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10 FREE THINGS TO DO AT SINGAPORE’S CHANGI AIRPORT

Changi Airport - Singapore
Changi Airport

10 FREE THINGS TO DO AT SINGAPORE’S CHANGI AIRPORT

I know, I know,  airports aren’t exactly destinations you choose to visit or to hang out. But you might want to make an exception.. There are  really good reasons why Singapore’s Changi International Airport is repeatedly voted the best airport in the world. Some of those reasons include Changi’s amazing free activities.

I personally always allow extra time to hang out at this airport whenever I have the pleasure to pass through. In fact, believe it or not, I once actually re-scheduled a flight for 2 hours later so that I could take advantage of a free 2-hour city tour!

If you’ll be passing through Singapore en route to your final destination, chances are good you’ll have an overnight lay-over at Changi. Common booking procedures include an evening arrival with an early morning onward departure.

You’ll be delighted to have these amazing activities to indulge in while there. In addition to international airports’ usual free activities like watching planes take off, trying on designer perfumes and sunglasses or reading books and magazines, at Changi you’ll also get to…

1. Pamper your feet with free foot massages

Rejuvenate your weary travel feet at plentiful free cushy massage chairs located throughout the airport. Relax as long as you want in luxurious lounge chairs while mechanical built-in massagers rub, press and roll your feet and ankles. You can even adjust settings to your preferred strength and type of massage.

free internet connection points

free internet connection points

2. Browse the internet

Changi Internet Options

Get online free all over the airport via several connection options. If you’re traveling without your laptop use the free computer internet terminals. With your laptop you can access free wifi or use the free laptop usb ports. All choices located throughout the airport.

movie theater at Changi

movie theater at Changi

3. Watch ongoing feature movies

Yep, you heard it right. Changi Airport has free movie theaters, and not 1 but 3 theaters, one in each terminal, showing non-stop movies 24/7.

4. Relax in 5 different gardens

Prefer relaxing in nature? Wander through gardens of cactus, sunflowers, orchids, or ferns. Colorful butterflies are also fluttering around the Butterfly Garden, the world’s first butterfly garden at an airport.

Orchid garden in Chiangi Airport

5. Get up-to-date on the latest electronics

3D Electronics Zone

Do you love technology? Try out the newest games, computers, 3D TV, cameras and other cutting edge technology while you’re between flights. If you’re gallivanting around the world long-term it’s easy to get behind on new technology. Here’s an easy and fun chance to get caught up.

6. Try your hand at art

Changi Interactive Art

Make your own wood-block print then learn about Singaporean Peranakan and other SE Asian cultural arts at Changi’s Interactive Art Center.

7. Catch up on your 40 winks

Changi Rest Areas

Feeling tired? Changi has actually set up several rest areas for travelers to sleep on comfy lay-back lounge chairs. Not surprisingly, these sweet in-transit beds do fill up with weary passengers. With luck you’ll find one awaiting you but if not you’re more than welcome to stretch out and sleep on the well carpeted & padded floors in various quiet sitting areas located well out of the path and noise of airport foot traffic.

8. Science Museum/ Center

Chiangi Science

In conjunction with the Singapore Science Center, Changi offers interactive science displays to entertain and stimulate the weary minds of passing travelers. Fun stuff!

9. Race down the world’s tallest slide!

Changi Slide

Crazy as it seems, Changi Airport has the world’s tallest indoor slide. Visitors get a free slide token with any $10 purchase anywhere in the airport. Feel like indulging the playful side of your nature? Go race down the 12 M/ 4 story slide.

boat quay on the Singapore River
Chinese junk on Singapore River tour

10. Take a sight-seeing tour of Singapore city

Changi’s Free City Tour

If you’ve got a 5-hour lay-over you can join a free 2-hour tour of Singapore. Changi’s city tour service will put you on a bus, take you into the city, board you on an old Chinese junk, sail you up and down the Singapore River with a tour guide, walk you along the scenic river banks, then take you back to the airport. All for free!

