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10 Things to Do at Singapore’s Changi Airport

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There’s a reason that Changi Airport is consistently voted one of the world’s most favourite airports – it is efficient, clean, and easy to navigate, and, with the recent opening of Jewel, it is filled with exciting activities to keep you busy until your next flight.

 

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Here are our top picks of things to do the next time you’re at Changi Airport.

 

1 . Visit the Jewel

Time to spare: 1-3 hours

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After years of anticipation, the Jewel, a nature-themed entertainment and retail complex, opened at the centre of Changi Airport. Linked to three passenger terminals, the Jewel houses the world's tallest indoor waterfall, the Rain Vortex, surrounded by a terraced forest setting with awesome light and
sound shows. With over 280 shops and restaurants, this is a great location to spend your spare time. We’ve heard the queues for Shake Shack are worth it!

See more information here

 

2. Slide of Your Life

Time to spare: 1 hour

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Changi's giant slide is the world's tallest slide inside an airport.

Yes, you do have to pay (spend $10 in a single same-day receipt for one ride) but the 12 meters (four storeys!) metallic slide in T3 is guaranteed to start – or end – your holiday on a high note.

Pssst! Have little ones? Take a ride down the one-and-a-half-storey slide at Basement 2 for free. Kids need to be at least 1.1 meters tall to have a go. 

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NEW: There is now Climb@T3 is a new 8-metre rock-climbing wall at Terminal 3 suitable for climbers of all ages and abilities.  Book slots HERE

See here for more information 


3. Butterfly Garden

Time to spare: 2 hoursButterfly Garden

Singapore is the Garden City, and this extends into Changi Airport with five themed gardens throughout the terminals. The Butterfly Garden (T3) is one not to miss with a plethora of beautiful butterflies and even a waterfall. Just don’t get so enthralled while visiting this spot that you miss your flight! Also check out: the rooftop Cactus Garden (T1) with its open-air bar and occasional live music at night, the outdoor Sunflower Garden (T2) (kids will love the view of the runway and aircraft parking bays) plus two indoor gardens: Enchanted Garden (T2) with bird sounds and the Orchid Garden
(T2) for a glimpse of Singapore’s famed orchids.

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4. Free Cinema

Time to spare: 3 hours

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Yes, free! This full-blown cinema in Terminal 3, complete with plush cinema seating, shows box-office hits while you wait for your flight. In Terminal 2, the latest Fox Movies Premium Channel is shown on a regular-sized TV screen. Both theatres are open 24 hours daily.

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5. Take a Plunge in the Pool

Time to spare: 3 hours

 

Missing the water? Changi Airport has a swimming pool and a jacuzzi on the rooftop of T1. You’ll need to fork out $17 but extending that holiday feeling – which is even easier with a pina colada from the 24-hour pool bar – is pretty priceless! Just make sure to pack your swimmers in your hand luggage. The entry price includes access to shower facilities, a towel, and a complimentary non-alcoholic drink.

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6. Eat Local Specialties

Time to spare: 2 hours

As they say in Singapore, selamat makan! Roughly translated, that means “Let’s chow down”. Changi Airport offers something for every palate but if you want to try local food, head to Singapore Food Street (T3) or the Food Emporium (T4) – the latter is designed to recreate the atmosphere of
heartland Singapore. This is a fab chance to try the island’s famous hawker fare, so order hor fun noodles, chicken rice, kaya toast, or a plate of prata. If you fancy trying bak kut teh, try Old Street Bak Kut Teh (T4) or some refreshing mango pomelo sago at Hong Kong Sheng Kee Desserts (T2). 

Also, try the Jewel for iconic fast food eateries such as Shake Shack or Burger and Lobster.

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7. Get a Sense of Singapore Heritage

Time to spare: 3 hours

 

Head to the new Terminal 4 (opened in 2017) where the Heritage Zone pays tribute to the evolution of Peranakan heritage from the 1880s to the 1950s. Catch a glimpse of the colourful Peranakan shophouse facades that are found around Singapore. A huge LED screen projects onto the three-story façade showing a six-minute theatrical performance called Peranakan Love Story set in the 1930s. Then browse for souvenirs at the shops housed within.

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8. Get Some Sleep or a Free Massage

Time to spare: 2 hours

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Unlike many other airports where getting some kip involves checking in to a hotel or finding some floor space, Changi offers Snooze Lounges! The fully reclining chairs are available at T1, T2 and T3 transit areas. If you fancy a relax, but not full shuteye, look out for the leg massage chairs that dot the
terminals (yup, free again). Or pony up for a full-body massage at one of the spas at the airport.

See here for more information

 


9. Take a Free Bus Tour of Singapore!

Time to spare: 5.5 hours

Once you’ve checked in and are luggage-free, it may seem counterintuitive to head back into the city. But then again, it’s only a 20-minute ride. Officially you’ll need five hours to spare (transit passengers can take advantage of this too). The 2.5-hour tour is free – just sign up with your passport and boarding pass at the Free Singapore Tours booths at least 1 hour before a tour starts, and you’ll be whisked into town for an informative guided tour. Choose between two bus tours – a Heritage Tour or a City Sights Tour – or one walking tour of the Jewel.

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10. Entertain the Kids

Time to spare: 1 hour

T4 Level 1 (Departure Hall, near the Heritage Zone) now has the Chandelier, a giant art installation and playground.  This 16m-tall play structure allows both the young and young-at-heart to have some fun climbing to their hearts’ content. 

 

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See more information here.

 

Please do also check out http://www.changiairport.com/en/airport-guide.html for more information 

Images sourced from Unsplash and Georgina Bullworthy.

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