If there's one place you want to spend a long transit, it's at Singapore Changi Airport. Got a few hours to burn? Go to the movies, lounge at a rooftop pool, or visit a butterfly garden, among other amazing things to do airside. And with enough time to spare, you can even go through immigration to visit the famed Jewel Changi Airport.
Now, you'll have more options to while the time away. On Monday (April 3), Changi Airport Group, Singapore Airlines and Singapore Tourism Board announced the return of the Free Singapore Tour after a pandemic-enforced three-year hiatus. With the Free Singapore Tour, transit and transfer passengers can go on curated itineraries lasting 2.5 hours – as long as they have a layover period between 5.5 and 24 hours.
New tour in Changi precinct
What's more, there's a new Changi Precinct Tour itinerary added to the existing three. On this tour, visitors will get to explore the rustic charms of Singapore's east. Experience the daily rhythms of heartland life in Tampines, where you'll stop over at green spaces and unique playgrounds in Tampines Central Park and visit Singapore's largest integrated community and lifestyle hub Our Tampines Hub. Also explore World War II sites like Changi Chapel & Museum and experience the rustic, kampong vibe of Changi Village and Changi Beach.
Fresh pit stops
There are new pit stops on the existing tours too. The Jewel Tour now includes snack tastings at Bee Cheng Hiang and Tong Garden, as well as a walkthrough of the digital attraction Changi Experience Studio. On the City Sights Tour, you can also see monuments like the National Gallery Singapore, Anderson Bridge and The Padang in the Civic District and breeze past the glittering skyscrapers in Marina Bay Financial District on the way to Gardens by the Bay.
In June 2023, travellers can also look forward to the vibrant Heritage Tour. It'll give you a taste of Singapore's melting pot of cultures as you visit street murals in Chinatown, see some of Singapore's oldest churches in Bugis, and explore the Arab and Malay eateries, trendy galleries, and cool cafés in Kampong Gelam.
The Free Singapore Tour runs daily, including weekends and public holidays. If you're ready to explore Singapore, make your booking here.