Tours head out several times per day in mornings and afternoons.
(* This is the tour I took by rescheduling my onward flight. Even though I’d visited Singapore many many times already, I couldn’t pass up a free guided tour of my favorite city. )

FYI- Changi’s always adding more activities, freebies and events, so be sure to check out their website before arriving so you don’t miss anything.  Changi International Airport 

You might not have ever considered an airport as a destination in its own right, but perhaps you’ll be making an exception for Singapore’s fantastic airport?
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You might also like the following posts from my ’10 Free Things to do in…’ Series:

Singapore
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Bangkok

and: Why is Singapore the Best City in the World?

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(note:  all photos from Flickr Creative Commons except the photo of Singapore River tour, which I photographed. find Creative Common photo authors via photo links.)

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  1. Anonymous

    sounds good. thanks :)

    1. wayne

      Bonza! Absolutely Bonza Mate!!.

      1. Lash WorldTour

        Hey Wayne,

        Welcome!

        …and thanks, I think. What does ‘Bonza’ mean?

        cheers, Lash

  2. LASH

    Sure Anonymous! thanks for stopping by. hope you get to do some of those freebies. Lash

  3. Prasad

    Hey Lash,

    sounds very interesting. Going via Singapore enroute to Brisbane and have exactly a five-hour lay over…hope to pamper myself..

    thanks ya

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hi Prasad,

      Oh, great. Glad my post will be useful while you’re there. If you think of it, let me know how it went and what you did… and, perhaps there are some new free things to do there that I”m not aware of? cheers, Lash

  4. Mahendra Joshi

    Hey Lash
    I would like to visit brisbane with 5 hours gap time and would like to join free tour.
    I have visa of Australia. One thing I would like to know that is it necessary to take visa of singapore for this free sight seeing tour. I don’t have visa for this 5 hours visit at airport. Could you guide me whether I have to take visa of singapore ??? To whom I have to contact at airport for visa if required so.????
    Thanks

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hi Mahendra,

      Lucky- NO, you don’t need to get a Singapore visa! You’re considered an intransit visitor. The tour leader or immigration or airport security (don’t remember which) holds your passport while you’re on the tour then gives it back to you when you return to the airport.

      To join the free city tour from the airport, find an information desk and ask them where to join the tour. Have fun! It’s a great tour!

      Let me know how you like it! :)) cheers, lash

  5. Mahendra Joshi

    Hi !
    I have one question while going via singapore and availing Singapore Free tour for 2 hours will require any Visa process or not? If visa is required for two hours tours, where should I apply and what is the visa cost. ???

  6. Caturday

    Hi Lash, nice story :)
    Next month I will have transit for 6 hours at Changi. I’m interested in this free tour. But I still have a question, do we need have to pay airport tax after we join the tour in order to re-enter the airport?

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hi there,

      Thanks for stopping by. Great to hear my article can be useful for your trip!
      No, you don’t have to pay airport tax if you take the tour. You’re still considered an in-transit passenger. The airport security or immigration or tour company will hold your passport while you join the tour (just to make sure nobody ‘jumps bail’ so to speak) and then give it back to you when you return to the airport.

      Thanks for asking. Someone else might have the same question as you! Happy travels! cheers, Lash

      1. Caturday

        Hi Lash thank you for the reply…

        I just got an info that I can’t join in this free your because I use Jetstar (low cost carrier) even it operates in Terminal 1 Is it correct? :(
        If it’s correct, am I still able to having fun with other Changi facilities?

        1. Lash WorldTour

          Hi there.

          I’m sorry, I dont’ know the rules regarding Jetstar airlines. I also don’t know where you got your information? You could always ask again at the airport’s info desk. I’m sure they’ll have the correct info. It seems to me that you’d be able to use all the other free facilities at the airport. If you’re an in-transit passenger, then you’re inside the airport.. and all the stuff is there, like free internet and wifi, free foot massage chairs, movies, gardens. Everyone there can see and use them as far as i know. Let us all know about the city tour after you find out for sure! cheers, lash

  7. manoj prasad kushwaha

    hi lash i want to know is there any time limit for tour.if yes than from when to when coz i have a transit for 12 hr but from 7 pm to 7 am…so that can i enjoy free trip or not

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hi Manoj,

      I’m sorry , I don’t know what the hours of the tours are. But you can check the website. The website links are in this article. Otherwise, when you get to Changi Airport, you can ask that the information desk. Hope you get to join the tour! IT’s a great one, especially for free. cheers, Lash

      1. Lucky

        Just open Google and type FREE TOUR AT SINGAPORE…all information is available.

