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
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,
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), firstname.lastname@example.org
: 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
« The new MRT link is now open into Changi airport which means only $1:20 to City Hall MRT station, 26 mins!
Changi Airport ?