Singapore: Changi Airport and public transport
The fourth and last part of my long trip to Asia (If you want more information about it you can read Asia: my travel itinerary | Thailand, China and Malaysia), ends with Singapore, the fourth most important financial center of the whole world. Because of its economic power, Singapore has the highest concentration of millionaires in relation to the population (about 5 million), that’s more than either Hong Kong, Qatar, Switzerland or Kuwait.
I arrived in Singapore late in the morning and before reaching the city center, I collected some information for those who have to spend some time at the airport, maybe before their return flight or during a stopover.
THINGS TO DO AT CHANGI AIRPORT AS YOU WAIT FOR YOUR FLIGHT
Singapore’s airport, Changi Airport, is known for being one of the most beautiful in the world.
Modern, colorful and comfortable, it features:
- countless shops;
- a supermarket;
- a fitness center;
- a clinic;
- a hotel, the Crowne Plaza, which connects directly to Terminal 3;
- a swimming pool (located on the roof of Terminal 1), it’s open 24 hours a day and the entrance ticket includes a drink at the bar and the use the showers;
- free cinemas;
- hundreds of free internet stations (up to 15 minutes)
And to admire the local natural wonders:
- a butterfly garden;
- An orchid garden;
- a large waterfall.
GETTING FRAM CHANGI AIRPORT TO CITY
Changi Airport is only 23 km from Singapore and there are two ways to get there:
- TAXI -> you will find them 24 hours a day in front of the arrival halls of Terminals 1 and 2 and they’ll take about 25 minutes. The fare should be around $20 (€10) though it may increase between midnight and 6 am.
- TRAIN -> leaves every 15 min, from 6:00 am to midnight. You have to go to the lower ground floor (-1) and wait for the train to the East-West Line (the green line). The journey will cost you $2.8, or about €1.8 each way. If you choose to buy the Singapore Tourist Pass, it will cost you as follows:
- 1-day pass: $28 or about €18;
- 3-day pass: $38 or about €24.50.
HOW TO GET AROUND SINGAPORE
I don’t think I’ve ever used a subway (or metro, as they call it here) easier than the one in Singapore.
There are four lines, each associated with a different color, that reach every part of the city. As I specified above, you can either buy the Singapore Tourist Pass for 1 or 3 days, depending on your needs or single tickets their pricing varying on your destination.
Tip 1: Remember that on the Singapore subway it is forbidden to eat, drink, smoke and introduce any flammable material.
Tip 2: The metro is open from 5:30 am to midnight, with frequent trains departing every 2 to 8 minutes.