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4 Things to Do during A Layover in Singapore

Written by Syfa

Traveling can be boring when we have to wait for connecting flights during a transit period. Fortunately, if you find yourself in Singapore for a layover, you won't likely encounter this problem.

Singapore has a number of interesting activities to engage in while you await your next flight.

So, in this article, I will provide you with a list of enjoyable activities to keep you entertained during your layover in Singapore and it's tailored to the duration of your wait as well. Stay with me till the end for all the insights!

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1. Explore Changi Airport

When you have a layover of 5 hours or less, it's best to stay within the airport instead of venturing out. But don't worry, Changi Airport is a destination in itself.

They have a variety of activities that don't require you to pass through immigration. Here's what you can do:

  • Airport Gardens
Butterfly Garden Changi T3
Butterfly Garden in Terminal 3 Changi
Butterfly Garden Changi T3

Changi Airport is known for its beautiful gardens, which are part of its commitment to creating a green space. A highlight is the Butterfly Garden located in Terminal 3, across levels 2 and 3, which is the first butterfly garden inside an airport in the world.

You can admire over 1,000 butterflies from 40 species, see vibrant flowers, and enjoy the ambiance of a 6-meter waterfall. Walking through this serene environment is one the most delightful ways to prevent jet lag and refresh yourself before your flight.

  • Catch A Free Film at T3's 24-hour Movie Theatre
Movie Theatre in Changi T3
Movie Theatre in Changi T3

For those who prefer to relax, Changi has a cinema in Terminal 3 on the third floor (near Lounge Transit Ambassador). It's a great spot to catch up on the latest films because it's available 24 hours a day and completely free.

However, you need to be aware of its maintenance from 11 am to 4 pm on Thursdays. Here, you can rest your legs and entertain yourself here until it's time to board.

  • Playground
Playpoint for kids at Changi T3
Playpoint for kids at Changi T3

If you're traveling for a vacation with your family and have kids in tow, Changi Airport has playground facilities to keep the little ones entertained during wait times.

For instance, Terminal 3 houses the 'Fidget Climber' at Playpoint, which is a playful structure resembling a giant fidget spinner. It has a unique design and stands at a towering height of 4.65 meters.

This play structure is not just for climbing; it's designed to spark children's creativity and give them a vast imaginative playground.

Visiting during the morning or afternoon adds an extra layer of fun because the playground faces the outdoors. So, children can watch planes take off and land.

  • Dining and Shopping at Changi
Singapore Food street Changi
Singapore Food street Changi
shop at Changi
Duty-free shop
Bacha Coffee in Changi
Bacha Coffee Changi

But there's more to do than just play and plane-watch. If you're feeling hungry, there's a variety of restaurants and snack bars to keep you fueled in the airside area of Changi.

And if you're in the mood for some shopping, duty-free shops at Changi have you covered, ranging from affordable options to luxury brands, ensuring there's something for every budget.

There's a wealth of experiences to be had during your layover at Changi Airport. For more details about this, take a look at the article linked below:

2. Visit Jewel Changi Airport

Jewel Mall
Topiary Walk
Topiary Walk in Canopy Park Jewel
Mirror Maze
Mirror Maze
Canopy Bridge
Canopy Bridge

For those with a transit of over five hours, consider spending some of that time at Jewel that is located within the Changi Airport complex. Jewel offers a diverse range of entertainment without the need to step outside the airport.

It is a dynamic hub that combines entertainment and shopping, featuring the Rain Vortex, which holds the title of the world's tallest indoor waterfall.

Visitors can unwind in the tranquil greenery, try a variety of foods, or simply soak in the breath-taking views. For those who like adventure, Jewel's fifth floor offers a selection of paid attractions that promise a thrilling experience.

Attractions include Topiary Walk at Canopy Park, Mirror Maze, Canopy Bridge, Hedge Maze, Walking Net, and Foggy Bowl. Starting at just SGD 8, you can enjoy any one of these attractions.

To learn more about these activities check out the article below:

3. Visit Orchard Road

Orchard Road
ice cream orchard
Ice Cream Sandwich Durian dan Cookies and Cream
Carrot Cake Singapore
Fried Carrot Cake in Food Opera ION Orchard

If you find yourself with a layover of 8 hours or more, it's the perfect opportunity to visit Orchard Road, Singapore's iconic shopping destination.

A short ride on the MRT from Changi Airport, Orchard Road is packed with a diverse array of shopping options, featuring both local and international brands.

In the midst of your shopping spree, you can pause for a coffee, enjoy fresh pastries, or have a meal at a food court. While there, don't miss out on the Ice Cream Sandwiches sold outside ION Orchard, an affordable treat at only SGD 1.5!

4. Visit Gardens by The Bay

Supertree Gardens by The Bay
Supertree Gardens by The Bay
_Flower Dome
Flower Dome
cloud walk
Cloud Forest
Helix Bridge
Helix Bridge
Picnic at Marina Barrage
Picnic at Marina Barrage

Alternatively, if you're interested in nature and architecture, Gardens by The Bay is another way to spend over 8 hours during a layover. This expansive 101-hectare garden is known for its futuristic Supertree Grove and the two climate-controlled conservatories, Flower Dome and Cloud Forest.

You can also enjoy a picnic at Marina Barrage, a popular spot among tourists and locals alike, where many people relax on mats and enjoy the scenery. The view is particularly stunning in the late afternoon as the sun sets and the weather cools down.

If the timing is right, cap off your visit with the Garden Rhapsody, a mesmerizing nightly light and music show. It could really be the perfect way to spend the night before your next flight!

With these suggestions, you can make the most of your transit time in Singapore. Remember to manage your time wisely and plan your activities to ensure you stay refreshed and ready for your onward journey. Have a safe flight!

We are a newlywed couple who loves to eat and travel from one place to another. In this blog, we will share our favorite experiences when visiting various tourist attractions and tasting the delights of good food!

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We are a newlywed couple who loves to eat and travel from one place to another. In this blog, we will share our favorite experiences when visiting various tourist attractions and tasting the delights of good food!

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