        1. Lash WorldTour

          Hi LUcky,

          thanks for the added tip. :))

          cheers, Lash

  8. Maddy

    Thanks for great info, does the above hold good if we arrive in Changi airport not as a transit. SInce we arrive early 7am but we have to wait before going to hotel check-in can we spend the time in airport doing above?

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hi Maddy,

      I’m pretty sure you can enjoy all the free activities at the airport… except maybe the city tour. For that I think you must be in transit, with another flight scheduled. But you can double-check that at airport’s information counter.

      cheers, Lash

      1. Maddy

        Thanks a lot, will give it a try when I am there.


        Maddy

  9. shayne burdett

    Hi lash, We are off to singapore early april which was going to be a short layover but now we have extended our stay for two days
    before hing to phuket for 8 days what would you recommend to do.
    Cheers shayne

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hi Shayne,

      Well, there’s SOOOO much to do in Singapore. It really depends on what you like to do and see.

      So, I’d suggest you read through some of my dozen posts about Singapore, including 3 x ’10 Free Things to do in Singapore’. Then choose waht you like best.

      Have a great time! From my perspective, 2 days is not nearly enough! But you don’t want to cut into your island time in PHuket. lol

      Hope you enjoy Sing!

      cheers, lash

  10. Mady

    Hi Lash

    Kindly i would like to know if Egyptian can make this 2 hours free tours or i need to get the visa???, i am going to kuala from phuket but i didn’t make reservation for this lane yet and i want to know which air line i can travel with to enjoy my transit time in Singapore air port and the free 2 hours tour

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hi Mady,

      I don’t know the rules for ALL nationalities of the world in regards to this free tour of Singapore city. As far as I know:

      1. It doesn’t matter which airline you’re booked with
      2. Your nationality doesn’t matter, unless there are any restrictions from the Singapore immigration for your particular country.
      3. You must have an onward flight booked (ie. you are IN TRANSIT in Singapore) and there must be several hours between your inbound flight and outbound flight
      4. You DO NOT need to get a visa for Singapore because you are considered an IN TRANSIT passenger. The tour guide or airport official will HOLD YOUR PASSPORT while you’re on the tour then return it to you when the tour is finished.

      But, like I said, I don’t know if there are any restrictions or special rules for your country or not. Please CONTACT CHANGI AIRPORT INFORMATION to get the correct information.

      Good luck and I hope you enjoy the tour!

      cheers, Lash

      1. Mady

        Thanks so much for your reply . I am really enjoying reading your tour feed back ;)

        you are the best.

        Thank you
        Mady

        1. Lash WorldTour

          YOu’re most welcome Mady. Glad to hear it’s useful.

          cheers, Lash

    2. Sen

      From Phuket to Kualalumpur….you will not travel to Singapore because SG is 350 South of KL and Phuket is just 450 kms north of KL

      There are direct Flights to KL from Phuket

      Thai Airlines
      Malaysian Airlines
      AIRASIA

      Incase you have more $$$ then you can book Phuket to KL with SINGAPORE AIRLINES

      Phuket -SG-KL

      1. Lash WorldTour

        THanks for the input Sen.

        Your point is quite valid- no need to go to Singapore en route from Phuket to KL.

        But there could be reasons some one might WANT to go en route to Singapore, such as the flights end up being cheaper or the person wants to check out Sing.

        But thanks for pointing out that it’s not neccessary and for mentioning wich airlines fly between Phuket and kl.

        cheers, Lash

  11. hardika behl

    hi
    thanks for telling me so much…………quiet excited to visit Singapore…

    1. Lash WorldTour

      You’re welcome!

