Eleven with reasonable prices. They don’t pull the “you have no other option” move that you would see at any airport in the United States. 

sinapore airport food court

Security Checks are At The Gate

So if you want to enter the secure side (air side) of Singapore airport, you just need to scan your passport. You won’t need to go through security until you reach your gate. This makes incredible sense!

Going through security is the biggest bottleneck for passengers at most airports. Now what if, you only went through security when it’s time to board your flight? That’s what they did at Singapore airport.

By grouping gates and having security stations with each group of gate, you don’t have to go through security until it’s time to board your flight.

sinapore airport gates

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Singapore Layover Tour with a Local: 100% Personalized & Private

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  • Private and personalized experience
  • 8 hours with a host (including travel time) - this can be customized to fit in with your flights
  • Pick-up from Changi Airport in Singapore by taxi (max 4 passengers including your host)
  • Walking experience (if required, your host can suggest public transport or private taxi options)
  • Hotel meet-up (available on request for central location)
  • Food & drinks
  • Tickets to any attractions
  • Return transportation to Airport
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Option 1 70 Airport Blvd., Singapore 819661 Upon booking your meeting point can be arranged (e.g. your hotel/accommodation), however this MUST be confirmed and agreed by the experience planners in advance.
  • Option 2 TWG Tea Changi Airport T3 Store, Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3, Departure/Transit Lounge South, #02-26, Singapore 819663 Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2, Departure/Transit Lounge South, #026-102-01 Singapore 819642 Upon booking your meeting point can be arranged (e.g. your hotel/accommodation), however this MUST be confirmed and agreed by the experience planners in advance.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
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  • T7234UVmartac 0 contributions Fun filled day- you choose how much or how little you want to do. Adam did a great job. Because it wasn’t our first day in Singapore and we had seen quite a few things before, he took the time to prepare the itinerary ahead of time so that we visit sites that we did not get a chance to see yet. It was a fun day of being both organized and spontaneous. Adam is very knowledgeable and approachable, which made it seem like we’ve met before and are just reconnecting with a friend we had not seen in a long time. Read more Written February 13, 2024
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  • Tour282391 0 contributions A delicious friendly & informative way to explore Singapore Our local guide was very friendly & provided an informative relaxed unhurried personal tour through Chinatown, the Hawker market & some other notable sights of Singapore. We were introduced to some delicious local food & drinks that we wouldn’t have tried if on our own. A wonderful few hours. Read more Written February 10, 2024
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  • Staggerwing12 0 contributions More than just a food tour The tour was advertised as a food tour. We did get eat some interesting local foods but it was much more than that. Adam explained Singapore culture and history as well as took us to some places we might not have found on our own. We have a much better understanding of Chinese New Year. Read more Written February 4, 2024
  • tvsnowman 0 contributions Amazing food tour! Thanks so much for a wonderful tour. Kenny Chen was the perfect tour guide. Everyone was pleased with his warmth and friendly personality. We tried some very special and different foods that I normally would not try. My favorite was the Chicken and rice dish. OMG! I was especially pleased with the herbal jelly and the herbal shop as a stop. The herbal jelly was amazing. It cooled us quickly and made us feel better. Don’t hesitate to book a tour with Kenny! Great job! When we got back, we took your advice about trying the po chai pills. I have to say it did work wonders. Read more Written February 4, 2024
  • claroa976 0 contributions A must try experience! :) I have visited Singapore a couple of times but the private walking food tour provided a different take about Singapore’s rich culture in culinary scene. Aldric Tan (aka The Geeky Glutton) was our local guide and he walked us through the whole tour. His years of passion in the search for authentic food led to equip him with a lot of insights about Singapore’s culinary history! He brought us to some off-the-beaten paths and hidden gem areas tucked in Singapore’s metro. The deeply ingrained hawker culture in Singapore provided a great influence among its people and it became a part of their daily lives. It was a great experience to hear stories and insights about the history of their cuisines while trying out the food that is introduced to us! The conversation even branched to discussions of politics, geopolitics, economy, religion, social issues, etc. — it shows how a simple culinary feast could tell stories about their culture. Aldric also provided us a list of places and food to try that were not included in our tour due to lack of time. Overall, it was a fantastic experience and this food tour is highly recommended, as well as for Aldric who was our fantastic guide! :) Read more Written February 2, 2024
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  • laurahC2497AB 0 contributions Cheryl is a really lovely girl and communication pre and during tour was excellent Whistle stop tour of Singapore using the metro, fast paced …maybe we asked to do a little too much in the time …..great experience though. There was a lot of walking at speed to meet our requests (not down to Unscripted). Hopping on and off the metro. Cheryl is a lovely lovely girl and was really helpful throughout, her communication was excellent. She accommodated our wishes fantastically and was great in the hawker market getting food and explaining all the different cuisine. Book the tour ..fingers crossed you get Cheryl ! Read more Written January 27, 2024
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  • Janeen F 0 contributions Day tour John was great. He was knowledgeable and had a sense of humour. Nothing was a problem. We ended up upgrading and doing the tour in the car instead of walking since it was so hot. Great to have air-con and we could go further. Highly recommend to anyone that wants a Singapore overview. Read more Written January 27, 2024
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Traveling to/from India via Singapore? You can Take a Free Singapore Tour or Explore Changi Airport during Layover

