8 hours at Changi

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dylanmalloch

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 16 Jul 2018

Total posts 32

Hi all,

I have an 8 hour connection at Changi in a week's time. I could spend it all in the new KrisFlyer Silver lounge (have a SIA business class flight departing) but am interested in others' tips and tricks for long transits at Changi.

Unfortunately the city tours haven't re-commenced post pandemic but is there anything else you'd recommend doing to kill the time? My flight arrival is 3:30pm and my departure flight is 12:30am.

Cheers

TDAG

BAEC

Member since 10 Jul 2019

Total posts 11

I spent a similar amount of time there a month ago. I filled the time with lounge hopping in T1, I was on a QF biz flight and have BA Gold Exec membership so had a couple of choices. I visited the archipelago craft beer bar at T1, worth a look if that's your thing. Alternatively the Jewel is open and worth a visit.

SydneyTravels

Member since 01 May 2015

Total posts 21

I booked the transit hotel in T1, which was good if a bit expensive when I had 11 hour layover last month. The transit hotel in T3 is better and if it's all SIA then staying in T3 is preferable IMHO. Has to be booked in advance - there is never any availability if you just rock up.

bobloblaw

Singapore Airlines - The PPS Club

Member since 20 Apr 2015

Total posts 5

With 8 hours, I'd splash out and head into town or one of the better hotels and book in a massage/swim and shower followed by a good feed after. St Regis is a good option.

SydneyTravels

Member since 01 May 2015

Total posts 21

Originally Posted by bobloblaw

With 8 hours, I'd splash out and head into town or one of the better hotels and book in a massage/swim and shower followed by a good feed after. St Regis is a good option.


Ah yeah, even better! I guess when I was there it was still necessary to get tested for covid etc prior to leaving transit

abudhabi1

Thai Airways International - Royal Orchid Plus

Member since 15 Jan 2013

Total posts 93

The Transit hotel is the way to go.I recall quite a long time ago to the UK it was almost six hours at Changi on the way to London coming from Adelaide on Singapore Airlines I could not justify the costs of a Transit Hotel so made do with walking around the airport and a Diet Soft Drink to keep awake for the onward sector(Unlike Today where things like Qatar via Doha or Qantas via Perth exist of which the transit time is better than anything over Singapore now)shame no city tours exists for those few hours that return in time for the onward trips so you are stuck at the airport.

dylanmalloch

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 16 Jul 2018

Total posts 32

Thanks everyone. Some good suggestions and ideas. Might make for a good article from the Executive Traveller crew - ones talking about transit times and transfers? We've had ones on the best hotels in Bangkok and Singapore, but maybe something on how to maximise your stopovers/transits?

elemist

Member since 25 Jan 2012

Total posts 11

Spent a similar amount of time in Changi prior to covid, unfortunately the city tour times didn't line up with my arrival/departure times.

There was plenty to at the airport itself. I spent some time in the lounge - had some food and a shower. Had a wander through the butterfly gardens, and browsed through some of the shops. Spent a bit of time up by the pool having a few drinks - didn't swim as i didn't think to bring my bathers in my carry on, but otherwise would have been really nice to do so.

The Jewel is open now - which from all reports is amazing and can easily waste a bit of time there as well.

There's also various other things like a cinema etc worth checking out as well.

rob01

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 10 Nov 2011

Total posts 97

The new lounge is great, but with that much time I'd head into town. Was there a week ago and getting through immigration took about 10 minutes. No test required, just an online form before you arrive. I was having some issues with the taxi app (Comfort Delgro) but found Grab (SEA's Uber) to be fantastic.

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