      Enjoy Singapore! …and I have many more posts about Singapore on this blog. I hope they will help you visit too.

      cheers, Lash

  12. Louisse

    Hi lash, im fr philippines and my husband is from australia, can i wait and sleep there in the airport, because i will arrive on june 7at 845am while he’s on june 8 at 5am.thank you!!!

    1. Lash WorldTour

      HI Louisse,

      Sorry I couldn’t reply to you before your arrival in Singapore 2 days ago. i’m traveling in Myanmar and don’t have regular, fast internet too often.

      I’m not clear about your flight plans. If you will arrive in Singapore as an ‘in transit’ passenger, with an onward flight booked, you will be in the transit passengers area. There you can most certainly sleep. But if your final destination is Singapore, I’m not sure how it works. You may have to exit the passengers area via immigration right away then pick up your luggage. In that case, you’ll not bein the transit area. You could probably still stay at the airport if you want. But all the facilities I’ve talked about in the article are for in transit passengers and those with departures from Signapore.

      Do let me know how it worked out for you there. Would be useful for me to know, too.

      cheers, Lash

  13. Theriz

    Hi Lash,

    Thanks for all the info above! However, I think I have the same case as Louisse. I will be in SG next month but my flight would be at midnight so I’d probably arrive at Changi Airport at around 1-2am. Could you suggest things I could do or place I could stay in while waiting for trains or buses to be available in the morning?

    Thanks!

    Theriz

    1. Lash WorldTour

      HI Theriz,

      Changi Airport is a 24 hour airport. Because of hte way flights / ongoing flights are often booked through Chiangi, there are always many passengers in transit.

      When I’m there I sleep at night,so I’m not positive, but I think some of the shops may close. As far as I remember, the free movies run 24 hours. The free internet, massage chairs, gardens and some other freebies are available 24 hours, too.

      However, if your final destination is Singapore and you are NOT an in-transit passenger, I don’t know which of these will be available to you. When you arrive, you’ll be ushered through immigration instead of to the passenger area of the airport.

      There are also shops in the non-passenger area, but I’ve never hung out there, so dont’ really know what’s available.

      There’s at least one airport hotel and/or places to sleep.

      Perhaps if you check the Changi Airport website, they have a ‘contact us’ option so you could write and ask them about your situation.

      HAve a great trip!

      Best regards, Lash

  14. Nithin

    Thanks for the great post. You are cute!

    1. Lash WorldTour

      THanks Nithin,

      Glad you enjoyed the post.

      cheers, Lash

  15. Sandhya

    Hi! Lash,

    Your website has been really helpful,i am an Indian Citizen and i am going on a 10 day trip to Indonesia with my husband,we have a 5 to 6 hr lay over from Singapore to Bandung, so i would def. be going for the free Singapore tour,as i read in your posts we dont require a visa for the tour,so i am not applying for one and one more thing i would like to confirm,i had been to the Indonesian Consulate and i came to know that Visa is available on arrival to Indonesia to Indians,so is this safe? or should i take a Visa from India itself….what do you suggest?

    Lastly i would like you to suggest all the must see places in Bandung and Bali……

    Thankyou!!!!

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hi Sandhya,

      Welcome. GReat, glad my site has been useful for your tirp! Enjoy the free Signapore city tour! IT’s really cool.

      As for arrival in Indonesia… If the Indonesian Embassy says that Indians are eligible for the Visa on ARrival, then that must be fine. That’s a one month visa. So unless you want to stay more than one month, that’s a great option. At some Indo airports the waiting line for Visa on Arrival can be really long. BUt at Bandung, it’s probalby not an issue.

      In Bandung there are some great colonial buildings. Other than taht, definitely visit at least one puppet making factory and see how they make the beautiful Javanese puppets. Good prices there, too.

      For Bali, I’ve written over 50 posts on the island, so please consult them for info. on what to see & do.

      Enjoy your vacation!

      cheers, lash

    2. Manoj Rai

      Hi Sandhya,

      Glad to know that you went to Singapore.

      I have a query. Did you had to take transit Visa for singapore for your flight’s layover at Changi airport enroute to Indonesia.

