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Long waits with nothing to do or explore – this often comes to mind when one typically thinks of transiting between flights at the airport. But, not here at Changi Airport.
Instead, Changi Airport’s transit space brims with a plethora of activities that’ll appeal to movie buffs, nature lovers, the weary-eyed, and everyone in between. Here are six things to do in between your flights to keep yourself occupied.
1. Catch a free film at T3’s 24-hour movie theatre
The only thing better than a 24-hour movie theatre is, well, watching films for free. Catch some of the silver screen’s latest darlings at the movie theatre that screens all day, and night. Discover the legend of the ten rings in Marvel’s Shang-Chi or hop onto a magical quest with Raya and the Last Dragon. Movie titles are reviewed yearly to keep the selection fresh and appealing to all age groups.
Pro-tip: The cinema aisles are wide enough to accommodate your trolleys so that you can always have your belongings right in front of you. Otherwise, just remove your valuables and park the rest of your items along with your trolley at the designated spaces at the back of the cinema.
While it isn’t easy to drop everything like a hot potato and pry your eyes away when you’re arrestingly immersed in a show, there is also a strategically-placed clock in the movie theatre for timekeeping. Alternatively, download the iChangi app to get updates and reminders regarding your flight.
Opening hours: 24 hours
Location: Terminal 3, Level 3, Departure Transit Hall North (near the Ambassador Transit Lounge)
2. Tuck into piping hot local dishes at Singapore Food Street
Take your palate on a trip around this Asian city without having to leave the transit area – all you’ll need is a visit to the hyperlocal Singapore Food Street. Reflective of the melting pot of cultures that is Singapore’s culinary landscape, the food street offers a unique mix of Chinese, Malay, and Indian cuisines that’ll have your spoilt for choice. You can expect a creamy, umami laksa (white rice noodles in curry-like gravy made with coconut milk) that brims with subtle spice, al dente chee cheong fun (rice rolls) stuffed with pork or prawn, or a full-bodied teh bing (iced tea) to pair.
Inspired by pushcarts from the early era of Singapore’s streets, your meals will be served fresh from the wok – leaving you in all its delicious, mouth-watering goodness.
Opening hours: Most stalls open from 10:00am to 12:00am, with a handful of stalls open 24 hours
Location: Terminal 3, Level 3, Departure Lounge (Central)
3. Go for a dip at T1’s rooftop pool
Quite literally, make a splash at the rooftop pool at Terminal 1 which offers stunning views of the airside – all while you sip on cocktails or juices and bask in an unparalleled state of relaxation. Whether you’re on a mission to soak up the sun or to plane-spot to your (aviation geek) heart’s content, there’s a corner (or cabana) for your every need.
When you’ve dried off and still have time to spare, perhaps you’ll finding yourself popping by the fitness corner located right next to it for a quick workout. It comes equipped with an extensive range of weights and machines, so you don’t have to miss a beat in your exercise routine even when away from home.
Pro-tip: Don’t forget to include your swimsuit in your packing list even if you’re travelling to and from a city with a colder climate – you never know when it might come in handy in sunny Singapore.
Opening hours: 12:00pm-10:00pm (pool), 24 hours (fitness corner)
Location: Terminal 1, Level 3 (near boarding gate D41)
4. Catch some Zs at free-to-use snooze lounges
Perhaps you’re just downright exhausted from a day of travelling – we completely get it. After all, few things come close to a solid couple of hours of undisturbed rest. Thankfully, catching that shut eye doesn’t necessarily mean booking out an expensive room that you’ll end up using only for half a day.
The transit area is peppered with kick-back-relax, lounge-in-your-chair-type of nooks and corners that give you just the right amount of privacy to rest without having to travel too far. The snooze lounges are located across all of Changi’s terminals and are free-to-use 24 hours a day.
Opening hours: 24 hours
Location: Various locations across all terminals
5. Be in awe of nature at the Butterfly Garden at T3
This tiny slice of cool, calm respite is located outdoors but sheltered from the elements, allowing you to take some fresh air even within the airport. Here’s where you’ll be able to get up close and personal with the dainty butterflies – all at a safe and comfortable distance, of course.
From the 40 different species of butterflies within the garden, you’ll find nectar-feeding or fruit-feeding species – which is why you’ll spot an abundance of fruits and flowers laid out in different corners of the enclosure. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to catch little ones emerging from their cocoons, which happen at random, or taking their first flight before your take off. If you spot a friendly gardener on duty, feel free to approach him to learn more about the flora and fauna within the premise.
Opening hours: 24 hours
Location: Terminal 3, Levels 2 and 3 (in between Singapore Food Street and Movie Theatre)
6. Earn rewards with Changi Bingo
Can’t decide what else to do to pass the time? Leave it in the all-knowing hands of Changi Bingo. Launch your iChangi mobile app and click on ‘Changi Bingo!’. Complete a given task (which is usually as simple as scanning a QR code at your task destination) to receive a Changi card. Earn three Changi cards to receive a reward that you can redeem on the spot.
Pro-tip: Save your flight in your iChangi app to instantly get one Changi card!
This game is a great way to get yourself acquainted with the airport and to explore various locations within the transit area that you wouldn’t otherwise have.
With a variety of facilities and activities across Changi Airport’s terminals to entertain you, there will never be a dull moment when you are in transit in Singapore. Check out Changi Airport’s website for more activities for the next time you fly through us.
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