A Singapore airport free city tour is a great way to spend long layover. On my way to India from Japan, I had a stopover at Singapore’s Changi Airport for about eight hours.
As I searched the website for any kind of attractions or things to do inside the airport, I spotted a Singapore airport free city tour service for those on connecting flights. And they were free!
Excited for the possibility to leave the airport, I checked my flight times, and confirmed that a tour would depart in the window of time that I would be there. I would be able to do the last tour of the day.
There was nothing left to do at this point, as registration takes place on the day of the tour. Anyway, I would be able to see a little bit of Singapore.
Fast forward a few weeks, and I had just arrived in Changi Airport.
I was in a good mood too because on the flight from Japan, a young male flight attendant moved me to an empty row. I don’t know why he did this, but I want to believe it was his way of flirting with me. Also, desert was Häagen Dazs mango cheesecake ice cream with my meal. Props to Singapore Airlines.
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I found the tour counter and registered for the Singapore airport free city tour during the last time slot. Then after walking around for a while, I found a place to sit and kill a couple hours.
When it was time to go, I went back to the counter and soon we were on our way. I got a stamp in my passport and followed the tour guide to the bus.
The tour took us through the city, and I was surprised to see so many trees and gardens in such a small island country. The guide explained the history and some facts about Singapore.
We went through the Colonial District and then the Central Business District. Then we got off the bus for 20 minutes at the Merlion Park. The Merlion is the national icon of Singapore. I took my tourist photos and wandered around the area before going back to the bus.
After this, we drove through Chinatown and Little India. It was getting dark now, and I couldn’t make out anything super interesting from the bus. Too bad we didn’t have a chance to stop and walk through some of the smaller side streets. Chinatown and Little India must be interesting.
I learned that Singapore is very multicultural, and the three people who make up the population are Chinese, Indian, and Malay. I didn’t know that.
According to the airport website, the tour should also have made another 20-minute stop at the Malay heritage centre. I guess we didn’t have enough time though because we didn’t get to do this. Too bad.
The bus brought us back to the airport, and we all got off and headed back in. I still had a bit of time, so I walked around the airport and got some dinner before going through security. I may have had enough time to take the subway a short distance and see something, but I was too afraid that I would get lost or underestimate distances and end up missing my flight. In the end, I stayed at the airport.
Changi Airport has two free tours, the Heritage Tour and the City Sights Tour. I did the Heritage Tour, which was two hours. They say you need at least 5.5 hours between connecting flights, and you must be a transit passenger.
Sure, I mostly just sped through the country on a bus without getting to experience much up close. But the tour guide had a lot of information, and I learned a bit about Singapore. And I did officially walk around in Singapore, so I can say that I’ve been there. Yes.
If you have more that 5.5 hours’ transit through Singapore, I recommend checking if you can do one of the Singapore airport free city tours. It would be a much more interesting option than hanging around inside the airport in between flights.
Unfortunately, in my photo pickiness, I have deleted many of the few photos I had in the first place because I thought they were not very good. All I have left now are a couple photos of the Merlion…
Do you think this counts as me going to Singapore? Let me know opinion in the comments below.
Also, if you happen to be passing through Singapore, try and catch a ride on a Singapore airport FREE city tour!
Thanks for reading!