      I am planning to go to Indonesia through a small layover in flight at Changi airport. My layover is just 2 hours so I dont intend to leave the airport.

      Would a transit visa still be needed for me?

      Also how was the visa on arrival process at Indonesia.
      Kindly guide.

      Regards,
      Manoj Rai

  16. tegan

    well atleast now i know i have lots to do with 6 and a half hours up my sleeve aha :) sounds awesome

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hey Tegan,

      Yes, you will definitely have heaps to do with 6+ hours!

      Enjoy! cheers, Lash

    2. Lash WorldTour

      Hey Tegan,,

      Yes indeed! LOTS to do there in 6 hours! Enjoy!

      cheers, lash

  17. Sharee

    Hi Lash,
    Have a 15 hour in transit wait at Singapore. Would like to go on the tour but not sure about giving someone my passport! What’s the deal?

    Shaz

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hi Sharee,

      Sorry for the delayed reply – serious internet access issues here! Hope this reaches you in time.

      Yeah, I can’t blame you for being hesitant to hand over your passport. I felt a bit vulnerable, too. But dont’ worry! It’s the airport officials (maybe immigration) who hold on to it. No worries!

      If you want, perhaps you could ask them who, exactly, is holding on to it.

      Enjoy the tour! it’s fun!

      cheers, Lash

  18. Kevin Murray

    Hello,
    Thank you so much for this Information I have a 9 hour stop over in Shangi Airport and i was wondering what their is to do their just to pass the time. Now i see i will be keeping myself very entertained and the time will fly in .
    Enjoy your time traveling ,
    Have an awesome time where ever you may be.
    Love & best wishes.
    Kevin Murray.

    1. Lash WorldTour

      HEllo Kevin,

      THanks for taking time to let me konw this post was helpful for you! I hope you get to do the city tour. It’s very cool!

      Enjoy Singapore!

      cheers, Lash

  19. Pradeep Chettiar

    Hi,
    I’m coming back to India from Bangkok , and I got 24 hours lay over in singapore airport. I would like to know wether I can go out for visiting universal studio mean while,
    And having indian passport , do I require any visa (transit visa on arrival) or have to apply in India , do I have to pay any taxes in airport say like departure tax to visit in Singapore for 23 hrs.i see diff thing in diff forums got confused help me out.

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hi Pradeep,

      Welcome.

      I’m so sorry, I can’t answer any of your questions as I don’t know the rules for Indian nationals visiting Singapore. You really need to contact the Singapore Immigration or Embassy to get the correct answers to your questions.

      Good luck!

      cheers, Lash

  20. Helena

    Hi

    I’m travelling to Bali with a 9 hour stop over in Singapore, I have been told by a friend that I might not be allowed to leave the airport, is this correct?

    Thanks

    Helena

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hi Helena,

      Thanks for stopping by with your question.

      Sorry, but I have no idea. I guess it will depend on your nationality and immigration procedures in Singapore. To find the correct answer I recommend that you contact Singapore Immigration with all your details: passport info, flight info, etc.

      Hope that’s helpful.

      cheers, Lash

  21. shweta jha

    Hi lash, i am landing changi airport at 3-25 pm and the tour starts at 4 pm ,as per rules we need to register at least 1 hr before the free tour ,i have a 6 hr transit time,what should i do to book the tour , i am travelling by singapore airlines from vietnam to singapore then from singapore to india

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hi Shweta,

      Hmm.. I can only suggest that you contact the airport and/or your airline and see if they can help you out.

      Hope that works! It’s a great tour!

      cheers, Lash

  22. Manpreet Singh

    Hii Lash, your article is very helpfull, but i have one question . Im going to singapore next week and i have 2 months tourist visa of singapore . Im not enroute to some other country, i want know can i still enjoy the free services at the changi intl. airport

    1. Lash WorldTour

      hi Manpreet,

      Welcome!

      Great, I’m glad this post was helpful. :)

      congrats on your upcoming 2-month trip to Singapore! I hope you love it there as much as I do.

