The best airport in the world: Changi Airport (Singapore)

Changi International Airport, Singapore (IATA Code: SIN) is the best airport in the world due to its modernity, its wide offer and the commitment and good treatment it offers to the millions of passengers who pass through there year after year.

Below you have an index with all the points that we are going to deal with in this article.


The airport, as its name suggests, is located in Changi, Singapore, about 20 km from the city's commercial area and 5km from the Tampines residential area. By clicking on this link You can find a map of each terminal in the section Airport Map (information available in English).

History and current situation

Its opening took place in 1981, when it only had Terminal 1. At seven years after its opening, it won its first international recognition award for Business Traveler (UK).

Soon, the opening of Terminal 2 was necessary due to the high traffic that circulated through Terminal 1. As of 2008, Terminal 3 was incorporated and the JetQuay Terminal, which offers high luxury services.

Changi Airport Infrastructure (Singapore)

Today it is the airport with the highest number of passengers in the world and within the Asian continent. It is estimated that a flight leaves this airport every minute and a half. In 2013 alone, a total of 53.7 million passengers passed through Changi Airport.

How is the best airport in the world?

It has facilities dedicated exclusively to entertainment of passengers, from a cinema and a multimedia center to a playground. It has the so-called Social Tree, which is built with high resolution screens.

Airport passengers can send photos and videos to appear in this structure. You can also find numerous gardens within the airport, which include fountains or fish ponds.

Changi Airport waiting room (Singapore)

How to get

The airport is 17 km northeast of the city center. Below we list the three means of transport with which you can easily reach the airport:

  • Metro (MRT): There is a subway station inside the airport to facilitate the arrival of passengers. Therefore, there is a special metro line that reaches the airport and is called East west line (Green color). However, to get from the airport to the center by subway, it is recommended to get off at the station Orchard.
  • Cab: you can reach the airport by two types of taxis: the common taxi or the slime taxi, with a higher quality car and, therefore, with a higher price. He slime taxi you can hire in the Ground Transport Desk which is located in all the terminals of Changi Airport. From the airport to the city center, the duration of the taxi ride is 20-25min if there is not much traffic.
  • Bus: bus line 36 is the one that connects the airport with the city, and vice versa. The duration of the trip between the center and the airport is approximately 1 hour. It is recommended to avoid the bus, since the metro or taxis offer greater comfort for a similar price.

If you want to sleep near the airport for whatever reason, there are two options: the hotel Crowne Plaza Changi Airport, which is next to terminal 3, and the Ambassador Transit Hotel, which is located inside the airport itself and connects to terminals 1, 2 and 3.


Changi Airport currently has four terminals: the T1, the T2, the T3, the T4 and the JetQuay CIP Terminal. The first three are connected by a monorail. Below we briefly explain the characteristics of each one:

  • The terminal 1 It opened along with the opening of the airport in 1981, although it was renovated in 2007 and includes a terrace with a swimming pool and a garden where cacti of different species are housed. A spa is also available, as well as a Japanese restaurant.
  • The terminal 2 It is characterized by being made of marble. Among the entertainment services offered, there is a free cinema, recreational (video games, games, 3D experiences, Internet connection …) and a playground.
  • The terminal 3 It was inaugurated in 2008 and its design is probably the most avant-garde among all terminals. The majority of Singapore Airlines flights depart from this terminal. The color green predominates and there are several works of art distributed throughout the entire terminal.
  • The JetQuay CIP Terminal It operates only private and luxury flights and is located next to terminal 2.
  • The terminal 4 is under construction and will replace the Budget Terminal, which closed in 2012.


The airport has hundreds of employees who are responsible for maintaining perfect state and impolute the facilities of all the terminals of Changi Airport. In addition, it offers numerous free massage chairs, gym, chapel, post office, hairdressers, beauty centers, currency exchange offices, car rental …

Of course, any area of ​​the airport is adapted for people with reduced mobility. As to entertainmentThere are numerous options for the whole family: from an aviation museum to four playgrounds, as well as entertainment rooms with video games and music room.

With regard to the services of restoration, the options are endless; Among them, you can find restaurants with food from anywhere in the world, as well as several restaurants for vegetarians.

The gardens and ponds of Changi Airport (Singapore)

The phone number of Changi International Airport is +65 6595 6868. If you wish to contact via email, you can also do so at the address:

Airlines that operate

In the following we show you a list in alphabetical order with all airlines that operate at Changi International Airport, as well as the corresponding terminal:

Air china1
air France1
Air Indiatwo
Air India Expresstwo
Air Mauritius1
Air New Zealand3
Air Niugini1
All Nippon Airwaystwo
Asiana Airlines3
Bangkok Airways1
Biman Bangladesh Airlines1
British Airways1
Cathay Pacific Airways1
Cebu Pacific Airtwo
China Airlines1
China Eastern Airlines3
China Southern Airlines1
Delta Airlines1
Delta Airlines1
Etihad Airwaystwo
EVA Air1
Garuda Indonesia3
Hainan Airlinestwo
Indonesia AirAsia1
Japan Airlines1
Jet airways3
Jetstar International1
Jetstar Asia1
Jetstar Pacific1
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines1
Korean Airtwo
Korean Airtwo
Lao Airlinestwo
Lion air3
Lufthansa German Airlinestwo
Malaysia Airlinestwo
Malindo Air3
MIAT Mongolian Airlines3
Myanmar Airways International1
Philippine Airlines1
Qantas Airways1
Qantas Airways1
Qatar Airways3
Regent Airways1
Royal Brunei Airlinestwo
Saudi Arabian Airlines3
Shenzhen Airlines1
Singapore Airlines2 and 3
SriLankan Airlines3
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS)two
Thai AirAsia1
Thai Airways1
Tigerair Taiwantwo
Turkish Airlines1
United Airlines3
Uzbekistan Airways1
VietJet Air3
Vietnam Airlines3
Xiamen Airlines1

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