On our recent trip to the Philippines, my hubby and I scored a cheap flight, which includes a 5-hour layover at Singapore Changi Airport, with Singapore Airlines. At first, we were hesitant since it is our first time flying with this airline. Singapore Airlines did not disappoint us though, instead, they exceeded our expectations in so many ways. Our journey was very smooth after all.
Well, for the baggage, it will be 40 kilos free for check-in and 10 kilos for hand carry. They also have a routine of asking the passengers before boarding their flight if they want their hand carries to be included with the check-in. Sounds good right?
HOW MUCH IS THE FARE?
We got the fare for a very affordable amount. We booked it through their website since we have a Kris-Flyer account (you can earn points and can be used later on your next booking). The only downside of our fare is the VAT. Yes, there’s a tax included! They have 4 different types of fare according to your preference which is: Business Class, First Class, Premium Economy and the Economy Class.
HOW WAS THE FOOD?
The food was spectacular. We got 3 sets of meals and unlimited mineral water, juices, sodas, beers, teas and wines. The food choices were great, the only downside was it is a bit small in portion.
HOW WAS THE LEG ROOM?
We were very comfortable. They have enough space for people to straighten their legs, especially on long flights.
5 HOURS LAYOVER AT CHANGI AIRPORT
Having a long layover is a burden for some, but with Changi Airport, you’ll be spending the rest of your layover with fun and pleasure. This is the world’s best airport for 5 years in a row! There’s a lot of things to do at Changi, and we listed some of the few things you can see and do below:
1. Watch the latest movie.
You can find the cinema at T2 or T3 ( Transit Area). The cinema has the latest movies for you and is open for 24 hours.
2. Entertainment Deck
Fond of Xbox? Why not try the entertainment deck located at T2 (Transit Area) while waiting for your connecting flight.
3. Cacti Garden
Do you love collecting cactus? Or maybe want to collect different species? You can purchase over 100 species of cacti and succulents from Africa and America at the rooftop garden at T1 (Transit Area).
4. Sunflower Garden
This garden will show you brighter days. It will lighten your mood – with over 500 sunflowers to see and admire. Located at T2 (Transit Area).
5. Orchid Garden
Also located at T2 (Transit Area) you will enjoy different breeds of colorful orchids in this area. Singapore surely knows how to brighten someone’s day.
6. Butterfly Garden
Have kids traveling with you? Bring them to Butterly Garden located at T3 with over 40 species. It also has 6-meter grotto waterfall.
7. The Slide
With every $10 spent at the airport in a single receipt, you can redeem one ride at the Information Counter located at T3, Level 1. The slide is at 12 meters high and speeds up to 6 meters per second. It is also the world’s tallest slide inside an airport.
8. Free Singapore City Tour
Do you have at least 6 hours and above of layover? Well if your answer is yes, Singapore gives you two different types of tour: The Heritage Tour and City Tour.
For the Heritage Tour, they are conducting it 4 times daily while City Tour is only 2 times daily and is also available during public holidays.
They have different registration booths located at the following:
Terminal 2: Transit Area, between Transfer Lounge F and Skytrain to Terminal 3 and is near the escalator to Arrival Immigration (Level 2). Opens from 7 AM till 7 PM.
Terminal 3: Transit Area, near Transfer Lounge A and Gate A1-A8 (Level 2). Opens from 7 AM till 6:30 PM.
Other Terminals: Please stay in the transit area and proceed to the booth at Terminal 2 to register.
*You can also inquire at the Information Desks around the airport and they will assist you.
*Registration is closed 1 hour before the tour start time.
*Participants will be guided to clear the immigration as a group.
*If you have a cabin baggage/ hand carry baggage you need to leave it at Left Baggage with a fee (please click the link to check the amount).
*When you arrive at Changi Airport, please remain in the transit area and do not clear immigration as the registration booths are located in the transit area.
*Transit passengers are allowed to enter and exit Singapore once during their layover period, as per guidelines stipulated by Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore. Therefore, passengers are not able to join more than 1 tour (which involves entering and exiting Singapore more than once).
*Seats are on a first-come-first-serve basis.
*Tour timing may change depending on the weather and traffic situation.
They also require you the following to get the free tours:
2. Boarding Pass
3. Entry Visa (if applicable) – eligibility to participate in the tour is subject to visa entry requirements stipulated by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore.
4. You are a transit passenger of Changi Airport.
5. Your layover should be at least 5.5 hours and above.
GETTING AROUND THE AIRPORT:
While some Terminals are very far from each other you will easily think how can we get to the destinations that we want? At Changi Airport they have complimentary Skytrain between Terminals 1, 2 and 3 which operates from 5 AM to 2:30 AM. The average travel and waiting time are four minutes.
They also have complimentary shuttle bus to and from Terminal 4. Just proceed at the Shuttle Bus Pick-up Point at T2, Arrival Hall Door 1. The Drop-Off point at Terminal 4 is at the Departure Hall between Door 3 and 4.