      Yes, you can still enjoy all the free things to do at Changi Airport – EXCEPT the free city tour. You must be a transit passenger for that one.

      Have a great time!

      cheers, Lash

  23. Nadeeka Samarasekara

    Can we join airport free city tour, We are not transit any where. We will come to visit singapore for six days.
    thanks

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hi Nadeeka,

      Welcome!

      I believe the free city tour is only for transit passengers.

      But I do not work at the airport, so I don’t know for sure. You can contact the airport and ask them. Or else ask at the airport after you arrive.

      Enjoy Singapore!

      cheers, Lash

  24. Manish Jain

    Helloz
    I will reach singapore at 0440 on 25th Nov’14
    & have a Thai Air Asia flt to Bkk at 1500 hrs do i need a visa for my wife as i have 2 Yr visa for myself already.Can we go to our relative’s place without visa and come back before flight.

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hello Manish,

      Welcome!

      I’m sorry I cannot give you accurate information. I”m American and I’m guessing from your name that you’re Indian? The Singapore visa rules are different for Indians and Americans.

      The only way to can correctly answer your questions is to contact the Singapore Embassy and/or a travel agent that specializes in Indians visiting Singapore.

      Good luck!

      Best regards, Lash

  25. paul

    Hi I arriving in Singapore on the 16th March 2015 at 1305 and depart to London Heathrow at 2345. I was wanting to know if it’s possible to go into the city for awhile I am in transit from koh samui and my passport is British. Thank you :)

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hi Paul,

      Welcome!

      In order to get the correct information, please contact Singapore Immigration or Embassy. They can best advise you on your question and, if you’re allowed to go into the city, how you can do so.

      Enjoy!

      cheers, Lash

  26. Suresh Shukla

    Hi Lash,

    I have a full nights lay over at changi. But I suppose the city tours are not available in the night. Am I correct?

    Thanks

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hi Suresh,

      I believe you’re correct – no overnight city tours. I’m not sure what time they begin and finish. You can check at the airport when you arrive. Maybe there’s an early morning tour that you could catch?

      Good luck!

      cheers, lash

  27. chandramohan

    Sir,
    I came to singapore from India in one month visa.
    I wish to visit Malasian boarder city too and planning to go one morning and return sme evening by buss.
    Do I require a visa or else any substitute
    replay please

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hello,

      Thanks for stopping by. I am Miss, not Sir. :)) Lash is my name, as in ‘Lash World Tour’.

      You will have to ask your questions to the Singapore Embassy and Malaysian Embassy or Immigration. The rules are different for Indian citizens than for Americans. I don’t know the rules for you.

      Thanks for stopping by. Best luck with your side trip to Malaysia.

      cheers, Lash

  28. pi

    Can anyone provide me information about hotel? I will be arriving at airport by midnight and wanted to stay at airport .

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hi Pi,

      Welcome!

      So sorry. I am not a travel agent or hotel booking agency.

      You can try a Google search to find a hotel quite easily. :))

      good luck.

      cheers, Lash

    2. suresh

      Actually there is a transit hotel inside the Airport. I don’t remember at which terminal but you can easily find out once you are there.

      1. Lash WorldTour

        Thanks for the hotel info, Suresh!

        cheers, Lash

  29. lulu

    Hi Lash,

    Nice list! Never thought one can do so much inside an airport. I have a question though.

    I’ll be traveling with my dad from Philippines to Singapore to Bali on sept. via tigerair.

    Transit time in Singapore: 6 h 35 m

    When booking online, I was forced to purchase the tigerconnect service as there is no way to unselect the option. If the Transit Time is more than 8 hours, the service is optional.

    The service, according to the website of tigerair, “provides a convenient transfer service within Singapore Changi Airport’s transit area without the need to clear arrival immigration.”

    However, I wanted to leave the airport and visit some friends in singapore. This means I have to get pass through immigration right? Then what’s the point of me paying this service? Does this mean I can’t leave the airport?

    How does Tigerconnect work?
    Upon arrival at Singapore Changi Airport, passengers who purchased Tigerconnect’s airport transfer service are to proceed to Transfer lounge E at the transit area immediately. Agents at the Transfer lounge E will then check in the passenger on their onward flight, issue the second boarding pass and arrange for luggage transfers to onward flight.

