Singapore’s Changi Airport often tops passenger approval surveys. It is clean, bright, stylish and full of shops, if you enjoy retail therapy! I love the amount of greenery inside. They’ve really thought about what you need as a traveller, especially if you have to wait around to make a connecting flight.

Many travellers break their long journey between New Zealand or Australia and Europe at Changi. So what can you do if you’ve a long layover? Rail links to the city are fast and convenient and there’s a left baggage facility in the airport, so you can pay to store your suitcases if they are not already checked in for your onward flight. It means that you can head off to explore the city. Great idea.

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If you have five hours spare before your next flight but you’re nervous about leaving the airport under your own steam, you can take one of two different free, two-and-a-half hour tours organised by the airport. You won’t be able to break away on your own, because you’ll be in transit, but it is still a cool way to kill waiting time. The Singapore Heritage tour takes in Chinatown, Little India and you’ll be able to pose for a selfie with the city’s symbol, the Merlion in Merlion Park. The tours are offered on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

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If you don’t want to leave the airport, there’s an outdoor swimming pool at Terminal 1 and a butterfly garden to explore in Terminal 3. There are also great food choices at Changi. In Terminal 3 they’ve recreated a Singapore street food market with plenty of cheap-ish Chinese and Indian choices. If you don’t have any Singaporean Dollars, don’t worry because they take card payments.

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The only thing that Changi Airport has got wrong, in my view, is their Wi-Fi access policy. You need to have your phone turned on to get the access code, which they will text to your handset when you register for web access online. If you’ve packed away your mobile or it isn’t charged, this is a faff. You can, however, go to the information desks in the airport to get an access code. You’ll have to show your passport to receive this! It is relatively fast for free airport Wi-Fi, though. Our test found that it offered 6Mbps download.

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