Media Release
May 2014

50 Things to do at Singapore Changi Airport

Discover the feeling of first class while on transit at Singapore’s Changi Airport. More than a standard stopover, this world-class airport offers travellers a range of options to entertain and unwind. From the rooftop pool and unique butterfly garden to the spacious movie theatre, the airport’s three terminals have something for everyone.

For stopovers of five hours or more, you can enjoy a free two-hour guided tour of Singapore – but with so much to do inside the airport, you may not want to leave! If you find yourself at Singapore Changi Airport next time you’re en route to Asia or Europe, here’s 50 ways to occupy your time.

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    1. Soak up the sun and take a dip at the rooftop swimming pool and Jacuzzi. For a small fee, visitors can make use of the pool and enjoy shaded areas, a collection of books and shower facilities, and receive a free non-alcoholic beverage at the bar.
    2. Take a break thanks to the airport’s many snooze chairs, comfortable couches and quiet napping areas within the transit areas.
    3. Pamper away travel aches with a foot massage at one of the free foot and calf massage stations located throughout the airport.
    4. Unwind in the airport’s Rainforest or Ambassador Transit lounges and enjoy an array of spa facilities and beauty services surrounded by a tropical haven.
    5. Stick to your fitness regime and wake up sleeping muscles with the well-equipped 24-hour gymnasium.
    6. Book a ‘slumberette’ at the Rainforest Lounge and snooze in private, with a full-size bed available for hire for three hours or more for just a small fee.
    7. For complete relaxation, book a room at the Ambassador Transit Hotel. Equipped with a bed, television, ensuite bathroom and wake-up call service, it’s the best way to conquer jet lag. Best of all, there’s no need to clear immigration before stopping by!
    8. Feeling lost? Let Changi Airport’s Customer Experience Agents (CEAs) share their local recommendations. Versed in more than 20 languages and dialects, the roaming CEAs are on hand to assist with everything from directions to missing luggage, flight updates and shopping suggestions.


  • Nature
    1. Enjoy a stroll through the world’s first Butterfly Garden in an airport and let the butterflies flutter around you. Featuring state-of-the-art landscaping and garden design, this two-story enclosed garden is home to a six-metre grotto-waterfall and is an exotic oasis not to be missed.
    2. See one of Asia’s most prized fish, the Koi, with a visit to the Koi pond. Stop by at 9am or 4pm and see the normally-peaceful Koi in a flurry of activity during feeding time.
    3. Grab a drink at the outdoor Cactus garden and find more than 40 kinds of cacti and succulents. Showcasing species found mostly in the American and African regions, the garden is the only one of its kind in the world that is within an airport.
    4. Escape to the tropical Orchid Garden and stand beneath towering Foxtail Palms and lush foliage, surrounded by butterfly, moth and spider orchids. Visit between July and August to see Singapore’s National Flower, the Vanda Miss Joaquim. 
    5. Visit the Sunflower Garden and watch it transform into a light-themed oasis when night falls. Featuring firefly lights, an illuminated bamboo walkway and custom-designed lighted seats, the garden provides a total visual experience sure to impress.
    6. Enjoy an interactive experience at the Enchanted Garden, the airport’s newest garden which "magically" comes to life with sight and sound as you weave your way through the garden. Surrounded by a koi pond, the garden features more than 1,000 plants and 50 species!

  • Entertainment
    1. Stretch out and catch the latest blockbuster for free at one of the airport’s two movie theatres.
    2. Get up-to-date news or catch a new-to-DVD movie in the TV lounge. With a number of TVs tuned to different stations, you’ll be sure to find something which takes your fancy.
    3. Get in touch with friends and loved ones back home with the free, 24-hour internet kiosks. More than 550 internet kiosks can be found throughout the terminals. Free Wifi is also available in the transit areas of Changi Airport with #WiFi@Changi or Wireless@SG for the public areas.
    4. Stay in touch with friends and family with The Social Tree. The installation, which stands at nine metres tall, allows travellers to share their photo and video memories instantly and to retrieve them on subsequent visits to the airport.
    5. Let your creativity run free at the interactive e-Postcard booth and create keepsake mementos to send home to loved ones.
    6. Immerse yourself in art with the airport’s resident sculptural installations. The minimalist Birds in Flight,by Singaporean Baet Yeok Kuan celebrates the phenomenon of bird migration, while Mother and Child,by Chinese Han Meilin, is a sculptural series which expresses the purity of love between mother and child.
    7. Tune out on the comfortable chairs at the private music booth featuring a selection of Jazz, New Age, Classical, Bossa Nova or Lounge tracks.

  • Family
    1. Parents with babies can enjoy comfortable baby care facilities well-equipped with private nursing rooms and essentials needed for diaper changing and feeding, including a diaper vending machine and hot water.
    2. Visit the family zone and entertain little ones with popular children’s shows while Mum and Dad put their feet up.
    3. Take a ride on the world’s tallest airport slide, The Slide@T3. Standing at 12 metres high, the slide is the equivalent of four storeys tall and will have you reaching speeds of up to 6 metres per second!
    4. Unleash restless rascals in the air-conditioned play area, complete with a playground with a slide and climbing apparatus, soft landing areas and a small cubby house.
    5. Let your hair down in the one-stop integrated multimedia gaming centre and box, dance or car-race your way through a stopover with free access to a PlayStation 3, LAN gaming and Xbox Kinect.
    6. The extended viewing gallery at Terminal 1 provides an excellent view of the airport apron and parked aircraft for plane spotters and photo enthusiasts.
    7. Try your hand at the Peranakan Woodblock Rub, an art form popular in Singapore in the 1950s and 1960s which originated from the Peranakan (Straits-born Chinese) culture. Make your own woodblock print with icons inspired by pop culture.
    8. Sign up for a free Singapore Tour and take in the sights and sounds of Singapore. The two-hour guided tour is perfect for stopovers of 5 hours or more and will provide visitors with a glimpse into the city-state’s harmonious blend of culture, heritage and tourist attractions.