The Free Singapore Tour is back for international transit travelers after three years of the pandemic. Of all major airport layover tours, the Singapore Changi Airport transit tour is the most interesting one . A free city sightseeing tour or a walking tour across the airport is the best to kill a layover (minimum 5.5 hours) at Changi Airport while traveling on Singapore Airlines flights between India and USA . The Free Singapore Tour comprises two city sightseeing itineraries (City Sights Tour), one itinerary exploring the airport (Jewel Tour), and a newly added residential town & village beach tour (Changi Precinct Tour). You can pre-book either of the four tour itineraries.

What are the eligibility requirements for a free Singapore airport or city tour?

All international transit travelers are eligible for the Free Singapore Tour, regardless of their nationality. The first and foremost condition is the layover period or transit time that must be between 5.5 hours to 24 hours. Your transit schedule at Changi Airport should correspond with the tour timings.

How to register for a free Singapore transit tour?

You can register online for the Free Singapore Tour, a guided service. You can pre-book a tour itinerary of your choice under the ‘Airport Guide’ section of the website ChangiAirport.com. Do note that registration or booking is absolutely free.

Is an entry or transit visa required for the Free Singapore Tour?

US citizens do not need an entry or transit visa for a Changi Airport tour or a Singapore City sightseeing tour. Singapore offers 96-hour visa free transit facility (VFTF) to Indians in transit to or from any third country via Changi International Airport. Indian passport holders with a valid US/UK/Canada/Japan/Australia/NZ visa and valid onward flight tickets are eligible for 96-hour visa free transit in Singapore. An entry visa to Singapore is required for an airport layover/city transit tour, if Indian transit travelers do not meet the eligibility criteria for the visa-free transit facility.

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Changi Airport Precinct Tour  

Among free Singapore airport layover tours for transit travelers, the 2.5-hour Changi Precinct Tour will take you away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The tour will let you explore a “uniquely designed residential town and a quiet village.” the tour starts with a visit to Tampines, the residential town which was once a forested area with swamps.  The town won the UN World Habitat Award for being an exemplary model of local Singaporean life.

The Changi Precinct Tour goes through Tampines Hub, Singapore’s largest integrated community and lifestyle hub with environment-friendly space for food and leisure services. The next stop on the tour is Changi Chapel & Museum where the story of the prisoners of World War II is preserved.

Changi Village and Beach Park is the most beautiful part of Changi Precinct Tour for international transit travelers in Singapore. It is a recreational getaway with pristine white beaches immersed in tranquility, where you can breathe in fresh air, listen to your heartbeats, and drink to natural beauty. This is also a popular place for plane spotting.

Changi Airport Jewel Tour

A 2.5-km walking tour across Changi International Airport. Exploring the world’s best airport (in 2023), from the Control Tower to Canopy Park to the forest valley and indoor waterfall in the Jewel complex, is the best thing to do during transit in Singapore if your layover falls short of city sightseeing. Changi Airport’s Jewel tour starts from the Jewel complex where you can breathe in the calm of the lush green landscape inundated with natural light.