    Thanks. Just kinda confused. =)

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hi Lulu,

      Welcome! Glad you find my article helpful. HOpe you get to try out some of these things while you’re there.

      I’m afraid I can’t help you with the Tiger Air option. I don’t know anything about it. I’m not a travel agent, either.

      I suggest you contact Tiger Air. You might want to contact Singapore Immigration and/or Changi Airport also to ask them.

      Best luck!

      cheers, Lash

  30. Alice

    Hi, really great blog post!

    ive got a 10 hour wait at Singapore airport and interested in this free tour you spoke about. I arrive into Singapore at 9pm, is this too late for the tour?

    Thanks, Alice

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hi Alice,

      Welcome!

      Thanks. Glad it’s helpful.

      I’m afraid I don’t know any more details about the tours. Please contact Changi Airport Information.

      enjoy your lay-over!

      cheers, Lash

  31. Tony

    Hey that’s great news! thought I’d have to pass the time reading but thanks to your info can put the 8 hours lay over to good use. Thankyou.

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hi Tony,

      Welcome!

      Great, glad this article was helpful. Enjoy your layover! I just LOVE this airport!

      Thanks for taking time to comment. Much appreciated.

      cheers, Lash

  32. Ron MAHER

    Hi Lash,

    I travel overseas from Australia fairly regularly and have passed through Changi airport on several occasions in the past, however I was not aware of all of these interesting options available to in-transit Travellers. Your information is most valuable and all of the reviews spoke very highly of your information. I’m off to Penang later this month and on my return flight I have about a ten (10) hour stop-over there. I arrive at Changi at 11.50am and don’t depart until 22.25 (about 10.30pm). I will certainly endeavour to do the ‘City Tour’ if available as I have never been off the airport in my past travels.

    Thank you your useful information.

    Regards,
    Ron.

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hi Rom,

      Welcome!

      Wow, if you stopover in Changi often, it’s really useful for you to know all these free things to do there! Glad you found my blog.

      Enjoy your layover next time!

      cheers, Lash

  33. Saad

    Hey,

    Have a 5 hours, 30 min stopover at Changi enroute Sydney. Going to use all your tips and explore the options. Didnt know anything about Singapore previously, now know few things atleast.

    Thanks a bunch :)

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hi Saad,

      Welcome!

      Great! So glad this article was helpful to you. Thanks for letting me know.

      Enjoy Singapore! It’s amazing.

      cheers, Lash

  34. Aldo

    wow thanks for the tips, i’m sure going to check out that free city tour

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hey Aldo,

      YOu’re most welcome! Enjoy!

      cheers, Lash

  35. Surya R

    Hi Lash, I want to asking if we dont have any Visa for Singapore, cause we just transit, can we go outside from Changi airport?

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hi Surya,

      You can join the guided tour of Singapore from the airport. But besides that, I don’t think you can leave the airport and go into the country. But ask at the airport info. center after you arrive. Maybe you can? Not sure.

      Have a great trip!

      cheers, Lash

  36. Tina

    Is this for real? I’m just amazed at how Changi airport really has the traveler in mind. I have an upcoming trip with a 14 hr layover and am super stoked after reading this. Thank you.

    1. Lash WorldTour

      HI Tina,

      Welcome!

      Yes, indeed! Singappore Airports is awesome! Not surprising it wins ‘Best Airport’ awards every year!

      Enjoy your visit there.

      cheers, Lash

  37. Rakesh Roshan Agrawal

    Can you please let me know if still Singapore VISA is not required for ‘Free Singapore Tour’ and also is there any specific airline I should travel with to get eligible for this tour. Thanks in advance.

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hi RAkesh,

      I can’t say for sure since I haven’t done the free tour in many years. I recommend you contact the Singapore Airport and ask them.

      As far as I know, the choice of airline doesn’t matter at all. It’s an airport service. You just need to have enough hours between your flights to take the tour.

      Best luck!

      cheers, Lash

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