Each of us knows flights with layovers are much cheaper than the direct flights. Many people opt for direct flights by paying more to avoid the extra time in the airport. Especially people like me and few other fellow travel bloggers (non-sponsored) to make the trip cost effective, end up by selecting this option.It’s not easy to spend time in an airport in case if you have 6 – 10 hours layovers. I’m sure ladies go for shopping and men’s will go for a drink. Some of the popular Indian travel bloggers like
It’s not easy to spend time in an airport in case if you have 6 – 10 hours layovers. I’m sure ladies go for shopping and men’s will go for drinks. Some of the popular Indian travel bloggers like Shrinidhi will finish off writing 3 – 4 blog posts. But guys like me will go mad, how long you will sit and watch the clock or you will keep on scrolling your Facebook timeline with the help of some free WIFI.
The moment we notice layover, many of us would’ve thought, Can I leave the Airport during a layover? And the answer is yes, at some of the busiest airports in the world. According to a recent survey, these are the list of top 3 airports for layover 1. Singapore Changi International Airport, Singapore (SIN), 2. Seoul Incheon International Airport, South Korea (ICN), 3. Munich International Airport, Germany (MUC) and much more.
No wonder Singapore Changi International Airport, Singapore (SIN) is ranked among the top of all other airports. It has a huge variety of attractions right from gardens, entertainment, art, shopping and much more. Apart from all these as I said if you want to go out and enjoy the lion city, you can opt for Free Singapore Tour.
Free Singapore Tour:
If you have at least 6 hours layover for your connecting flight, you can try this 2.5 hours guided tour with 2 short stopovers. Again this Free Singapore Tour will be divided into two types 1. The Heritage Tour (4 times daily) 2. City Sights Tour (2 times daily). Both these tours are available on all days including weekdays, weekends and holidays.
The Heritage Tour:
The Heritage Tour takes you to the Singapore’s past and present. You can visit Chinatown, Little India, Kampong Glam – with a short stopover at the Merlion Park where you can get a photo opportunity with the symbol of Singapore. The second stopover is at Kampong Glam, one of Singapore’s colorful ethnic zone.
Here’s the below table gives you the registration time, tour timings. Based on your flight departure you can choose any tour timings.
The City Sights Tour:
The City Sights Tour showcases modern Singapore with a short stopover at Merlion Park and you can witness the beauty of modern Singapore in their night-lights – Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay Sands, the Esplanade, of all others. This tour also offers another short stopover at Gardens by the Bay where you will find the magical Avatar-like Supertrees.
You can choose any of these FREE tour based on your layover time.
Terminal 1: Please stay in the transit area and proceed to the booth at Terminal 2 to register
Terminal 2: Transit Area, between Transfer Lounge F and Skytrain to Terminal 3 near the escalator to Arrival Immigration (Level 2)
Terminal 3: Transit Area, near Transfer Lounge A and Gate A1-A8 (Level 2)
(Please remain in the transit area and do not clear immigration)
Passport, boarding passes and entry visa (if applicable)
Some more key points to consider in case if you are opting for this FREE Singapore Tour:
- Availability of seats is strictly on a first-come-first-served basis.
- Passport, boarding passes or soft copy of itinerary and valid entry visa (if applicable) are required for registration. (There is no on arrival Visa as such, Visa is compulsory for Indian passport)
- Languages are not allowed for the tour, you need to leave at any Baggage counters in Terminal 2 or 3. Terminal 2 will be the convenient one because your tour will end up there.
- You will be allowed to enter and exit Singapore only once during layover period, so you can join neither Heritage or City Sight tour.
- Passengers below 18 years old are not allowed to join the tour alone unless accompanied by an adult.
- Singapore Airlines and SilkAir passengers have an advantage of pre-booking. Singapore Airlines accepts reservations up to 72 hours in advance.
Singapore visa will cost you S$ 30 plus fixed service charge of INR. 300. Total it comes to INR.2000, which is very cost effective and the right away to utilize the layover period wisely.
For example, if you are booking in AirAsia from India (Chennai) to Australia, Japan, China, Myanmar, Vietnam and much more has 9 hours to 24 hours layover time. You can try this FREE Singapore Tour option.
These are some of the great ways to explore a city in short period of time. Being with a guide will save your time and the chances of getting lost are very minimum.
Next time if you are being to Singapore, try this FREE Singapore Tour if you have enough time or else there are plenty of options to time pass in Singapore Changi International Airport, Singapore (SIN) itself. Will explain about those in detail on my future posts.
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