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Singapore Changi International Airport (T4)

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Singapore Changi Airport lies around 17km north-east of downtown Singapore. With a reputation for cleanliness, efficiency and excellent facilities and shopping, it was voted the world's best airport by Skytrax users in 2015.

The airport has three terminal buildings, connected in a U-shape, with Terminal 1 in the middle:

  • Terminal 1: Air Asia, Air China, Air France, Air Mauritius, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Finnair, Japan Airlines, KLM, Qantas, Turkish Airlines
  • Terminal 2: Air India, Air India Express, All Nippon Airways, Etihad Airways, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Silk Air, Swiss, Tigerair
  • Terminal 3: Air New Zealand, Asiana Airlines, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Qatar Airways, United Airlines 
  • Terminal 4: Cathay Pacific, Korean Air, Vietnam Airlines, Air Asia, Cebu Pacific Air, Spring Airlines

Singapore Airlines flies out of both Terminal 2 for most Asian routes, and Terminal 3 for most European as well as North American routes. 

Travelling between terminals

The terminals are beside each other, and are walkable, but to save time, you can take the free Skytrain service, which runs every 1-4 minutes from 05:00-02:30. Travelling times between terminals are around four minutes. 

From Terminal 2 to Terminal 4: The Shuttle Bus Pick-Up point is at Terminal 2 Arrival Hall Door 1.  

From Terminals 1 and 3 to Terminal 4: Passengers need first to make a connection with the Skytrain to Terminal 2 and from there use the Shuttle Bus.  

From Terminal 4 to Terminal 2: The Shuttle Bus Pick-Up point is at Terminal 4 Arrival Hall Door 1.

From Terminal 4 to Terminals 1 and 3: Passengers need first to make a connection with the Shuttle Bus to Terminal 2 and from there to use the Skytrain. 

The journey with the Shuttle Bus takes around 10 minutes. It departs every 10 minutes from 05:30-00:00 and every 20 00:00-05:30.

Future plans

Terminal 5 is already under construction, and due to finish in the mid-2020s. 

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Getting into Singapore

Take the MRT

Trains are regular, reliable and a cost-effective way into Singapore. However, they can be crowded at peak hours, so for your comfort, a taxi may be a better option at these times.

Train

To take the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) train service into the city, you'll need to take the six-minute journey to Tanah Merah station first, and change onto the westbound train for central Singapore. The last train from the airport to Tanah Merah is at 23:18, and journey time is around 27 minutes.

Cost: SGD 2
Location: Changi Airport MRT Station, basement of Terminals 2 and 3, follow the 'Trains into the City' signs. From Terminal 1, take the Skytrain first. From Terminal 4 take the Shuttle Bus to Terminal 2 first.

Taxi

Taxis use meters, and are reasonably priced and honest - and if you're in a group of three or four, it can be cheaper and faster. A trip into the city centre should take around 30 minutes. However, a shortage of taxis in Singapore, especially when it’s raining, means they can be unavailable for hours at a time, and you may find yourself waiting a long time a taxi queue.

Cost: SGD 20-30 to the city centre in a regular taxi (plus airport surcharge, and 50% extra at night/25% extra at peak hours)
Location: Arrivals level of each terminal

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Power outlets

Try fast food places

It can be hard to finde power outlets in Singapore Changi airport, since many of the sockets are actually protected with a lock mechanism. Though there are some public sockets in the waiting areas as well as in some fast food places.

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