Singapore Changi Airport is constantly voted one of the best airports in the world. While I think it’s a great airport, there are some weaknesses, too. In this airport guide, we’ll give you all the necessary information about departing, arriving and trasiting at Changi Airport!
Singapore is one of the major transportation hubs in Asia. The airport is dominated by the home carrier Singapore Airlines as well as its subsidies Scoot and Silk Air. There are dozens of long haul flights from Singapore to all continents but Antarctice and South America. Most of those are operated by Sinagpore Airlines, but there are also dozens of other carriers offering direct long haul flights to Singapore. In total, there are four terminal, all connected airside.
If there’s an area where the Singapore Changi Airport really shines, it’s obviously shopping and dining. Especially the two main terminals 2 & 3 offer more than a hundred different shops, from daily needs to luxury shopping, clothes and much more.
If you are looking for a real shopping experience, Singapore Airport offers it. The dining options are really great, too. There are dozens of different restaurants, bars, cafés and more throughout the terminals. You can get everything from local cuisine to fast food to fine dining at Changi Airport, mainly airside, but also landside.
Singapore Changi Airport is major transportation hub and open 24 hours a day, this is including many shops and restaurants as there are departures and arrivals during the night, too. This also means that sleeping in the transit area isn’t a problem as there are even various snooze zones with reclining seats. However, you should be aware that sleeping is only a real option after security, not before. Furthermore, there are transit hotels in all terminals as well as an airport hotel right next to Terminal 3 (Crowne Plaza).
There are a couple of more hotels nearby the airport, but the airport itself offers enough options for a comfortable night, so I’d recommend sticking to those.
There’s an incredible number of different airport lounges at Singapore Changi Airport. Singapore Airlines operates various lounges, most open for passengers of Star Alliance partners, too. Then there are lounges of several other airlines, including Emirates, British Airways and Qantas.
Furthermore, there are more than ten independent lounges, which you can access either through an agreement with an airline or by showing your Priority Pass for access. Depending on which airline you are flying and what memberships and/or frequent flyer memberships you have, you can access one of the many lounge options at Singapore Changi Airport!
Singapore Changi Airport is very well connected to the city. The first option to get to the airport is the metro, which takes about 45 minutes to the city center, including one change of line. Other options include various public bus lines, a direct shuttle to the city center as well as taxis and private car services like Uber, Grab as well as Blacklane. The prices range from about 5 SGD to 50 SGD, depending on the type of transportation you choose. During non-peak hours rides by car take about 20 to 30 minutes, during peak times it can be up to 45 minutes.