of Singapore International Airport can be seen here
Airport has been voted by many different magazines and organisations for
many consecutive years as the best airport in the world, and to be
honest it is not surprising why. Singapore International Airport, or
Changi as it is known, is somewhere you do not mind arriving an hour,
two or even three before your time of departure. For once Changi offers
you an airport that you can actually enjoy, and look forward to going
planning behind Changi is exceptional by airport standards, nothing is
really very far from anywhere, there are electric people carriers
(walkways) scattered everywhere and in each direction. The shopping
facilities are better than some shopping malls, the toilets clean, and
accommodating, and many different food and beverage outlets ensure that
you never go hungry. If there is one airport in the world where you do
not mind being stranded for a few hours than Changi would be many
peoples first option.
presently split into three terminals, with arrivals and
departures on two separate levels, arrivals being the lower and
departures the upper level. The terminals are connected by people
carriers so you can walk between them if you so desired, this would take
approximately 25 minutes, or you can use the miniature train service
that runs from 6 am to midnight every day.
enjoyment of Changi comes after you have passed through immigration,
before immigration however there are also numerous food and beverage
outlets, such as Burger King, Deli France, a few other restaurants serving
Asian and International dishes, and even a supermarket in the basement
of Terminal 3. After immigration though you have an
amazing assortment of Duty Free shops, high quality airport lounges,
some food and beverage outlets from fast food to food court style
cuisine, some nice pubs, and in Terminal two even some entertaining
amusement style parks themed along Science and such.
1 is the older of the three terminals, but still offers you almost
identical 'activities' as T2 and the newer terminal 3. There are computer
slots, where you can plug in your laptop and connect to the internet
using your own account free of charge for as long as you like. Book
shops with an excellent assortment of books, four electronic shops
selling everything from televisions, digital cameras to your basic
battery, jewellery shops, watch shops, a post office, a silver shop,
exchange counters, and of course the standard perfume, alcohol and
tobacco shops, and even a small supermarket. This may surprise many
people, as you are not allowed to even carry cigarettes into Singapore, but the Duty Free prices for tobacco are one of the cheapest in
the world. The alcohol (especially the wine) is also very well priced, especially compared to other
Asian airports, so make sure that you check your Duty Free allowance of
the country that you are travelling to and make the most of it. You
cannot buy cigarettes on the way into Singapore though, only on the way
out, in fact it is officially illegal to bring cigarettes into Singapore
that were bought anywhere. If caught you may well be fined.
airport lounges at Terminal 1 are all on the second level, and are all
of pretty good quality. For smokers though there are comfortable smoking
lounges which allow you to
puff away legally. The
smoking rooms are both internal and external, allowing you get a suntan
if you like while breathing in
airplane fuel, instead of just nicotine. There is only one smoking room,
although it is very large in each terminal, and they are situated pretty
much straight in the middle and against the airport side wall. As
mentioned you can sit and smoke outside and inside, but there is
always pretty much enough room, either way.
terminals offer viewing screens throughout with many
televisions set up to different channels such as HBO, BBC, CNN,
Discovery, the choice is yours.
are arriving at Singapore Airport, the procedure is the same as at any
other airport, immigration, baggage claim and customs. The only major
difference from most airports and something that I personally believe to
be a bit of an annoyance is that when you arrive at the baggage reclaim/customs
area the screens between you and the waiting crowds of friends and
relatives, waiting to greet the incoming are transparent. This means
that you can see your friends and loved ones, as you wait for the
baggage so the excitement of turning the corner and seeing them is all
but lost as you tend to get all excited waving and smiling, and then 10
minutes later when your baggage still has not come out, the smiling and
waving is a lot less enthusiastic. It also means that if customs do want
to search your bags then they do it pretty much in front of the awaiting
crowd ! Make sure you pack clean underwear!
we are on the subject of security, Singapore Airport frequently scans
incoming persons and hand luggage on random flights. It does not take
long as the airport thankfully puts enough manpower behind this but it
is something you may want to be aware of.
are through immigration and customs, you have the choice of buses, taxis, and private
limousines. Taxis are very regular, and well organised. The taxi queue
at terminal one however has TWO ends to it, well in actual fact there
are two queues that face each other. It is often worth remembering this,
as more often than not one queue will be very busy, and the other
relatively quiet, it is always worth checking which of the queues is the
longest, before standing in line. A taxi from the airport will charge
you a surcharge, and if you take the taxi between midnight and 6 in
the morning there will be the 50% surcharge on the surchard. Taxis
also charge extra for peak hours, CBD, and ERP, but all these charges
are outlined on an official form in the taxi that explains the charges.
Guide to most of the major services :
Centre : Located in the transit hotels.
The centre is open daily from 7 am to 11 pm and offers workstations with
Internet access, photocopiers, fax, telex, facilities and meeting rooms.
Secretarial and language services are also available upon request.
Garden : Level 3 of terminal one departure /transit lounge
this unique garden houses 20 varieties of cacti native to North and
Luggage Lockers : Are available in both Terminals 1 and 2.
Gadget Chargers: Located in all terminals see: Recharge
at Singapore Airport.
Centre : Located in the transit hotel in Terminal 1, the gym
offers you use of gym and exercise equipment, for Sin $ 10. A shower is
included in the price with towel, shower gel and shampoo, are provided.
Singapore Tour : If you have five hours to spare between
connecting flights, you can register for the free 2 hour Singapore tour,
which will take you around the river area, and includes a 20 minute
bumboat ride. Available from 10am to 7pm with the last booking available
at 6:30pm. Seats are limited.
Salons : Located in the transit hotels, the unisex salons are
open from 11am to 9pm Monday to Saturday and 11am to 6pm on Sundays in
Terminal 1 and from 11am to 9pm Monday to Saturday in Terminal 2.
and Found : If you have lost something at the airport and not
on an airline please call Singapore (1800 toll free within Singapore)
Services : These centres can be found in both Terminals, and
are open from 8am to 12 midnight. The centre in Terminal 2 located at
the basement is open 24 hours.
and Sauna : Hot showers are available for only Sin $ 5.15 or
you may wish to enjoy a steamy sauna. The sauna which includes shower is
Sin $ 10.30.
Pool and Jacuzzi : Open from 7am to 11pm daily the shower and
jacuzzi can be found in Terminal 1. Sin $ 10.30.
also: Singapore Changi Airport testing biometrics based check-in and immigration system
of Singapore International Airport can be seen here
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