Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 07 Jul 2015
Total posts 55
Hey all - I have a 5.5 hour layover in Singapore on an upcoming trip and was wondering if that's enough time to leave the airport and sample Singapore. I'm flying business with QF and connecting to AY (also in Business) so I guess I could spend my time in a lounge instead.
Member since 29 Jul 2016
Total posts 34
Member since 14 Jun 2013
Total posts 109
Singapore's Changi Airport actually offers a bus trip around the city for layover passengers, for more info check the airport website. You can't get off the bus of course. I think the layover needed for this is 4 hours? Anyway, bear in mind that 5.5 hours between flights means at most a 5 hour layover, more likely closer to 4.5 hours. You could spend that time wandering around Changi, it has lots of diversions, plus of course relax in the Qantas lounge. The Aerotel at T1 (same terminal as used by Qantas and Finnair) has a pool, you have to pay to use it but that could be a nice diversion. Otherwise you could catch a taxi to the east coast area, some good restaurants there. Jumbo Seafood is well regarded for Singapore chilli crab. But I think going into the city itself is not wise. Takes at least 30 minutes there by taxi, so you are immediately facing a one hour commute and in the evening traffic to the airport can be quite heavy. Allowing time to get back for checkin and security etc and maybe a shower at the QF lounge to freshen up and you might have two hours in Singapore, not really worth it.
Member since 12 Mar 2014
Total posts 115
I frequently take the opportunity to hop on the train to somewhere relatively close for roti prata, sate,or to gorge on black pepper crab. The terminal is great by anyone's standard, but the food not far beyond is worth the extra effort in my opinion.
After working up a sweat whilst scrambling around, it is of course nice to make use of the QF loung showers prior to the next leg...
Member since 14 Feb 2017
Total posts 77
Yeah, their public transport is very good with a direct line to-from the airport. Allow 30mins to catch the metro back from city centre to airport. Dependent on what line you catch you may also need to transfer from one train to the other, if so, then add another 15mins to your travel time. Should be enough time to peruse a mall and sample a meal or two.
Member since 13 Feb 2017
Total posts 8
I think you're a bit short on time.
Member since 11 May 2015
Total posts 6
I agree that its not really enough time to comfortably get to the city, look around and get back. If you are returning in peak hours it is often very difficult to get a taxi and you can queue for up to 30 minutes. You can always get the train back but its part of the suburban network and trains are packed in peak hours and you may have to wait for 3 or 4 trains, although trains run frequently. Alternative is just to look round Changi village next to the airport and have a drink or local food overlooking the Johor straits. Get a taxi there and back.
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Member since 26 Feb 2016
Total posts 38
If it is longer than 5hrs and it is in daytime, I'll certainly ride the train to city and find somewhere for some drinks.
Member since 06 Oct 2016
Total posts 31
I suspect I have done this exact flight combo in to get the great deal with AY you end up getting QF35 lunch flight which leaves a long lay before the Helsinki connection, I was on holiday so it wasn't a fuss and I wanted to try the Finnair A350 First off, yes you can use the QF Lounge, and it is by far the best option, only down side is they will not announce the flightNext, I honestly don't think it is worth leaving the airport, you could get in to town, have a quick dinner then return, but not really see any sightsLastly, if I do one of the Finnair deals again (around $5.5k is a good deal inc the euro connection, and Helsinki is a great place for connections as you get stright into the Euro zone) I will go through Hong Kong where you can pick either a 2.20h or an 11h lay over and you get CX
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