When you have to transit in Changi International Airport, Singapore, for few hours or one night, take Changi Express magazine with you. You may find this fortnightly magazine everywhere around the airport, as it is the Singapore Changi Airport`s guide and it is free!!!When you have one night to spend in the airport, explore the airport by yourself, especially when you miss free city tour (it will be closed at 5PM). My favourite thing to explore will be the airport`s gardens. There are 6 gardens in the airport, and the most beautiful one for me will be orchid garden (see my other tip).You can go to terminal 1/2 with the sky train even with the trolley too. Just get one changi express, look for the airport map at the back, ask where you are to the airport staff, and explore the airport by yourself. You will enjoy!!
When you have at least an hour transit to spend in Changi Airport, spend some time in Orchid Garden. The most beautiful place in Changi International Airport. It will be located in Terminal 2, level 2, facing the way to gates F50-F60, in front of Pacific Coffee Company and Cedele. You can reach terminal 2 from terminal 1 easily with the sky train along with your trolley(s).The view will be breathtaking. Many beautiful orchids will be there and you may see the Oki Fish (like Golden Fish) in the 2 pools inside the garden. There will be many seats inside the garden itself and all around the garden. Check out the pictures!! You will never regret on spending your time in there alone while waiting for your flight.
Singapore Changi has been consistently one of the best airports in the world.
Airport Code = SIN
The old airport was Paya Lebar. Changi is built on reclaimed land and approaching the airport is over the sea and golf courses below with a spectacular city skyscrapper skyline in the near distance.
There are two major terminals and a third terminal is opening soon. So important to note whether your plane is in terminal 1 or terminal 2 which are coonected by a free skytrain.
There are plenty of shops and eateries, sports viewing televions, events, free online and local call service, swimming pool, etc to keep you occupied if you check in early or in transit. You can even sign up for a free city tour if you are in transit for more than 4 hours.
From the airport, use the taxi, bus or MRT to get to downtown. For taxis, there are various taxi surchages and so no worry of being overcharged by taxi drivers.
At departure, you can also get your GST refund.
Singapore Changi Airport has two terminals 1 and 2 conected by a sky train.
Bus: Bus 36 Changi Airport - Orchard Road each 10 minutes.
MRT: To any part of the city. About half an hour long. Single trip to City Hall $1,40 From Airport First train 5:31, holidays and sundays 5:59, Last 23:18. (buy a $15 EZ-Link card which allows to take public buses and trains, when you leave Singapore they give you back the money you have not use at the machine)
Taxi: to city center about $10 to $12 depending on traffic. + $5 of surcharge for departing from airport
MaxiCab: six-seater Mercedes runs from Airport to all hotels in the city, daily 6am every 30 minutes $7 adult, $5 child
you can book taxi and maxicab at the shuttle desk at the airport hall.
The longest flights in the world are the Singapore Airlines non-stop to Los Angeles and Newark. It uses long range A340-500 versions specially fitted with fewer seats to trade capacity for increased range. This results in a more comfortable flight. Singapore Airlines only has a special small fleet of 5 of these 500 series A340. It would not be too much of a surprise if these planes were sold and replaced with the new Boeing 777-200LR version as Singapore Airlines operates other versions of the 777 and has ordered the long range 787-9.
Note the A340's are becoming all business class starting in May and will be completely converted by September, 2008. No more economy (economy plus) class.
Once you have found your way to Changi Airport from your accommodation and you are flying with Tiger Airways, you will still need to find your way to the Budget Terminal.
There is a free shuttle that will take you there and it leaves from the Terminal 2 exit so just follow the signs there.
Definitely the most friendly and welcoming airport I visited on my trip was Changi. That says alot, seeing that I arrived at 2 AM. The MRT doesn't start working until 5:30, so I had some time to kill in the airport. Equiped with free internet and video games inside the passenger terminal and a Starbucks outside... lets just say if you give me coffee and video games and I am a happy man. The immigration personel reminded me of meeting a long lost friend they were so nice and happy.
The shopping is excellent, and the airport itself follows the route of Singapore in being about as cleanas you can get.
Bus Shuttle Service from Singapore's Changi Ariport to the downtown costs only 8-10 SGD. Its a cheaper option to get to your hotel. You get bus tickets at the airport itself. These bus operators knows all the hotels in Singapore. All you need to do is tell them your hotel name and they will drop you at the doorsteps of the hotel. The only hind side is that you may have to wait till the bus comes. Maximum for half an hour....If you are lucky you also get it within 5mins. They have a periodic departures. You can enquire at the counter for the next schedulled departure
PS: Enquire at the airport and they will help you where the bus shuttle service counter is. It is towards the exit of the airport....Better ask someone......
Wish to travel from a MRT station to the Changi Budget Terminal?
