Over the course of the last decades, Changi airport (SIN) has become one of the largest international air travel hubs in Southeast Asia thanks to a gradual and consistent expansion program that led it to comprise four state-of-the-art passenger terminals featuring a vast array of entertainment options and services alongside the nature themed world-class building known as the Jewel. This city in miniature serves as operational base for Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, JetstarAsia and Scoot, and boasts the title of “World’s Best Airport” according to Skytrax.
In long-haul journeys that require making a connection in Singapore and regardless of your terminal of arrival, you may choose to stay in one of the transit hotels in Changi airport, located on the airside of terminals 1, 2 and 3 or close to them. We recommend you to confirm, though, from which building you will be departing, since in the case of early morning flights it would be advisable to stay as closer to your boarding gate as possible. In order to transfer between terminals in Changi, travellers use people movers, the SkyTrain or shuttle buses.
Sleeping in Changi International airport: Aerotel transit hotel in Terminal 1
Aerotel has developed a modern hospitality concept that enables passengers to sleep inside the facilities of the airport with an array of functional amenities within reach. Its main perk being the possibility of booking a room by the hour -therefore paying less if your layover is short– and even giving you the chance to have meals included in the rate, this establishment stays open 24 hours and puts at the disposal of guests a swimming pool, a poolside bar, a gym, a library, free WiFi all throughout and a communal lounge. The rooms in this Changi airport hotel are cosy and conceived to ensure high-quality sleep and the utmost privacy, while showers and toilets are situated in the corridor for guests to share.
Ambassador Transit Hotel in Changi airport – Terminal 2
Conveniently located in the departures transit zone of Changi’s T2, this more traditional hospitality establishment offers fully-equipped rooms with comfortable beds, wireless internet connection, work desk and TV that can be of individual, double or triple occupancy and either feature a private bathroom or grant access to a shared one. Passengers in transit may enjoy other facilities such as a wellness centre and a gym during their stay, and are entitled to a complimentary breakfast in the morning. Find out more about this hotel in Singapore airport.
Layover in Singapore: Ambassador Transit Hotel in Changi airport – Terminal 3
In case your next flight departs from Terminal 3 yet there are still many hours to go before your boarding time, you surely won’t want to miss out on all the luxury shopping outlets, the movie theatre in the transit area or the unique Butterfly Garden. Even so, travelling across time zones may already be causing fatigue and jetlag symptoms might as well appear, and the Ambassador hotel in Changi airport situated in the passengers-only departures zone of T3 caters to the need of travellers in such situation. Its well-appointed guest rooms with either shared or private bathroom and the free breakfast buffet are complemented by a range of amenities among which we count a fitness centre, a spa and free wireless internet available in the entire premises, contributing to a perfect hotel stay without having to step out of the transit zone.
If you are having a layover in Changi that will last 5 hours or more, you may consider the advantages of staying in an airport hotel so as to reduce the effects of jetlag and board your next plane refreshed and well-rested. However, if you will be in transit for 12 hours or more, know that there is plenty to do at the airport aside from sleeping: you may go to the movies, have your hair and nails done, take the kids to a playground, visit a garden, play videogames, go to an art gallery, watch TV with other travellers or join a free Singapore city tour. WiFi in Changi International airport is free, and so are the more than 500 internet stations available and the battery charging points for your mobile devices.
Airport lounge in Jewel Changi airport
Whether departing soon or in transit at Singapore airport, you might find it convenient to spend your waiting time at the Changi Lounge on level 1 of the Jewel building, since it remains open for travellers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It features nap cabins and showers, as well as drinks and snacks and complimentary WiFi.