– Changi Airport is a SMRT Singapore ride of about 40 minutes away from the hearth of the City State at Orchard Road.
To get to Orchard Road from the Singapore Airport it needs to change the SMRT 2 times which is not convenient at all since long walks are needed and the trains are always scrammed full with people. A couple of years ago when the old airport at Paya Lebar become to small and a airport extension was needed the Singapore Government made a bold move (this government is known for bold moves, positively) and opted for a totally new airport to be placed into a flat area near the seaside Changi village, means Singapore Airport Changi was born. Years after Kuala Lumpur International Airport followed and in Thailand the new Bangkok Airport was opened recently.
One of the best airports in the world is Changi Airport and several hotels close to the airport provides what a traveler need. Two airport hotels which are more of less integrated into the airport are the Ambassador Hotel and the Crown Plaza Hotel. As usual with airport hotels directly at the airport prices are high, if you are a little bit flexible in terms of timing there are several hotels available within a time range of around 20 minutes travel time from the Singapore Airport MRT Station means a hotel near Changi Airport is easy to be found. For immediate booking check the Singapore hotels reservation counter run by the Hotel Association at the Singapore Airport Arrivals Hall, they have all hotels online and don�t charge any booking fees, only a down payment must be made which is reimbursed at the hotel.
Towards the city with the SMRT the first almost airport hotel is Lion City Hotel (the hotel is a little bit run down) a few stations away only about 5 minutes walk from the MRT station there and 2 Stations further are about two dozen budget hotels close to the Aljunied MRT Station, notably the
81 Star hotel for about S$ 50,- per night, the hotel has everything a traveler need, is clean and has naughty girls parlors just a few meters away, book all this hotels through the Singapore hotels reservation counter as indicated before because when you just walk in they always ask for a higher price and be aware that from Friday to Sunday hotel prices are up about 15%.
At Singapore travel in general always opt for a Singapore Hotel close to a MRT Station, this hotels are not real Changi Airport Hotels but since they are so close in terms of travel they could be considered as and on top of it they are much cheaper than the hotels directly at the airport.
This huge modern style airport has a rather decentralized architecture with four terminals at present, one of them is the Budget Terminal Changi . Singapore Airport Transfers connects the 3 main terminals by a small bus
Budget Airlines Singapore
along rails called Skytrain. This airport construction is an excellent idea to shorten walking distances.
Singapore travel got a a direct hit upwards with the introduction of cheap flights to Singapore via the budget terminal Changi.
Main budget airlines Singapore are Tiger Airways, Star Airways and Air Asia, Air Asia is not operating from the Singapore budget terminal, they operate from terminal 3.
Singapore airport to city is via the SMRT Singapore rail link, a excellent
motorway called East Coat Parkway and several airport bus lines from strategically located departure points at the city. The usual airport facilities and environ is available including two Singapore airport hotel. Reflecting Singapore�s economic, commercial and tourism aspirations, Sin Airport act as a hub for international travel to distribute passengers around the region. The airport follows the relatively conventional arrangement of several free-standing satellites dedicated to allow the passengers moving around without a lot of walking, since no one is really interested to walk long distances with luggage, trolleys won�t be a option since sometimes they are available, sometimes not. Terminal 3 is the focus on connections to the city and the other terminals by a railway station called SMRT Singapore Changi Station at the very basement, this train link unites the airport with the city. Also at Sin Airport terminal 3 are the connections to all other terminals via the Skytrain and the bus to the budget terminal.
All Singapore airport terminals have a longitudinal pier to serve dozens of aircraft, at the Changi Budget Terminal the passengers walk from the piers to the aircrafts, no expensive tubes have been installed keeping it as it�s defined a budget terminal for low cost operation. The main airlines operating at the Budget Terminal is Tiger Airways.
– Changi Airport Departure
Changi international airport has 4 terminals, that is terminal 1,2,3 which are more or less the same only each is bigger than the other reflecting the expansion over time. The newest is the Changi Airport Budget Airline Terminal and after terminal 3.
Changi Airport Departure Check In
The Changi Budget Airline Terminal is reachable by a free bus ride from terminal 3 at the basement level around the same level as the MRT Singapore Station. Changi Airport Departure works quite ok, only the check in works quite slow. There is also a sales tax refund counter in the terminals.
The same is with every Changi airport arrival level, there are taxis and limousines available but a SMRT Singapore Station is only at Changi Airport Terminal 3.
Sales Tax Refund
Changi Airport Departure Terminal 3
Changi Airport Terminal 3 Check In
Changi Airport Terminal 3 Check In
Sin Airport Terminal 1
– MRT Singapore Station and Airport Skytrain
Escalator to MRT Station
There are two Changi airport hotels and several almost airport hotels are in close range reachable via the MRT Singapore Airport station (sometimes its written MRT and sometimes SMART, actually its the same) by around up to 30 minutes plus a little walk, makes you do some exercise, its good after a long flight.
All airport duty free offer the usual items as at any other airport. The departure time
MRT Singapore Airport Station
Sin Airport Escalator to MRT Station
and flight departure is very good visible on huge black boards. Sin airport is split into several terminals, which is a good idea since it shortens walking time, small automated trains on rubber tires are used to carry the passengers do the different arrival and departure hall located in the area. If you have airport delays plenty of Sin airport shopping, restaurants and space to rest is available. Restaurants are for different tastes, such as Chinese Restaurants,
Sin Airport Architecture
Noodle Restaurant, Hamburger Station, Malay Style Restaurant, Japanese Restaurant etc.
The terminals are connected by a small automatic train called Changi Airport Skytrain from terminal 3 to terminal 1 and 2.
Changi Airport Skytrain
– Changi Airport Arrivals
Changi Airport Arrival
Airport arrivals work quite fast, actually quicker than any other south east Asia airport. Immigration is well organized, to see this organization skills and compare it with another new airports such as Bangkok Airport you see the real
difference. At Singapore a fast and efficient immigration crew works at Changi Airport Arrivals, at Bangkok a not thought through process which lets every traveler usually stand 3 to 4 times as long as at Sin Airport. There is practically no custom check, just walk through the green channel unless you really have something to declare, but since Singapore is wide open to foreigners is hard to find something you should declare, that includes money. Outside there are already taxi waiting, there are buses and the SMRT Singapore train waiting. If you have to stay overnight have a look at the information counter they offer 24 hour tours and when there is no tour program just have a look at Singapore down town, Clarke Quay, the main nightlife area in Singapore is open until the morning. If this is not in your program take one of the airport hotels directly at Sin Airport or another, cheaper, one a few minutes away from the airport, such as Changi Village or at Aljunied SMRT Singapore Station. At Aljunied you can also pick up naughty girls, if you like, just beside the 81 Star Hotel are several parlors with pretty naughty girls, available until very late into the night. Singapore is not so dull anymore. If you don’t like the naughty girls option go gambling, the casinos and entertainment are open until late night, maybe you even win some money, who knows? The easiest reachable casino is the Marina Sands also known as Marina Bay Sands.