The Best Things To Do At Changi Airport Layover

Spice up your time in Changi Airport with this blog to fun and enthralling experiences, whether it is a nature trail to different gardens, a quick shopping, a quick nap, foot relaxing, or a free Singapore tour; you can enjoy your to and fro at the layover time.


Memories of my first International experience of this airport are still very fresh, as it was my first solo trip to Sydney, via Changi Airport and I still feel the Goosebumps of this trip. I landed 3 hours early as I did not have idea how big and wonderful the airport which was just impossible to cover within 3 hours. As there are so many things to experience โ€“ from gardens to pond, movie theater to social trees, bars to shopping areas, play zone to snooze zones. Almost 400 shopping stores and service spread over the 4 terminals, there are many facilities can avail by non passengers beside the transit passengers.ย  I had amused by the services, the facilities and the huge areas only for roam around and almost forgot that I was in an airport not to any city.ย  Trust me I was literally praying if my flight got delayed so that I could spend more time in the airport.

Arrival Hall

Changi Airport has a mini world in it.

Yes, you read it right as 3 hours or 4 hours are not enough to explore the airport from breadth and depth. It is much more than just an airport where you come to board a flight or deplane. It has got so many thrilling attractions inside it that it becomes a significant attraction itself for which you have to at least dedicate half a day in your travel plans!


Go and get refreshed with Duty-free shopping or get a spa


Changi has a pretty wide-ranging collection of Makeup, perfumes, skincare, jewellery and alcohol which actually a hot preference of most of people. If you mustย drop by a duty-free store (itโ€™s ok, Iย too love walking around in duty-free even if Iโ€™m not buying anything), then go big to check better options. May I suggest hitting theย bestย one (in my view) โ€“ the one in Terminal 3โ€™s Transit Area?

Free or paid services โ€“ almost every terminal is out to coddle you. You can even get a manicure and pedicure or a facial and feel refreshed. There is also free foot and calf massage stations parked everywhere or you can see machines for foot relaxation if you want a quick break while you are roaming around.


Feel Green and natural with Gardens


Changi is famous for its different types of gardens and greenery which you have hardly seen in any airport areas. Singapore named The Garden City and for me, Changi represents well with it. I was trying to wrap up as much area as possible still missed a few areas and not even got a chance to sit and relax awhile. Next time I will definitely give a try to visit and take a rest at every garden and cherish my wanderlust.


Explore the rooftop Cactus Garden ( Terminal 1 – Departure Transit Hall, Level 3) and the Orchid Garden (Terminal 2 – Transit Hall, Level 2)

Cactus garden

The rooftop Cactus Garden features more than 100 species of cacti and arid plants from the desert and dry areas of Asia, Africa and America. This roof garden is a popular place for visitors to stretch out in the sun. With a bar within the garden, you can enjoy a drink or two as you relax.

So, if you are an orchid lover too like me definitely go and explore more than 30 species of orchids with different colours of 700 orchids and surely get a walk around the nook and corner.


Seasonal Tree visit at Piazza Garden and Sculptural Garden (Terminal 1 Departure Hall, Level 2, Transit Hall)

Piazza Garden

Selfie ๐Ÿ˜‰ย 

Piazza garden I found the most vibrant and fascinating displays seasonal and thematic plants. Specially cultural and theme-based plants are beautifully showcased there.

Sculpture Garden

Another beautiful garden is a Sculptural garden where you can easily take a stroll and view the most three tall tree-like sculptures clad with an interesting collage of shrubbery.


Get Some Instagram Click at Sunflower garden (Terminal 2- Departure Hall, Level 3, and Transit Hall)

This rooftop sunflower garden housing 500 varieties of sunflowers offer an insta-click picture-perfect place and a breath-taking view of the runway and aircraft nearby.


Become a Kid with colourful Butterflies at Butterfly Garden (Terminal 3 Departure Transit Hall, Level 2 & 3)

Butterfly Garden

The Worldโ€™s first tropical butterfly garden with a profusion of flowering plants, lush green meadows and water cascades where 40 species of butterfly easily survive. Visitors can learn more about the life cycle of different butterflies at educational corners. The freaking crazy garden where you easily find the extrovert butterflies who are always ready to pose.


If you are a movie freak like me, watch one for free or take a nap


I am a crazy movie freak and always try to watch something new or old. Changi has a large collection of movies. Want to kill some extra time?? Go and watch one for free.

Message chairs for snooze ๐Ÿ˜‰

Feeling tired? No worries, Changi has a lot of Snooze zones. Go and sleep for a while to get refreshed.


