At your next layover, skip searching “Things to do in Changi Airport” and take a trip down to the swimming pool at Aerotel in Terminal 1. For those looking for a change of pace from their usual travel routine, come down to fit in a 20-lap workout - or simply lay back and unwind. Here’re 7 ways to  have your best time, pre-flight!

1. Bask in the tropical sun

Outdoor jacuzzi at Changi’s swimming pool Outdoor jacuzzi at Changi’s swimming pool

Who doesn’t love a good tan in the sun!

After being stuck indoors for hours, there’s no better way to get some fresh air and enjoy the sun than lazing on the lounge chairs at the Aerotel swimming pool. Besides getting gorgeous sun-kissed skin, clock in your daily dose of Vitamin D while you’re at it!

Remember to apply sunscreen for protection against harmful UV rays.

2. Fit a workout in

Keep fit on-the-go at Aerotel’s exercise corner.

What better way to limber up and stretch those sore limbs after a long-haul flight than a few laps in the pool? If that isn't enough of a stretch, there's always the Exercise Corner (opens 12:00pm-10:00pm daily) right next door: equipped with dumbbells, a stationary bicycle and treadmill, there's everything a fitness junkie needs to keep fit on the go.

3. Enjoy some hydrotherapy

Outdoor jacuzzi at Changi’s swimming pool Outdoor jacuzzi at Changi’s swimming pool

Changi’s jacuzzi will bubble any troubles away

For those who prefer something more relaxing, there is also a Jacuzzi available at the pool  that can help to ease your tense muscles. Leave the stress of travelling behind and take a long soak in the jacuzzi.

4. Watch planes take off

There’s nothing better than lounging by the pool and watching planes.

Strategically located overlooking the tarmac, simply sit back, relax and enjoy watching planes take off as you take a dip in the pool or lounge on a lounge chair. 

5. Unwind with a drink on hand

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You won’t get hungry here as the Aerotel Bar has an extensive menu of food and drinks!

With a pool side bar located just beside the pool, hydration options are aplenty with a wide range of non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks available.  

There’s also an extensive food menu with Western, Asian and Vegetarian options - great for a post-workout grub! If you’re looking for light bites, go for its Chicken Nuggets and Fries (S$6++) or Nacho Chips with Cheese and Tomato Salsa (S$12++), or indulge in some ice cream or a Coke float!

Opening hours: 12:00pm to 10:00pm

6. Fun for the kids

Parents would be happy to know that kids below two get to enter the pool free-of-charge.  After being cooped up in the plane for so long, the little ones will surely be thankful for some time to have fun and splash about.

7. Freshen up before a flight

Wondering where to freshen up after dipping in the pool? Fret not! There are shower facilities onsite too. At S$25++, the entry also includes complimentary shower gel and a towel for all visitors. Simply step into the showers and feel rejuvenated for the next flight out. Free lockers are also provided, with more than enough ample space to fit a carry-on luggage and backpack. 

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Follow the simple directions below to get to Aerotel at Terminal 1.

Location: Terminal 1, Level 3, Departure Transit Hall (near D gates) 
Opening hours: 12:00pm to 10:00pm daily
Directions: Turn right after immigration and keep walking straight till the sign “Transit Hotel” is visible. From there, follow the direction of the sign till two new signs can be seen, “Swimming Pool” and the “Transit Hotel” sign. Turn left and go up the escalator. Behind the revolving doors, Changi’s swimming pool awaits.


Cost per person

S$25++: Access to the pool, Exercise Corner and shower, free lockers (on a first-come-first-serve basis), including complimentary shower gel and a towel 

Pro-tip: Guests of Aerotel Airport Transit Hotel get to enjoy complimentary use of these facilities. 


Duty-free shopping is great and all, but sometimes a soak in the pool after a long-haul flight is exactly what feels best. With these 7 tips, you can sit back, relax and leave the swimming pool feeling refreshed and all set for their next connecting flight out.


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