1. Take the MRT to Changi Airport using the green line. E.g. from Lavendar MRT it costs SGD3.00 approx (Dec 2010)
2. When on the green line - you may not necessarily be on the train heading directly to Changi as there is a "fork" in Tanah Merah splitting between Pasir Mas and Changi. Tip: get off at Tanah Merah and board the "middle platform" (there are 3 platforms at Tanah Merah).
3. When you arrive at Changi - this is not yet the budget terminal. Align from the MRT that terminates at Changi and look out for the signs that read "Bus/Shuttle to Budget Terminal". Tip: Get your SGD1.00 refund if you are using the MRT temporary ticket/card. You can do this at the ticket machines.
4. Keep your eyes peeled for the signs that say "Bus/Shuttle to Budget Terminal". You will go through several corridors and arrive at an underground bus terminal. There will be many buses ready to take you to different parts of Singapore including the budget terminal. This can be confusing. Either ask around or look up at the roof or top of the supporting pillars with yellow signs. Look for the sign that says "Budget Terminal". The buses should appear every 10-15 minutes. It also takes you 10-15 minutes to get you to the budget terminal. There is no charge when taking the shuttle bus and it is FREE.
Good luck :)
P/S Last Tip: Once you have cleared immigration at the budget terminal - there are still many Food & Beverage outlets including plenty of retail outlets before you reach your Flight Gates. You can hang out here in comfort while waiting to board your flight
Minibus are available, all 30 minutes, from Airport to City main hotels.
A good compromise between taxi's and MRT, efficient and fast enough (depending on the traffic)
Cost: 9S$ from Airport to Carlton (~halth of a taxi)
Woodlands transport service
From Arrival hall for registration
Tel 6241 3818 (Hot line)
When you arrive in Singapore, go to the kiosk near the exit for airport shuttle bus. Fantastic deal! It was about $10, and I waited 5 minutes for the bus to take me alone directly to the front door of my hotel. The bus even had a video of sightseeing destinations in Singapore. Sweet!!!
Singapore Changi Airport provides a very convenient shuttle service from the main terminal to the budget terminal. And best of all it's free. We really enjoyed the ride.
Getting to the airport is so easy. No need to pay extra for a hotel pick up to the airport. Just take the MRT to the airport and shuttle service if you're going to the budget terminal. It's that simple and quick.
From the airport, u could take the MRT train to town. the station is located in Terminal 2.
alternatively u could also take bus number 36 at the basement of either terminal 1 or 2 to go to town.
the fare is 1.5 - 2 sing dollars.
My guess is that the big majority of all tourists arrive in Singapore via Changi Airport. It's the fifth biggest airport in Asia (only 18 are bigger in the whole world) and had during 2008 more than 4300 flights departuring and arriving every week.
More than that, it's also the airport with best order that I ever visited. (I would love to send the directors from the biggest airports i Sweden, Denmark and Norway here so that they could learn something...). You simply can't get lost here (only problem would in that case be to know which terminal (1 to 3) you should go to.
But when arriving it's really simple. You just walk straight out and it's impossible to not find the way.
Onboard the flight when arriving you'll fill in the embarkment form, which feels as unnecessary as everywhere else. You'll type your name about 14 different times, then put an "x" for the answer "no, I've never been declined to enter Singapore" and then you're done. Oh yes, you'll have to sweat for about five minutes too before you rembember the name of the hotel you'll be staying at...
Passport and visa control can take some time, but as long as you don't drag your feet after you when you're leaving the flight the line shouldn't be too long. Although I always wish that I had a singaporean citizienship every time I get there, as they can just pass by all the lines (automatic clearance...).
After the control you're in the duty free area, and then it's the luggage room. Normally the bags comes really fast (yes, about half the time it takes to get the bag at any swedish airport...) and then you're 30 meter from the exit. If you're unlucky (or like me, aparently looking like a life threatening terrorist...) the security staff will stop you just before you exit to scan through your bags again.
Going from the airport is easy. You can either take the MRT train (metro) directly into town, or take one of the one billion taxis that are waiting outside the airport. The line with taxis sometimes feels like it starts already in the city center. :)
My beautiful girl always picks me up, so unfortunately I don't know the cost for a taxi. Would guess around 20-30SGD (10-15 euro).
Best thing with the airport? It's huge, but still in such order. You never get lost, it's easy to find your gate, there are so many tax free stores and it's clean all over the place. Plus, most of the time it goes really quick to check in.
The budget terminal at Changi is pretty good. There is free internet access and a special gadget recharge lounge where you can recharge your mobile and other devices such as IPOD's and MP3s.
Of course there's a duty free shop for perfumes, a newsagency, a 7-eleven, a chocolate shop, duty free liquor & tobacco, general merchandise, a sports shop, delicatessen, Hang Ten and Tiny Toons. There's also a number of places to eat at, which looked pretty good. There's even a prayer room.
If you've got a fair amount of time to fill in, visit the Woodblock Rub - a popular Singaporean artform from the 50s and 60s.
There was definitely a lot more here than I was expecting.
There's airport shuttle services from the aiport and a cab to the city will cost around $18 - $32 SGD.