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13 Free Things To Do in Changi Airport, Singapore

by Marina Utami

Layover in an airport can suck sometimes. But not in Changi Airport of Singapore! No, no, no. There is so such thing as boredom in this airport. And that’s why no wonder they have elected the airports as the best airport in the world for a couple of years. Damn, right?! So when you have a long delay in Changi, get worried no more, cos you surely have some good times to travel around in the airport! If you love shopping branded stuff, you do not need to wait anymore, Changi’s shops are spread well across the terminals. But if you seek for other experiences, I have compiled some lists on what to do in Changi Airport. May it help you to consider have a long delay here too, cos I sure did! šŸ™‚

lost in changi shops

lost in changi shops

copyright by Changi Aiport

copyright by Changi Aiport

I went to Phuket, Thailand having a long layover in Singapore and I told my travel buddy back then that we can try many things in the airport! Ali did not even know there was this kind of entertainment atĀ the airport and so we explored all terminals together. We were lost at the beginning but then we decided to download the iChangi apps on my mobile phone to make it easier for us to spot the places. The Airport itself has 3 large terminals and the free entertainments are well spread. The places are well spread in each terminal,Ā but hey, you can easily jump in and out on another terminal by using the transfer trains. Here you go!

1. The Cactus Garden (T1)

It may not be a large park, but it sure a cute place to look and relax here. They have plenty of Cactus with well-named signs for you to learn.

ali at cactus garden changi airport singapore

ali at cactus garden Changi airport Singapore

2. The Social Tree (T1)

The multiple screens in the middle of Terminal 1 will make the children and teenagers attracted to it. Turns out they have some kind of game on each screen. You can take a selfie on the machine and it will record your face through the entire game championship.

games on the social tree

games on the social tree

ali tried to play the game

ali tried to play the game


3. The Enchanted Garden (T2)

This is the merely cute garden that was set up in the middle of the Terminal. But they really make it beautiful with koi pond, bridges and plants all over the places. Surely it is a good place to hang out for the elders.

4. Orchid Garden (T2)

Sadly this orchid garden was usually full with people smoking outside. And when I went there, the orchid’s were the only couple of them and it was not as spectacular as I thought it would be šŸ™

5. Sunflower Garden (T2)

Now, this is what I have been searching for! The sunflower garden is a pretty cute place to spend your time and take photographs. It is not that big, but they surely grow the sunflower more and more which makes the place so sweet! Time to take lots of photographs ya!

6. Entertainment Deck (T2)

Just right beside the Sunflower Garden, there is a place for you gamers to fill your thirst for digitalĀ adventure!

7. Free Singapore Tour (T2 & T3)

It was a good experience having to go outside of Singapore for a bit and be part of the tour. Psst.. plus it’s free!! Read here on how you can join up this free tour.

8. Butterfly Garden (T3)

My favourite place across the airport. it has a large garden based on 2 level stories, completed with waterfalls and the area filled with plants. Of course, butterflies are everywhere!

9. Free Lounge (T1, T2, T3)

Do not worry as you can use their lounge all over the terminals. They have plenty of sofas and chairs for you to sit on.

10. Snooze LoungeĀ (T1, T2, T3)

A place where you can sleep real good and charge your phone. But please beware when you stay there for the night, as some guards often come and check your boarding pass. They do not mind, but it was just for security as they had some experience there wasĀ a guy who lives in Changi airport for months (geez right?!)

11. Free WifiĀ (T1, T2, T3)

Just need to scan your passport to the nearby computer stall and you got your free wifi all the way!

12. Free Massage MachineĀ (T1, T2, T3)

Spread well everywhere across the terminals. Geez, this is my favourite after you had a long walk after your long journey!

13. Free Movie TheatreĀ (T2 & T3)

You are reading just correct. You can watch movies here without any guidance whatsoever. Although they have already set up the movie schedules and you just need to enter the room by yourself. The movies are pretty updated, so I really enjoyed spending times in here.

There were plenty other things you can try to do in Changi but it will cost you even more. When I had the long delay to Phuket, which was not an accident, cos I wanted to explore more of the airport. There is also a swimming pool and jacuzzi outdoor which is part of the hotels, but you need to pay for 17$ to get in. Nonetheless, with all those free things above,Ā I had good times relaxing here after the long travel time.Ā There were plenty of cafes, restaurants, kids playground, transit hotels, food courts, prayer rooms, baby and nursing rooms, and shower lounge all over the airport. They surely made the airport convenience for the family, teenagers, and adults. You can search for more information here and I assure you, you will never miss anything in Changi Airport!

Have you had a long delay in Changi Airport? What did you do?

Ā© 2017 Writing & Images copyright of Marina Utami.


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Ambuj Saxena April 9, 2017 - 5:30 pm

I loved this article on Changi Airport. Generally, we come across 5 tips while traveling by air etc. but this is a very nice way of utlizing your free time at an airport. Changi airport is really nice and I liked the social wall the most. In my opinion, Indira Gandhi International Terminal in Delhi is really good and can learn a few things from its Singapore counterpart.

Marina Utami April 10, 2017 - 12:23 am

Never been to Delhi airport but glad if you liked Changi!

Milijana April 9, 2017 - 8:25 pm

I prefer the gardens over the entertainment deck or movie theatre. To be near the flowers, butterflies and nature after a long flight could be really beneficial for the health, I believe. The butterfly garden is my fav, too. šŸ™‚

Marina Utami April 10, 2017 - 12:22 am

Good choices!

Reshma April 10, 2017 - 8:56 am

I have read so many good things about Changi and I can easily see why it’s one of the best airports. The butterfly garden looks great and free movies, Wifi and massage – what else can you ask for when delayed!

Marina Utami April 10, 2017 - 9:05 am


Chiara April 10, 2017 - 7:19 pm

This was really useful! I don’t have a lot of money but I do love to travel so I always look for free things to do šŸ™‚ thanks for sharing

Marina Utami April 11, 2017 - 12:45 am

You are welcome!

Katie April 10, 2017 - 9:16 pm

I love that this airport is so full of beautiful gardens! The Cactus garden is my fave! and they have some great shops too!

Marina Utami April 11, 2017 - 12:45 am


Riely April 11, 2017 - 1:47 am

I have never been in a airport with fresh gardens of all sorts and a movie theatre! Definitely a place to be happy for a layover. Thanks for sharing.

Marina Utami April 11, 2017 - 1:40 pm

Come visit it too!

elizabeth April 14, 2017 - 10:23 am

great informative post – bookmarked

Marina Utami April 14, 2017 - 1:00 pm


SUZAI December 15, 2018 - 6:44 pm

omg i need to go to the movie theater though i heard it long time ago but this time around i really need to check on it!!

Kelsey October 18, 2019 - 4:18 am

I missed all of them when I was in Singapore. I will definitely visit them when coming back there. Thanks a lot!


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