The world’s tallest indoor waterfall at Singapore Changi Airport is the prime attraction of the Jewel Tour. The cascading waterfall doubles up as a light-and-sound show in the evenings. Family travelers with kids can see the magic of aviation through interactive games and immersive projections in the Changi Experience Studio. The Jewel tour ends at Canopy Park on the topmost floor of the Jewel complex sprawling 14,000 sqm. The Canopy Park is a recreational wonderland with a number of attractions for children.

Singapore City Sights Tour

A City Sights Tour makes the Free Singapore Tour a lot interesting for international transit travelers. The 2.5-hour City Sights Tour showcases the modern landscape of Singapore as a most vibrant city. The tour starts from City Hall where there are the Parliament House and the Supreme Court within spitting distance from. It takes travelers through the Civic District where the old national monuments are juxtaposed with the modern skyscrapers.

The Jubilee Bridge is a significant landmark that commands vivid views of the Marina Bay and the city skyline during the City Sights Tour. The tour includes a 30-minute stopover at the Merlion Park, a major tourist attraction without any entry fee. There are many beautiful spots to take photos and selfies for Instagram. Another 30-minute stopover is at the Gardens by Marina Bay where more than 500,000 plants make a horticultural oasis. The Avatar-like Supertrees that add to the dazzles of the night sky are a must see during this tour.

Singapore Heritage Tour

A 2.5-hour Heritage Tour transports you back to the colonial past of Singapore. It includes stopovers at Chinatown and Kampong Gelam home to many architectural marvels. A heritage tour for international transit travelers in Singapore starts from Marina Bay and continues through Central Business District where the city’s iconic hawker center and a thriving night street food zone are located amid modern high-rises.

Integral to the colonial history of Singapore, Chinatown is a 30-minute stopover during the heritage tour. Street murals depicting the lives of locals in the bygone decades do not go unnoticed. This free Singapore tour for transit travelers includes a visit to the Singapore River and its quays, where the economy of the country is believed to have been cradled. Glimpses of the bustling life in this part of old Singapore are simply unmissable.

The next stopover is Bugis, the early settlement of Europeans in Singapore during the colonial era. Some of the country’s oldest churches with towering spires are situated here. This area is also known as Arts District. The heritage tour culminates at Kampong Gelam where the lifestyle of locals is an interface between the traditional and the trendy. This neighborhood is home to some of Singapore’s swanky cafes and ultramodern art galleries.

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I have a layover for about 10+ hours at Changi Airport, I’m a UK citizen holding a British passport. can I do immigration and go inside the city and do the tour on my own and come back to pick up my later flight? Please advise.

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Hi Ramesh! In our knowledge, British citizens are eligible for visa-free entry to Singapore during transit/layover at Changi International Airport. Kindly note that this is subject to approval by the Immigration and Checkpoint Authority at the airport. We have little idea whether international transit travelers can go out of the airport for city sightseeing, without joining a free tour conducted by the airport.

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We are going to India for US stamping, so we don’t have valid US Visa stamped on passport in that case we have to apply for Singapore e-visa or transit visa? Also while returning to US we will have valid US stamp in that case no need to apply for any Singapore visa? Please Advice.

Hi Harika! No Singapore visa is required while returning to the USA with a valid US visa. You may not need a Singapore e-visa or transit visa if you stay within the transit area of Changi Airport and do not go through immigration while traveling to India via Singapore.

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Hi we are going to hongkong and transit at Singapore. We have induan passport. We have 6 hours layover at singapore. Is it possible to visit the jewel changi airport without singapore visa?

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Can I use a Canadian PR card to enter Singapore for < 96 hours when I am traveling from USA to India via Singapore with Indian passport?

Hi Sumithra! In our knowledge, you can.

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Hello, this is Babu and we are travelling to India with my kids ( myself, Indian national with US work authorisation / Advance Parole and no visa stamped and my 2 kids, who are US citizens) and I do have 12 hour layover in Singapore while travelling from US to Indian so do I have to apply e-visa/ transit / visa on arrival/ free.

Appreciate your help.

