What to do if you're transiting at Singapore Changi Airport
Changi is Singapore's only international airport, and what an airport it is! Often voted the world's best airport it really is a destination in itself, so this is one place you won't mind being stuck in for a few hours if you're waiting for a flight.
Relax, refresh and explore before heading on to your next destination.
Things to do and see at Changi
- Hotels, shops and restaurants (some hotels allow short-term stays of a few hours)
- A butterfly garden – featuring 1000 butterflies, lush plants and flowers and a six-metre grotto waterfall
- A cactus garden, or for something a little less prickly a sunflower garden
- A rooftop pool – with a jacuzzi, poolside bar and shower facilities. SGD$17 per person, or complimentary if you're staying at the Aerotel Airport Transit Hotel
- Movie theatres – free of charge to all passengers
- Live theatre productions
- A giant slide
- A children's playground
- A koi pond
- Art displays
Due to open in 2019, Changi airport's Jewel project is a 10-storey complex featuring:
- a hotel
- canopy park
- rive-storey garden city
- the world's tallest indoor waterfall
If your transit time at Changi is more than five hours, there are two free tours of the city available that will have you back at the airport within 2.5 hours:
- The Heritage Tour
- City Sights Tour
Need a nap? Starting from SGD$60, hotel rooms at Changi airport can be booked in short blocks of just a few hours, any time of the day or night.
Options range from triple-bed rooms with ensuite to private singles with a shared bathroom.
The hotels also provide access to shower facilities for SGD$20, if you just need to freshen up.
- Terminal 1 - Aerotel Airport Transit Hotel
- Terminals 2 & 3 - Ambassador Transit Hotel
Getting to and from Singapore Changi Airport
leave from outside each terminal. The journey to the CBD takes about 30 minutes. There is a $3 airport surcharge which increases to $5 between 5pm and 12am, Friday to Sunday. Fares between 12am and 6am on any day attract a 50% surcharge.
- Limousines and larger taxis and vans can be arranged through the ground transport desks in the arrival halls or booked in advance.
- Trains connect Terminals 2 and 3 with downtown Singapore and the MRT underground
- Bus number 36 runs from Terminals 1, 2 and 3 to the city. The journey takes about an hour and the fare is less than $2. (Tip: Make sure you have some coins, as change won't be given or you can purchase a stored-value EZ-Link card for multiple rides from any Changi Recommends store or the Changi Airport train station.)
- Coaches can take you directly to Johor Bahru in Malaysia via the Transtar Cross Border Service
- Car hire is available through Avis and Budget (desks at Terminals 1, 2 and 3)
and Hertz (desks at Terminals 2 and 3).
- Airport website: changiairport.com
More about public transport and car hire in Singapore.
Departure tax will be included in your airline ticket, so you won't need to pay in cash, as is the case in some countries.
GST refunds can be claimed on departure from Changi Airport on some purchases made in the country.