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International Airport in Singapore is one of the most
modernized in the world. As it is one of the most
important gateways to Southeast Asia, almost all major international
airlines fly there.
There are regular flights from here to several
destinations in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia and North
America. Changi International is arguably one of the world's
impressive and comes complete with a swimming pool on the
roof that passengers can use between flights, along with a large cactus
garden. The facility has won almost 300 awards and has recently been
voted the 'World's Best Airport' by the UK-based travel company
Skytrax. With the recent opening of Terminal 3, Changi International
an annual handling capacity of 70 million passengers a year. All
travellers must pass through immigration clearance on arrival here.
There are a number of basic entry requirements which visitors must
valid for at least six months
if necessary (For immigration information: Tel: 6391
6100 or see the Immigration department website)
funds for the intended stay
travel tickets and entry
facilities (e.g. visas) for any
onward destination (if applicable)
A passenger service charge of SGD21 should be incorporated in the air
ticket (including tickets issued outside of city). If this has not
been done, you may be required to pay the SGD21 during check-in. In
some cases, the airline may absorb the service charge. Passengers who
are in transit for less than 24 hours may leave the Changi
having to pay the service charge upon departure from Singapore.Transfer
between terminals: A free Skytrain runs between the three
to the city: A public bus
service to the city has regular
departures from 6am to midnight, and can be found in the lower levels
of each terminal. In addition there is an shuttle service
between the airport and the city centre and most hotels in city;
the buses leave when all six seats have been filled or every 15 to 30
minutes. Regular taxis are also available from outside the arrivals
hall of both terminals; the fare to the city centre is about S$25 with
a travel time of around 25 minutes. A train to the city is also
available from Terminal 2.
Budget and Hertz are all
represented at the here, however for visitors staying in the city
it's best to take taxis or the excellent public transport system.
Changi International has a wide range of facilities, including
ATMs, bureaux de change, business services, airline lounges/travel
clubs, duty-free shops, child facilities and multimedia payphones for
Internet and e-mails. Facilities for disabled passengers include a
24-hour wheelchair rental service.
rooftop pool, hairdresser and laundry service, Science Discovery
Centre, prayer room and a post office. The new terminal 3 is a 'green'
terminal with natural skylighting, a butterfly garden, koi ponds and
over 200 species of foliage, including a five-level high wall of
Sightseeing flights can
be hired at the Republic of
At the Cruise
Centre, harbour cruises and
ferries service islands, as well as nearby Malaysia and the
Indonesian Riau islands. The Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal at Changi also
services outlying islands. A ferry for the island resort of Sentosa
departs every 20 minutes starting at 7:30am.
Light rail system is
one of the most advanced in
the world. The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is the fastest and the best way
to explore the city. Over 40 stations link the city and its suburbs.
The MRT system terminates at Changi International, for easy access to
flight. A Quick Guide to the MRT Travel is available from MRT stations.
If you want to drive
yourself, car rentals are easy
to arrange through
your hotel, or directly with a reputable car rental company. It
requires drivers to be at least 18 years old; a national driving
license is valid for stays up to one month. Drivers staying here for
longer than a month will need to present a valid
international driver's license. Singaporeans drive on the left-hand
side of the road. Taxis are numerous and relatively cheap.
Taxis are metered, but
some surcharges do not
appear on the meter. You can flag a taxi at marked Taxi Queue stands,
or any corner for that matter.
The buses are clean and
efficient, but a bus guide
is in order if you
want to use them well. Travelers who are determined to use public
transportation throughout their stay must buy an EZ-Link card, an
electronic card that can be used on both buses and the MRT. These are
available at any MRT passenger service station.
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