Not long ago, we did a piece on 15 ways to get free/cheap multi-day international stopovers. However, sometimes travelers don’t necessarily want a stopover as much as something to do during a multi-hour layover that simply can’t be helped. I mean, there’s only so much shopping and dining you can do, right?
Years (and I mean YEARS…5 of them!) ago, we wrote about how to kill time in an airport for free or cheap. But, of course, there’s another way to kill time during an extended layover besides walking around the airport – you can see the city!
Before the pandemic (actually, in some form since 1987), Singapore Airlines, the Singapore Tourism Board, and the Changi Airport Group had teamed up to offer free guided tours of Singapore to travelers stuck at the airport for hours on end. Understandably, the tours were on pause during the pandemic, but after a two-year hiatus, the tours are back!
Three of the tours that were available before the pandemic are coming back. They are the City Sights Tour, Heritage Tour, and Jewel Tour. All three have been refreshed and include new points of interest. There’s also a brand-new Changi Precinct Tour, which will show travelers the sights around the eastern region that surrounds Singapore Changi Airport.
These are the descriptions of the 3 tours:
Heritage Tour (available from June 2023 onward)
Each tour runs every day and are in English. They all last roughly 2-1/2 hours and are open to travelers transiting or transferring through Changi International Airport for 5.5 to 24 hours (you can’t go on the tours if you’re in the country for more than 24 hours). They’ll be available daily, with plans to progressively increase them to nine tours a day.
Reservations are required and you must bring your boarding passes, passports, entry visas (as required), and tour booking confirmation.
You can find more information and details on the requirements, tour itineraries, and other options at Changi Airport’s official website.
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