Changi Airport, Singapore
I arrived in Singapore from Australia with Singapore Airlines. I had a good flight, with good Service, Food & Seating.
As I had 3 hours to kill in the Airport before my next flight, I was happy to see a sign saying that free Wireless internet connection was available. All I had to do, was go to the information counter where they gave me the log in access number, and bingo!
I had FREE INTERNET FOR 6 HOURS.
I also saw there were Showers available in Terminal 1, 2 and 3 Departure Transit lounges, handy to know for future travels!
Our Favorite Thing About Singapore ----- FOOD!!!
Anyway, this tip is set up in answer to a forum question about parking at pasir ris and getting to the airport.
This tip set up is kinda strange as there is only this section here to 'pen down' the tip! Anyhow, back to the tip......our reply to the forum's post...
--- PARKING RATES ---
You can understand the parking rates from HDB's website - http://www.hdb.gov.sg/fi10/fi10204p.nsf/WPDis/Short-Term%20ParkingOverview?OpenDocument
And you could probably find a car park of your desire with this "Location of HDB Car Parks" map - http://www.hdb.gov.sg/bn22/bn22004p.nsf/SingaporeMap?OpenForm
Now let's do some maths here to see if this parking at HDB car park exercise is a better choice. [these are the stuff we can add to our 'trivial facts' ~:)]
Parking in HDB car park at $1/hr, 7am to 10.30pm [15.5hr] = S$15.50
Overnight parking in HDB car park S$2.00
Total cost of parking for 6 days = S$17.50 x 6 = S$105
Car parking at the airport = S$17.66 x 6 = S$105.96
Not much of a savings as you can see.
I suppose if you have a friend who lives in a condo, you could ask them for a favor and park there for free! :D
I read that parking at Changi Village is complimentary for in-house guest and they have a complimentary hourly shuttle to and from the airport.
http://www.changivillage.com.sg/index.cfm?id=29D72054-F206-A174-3ADC3637E05CEF33 Whip out your best charm, park there, look like a hotel guest and enjoy all these perks? :D
Well, if you feel really really lucky, you could park along the road at Tanah Merah Kechil Rise like what the residents of the semi-detached houses and terrace houses would do. From there, walk to the Tanah Merah MRT and hop onto a train to the airport. For 2 days, I suppose it may be alright but if a car is parked there for 6 days, it will surely arouse some curiosity.
Anyhow, a question came to mind .....
How do you manage the car's battery charge for 6 days?
Extract from http://www.schleeter.com/long-term_storage.htm
"The electronics in modern cars can drain the battery in as little as 8-10 days. Tow companies make good money at airports from stranded drivers with drained batteries."
Good luck ;)
Fondest memory: We miss the convenience of Singapore's public transport and the availability of food around the clock.
Singapore Airlines is not only a world class airline but also offers services on the ground. When you arrive in Singapore, keep your SIA Boarding Pass with you and get discounts at many places, like Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, Singapore Zoo, Sentosa, Clarke Quay and many more.
Be sure to pick up the Boarding Pass Privileges brochure at the airport or log onto http://www.singaporeair.com/boardingpass to check on the current discounts.
I had 12hrs to kill at Singapore Airport. Thought it was going to be hard but....no problemo!
Singapore Airport runs free (yes that's right) FREE tours around Singapore for people with enough time. You need to sign up in the morning but it's well worth it.
I went on a a/c bus ride around the city then on a 'bum boat' ride up the river.
Lets not forget the;
*Duty free shopping
*Gym, pool and hotel
*Cheesy game show
Fondest memory: The boat driver getting up from his seat (while leaving the boat to go wherever) and offering to take photo's of everyone!
Singapore girls with the Singapore smile has been a trademark of Singapore Airlines.
If you have flown SIA, you cannot help noticing the consistent broad white flash of straight teeth with hot towels to welcome you on board as you finally found your seat in the cabin.
Apparently, many air hostesses are recruited from Malaysia and other countries. Yet the smile is made in Singapore.
It seems cheezy but it works. Wonder how many hours of training to learn to smile the SIA way until it becomes natural and beaming. Keep it up :)
Singapore Changi is probably THE transit airport in Asia. So if you have to kill a few hours before travelling to Australia or Europe, and you would like to allow yourself something: go to the airport spa. Have a massage or rent a whirlpool. After and before a long distance flight, you just feel completely relaxed. It's definitely worth while!