Grab an Extreme Hot Coffee for coffee Lover; if you are ๐Ÿ˜‰


Yes! You read it right. I tried a different kind of coffees like cappuccino, latte, espresso, mocha in different places and trust me each has a different fragrance and different taste but Singaporean coffees are really very delicious and I liked the flavour ๐Ÿ™‚


Singapore Tour (Absolutely Free)


If you have at least 5.5 hours in your hand so you can easily go out for 2.5 hours Visit Singapore trip. (I skipped that L ) There is the Heritage Tour, which will take you on a brief trip through the lively cultural districts ofย Chinatown,ย Little Indiaย andย Kampong Glam. Or be dazzled by the City Sights Tour, which showcases the islandโ€™s ultra-modern cityscape in all its night-time glory, with stopovers atย Gardens by the Bayย and theย Merlion Park.

Each guided tour lasts for 2.5 hours, ensuring you will be back at the airport with time to spare before catching a flightโ€”and a bounty of memoirs and happiness.


A big fan of Art and Sculptures??


Changi Airport is one of the beautiful airport and the hub of art and sculptural showcases. I was wondering how beautifully they keep these so visible and so prominent. I have witnessed to see โ€œKinetic Rainโ€ made of 1216 bronze droplets which are as beautiful as amazing. The rain droplets are perfectly going with the theme of Terminal 1 which is โ€œTropical Cityโ€.



Apart from this, there are so many new sculptures are created as per the dรฉcor at Terminal 4 which opened in December 2017. I wish I will visit the sculptures on my next visit.


Social Network freak?? Must check Social Tree


The Social Tree is a new and innovative lure that uses interactive technology for travellers to share their photos instantly and to reclaim them on subsequent visits to the airport.

Located at Terminal 1, this giant tree is made up of 64 giant 42-inch high-definition screens where travellers can โ€˜attachโ€™ their photo onto the colourful and animated crown of the structure.


There are few important facilities are available at the Airport

  • Baby Care Room
  • Baggage Storage
  • Business Centre
  • Charging Points
  • Clinics
  • Local Internet Connection
  • Money Changers
  • Prayer Rooms
  • Smoking Areas
  • Transit Hotels
  • Wheelchair rental


These are just some of the possible reasons why Changi was awarded the Best Airport for Leisure Amenities and Worldโ€™s Best Airport many times.


I had a very limited time so could not fulfil my wanderlust last time but I will make sure on my next visit I will spend at least 8 to 9 hours in Changi to rejuvenate my last memories.


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37 thoughts on “The Best Things To Do At Changi Airport Layover

  1. Seriously, Changi Airport is not an airport in a city but a city in an airport. I’ll definitely try to extend a day to completely explore this airport cum city.

    1. I completely agree with you. Changi Airport is just like a city and many more places to explore. A best place to visit.

    1. Yes, it was amazing trip ๐Ÿ™‚ Free Singapore trip is just an add on bonus and next time I will make sure to avail this ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Such an elaborate post with amazing pictures. I love the way you detailing each and everything. Specially free trip and social tree and the gardens. I would love to visit the place soon.

  3. so beautifully written.There are so many things to do at one place and so many experiences
    It sounds amazing, All the information you shared is very helpful
    looks like you had amazing time there ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks so much darling. Indeed, it was a great trip and I wish to visit again to cherish my memories ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Changi… World’s best airport…. indeed.

    Very well described about what are the places within Changi to explore and enjoy.

    Pictures speaks for itself…๐Ÿ‘Œ

    Worth to dedicate time to visit this amazing place…

    1. Thanks so much Abrar for your comment. I am glad that you liked the pictures ๐Ÿ™‚ and yes, the airport is amazing and a lot of places to visit in it.

  5. Beautiful Post with all necessary details. Especially the movie room, gardens, message chairs and social tree. Loved the pictures and the way you described these. Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks a lot Pooja for your valuable comment. I am so happy that you find the post worth. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Changi is a city in itself— glad you enjoyed the airport in the city I live in ๐Ÿ™‚

    Came here to read your We Are the World Blogfest, which you’re signed up for. Let us know if you intend to participate.

  7. This Changi airport looks amazing I would love to explore this airport with friends. I can spend full day here.

  8. Wow! I didn’t know about this, Changi airport has sooo many beautiful places to explore! I would definitely try coffee, click a picture at sunflower backdrop and do some shopping at duty free area! Thanks for the information

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