Thanks, Babu

Hi Babu! Your sons being US citizens don’t need any sort of visa for Singapore. If you hold a valid US visa, you are eligible for Singapore’s 96-hour visa-free transit. We have little idea whether an Indian national with advance parole requires an e-visa/transit visa for Singapore.

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Hi , i am an indian travelling back from china and have a layover of 14 hours. I only have chinese visa stamped on my passport. How can i take the singapore city sightseeing tour ? Please advise. _/\_

Hi Snigdhendu! In our knowledge, Indians having a Chinese visa are not eligible for visa-free transit in Singapore. You need to apply for an entry visa to Singapore for city sightseeing.

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I am traveling with a single Journey visa to China through Singapore. One the return back to India, am I eligible for Visa Free Transit facility for 96 hours? I have a US Visa that is valid till 2032. I intend to meet few of my company’s customers in Singapore with a valid return ticket to India within 96 hours. Do I need an invite from the customer to avail the Visa Free Transit Facility?

Hi Anand! In our knowledge, you are eligible for Singapore’s 96-hour visa free transit on the way back to India.

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Hi. I am a Medicine student currently studying in Philippines. I am going on a vacation to India this month through Scoot airlines and have 20 hours layover in Singapore airport. As an Indian Passport holder, am I eligible for the Visa free Transit Facility?

Hi Ayesha! We are not sure whether Indian passport holders with the Philippines visa are eligible for Singapore’s visa-free transit facility.

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Hi we’re travelling from India to Thailand via Singapore Air and have a 10 hour layover to explore Singapore, are we eligible for the visa free transit?

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Hey Rowllah, I wish I could help you, I am trying to understand the same, Please advise if you find something out, Thanks

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Hi, I am an Indian passport holder traveling from UAE to Indonesia. I have a 9 hrs layover and want to do the transit Singapore tour. Do I need to get a visa for that?

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Hi, I am an Indian passport holder with a valid US visa. I am traveling to Thailand via Singapore through Singapore Airlines with a layover of over 23hrs. Am I eligible for a Singapore transit visa?

Hi Shiv! In our knowledge, you are.

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Can I just stay on the bus for the entire duration?

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Hi, I’m an Indian Passport Holder travelling to Bali, Indonesia via Singapore through FlyScoot Airlines with a layover of 9hours.

Am I eligible for visa free transit facility (VFTF)???

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I am in Indian passport holder with a valid NZ visa, travelling to India from Auckland with a 12 hour layover in Singapore. I am interested in doing the Free Singapore city tour offered by Chengi Airport during layover. Do i need any sort of entry visa to avail that ?

Thanks in advance

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I am an Indian passport holder with a valid Australia PR, traveling from India to Melbourne with a 12-hour layover in Singapore. traveling via different carriers (IndiGo & Singapore Air I need to go out to collect baggage from IndiGo and a boarding pass from Singapore Airlines, Does this consider a transit Visa?

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My Name is MJ, currently indian passport holder with permanent residency in UK. Travelling to London from Indonesia, but planning to stay in singpaore for 3 days. According to the official site I can get transit visa, but when I contacted the Singapore High commission in London they mentioned that official at entry point can deny as its not a 100% gurenteed. Not sure what’s the best case scenarion in this. Shall we take a chance and soldier on as I have all teh requirements to get the 96 hours Visa anyway.

Thanks in advance MJ

Hi Praveen! We are not much knowledgeable about this. All we can say is that if you are traveling with Singapore Airlines, you can contact the airline.

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My name is Shubham. I am from India. We have pre-booked the Singapore city tour at Changi airport. However, I do not have visa for any of these countries – US/UK/Canada/Japan/Australia/NZ. Will I be able to get the transit visa to go on a free city tour offered by the airport? Or do I need to apply for the Singapore visa?

Hi Shubham! We have little knowledge of this.

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Hi, I am visiting flying 5 Nov- Mumbai- Singapore ( 3 days stay in Singapore) 8 Nov Singapore- Malaysia( 3 days in KL) 11 Nov Malaysia- Mumbai I hold valid US and Canada Visa. Since I am in Singapore for less than 96 hrs and leaving Sg by air, can I enter Singapore under VFTF? Is the VFTF process smooth? Will immigration authorities in India check my passport for Singapore Visa before allowing me to leave?