P.S.: It's not my favorite thing about Singapore, but about Singapore Airport...
Favorite thing: Need to travel from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2 at the Changi Airport?No worry,just take the Sky Train and travel to and fro both Terminals free of charge.The entire journey took only around 80 seconds and operate from 0600 to 0130 daily (including Sundays & Public Holidays)
If you find the fares high at Changi airport for the destination you want to go to-there is one alternative. You can head over to Johur Bahru's airport called Senai International Airport. Johur Bahru (JB) is the border town-in Malaysia. From Singapore there are buses (mostly from Kranji MRT station). I forget the bus number. You can also catch the bus at Queen Street-you will take this to Woodlands checkpoint, go through customs -get back on the bus and head to Malaysia's JB customs. Quite easy.
From SIngapore you can also catch the SIngapore-Johure Express buses. From Malaysia customs-you can either take a bus to the airport or take a taxi. Fix the price before you get into the taxi. The buses don't come too often-so if plan to do this-get there early. There is a lot more traffic in Malaysia-so it can take awhile to get to the airport. The airport is 25km outside the city.
I have found it''s worth it to come here. Air Asia has a bunch more flights out of this airport than Changi. Also, if you want to go to Borneo-it's best to fly them-since they fly straight there. If you fly from Singapore, you need to fly Malaysian airlines and transfer in Kuala Lumpur then head south again.
When coming back to Singapore. You can take a bus back(last one is at midnight). Otherwise, they have taxis you can take into singapore. We were able to find other people, who needed a taxi there and shared the cost. They drop you off near Little India, where there are a bunch of Singaporean cabs waiting to take you where you want to go.
If you don't have much time-it's probably not worth it to fly out of Senai-since it does take a while to get there.
On bus info:
The discount airlines have revolutionized travel in Singapore. If you are here in Singapore -you could affordably add a weekend to Bangkok, Phuket or Hong Kong-especially if you book in advance.
Valuair-fly to Jakarta, Perth, Hong Kong, Bangkok (a high end discount carrier)
Jet Star Asia-owned by Qantas. Flies to Manila, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Taipei
Tiger Airways-owned by Singapore Airlines. They have lots of promotions and cheap deals. They fly to Phuket, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai, Manila, Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi.
Air Asia-they fly to phuket and bangkok from Singapore. The majority of their flights are from Senai(Johur Baru) and Kuala Lumpur.
Orient Thai-not really a discount, but more affordable flights compared to the big carriers to Bangkok. Plus they are the only semi discount that flies 747s.
Singapore Changi airport is one of the best airports in the world. Checking in is quite smooth. The two terminals look like small malls. You will be spoiled for choice. The price on liquor and cigarettes are quite good.
There are many restaurants and food outlets in both terminals, everything from sushi to masala dosai (very expensive masala dosai at $8).
Anyway,it all comes down to what terminal you are flying in/out of. Terminal 1 is the older of the two and there are less shops/restaurants there. Terminal 2 is very nice. This is the terminal for Singapore airlines. There is a koi pond, surrounded by orchids and also a cactus garden. Lots more shops and restaurants.
If you are flying out of terminal 1-don't despair. If you have time you can either walk to the other terminal-by a long bridge or take the tiny automated train. They just completed a large renovation project and Terminal 1 is looking a lot better.
Currently, they are building a new terminal-which will be for discount airlines. This is supposed to open in the next few years.
Coming into Singapore is quite easy. Customs is quite efficient. Even though it can be lax-be careful on what you bring into Singapore. Bringing drugs into Singapore is a capitol offense-no joke! Every few weeks there are articles in the Straits Times about people, who are on trial for bringing drugs into the country.
Any pets/animals have to be quarantined here for 30 days. So leave Fido at home.
Favorite thing: There is free intenet services at the Changi Airport Terminal 1 where you can surf the net & check your emails.
Favorite thing: I think i maybe a little back dated but YES inside Changi airport offers free internet. And they have quite a number of stations all over the floor. So surf while you wait for your flight.
Favorite thing: Collect a free Insightguide Map of Singapore City from the Airport Customs. It's detailed and shows the highlights of the city