Long haul flights to many Southern and Eastern hemisphere destinations lead to finding things to do on a stopover in Singapore. It’s clearly a substantial air travel hub, but what else does this island city-state offer to its short-stay visitors?
For some travellers spending 48 hours in Singapore, it’s a chance to soak up the abundant entertainment and refreshment opportunities available in the country’s incredible airport.
As any review of Changi Airport will point out, it held the title ‘best global airport’ for eight years, including 2020. (The Skytrax award winner in 2021 was Hamad International Airport in Doha.) Changi airport amenities include an iconic waterfall, Imax theatre and some of the best shopping opportunities in Singapore.
However, when flying to Australia, New Zealand and many South East Asia destinations for holidays and business trips, the chance to see Singapore should not be squandered. Especially if you’ve already enjoyed the relaxing benefits of business class flights.
Head out, and spend a few hours exploring this colourful, beautiful and visitor-focused country.
This is one of the country’s biggest tourist attractions and a must-see if you’re in Singapore for a short stay. You can spend hours exploring a stunning blend of lush, fragrant gardens and structures at the cutting-edge of architecture, design and engineering.
Gardens by the Bay features the largest greenhouse in the world, incredible views from the 22-metre-high Skyway and a fabulous walk through the Supertree Grove. Visiting Gardens by the Bay at night makes it possible to experience unforgettable light and sound shows.
Gardens by the Bay are located in Marina Bay, which is in itself a great option for Singapore layovers.
Its buildings are super stylish and luxurious – similar to some of the most impressive architecture in Dubai – and include the breathtaking Marina Bay Sands.
If your stopover involves exploring Singapore at night, the Esplanade here is packed with wonderful restaurants and bars and provides one of the best views of the city lights.
The country is famous for its network of authentic Hawker Centres. These are places to get diverse and delicious international food at affordable prices.
However, if you want a big name brand retail experience in Singapore, there are also plenty of huge and impressive shopping centres within easy reach of the airport. Many visitors believe the best shopping area in Singapore is Orchard Road, and it’s certainly the place to go for high-end brands.
If you something more energetic for your stopover, head to Sentosa Island. Like many of the other Singapore stopover options, it’s an easy taxi ride from Changi airport (about 26km).
This is where you will find Universal Studios Singapore. The island is also home to Adventure Cove Waterpark, Dolphin Island, an aquarium and activities such as golf, cycling and high-wire adventure. To name but a few things to do at Sentosa Island.
The official visit Singapore website has more ideas of things to do on stopovers. Including free city tours to cover a lot of ground in a short space of time.
It comes with a warning though. You will find that 48 hours in Singapore is not enough and you may well be researching holidays in Singapore during the second leg of your journey!