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Hello! I am going to Bali from New Delhi in the month of February 2024. I have two connecting flights with different airlines one is with Air India and the other is with Jetstar. And the layover is more than 9hrs. Do I need to have transit visa for that. And while returning also these two connecting flights.

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I am in Indian passport holder with a valid Australian visa, travelling to Australia from India with a 15 hour layover in Singapore. My husband is an Australian passport holder travelling with me. We are interested in doing the Free Singapore city tour offered by Changi Airport during the layover. My husband is eligible due to Australian passport. Am I also eligible to do the free Singapore city tour with him??

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Hi, I will be traveling to Bali from Mumbai in the month of February 2024. I have two connecting flights with different airlines one is with Air India and the other is with Jetstar. And the layover is more than 9hrs. Do I need to have transit visa for that. ??? And while returning also these two connecting flights. Please respond ASAP !

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I am Dr.Selvaraj, Indian passport holder, working in China (holding Chinese visa). We would like to return back to India on January, and transfer through changi airport after 5.55 hours waiting period. Please let me know, do you we need to get transit visa even we are not going out from airport.

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My wife and I will be traveling from Delhi, India to Bali, Indonesia in March 2024. We have connecting flights with the same airline (Singapore Airlines) and the layover is more than 11 hours. Do we need to have a transit visa for that? Additionally, is any visa required for the Free Singapore Tour – City Sights Tour? I hold an Indian Passport.

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What Are The Best Ways To Fill Time During a Layover At Singapore Changi Airport?

A common, absolutely dreaded disdain among passengers when booking flights is the hours-long layovers before the next leg of the journey. Still, sometimes it's inevitable due to a lack of available non-stop flight services, financial budgets, and just timings in general. Although airports worldwide have continuously tried to improve themselves to make layovers pleasant for passengers, some still fail to meet standards.

And that is perhaps because such standards have already been set by prestigious airports like Singapore's Changi International Airport . Often dubbed as more than just an airport and as a destination in its own right, Changi Airport is often favored as a layover option or even just a place for passengers to spend plenty of time visiting along a Singapore itinerary whenever possible. But what makes this airport so highly popular, and what is there to do during a layover?

Rejuvenate with nature

While it might sound a little cheesy, some passengers enjoy killing their layover period, immersing themselves with naturistic vibes for peace of mind, and nature is something Changi Airport offers quite a bit. If passengers have at least five or more hours till their next flight, a quick visit out of the airside and to Jewel - which happens to be conveniently located and connected to three passenger terminals via walkways or a Skytrain could do wonders for the naturistic souls.

Whether it's getting the opportunity to witness the 40-meter-high indoor waterfall or just soaking in the over 2,000 planted trees and tropical plants of the surrounding Shieido Forest, passengers will feel less tired and more rejuvenated. Those with significantly shorter layovers who can only remain in transit will still miss out on nature if they drop by the Butterfly Garden at Terminal 3, the Sunflower Garden and Enchanted Garden at Terminal 2, or even the Cactus Garden at Terminal 1.

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Entertaining boredom away

Concerning passengers with young children or those who enjoy gaming or entertaining their layover time away, Changi Airport offers an indoor playground in the transit areas of Terminals 2 and 3, alongside a 24-hour movie theatre in Terminal 3, and an array of arcade machines, and even an Xbox Kinect station within the transit area of Terminal 4. The best part is that all these entertainment facilities are free of charge.

As for passengers who have more extended layovers, exiting the transit area and heading to the public areas of the terminals has its entertainment perks as well - including a tall slide and rock-climbing wall located at Terminal 3, alongside the seasonal carnivals available during festive periods like Christmas, and the 14,000-square-metre Canopy Park and Changi Experience Studio located at Jewel. However, these play areas typically require a fixed fee but are certainly enough to kill plenty of time and keep any restless soul well entertained.

Satisfying any cravings

Suppose the food and drinks on the aircraft left passengers feeling relatively unsatisfied and still hungry, then fret not, as Changi Airport and its four terminals offer a grand variety of food options. From finger food at convenience or pop-up stores to pastries from famed coffeehouses and cafes to fast food or course meals at restaurants, there is undoubtedly something in all terminals' transit areas to satisfy whatever food or beverage cravings passengers might have during their layover .

