Singapore Changi Airport, which opened with its first terminal in 1981, currently houses three terminals for international flights. Passengers may travel from one terminal to another via the complimentary sky-train service, available at both the public and transit areas, or make use of the shuttle bus service. The buzzing airport welcomes millions of passengers a month, and has been honoured several times with global awards, winning the “Best Airport” title over ten times thus far. Interestingly, the airport is not only filled with travellers from around the world, but also with numerous locals, who visit the airport to shop, dine and hang out.
As a business traveller, you may stay up to the date with the latest news via streams on plasma televisions and business centres with photocopying and faxing services, mailing options, and the use of computers are available at each terminal for those who wish to work on the go. Wifi internet access is also complimentary throughout the transit areas, and there are internet kiosks set up in many locations. Complimentary local calls are available via phones at the Departure lounge, while overseas calls can be made with the purchase of prepaid cards.
Depending on the airline they are journeying with, travellers can access exclusive lounges at the departure area. There are also bars situated in the airport if weary businessmen wish to grab a drink and relax while waiting for a flight. In addition, there are an extensive number of shops at Changi Airport, including several luxury brands. There is also an online duty free shop where passengers can make their purchases between two weeks to 24 hours before their departure Airport and pick up their goods from the Collection Centre on the day of their flight.
For families travelling with children, there are a great deal of activities to participate in at the airport. Changi Airport boasts the world's first Butterfly Garden within an airport at Terminal 3, where travellers can learn about the life cycle of a butterfly and view thousands of these creatures fluttering about. The Enchanted Garden at Terminal 2 is a high-technology garden which senses motion and simulates the evolving of flowers alongside calls of nature. This interactive adventure entices both young and old alike. There is also a photo zone named Gardens@Changi, where families are able to snap pictures of themselves with a scenic backdrop of the airport's control tower and gardens. Additionally, there are movie theatres in the airport featuring numerous films for your complimentary viewing pleasure, 24 hours daily.
The food selection at the airport is extensive, ranging from fast food to refined international cuisine. A plethora of eateries and cafes operate round the clock to serve travellers at different times of the day. It is not an uncommon sight to see Singaporeans having their meals or chilling out at the airport, with students meeting at 24-hour cafes to study with their friends overnight.
A wide range of general services are available throughout the airport, from money changers to medical services. Clinics are open round the clock for those who might feel unwell and travellers who wish to spend a quiet moment for worship may visit prayer rooms located at every terminal of the airport. Smoking areas are available throughout the airport, but be careful not to smoke in non-designated areas or risk being slapped with a fine.
The elderly and physically challenged need not worry either, as Changi Airport provides complimentary wheelchairs should the need arise and has several toilets catered to the handicapped. The airport's infrastructure also supports easy access to places via ramps and lifts.
Getting to and from the airport is easy with many options for travellers to choose from. Taxi stands are located throughout the entire airport, both at the arrival and departure areas. Passengers may hop on a taxi to their preferred location and pay according to the meter. Public transportation is also available, with the Mass Rapid Transit trains (MRT) and bus services. Other ground transport services include the Airport Shuttle Bus to most of hotels located in town or car rental counters at the arrival halls. For Malaysian travellers, the Transtar Cross Border Service provides a smooth, direct journey between Changi Airport and Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
IMPORTANT! Information is correct as of 04 July 2014 and is subject to change. Please always check Singapore Changi Airport website for the latest update of the following information.