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How to wait for your flight in Changi Airport Singapore

changi airport singapore orchid garden

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.

explore changi airport singapore

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.

changi airport enchanted garden

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.

changi airport sunflower garden

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 singapore at 50

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!

changi airport massage chair

excuse my feet’s tan lines! hehe

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.

changi airport merlion

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! πŸ˜‰

Have you been to Changi Airport? What was your experience like?Β 




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  • Maureen
    July 1, 2017 at 12:13 am

    Hi. I’ll be arriving at changi airport at 12 am. Is it ok to stay there till 6am? Thank you. First time to travel to singapore. 😊😊😊 Cant wait to go there. Thanks to your review.

    • Darlene
      July 1, 2017 at 2:39 am

      Yeah no problem. Enjoy Changi Airport’s facilities. πŸ™‚ I suggest you try the cinema, or the snooze chairs πŸ˜‰ there are also paid transit hotels inside the airport.

  • Cristina
    June 25, 2017 at 4:54 am

    Wow. I never expected this from an airport! An airport with gardens? Crazy! But so cool! I bet it’s nice to actually wait for your flight there, in contrary to most airports!

    • Darlene
      June 28, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      Definitely! You will never get bored with Changi Airport!

  • C-Ludik
    June 25, 2017 at 4:36 am

    I didn’t know Changi Airport have these facilities. Everyone raves about this airport and I can totally see why! It’s an adventure in itself ! I love the sunflower garden and the orchids.

    • Darlene
      June 28, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      So true. Better to allot one or even a half day for it! πŸ˜‰

  • Katie
    June 24, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    This airport is INCREDIBLE! We were delayed here once and didn’t notice at all! Spent too much time shopping and sitting in massage chairs! Love!

    • Darlene
      June 28, 2017 at 5:18 pm

      Would definitely love to go back to Changi airport to shop!

  • Catherine
    June 24, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    This is amazing! I love the sunflower garden and the orchids. Shame you actually have to catch a flight to enjoy this very cool airport, would be a great place to hang out for fun! Lovely photos.

    • Darlene
      June 28, 2017 at 5:18 pm

      Some locals go here just to use some of the airport facilities πŸ™‚

  • Kirstin
    June 24, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Great recap!
    I’m looking forward to my layover in Singapore almost as much as my holiday itself πŸ™‚ will be sure to check out all your great tips when I’m there.

    • Darlene
      June 28, 2017 at 5:19 pm

      Yay! Excited for you!

  • Amy
    June 24, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    I lived in Singapore for three months so spent many many hours in Changi airport. It wasn’t bad at all! I remember the time I finally found the movie theater, they were showing the Secret Life of Walter Mitty — how apropos! Useful info!

    • Darlene
      June 28, 2017 at 5:19 pm

      Oh nice! What good timing!

  • Kristine Li
    June 24, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    I had a lot of fun at the sunflower gardens when I went up, though it was many years ago. Now I mostly go there to dine or chill or to take off! Glad you had fun and thanks for featuring our airport!

    • Darlene
      June 28, 2017 at 5:19 pm

      Would love to go back to Changi for sure!

  • Adrenaline Romance
    June 23, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Around two decades ago, I worked in Trade Winds Inc., which is a general sales agent for SilkAir (MI) and Singapore Airlines (SQ). Even at that time, Changi Airport was already renowned for being a destination in itself. It has accolades including one of the best airports in the world.

    If I get stranded here, I wouldn’t mind. I wouldn’t go out even. There are so many things to see and do in that airport alone.

    • Darlene
      June 28, 2017 at 5:21 pm

      Yeah! This is one airport that I want to experience sleeping in.