  • Shopping
    1. Enjoy amazing savings on beauty products and fragrances at the Perfumes and Cosmetic stores across all terminals, home to a range of established cosmetic brands including SKII, Chanel, Lancôme and Dior – which are up to 40% cheaper than downtown Singapore.
    2. Find a wide range of cameras, electronics and computers at the airport-wide electronics stores operated by Sprint Cass, SONY store or stop by iStudio, the airport’s Apple Premium reseller.
    3. Visit Harrods Singapore for a range of branded accessories, food and drink from the famous Knightsbridge department store, all packaged in the iconic green bag.
    4. Pamper yourself on your travels with a little piece of luxury from one of the airport’s designer stores, including Hermes, Burberry, Gucci, Miu Miu and Prada.
    5. Keep up with latest fashion trends at leading Japanese casual fashion brand, Uniqlo. The mid-priced fashion retailer caters to styles of both genders, young and mature.
    6. Replenish the cosmetics cupboard with a visit to MAC or stock up on skin care at Kiehl’s, with popular beauty buys available at great prices.
    7. For the kids, a trip to Planet Toy will fulfil every child’s dreams. The one-stop shop is brimming with toys, hobby games and character items from Thomas the Train, Power Rangers, Tomica and Gundam.
    8. Bring a piece of the zoo with you with a souvenir from the Singapore Zoo Store. Find merchandise and plush toys of all the animals you can spot on a zoo visit, including elephants, orangutans and chimpanzees.
    9. Pick up some traditional Singapore souvenirs, from luxurious Orchid motifs from Risis to Tiger Balm from Discover Singapore or limited edition merchandise from Changi Hard Rock Café.
    10. Shop till you drop with a variety of popular brands available within the airport, including Billabong, Victoria’s Secret, Lacoste and Cotton On. Or simply take home a little blue box for a loved one, with a classic gift from Tiffany & Co.
    11. Discover the world of chocolate at the M&Ms concept store. The 256sq m flagship outlet offers a range of photo opportunities with the well-loved red and yellow M&Ms, as well as novelties, souvenirs, toys and, of course, plenty of chocolate.

  • Dining
    1. Sample Singapore’s famous chilli crab at Seafood Paradise. Take home a touch of Singapore with ready-to-cook premixes and sauces available for purchase from the airport.
    2. Dine on another local favourite, Singapore’s famous Chicken Rice, at Universal Dining.
    3. Chill out with a glass of wine at one of the airport’s bars. Find a selection of beers, wines, cocktails and light meals at establishments including La Cave Wine Bar, Harry’s Bar and Bistro & Bar.
    4. Grab a light meal at one of the airport’s healthy eateries. From the sushi train at Sakae Sushi to a wide selection of greens from the salad bar at Green Market or a freshly-made beverage from Boost Juice, there’s plenty of fresh produce to be found within the airport.
    5. Keep up with the footy at the Tiger Signature Bar. This bar is affiliated with renowned football clubs Barcelona F.C and Arsenal F.C and is themed around Tiger Beer, Singapore’s first locally brewed beer.
    6. Sweet-toothed travellers can grab a sugar fix at Bakerzin, try delectable macaroons at TWG Tea or simply pick up some chocolates to go from The Cocoa Trees confectionery shop.
    7. Grab a midnight snack at the 24-hour food gallery, showcasing some of Singapore’s most popular dishes any time of the day. For coffee and a snack, head to Cafe Ritazza or Cedele.
    8. Soak up live music while enjoying a drink and some finger food at the Music Bar Lounges located throughout the airport.
    9. For fast food favourites, grab a meal at the popular chain restaurants Burger King, Texas Chicken, Subway and McDonald’s.
    10. Try a traditional Singapore breakfast staple, kaya toast. This popular dish, found at Wang Cafe, Kaffe and Toast, Toast Box and Ya Kun is made from fresh bread, soaked in a mixture of eggs, sugar and coconut milk and then toasted. Or visit our new Singapore Food Street that is set to open in July to sample our best local delights.

About Changi Airport Group

Changi Airport Group (Singapore) Pte Ltd (CAG) ( was formed on 16 June 2009 and the corporatisation of Singapore Changi Airport (IATA: SIN, ICAO: WSSS) followed on 1 July 2009. As the company managing Changi Airport, CAG undertakes key functions focusing on airport operations and management, air hub development, commercial activities and airport emergency services. CAG also manages Seletar Airport (IATA: XSP, ICAO: WSSL) and through its subsidiary Changi Airports International, invests in and manages foreign airports.

Changi Airport is the world's fifth busiest airport for international traffic and the world's most awarded airport with more than 460 accolades received since it opened in 1981. It served a record 53.7 million passengers from around the globe in 2013. More than 350 retail stores and 120 F&B outlets are situated across three terminals to cater to passengers and visitors. With over 100 airlines providing connectivity to 280 cities worldwide, Changi Airport handles about 6,800 flights every week, or about one every 90 seconds.



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