CHANGI AIRPORT

 

Description : Simply, the best airport in the world (won 16 such awards in 1999) !

Comments : This place is so good that you may actually wish for a flight delay...

What to do ? Relax by the koi (carps) pond w. orchids, the small bamboo garden or the heliconia garden / Listen to birds songs / Visit the world's first Airport's Cactus Garden /  Watch a free movie at the small Theatre / Have fun in the Entertainment Centre / Head toward the sport area to watch the latest sport news or play free video games / When in condition, go to the Fitness Centre (S$10.30 incl. a locker, shower, gel and towel) / End up in the swimming pool (S$10.30 all incl. as well) / Surf the web / Watch one of the 15 TV sets according to your favorite news channel  / Shop around : 80 places to choose from at the same prices than downtown and a "no questions asked money back" guarantee ! / Eat or drink around at reasonable prices, from fast food to fine cuisine, there is also plenty of choice ! /  Get your hair dressed / Get sick : there are clinics ! / Change money : plenty of reliable places ! / Listen to live music every evening from 7pm to 10pm / Sleep on luxurious snooze chairs in the quiet areas / When leaving and if you shopped a lot in regular shops (at least S$300 incl. min of S$100 in any one shop), get a refund of the 3% GST (Good and Services Tax) 

What you may not like ? Being a smoker : a few empty smoking rooms only / The rather limited shopping bargains /  Your flight leaving on time, maybe... 

On transit for more than 5 hours ? Then you are entitled to a free 2 hours tour of the City !  Operates from 10am to 7pm w. last booking at 6:30pm. Only hand bags are allowed so you will need to use the lockers. 

Electronics Lockers ? The standard size cost SS$2 for the first hour, $3 for the next 22 hours and S$5 for each subsequent 24 hours. Large size cost S$3, S$4 and S$7 respectively. / Alternatively, there are left baggage facilities : S$1.03 for a coat or loose item to S$4.12 for a large suitcase for the first 24 hrs. 

Internet ? If your laptop accept the IEEE 802.11 standard wireless modem card, you can surf the web for free (modem cards available for loan free of charge) / If standard modem card, free connection to your Singapore ISP / If no laptop (real backpacker maybe ?), it cost S$2 per 15mn block, which is not too cheap.  Internet Centers are open 24 hrs in T1 and from 7am to 11:30pm in T2. 

Duty free concessions ? People over 18 arriving from other countries than Malaysia are entitled to 1litre of Liquor, 1l of Wine and 1l of beer. 

How long ? 3 days would be a minimum but travelers are surprised to extend their stay to a week and still find things to see...


Where to stay or relax ? Transit Hotels at Terminal 1 (542 5538) or Terminal 2 (542 6122), rsvn@airport-hotel.com.sg : economy rooms w. common shower start at S$39.66 for 6 hours' stay (then S$10.30 per hour) / Dbl w. shower S$56.65 / Shower S$5.15 / Shower + Sauna + locker + towel S$10.30 / Massage S$33.99 for 30mn 

To / From the City ? Beside the taxi (S$17 to 22) or Limo (S$35), convenient options include :

- Airport Shuttle Service : S$7 / every 30mn from 7am to 6pm and every 15mn from 6:05pm to 11:05pm / Booking necessary at the counter located in the Arrival Hall but pay to the driver

- Bus No36 between the airport and Orchard Road : S$1.5, from 6am to 12 midnight every 8-12mn, about 1 hour ride / need exact change / The recommended option / Stop at Stamford Rd for the cheap GH area.

- Bus No24 or 34 to Tanah Merah MRT Station : S$1.10, 20mn / need exact change

- Minibus to airport from GH : departure at 10:10, 13:40 or 17:10 for $3.5. Info : 9765 5885


Backpacker's Tips : Chayut Pihakaendr, Thailand (June 05)
 
« From the airport we can reach the city hall easily , you will arrive in terminal 1 take a electric train to terminal 2 and then go to Changi Airport MRT from here you can go to anywhere in Singapore just following the map ( Pick up at ticket boost) ..
About the MRT ticket ,there are two kind of it . One way ticket is a ticket that you can use it only one –way and refund $ 1 at your destination station and another is E-Link Card is like collective ticket ,it cost $ 10 -- $7 (fare) $3( non –refundable ) , the card is valid for both MRT and the buses in Singapore at the cheaper rate. If I prefer Ez-Card ,it is easy to use and convenience »

Backpacker's Tips : Mark Elliott, UK (March 02)
« The new MRT link is now open into Changi airport which means only $1:20 to City Hall MRT station, 26 mins! »


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