  • Colby
    June 23, 2017 at 12:28 am

    Everyone raves about this airport and I can totally see why! It’s an adventure in itself! I’d love to see the enchanted garden. I need to make my way to Singapore just for the airport hahaa

    • Darlene
      June 28, 2017 at 5:21 pm

      Hope you get to Singapore and see Changi airport soon

  • Jian Marla Reyes
    June 22, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    I didn’t know Changi Airport have these facilities. Too bad I wasn’t able to experience it when I went to SG. Maybe next time! hahaha

    • Darlene
      June 28, 2017 at 5:21 pm

      Yeah, there’s always next time! πŸ™‚

  • Ami
    June 22, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    I had an 8 hour layover here and did not even feel it one bit. Thanks to all these attractions at Changi. I had a blast visiting the various gardens here. The best is unlike other airports, I did not even have to indulge in shopping. The themed gardens were good enough. Loved your post on this.

  • Cathy
    June 22, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    ay leg massage was the best here! haha Singapore airport is just so world class. No wonder it’s always on the top list! I haven’t really roamed around this airport and I wish I have a long time lay over here to take advantage of everything for free! hooolaa! hahaha

  • Cai Dominguez
    June 22, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    I didn’t see the sunflower garden. Well actually I didn’t see too much at the Airport. Because its so huge and I feel lazy to walk. hahaha. Regardless, I super love this airport because of its free strong wifi connection and comfortable chairs too πŸ˜‰

  • Marge
    June 22, 2017 at 2:24 am

    Do I have to pay for the leg massage? Because I am so going to try that hahaha… I don’t think I will have enough time to sleep in Changi Airport, but let’s see. Can’t wait to go there already and see for myself why it’s considered the world’s best airport. So far, I haven’t really seen anything different from the other airports apart from the connection with the train in Japan. And the airports with shops, that’s common. But one with a cinema, and a butterfly garden? Now that I haven’t heard of before.

    • Darlene
      June 22, 2017 at 2:59 am

      Leg massage is also free! And it’s so easy to get lost in Changi and lose track of time so I really recommend the maps.

  • Swati
    June 22, 2017 at 1:46 am

    Changi airport is considered one of the best in the world (read somewhere recently). I recall having to walk a lot but they were so creative with the decor. The kids had a great time there. I suspect, each time you are there – they have something to surprise you with !

    • Darlene
      June 22, 2017 at 3:00 am

      Hi Swati, it’s been voted World’s Best Airport for 5 years in a row now. As stated in my first paragraph. And yup, they are even going to open the terminal 4 this year.

  • Jerny
    June 21, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Changi Airport is at its own class. Very unique and offers a lot for the visitors. Probably because the management has known that their airport is one with the most layovers. But then, I haven’t visited those areas you mentioned here because I had no layover flights yet! xD

    • Darlene
      June 28, 2017 at 5:23 pm

      Even if you’re not on a layover, you can still experience Changi airport’s facilities when you’re flying to and from Singapore

      • Esther Kinuta
        July 5, 2017 at 11:20 pm

        I wish to check out these themed gardens, but can i do so after arriving in changi? I noticed that the locations are ‘departure transit areas’. Tia for replying! Will be flying in on jul9.

        • Darlene
          July 6, 2017 at 3:12 pm

          Hi Esther! Yeah most of the attractions are in the Transit/Departure area. I think that would be possible if you don’t clear immigration and get your luggage immediately. However, doing so will result to your baggage being sent to the Lost & Found. Here’s a thread I found that can help you in this:

  • Kenneth Surat
    June 21, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    One word!! CINEMA!!

  • Indrani
    June 20, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    I have been there twice and enjoyed the interiors thoroughly. The orchids are a joy. I am unable to recollect the terminals though. It looks like lots have changed and time for another visit there.

  • Ashish Bhatt
    June 20, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    minute details at every point in your writting tells about you being very particular person and being a traveller adds to the beauty of it.
    keep surprising us with these details.
    neatly done.

  • neha
    June 20, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    wow..the airport itself is nothing less than a park!! It is a really useful piece of information. Often we have connecting flights but the duration is not big enough to allow us to transit outside. So, knowing how best to spend our time inside the airport really helps

    • Darlene
      June 28, 2017 at 5:25 pm

      Hope you get to explore more of Changi soon!