For those who prefer to satisfy their retail cravings, the airport boasts numerous book and gift shops selling gifts, reading and writing materials, and local souvenirs. At the same time, the Lotty Duty-Free is a one-stop shop for all things beauty-related. Also located in transit are various convenience stores selling travel and health essentials or quick bites, and the airport also has several luxury stores for eager shopaholics looking to snag a last-minute buy.

Rest and refresh

Suppose any of the above sounds too tiring for passengers who prefer to spend their layover resting, Changi Airport has quite many paid lounges and franchises that offer shower facilities, massage therapies, nail care, and even foot reflexology. For Terminal 1 transit areas, there's the Plaza Premier Lounge that charges a fixed fee for different sets of hours and has three private resting suites, six shower rooms with amenities, two VIP rooms, complimentary WiFi, food and beverage selections, plenty of television channels and comfortable seating areas.

Over in Terminals 2 and 3, the Ambassador Transit Lounge offers showers, refreshments, conference rooms for business meetings, and complimentary WiFi. The airport's third terminal also includes Be Relax - which offers massages, beauty facials, nail services, and wellness gifts to freshen passengers. The terminal's arrival hall houses Natureland Spa for passengers who want a more extensive range of relaxing full-body spa services, including foot reflexology. Visiting any of these spots guarantees the most restful layover passengers would've ever had.

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With that much to offer passengers to do and see that kills time so swiftly and conveniently, it's pretty clear why Changi Airport is highly favored as a layover destination by passengers worldwide .

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Country: Singapore

CEO: Lee Seow Hiang

Passenger Count : 3,053,000 (2021)

Runways : 02L/20R - 4,000m (13,123ft) |02C/20C - 4,000m (13,123ft) |02R/20L - 4,000m (13,123ft)

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Love (and 460 million flowers) are in the air for Valentine’s Day, but not without a Miami layover

Valentines day flower inspections.

MIAMI (AP) — While Valentine's Day may not be known as a busy time for air travel, it's a busy time at Miami International Airport, where many of the nation's fresh cut flowers arrive from South America.

Around 90% of the roses and fresh cut flowers being sold for Valentine's Day in the United States come through Miami, according to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. They arrive on hundreds of flights into Miami on their journey to florists and supermarkets across the U.S. and Canada. That equates to some 18,000 tons of flowers passing through Miami.

“This season we transported around 460 million flowers from Ecuador and Colombia,” Diogo Elias, senior vice president of Avianca Cargo, said Monday during a news conference in Miami.

Among the most exported flowers this season by the airline were roses and carnations from Bogota; pompons, hydrangeas and chrysanthemums from Medellin; and roses, carnations and gypsophila from Quito, Avianca said in a statement.

The Valentine season actually started in mid-January and ends Wednesday. During that three-week period, flowers arrived in Miami on some 300 flights, Elias said.

And that's where U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists come into play. At the airport, they check the bundles of flowers to prevent the introduction of potentially harmful plant, pest and foreign animal disease from entering the country.

Their job is to make sure the floral imports don't contain the kinds of exotic pests and foreign animal diseases which have caused $120 billion annually in economic and environmental losses in the United States, said Danny Alonso, the airport's port director.

It is a massive undertaking.

Through Feb. 8, agriculture specialists had processed about 832 million stems of cut flowers, inspected 75,000 cut flower sample boxes, and intercepted 1,100 plant pests, he said. During the same time last year, specialists processed more than 861 million stems of flowers, resulting in 932 plant pest interceptions

“It’s one of the most demanding times of the year for our staff here,” Alonso said.

And once the Valentine's rush is over, everyone involved can take a quick breath before planning begins for the next big flower day in the United States — Mother's Day in May.

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Can you layover in a country without a visa?


What is a transit visa?

How long can i stay without a visa during a layover, which countries allow visa-free layovers, can i leave the airport during a visa-free layover, are there any restrictions or conditions for visa-free layovers, do all nationalities enjoy visa-free layovers, what should i do if i need a visa for my layover, what happens if i exceed the allowed layover duration, are layovers always required during connecting flights, can layovers be an opportunity to explore a new city or country, what should i do if i have additional questions about layovers and visas, can you layover in a country without a visa.

