Changi Airport has been named the world’s best airport for the sixth year in a row at the 2018 Skytax World Airport Awards. The award is based on over 13.73 million customer satisfaction surveys by travelers from all around the world. I can completely understand why, as it delivers an unparallel traveling experience.
Upon our arrival at Changi Airport, the first thing that you will notice is how incredibly clean it is. As I stepped off the plane, the first thing I did as most travelers do is use the facilities. I am a bit of a germaphobe and even I was taken aback by how clean it was. What restroom has fresh plants lining the wall with a sliver of glass window allowing you to peak at the tarmac?
We have been in and out of Changi Airport four times including layovers. The ease of going through immigration and various checkpoints have been the most organized and stress-free airport environments I have been in.
Before you step out to explore Singapore, you must first check out what Changi Airport has to offer. We spent about 2 ½ hours at Changi, going from Terminal to Terminal in awe of the beautifully sculpted gardens, shopping, and world-class amenities.
3 Travel Tips When you Arrive at Changi Airport
Tip #1: Transit Hotel & Shower and Spa Services
Layovers at Changi are the best. No need to leave the airport, check into one of their Transit Hotels. Note, don’t leave immigration. Transit Hotels can be found in T1, T2 or T3. You can book a hotel for a number of hours until your next flight.
After 28 hours of travel, we opted to go to one of Changi’s Shower and Spa Services before we left the airport. I highly recommend this! You can pay about $20 USD to use the shower facilities and freshen up. The showers are super clean, they provide plush towels and hair dryers. If you want to take a moment to relax you can also pay a little extra to sit and eat in the lounge.
Tip #2: Luggage Lockers
In between flights or exploring the airport? You can drop your bags off at one of the many luggage lockers. After using the Shower and Spa Services in T1 we dropped our bags off at a luggage locker for a few hours while we explored the many fun and free things at Changi.
Tip #3: Singapore Tour
If you have a layover and at least 5.5 hours before your next flight, you must take advantage of a Free Tour of Singapore. The tour lasts 2.5 hours and they will make sure you get back in time to catch your connecting flight. No better way to see some of Singapore’s major attractions.
10 Free Things to do at Changi Airport
1. Charging Bikes
On your last bit of battery and need to plug-in? Hop onto one of the many charging bikes throughout the airport and pedal away.
2. Butterfly Garden
Located in Terminal 3 the Butterfly Garden includes lush plants where butterflies fly overhead. There are 40 species and over 1,000 butterflies in the garden.
3. Kinetic Rain
Located in Terminal 1 this rain sculpture is a wonder to see. The rain droplets are made of lightweight aluminum and float effortlessly above you.
4. Fish Spa
Located in Terminal 1 the Fish Spa can be a fun experience. My husband loved it!
5. Movie Theater
Located in Terminal 3. Catch the latest movie releases before your connecting flight.
6. Massage Chairs
Located throughout the airport, you can find free massage chairs. Take off your shoes before you place your legs in the massage chambers.
Located in Terminal 3, slide down the world’s tallest airport slide sitting at 4 stories high.
8. Social Tree
Located in Terminal 1. You can upload your photo to the tree with a touchscreen, share the image to social media. Next time you visit, you can retrieve your photo to relive the memories.
Located in Terminal 1 next to the Social Tree, is the Merlion sculpture. The Merlion is a mythical creature with a lion’s head and the body of a fish. It is a mascot and personification of Singapore.
10. Napping Areas
Tired and want to get some shut-eye without paying for a lounge. Changi offers free to use snooze lounges in all 4 terminals.
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