Free Foot Massage Machines
How many airports across the globe features free massages for travelers? I think none. But Changi airport offers massaging machines on departure terminal near departure gates. To tell you a truth, this is one of the reasons, I reach airport early. Nothing beats the experience of hot coffee and a massage relaxing your feet 😉
Free to use Snooze Lounge
Changi has a dedicated sleeping area for transiting passengers. Ever tried spending a night at the airport to catch early morning flight next day? If you have tried, you will know how inconvenient it is to sleep on seats.
Beat this, Free Movies!
If you have time to spare at Changi Airport, you don’t have to worry about a lack of entertainment. Die-hard movie fans will find the Movie Theatres in Terminals 2 & 3 the best place to spend their time when transiting at Changi Airport. You can enjoy movies of different genres at both Terminal 2 and Terminal 3. These screenings are available free-of-charge for your viewing pleasure and these entertainment hubs are open 24 hours daily
No Immigration queue for Singapore Residents
If I go to my home country, India, I have to stand in queue for 20-30 minutes to clear immigration process. But in Singapore, I do not have to stand in any queues. All Citizens, PR, and workers in Singapore can entry or exit through automated queues. They are supposed to scan passport and thumbprints for verification. Though tourists may not be able to enjoy this convenience. But it definitely means little queue for them. I find this system to be more secure and efficient.
Free Singapore tour for transiting passengers
I have never used this tour but I suggested this to a friend (flying to Australia). And he was pretty impressed by the services. Isn’t it a wonderful gesture for a country to provide a tour for transiting visitors. And that too free. Changi may have won many awards (Changi has been voted best airport of the worlds for two years in a row now) but also won my heart.
A transiting passenger must have at least 6 hours between connecting flights to avail this tour. If you are interested in knowing eligibility and other details check this official link.
Food courts inside terminal do not sell at inflated rates
Nothing pisses me more than the ridiculously high price of coffee and sandwiches on airports. Thankfully all food prices are regulated on Changi airport. I can buy coffee at Starbucks at the same price as I get it outside the airport. I generally prefer to catch early morning flights. Having a filling breakfast is what I prefer before flying. My usual breakfast includes kaya toast from toast box and black coffee. All in for 4.5S$
Trains From/To city center terminates right next to airport terminal. This means very little walking is involved for commuters. I do not have to worry about reaching airport early as I can estimate my travel time precisely. Only another airport I have seen such arrangement is HongKong airport. These days all cities are trying to make airport easily accessible but Changi takes one step further by reducing travel time to a minimum.
Efficiency and Services
From entering the airport to leaving the airport, there is one thing that can not unnoticed. Highly efficient staff. Smooth functioning ensures a pleasant experience for users. Washrooms, drinking water kiosks, waiting areas, travelators, passenger carts, luggage trolleys are all well maintained, clean and properly arranged. There is also a provision for the motored cart for needy.
Amazing Orchid/Cactus/Butterfly garden
While I do not visit the Orchid garden every time. First time I visited Orchid/Cactus garden, I found it interesting and a good way to spend any transit time. I think it is a great place for kids. There is also an “Enchanted Garden”. It is a small garden which has a light and sound shows. It is a must visit for me every time I depart from Changi.
Kids Play area
There is dedicated kids play area for kids aged 2-12 years.
Kinetic Rain is the world’s largest kinetic sculpture. 1,216 raindrops made of aluminum and highly polished copper, controlled by 1,216 individual motors, swirl and dance to depict the joy of travel. The sculpture is a treat to watch. It is hard to miss when passing through terminal 1.
Swimming Pool with Jacuzzi
Who would not like to recharge in a swimming pool and Jacuzzi while transiting or returning home after a tiring journey? To use the swimming pool and jacuzzi visitors need to pay 17$. It is a great to let hair down and rejuvenate oneself.
Free Internet and Gaming zone
Changi airport offers free wifi. Near the immigration gate, a hoarding mentions the username and password to connect to airport wifi. There are over 550 pop-up kiosks with computers, which can be used if you can want to surf the internet. All chairs in the waiting lounge have charging station points. There is a separate gaming area. Gamers can spend a good time playing Play Station and XBOX 360. What else do boys want 😉
Aesthetics and Interior designing
Social media kiosks, the fish ponds, Supertree grove miniature sculpture and several other structures have been constructed with the intention of providing a great experience to commuters. Multiple small gardens make sure, commuters enjoy natural aspects as well.
Feel good factor
There is something money can not buy. It’s the feel-good factor Changi offers. It doesn’t matter if I am traveling business class or budget class, I am treated warmly by everyone at the airport. I am always excited to be at Changi airport. It might sound insane but I generally reach airport early to roam around. It is this ultimate experience for me that makes Changi my favorite airport.
PS: I own a Work Visa in Singapore.
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