Flying direct from destination A to destination B may be too tedious for some, or maybe it’s cheaper to have a stopover/layover in between your departure and arrival country. But which airport should you have a layover at? Here are the world’s 5 best airports for a layover! (Below rankings are obtained from TIME & Culture Trip – in no particular order)
SINGAPORE CHANGI AIRPORT – SINGAPORE
Singapore Changi Airport has been the Number 1 airport in the world for years and won over 400 awards. With the opening of Jewel Changi Airport, having a layover in Changi Airport is gonna be better! You will be amazed by the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, a Shaw movie theatre, tons of sumptuous yummy food outlets (e.g. A&W, Shake Shack, Burger & Lobster, Lady M) and the World’s first Pokemon Center (outside of Japan) here in Jewel Changi.
Other than the addition of Jewel Changi, the airport also features tons of art installations, the world’s first butterfly garden in an airport (in Terminal 3), an indoor slide (in Terminal 3), rooftop pool etc. For a long layover, Changi Airport also organises a free 2.5 hours tour of the city! Having a layover in Singapore Changi Airport will definitely keep you occupied from the time you arrived till the moment you depart.
MUNICH AIRPORT – GERMANY
Munich Airport, situated in Germany is a great layover destination for travellers heading to explore Europe, especially during the Christmas season! Where the airport is transformed into a German Christmas market, decked with an ice skating rink and carousel for kids to enjoy. In the summertime, prepare to surf your way while waiting for your next flight at the airport. There are classes for kids and adult beginner surfing lessons each day and then open sessions where the experts carve up the 1.5-metre wall of water.
For normal days, visitors can head to the Visitors Park (free-entry) to explore the fascinating and multi-faceted world of the airport. From the top of Visitors Hill, visitors can watch planes coming in for a landing or accelerating down the runway to take off. Similarly to Singapore Changi Airport, Munich Airport is packed with retail shops to fulfil your shopping wishes with about 150 shops available, with a supermarket opening till midnight.
SEOUL INCHEON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – SOUTH KOREA
The world of K-pop and Kimchi. Having a layover at Incheon International Airport will give travellers a taste of Korea through cultural performances and an impressive museum. There’s a movie theatre that features Korean hits, a year-round indoor ice skating rink and an 18-hole putting course on top of 7 gardens to keep you occupied during your layover time in Korea.
Love to see Korea for a bit during your layover? The airport offers free tours of nearby local spots with duration varies from a 1 hour trip to a nearby local beach to 5-6 hours shopping or temple/palace tour. There are tons of free showers, massage chairs and mini gardens in the airport, and tons of tantalizing shops around!
AMSTERDAM AIRPORT SCHIPHOL – THE NETHERLANDS
Situated in the land of windmills and Heineken beers. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is another awesome airport to layover to further your travel to other parts of Europe, especially if you’re flying with KLM. Amsterdam Schiphol has tons of shopping opportunities around the airport.
There are art exhibits, thousands of books and a traditional Dutch cafe, an indoor park complete with the sound of chirping birds and even a viewing terrace for the aviation geeks in the airport. Do also spend some time visiting the free Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Museum at the airport. As for kids, learn more about science with 9 interactive exhibits at NEMO at Schiphol, situated right beside Rijksmuseum.
DUBAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE)
The base for Emirates airline, situated at the largest city in the UAE – Dubai. Within the airport terminals, prepare to shop till you drop, eat till your tummies explode! What else is there? You could spend some time and treat yourself to the spa, stroll in the Zen Garden or pamper yourself in the Health Club with massages and manicure services.
But what makes having a layover in Dubai special and spectacular, is outside of the airport – in the city of Dubai. Where mini-tours from the airport will bring you to the tallest building in the World – The Burj Khalifa, the photogenic sail shape hotel – Burj Al Arab, and even shop even more in the largest mall – The Dubai Mall.
Not feeling enthusiastic to visit the outside? And want to just rest… There are also plenty of sleep pods available within the huge airport!