It was 6 hours left before my flight back to Penang. I intentionally arrived early because I heard that Singapore’s Changi Airport is a destination unto itself. This airport has been voted as the World’s Best Airport for 5 times in a row now. And a favorite among my traveler friends. So how did I spend the remaining hours before departure at Changi Airport Singapore?
Getting to Changi Airport Singapore from the city
Coming from downtown, getting to the airport is easy breezy. Just board the MRT and voila. You’ll be arriving at the basement of Changi airport.
You can also go by bus, just hop on to the 36 (A/B) bus that will take you to the airport.
To check out the train schedules: SMRT schedule
To check out the fares: SG transport fare calculator
Getting around Changi Airport
Changi Airport has 3 terminals. And that means, be prepared to walk. A lot! So put on your comfiest shoes, and explore all that Changi can offer.
To get to the other terminals, you can opt to take the Skytrain, free shuttle bus, or walk via the travellators. Since I love trains, of course you know which one I took. It takes only four minutes to get to the other terminal, so relish the view outside.
By the way, much of this airport is carpeted so there is less noise and walking felt more comfortable for me.
What to see and do in Changi Airport
So now, what can you see and do to pass the time? Take your pick from the multitudes of maps available around the airport and choose from there. There are also machines like these that can give you suggestions on what you can do in the number of hours you have until your departure. It prints out the info on a sheet of paper.
Changi Airport Terminal 2
Since I only have a few hours, I decided to check out the greenery first in Terminal 2. The Enchanted Garden will surely put you in a trance with the sounds of nature and the stained glass-laden giant flower sculptures filled with fresh flowers and greens.
The Orchid Garden meanwhile, reminded me of my mom and grandmother, being the orchid lovers that they are. You can find more than 700 orchids here in different varieties! There’s a koi pond as well.
I searched for the Sunflower Garden and was so happy to see them even with the harsh midday sun. Luckily, there were no other people around so I finally got to take some selfies as well. It would have been relaxing to stay here if only it was an overcast day.
Stumbled on the Entertainment Deck by accident from the Sunflower Garden and was happy to see the Movie Theatre (also available in Terminal 3). But alas, it was quite full when I checked inside. Lots of sleeping people though. The Entertainment Deck also offers XBOX, MTV booth, PlayStation, and a small cafeteria.
While in Terminal 2, I also passed by a children’s playground, snooze lounges which are all occupied, and art rubbing station which are all available in other terminals as well. There is also the Experience Zone where you can sit in comfy chairs while watching your favorite news or sports.
Changi Airport Terminal 3
You can find the tallest slide in an airport in Terminal 3. Max height is around 6 feet so unleash the kid in you!
There is also a Butterfly garden with around 1,000 butterflies.
Changi Airport Terminal 1
Cactus garden and the art installation Kinetic Rain are the popular ones in Terminal 1. Other gardens include the Piazza garden, Water Lily garden, and Sculptural Tree garden. There is also an outdoor rooftop pool with jacuzzi (SGD 17) if you want to take a dip.
Other amenities and services
Aside from the mentioned above, there is a multitude of amenities and services that Changi airport offers for all kinds of travelers. There is free Wi-Fi (fast!) as well. And if you’re fond of shopping, then the Duty-Free shops will surely be a good choice for you.
I was looking for the famous massage chairs all around (recommended by a friend) but couldn’t find it. Was jumping for joy when I saw these leg massage chairs near my departure gate. Definitely good for my sore and aching feet from walking all around!
Singapore @ 50
I traveled to Singapore in August 2015, the 50th year anniversary of the country being an independent sovereign state. Changi Airport was decked in decorations and exhibitions for the said anniversary.
It was indeed a blast waiting for my flight in Changi Airport Singapore. I’m excited for the upcoming Terminal 4 which promises, even more, amenities and a Heritage Zone as well. Hope to experience sleeping here next time! 😉
Have you been to Changi Airport? What was your experience like?
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