When planning a trip that involves connecting flights, layovers are a common occurrence. Layovers are a short period of time spent in an intermediate airport between your departure and final destination. They can be a great opportunity to explore a new city or country, but can you layover in a country without a visa?

The answer to this question depends on a variety of factors, including your nationality, the duration of your layover, and the policies of the country where the layover occurs. Some countries have visa-free transit policies in place, allowing travelers to stay for a certain period of time without a visa. This is often referred to as a transit visa or visa waiver program.

A transit visa is a type of visa that allows travelers to pass through a country for a limited period of time while en route to their final destination. It is typically required if you need to leave the airport during your layover or if your layover exceeds a certain duration. Transit visas are usually issued for a specific purpose, such as tourism or business, and have certain restrictions and conditions attached to them.

The duration of your stay without a visa during a layover depends on the country and its specific visa policies. Some countries allow visa-free transit for a few hours, while others may grant a transit visa for up to 24 hours or more. It is important to research the specific requirements of the country where your layover occurs before your trip to ensure compliance with their regulations.

There are several countries that have visa-free transit policies in place, allowing travelers to have layovers without a visa. Some popular destinations known for their layover-friendly policies include Singapore, South Korea, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. These countries often have well-developed airports with facilities and attractions specifically designed to cater to transit passengers.

Whether you can leave the airport during a visa-free layover depends on the specific regulations of the country and the duration of your layover. In some cases, you may be allowed to leave the airport for a limited period of time to explore the city or country. However, if you plan to leave the airport, it is important to check if you need any additional documentation, such as an entry permit or transit pass, to ensure a smooth journey.

Yes, there are often restrictions and conditions associated with visa-free layovers. These can vary from country to country, but common requirements include having a valid passport with at least six months validity, valid onward travel tickets, and proof of sufficient funds for the duration of your stay. Some countries may also have specific time limits for layovers and require travelers to remain within designated transit areas of the airport.

Not all nationalities enjoy visa-free layovers, as visa policies differ depending on the country and the traveler’s nationality. It is essential to check the visa requirements for your specific nationality before planning a layover trip. If you require a visa, it is important to apply well in advance to avoid any complications or delays in your travel plans.

If you require a visa for your layover, it is important to research the visa application process for the country where your layover occurs. Contact the nearest embassy or consulate for guidance and ensure that you have all the necessary documents and information before submitting your application. It is advisable to apply for the visa well in advance to allow for processing time.

Exceeding the allowed layover duration can have consequences, such as being classified as an overstay, which may result in penalties or even a ban from entering the country in the future. It is crucial to respect the rules and regulations regarding layovers to avoid any legal issues. If you anticipate that your layover may exceed the allowed duration, it is advisable to apply for an appropriate visa to ensure a hassle-free journey.

Layovers are not always required during connecting flights. Some flights offer direct connections, where passengers can travel from their departure airport to their final destination without any intermediate stops. This is particularly common for short-distance flights or flights within the same country. However, for long-haul international flights, layovers are often necessary due to distance or airline scheduling.

Yes, layovers can be an excellent opportunity to explore a new city or country. Many airports provide transit tours or city tours specifically designed for passengers during their layovers. These tours allow travelers to see the highlights of the city or country during their limited stay. However, it is essential to consider the visa requirements, layover duration, and transit facilities available before planning any sightseeing activities.

If you have additional questions about layovers and visas, it is recommended to consult with the airlines, travel agents, or immigration authorities for the most accurate and up-to-date information. These sources can provide specific guidance based on your travel plans, nationality, and the countries involved. It is crucial to gather all the necessary information and adhere to the visa requirements to ensure a smooth and trouble-free journey.

In conclusion, layovers can be an exciting part of your travel experience, providing an opportunity to explore a new city or country. However, whether you can layover in a country without a visa depends on various factors, including your nationality, the duration of your layover, and the visa policies of the country involved. It is important to research and understand the specific requirements before your trip to ensure a seamless and enjoyable layover experience. Remember to check your visa requirements, adhere to the regulations, and make the most of your layover within the permitted time. Happy travels!

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