Stopping over in Singapore? Changi Airport is a destination in itself – especially Terminal 1, where Qantas planes arrive and depart daily. Here’s how to spend a few hours – or even a day – at this international gateway.
Eat and drink
Changi has more than 220 food and drink outlets, from sports bars to noodle joints. T2’s Penang Culture is a highlight (try the barbecue salmon); while there more than 100 eateries in Jewel Changi Airport, including 33 that are open at all hours.
T1 has three outdoor areas, including the Cactus Garden, upstairs past Burger King. It has a bar, the Hops Bar, where you can get a drink 24/7, and is the best place to watch aircraft take off and land.
T1 is connected to terminals 2 and 3 by Skytrain. Visit the newest terminal, 3, with its Butterfly Garden, where you can relax amid the soothing sights and sounds of an indoor waterfall with tropical butterflies fluttering around you.
Jewel Changi Airport, the 10-storey space attached to the terminals, offers even more things to see and do: there's everything from an indoor waterfall, a fun park, an indoor nature reserve complete with walking trails and a series of incredible art installations.
Changi Airport offers free tours of the city for people with more than five hours between flights. Look for a Free Singapore Tour stand.
Swim! Yes, Terminal 1 (T1) has a decent-size outdoor swimming pool with a poolside bar. It’s open from 6am to midnight and the entry fee is $S17 per person – and it’s free for guests of the Aerotel Airport Transit Hotel.
One of the airport’s best playgrounds – featuring a multistorey slide-and-climb structure – is in T1, at the rear of Sakae Sushi on Level 2. Alternatively, head to T3 and shoot down The Slide – Singapore’s tallest at 12 metres.
Immortalise your visit to Changi at The Social Tree, an interactive installation located after the departure Immigration counters in T1. Simply take a pic (or record a video) at one of the photo booths then “attach” it to the tree’s HD screens. You can also share your keepsake via social media.
Free wi-fi is available throughout the airport and there are more than 400 internet stations across all terminals, making it easy to stay connected.
When you fly with Qantas via Singapore, you'll receive a S$20 voucher to spend at participating stores at Changi Airport, so you can grab a bite to eat, pamper yourself with a massage or even book a stay in an airport hotel. Valid for booking made until 31 December 2019. Find out more now.